With shocking sadness, we share that Dr. Ruth Sandefur passed away suddenly but peacefully at her home on Sept. 15, 2020. Ruth was born March 26, 1941 and is survived by her sons, David (Kelli) Sandefur (of Seminole) and Daniel (Samantha) Sandefur (of Billings), as well as five loving granddaughters and extended family. She was a long-time resident of Kansas and Missouri, relocating to Seminole, Florida in 2013.


Dr. Ruth was a tireless champion of chiropractic for more than 50 years. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1967 from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City. She treated patients in Leavenworth with her classmate and husband, Dr. Al Sandefur. She started teaching at the College as Associate Professor of Diagnosis in 1983. She was dedicated to higher education and, in addition to her Doctor of Chiropractic, earned bachelor’s degrees in Nutrition and Psychology, a Master’s in Nutrition, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to retiring she was Vice President for Academic Affairs. She was a prolific researcher, authoring or co-authoring dozens of studies published in peer-reviewed publications. Chiropractors from around the globe have already been sending their condolences and stories of how she inspired their lives and professions. She had recently completed the final rewrites on her autobiography, All the Vain Things, and was preparing it for publication. In one of her final paragraphs she recommends: "Try to embrace and treasure all those wonderful moments in life, like the birth of your children, falling in love, making lasting good friends, singing, dancing, eating, drinking – all the moments that are accompanied by wonderful background music; and, yes, pay attention to the music, it’s there." A private graveside service will be held at Graceland Cemetery, Weston, Missouri, followed by a Celebration of Life Open House. To honor her achievements, donations can be made to the long-existing Sandefur Research Scholarship fund, which provides annual support to Cleveland Chiropractic students engaged in scholarly research.