March 24, 2014 — Chiropractic made such a positive impact on John Yglesias’ life that his chiropractor (and the executor of his will) Sherman Regent Robert Tarantino, DC, has chosen Sherman College of Chiropractic as the recipient of a large portion of Yglesias’ estate. A very generous gift of $200,000 will be used to establish an endowed scholarship in Yglesias’ name.
“Chiropractic was an integral part of Mr. Yglesias’ life,” Tarantino said in a letter to the college. “He came to our office for chiropractic care on a weekly basis for more than 43 years. Chiropractic adjustments were what Mr. Yglesias used in an effort to maintain his wellbeing throughout his life. I hope that your college will honor him … for his generous donation to the perpetuation of pure, unadulterated chiropractic education.”
Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, DC, said it will be a privilege to fulfill Tarantino’s request for Yglesias. “We are honored by the trust Mr. Yglesias and Dr. Tarantino have placed in Sherman College and we pledge to respect Mr. Yglesias’ memory and our mutual love of chiropractic with this endowed scholarship,” Cordero said. “We are proud to instill in our students a deep appreciation for the principles and philosophy of chiropractic.”
Yglesias was born on Aug. 4, 1927, in New York City. His family came from the Provence of Galicia in Spain; he never married nor did he have any children. He was a self-employed contractor in New York City before he retired, and he was well read and an astute financial investor. Yglesias was an avid naturalist and besides exercise and nutrition to maintain his health, he received chiropractic care at Tarantino’s office for the last 43 years of his life.
Yglesias recognized the importance of regular chiropractic care and vertebral subluxation correction and never missed a week in the office, Tarantino said of his patient and friend. “Both Evelyn and I were like family to him,” he said. “His last words to me were, ‘I owe you my life.’ Many times we do not realize how important we are to those we care for until something like this occurs. Because of his love for chiropractic and because I was instructed as executor of his will to make decisions on charities, I felt Mr. Yglesias would approve if I chose to give a large portion of his residual estate to Sherman College of Chiropractic.”
The scholarship committee at Sherman will work to establish the criteria for Yglesias’ endowed scholarship. As an endowed fund, the principal will remain invested while earnings can be used to award scholarships to students at Sherman.
Source: Sherman College of Chiropractic