Dr. Donald Kern, front row, third from left,
was presented a plaque celebrating his
50 years with Palmer College of Chiropractic
from the Delta Sigma Chi fraternity.
At the Dec. 17 retirement reception for Davenport Campus
President Donald P Kern, D.C., Chancellor Dennis Marchiori,
D.C., Ph.D., noted that although the president was leaving the college
after 50 years of service, he would continue to stay connected
to Palmer through visits with alumni and other activities.
Dr. Kern also was recognized by students and employees who
gathered in the Student Union to wish him well and honor all he
had done for the College since his days as a faculty clinician in
1960. He was then given the Delta Sigma Chi Service Award by
current and past members of the Greek fraternity.
When it was Dr. Kern’s chance to speak, he recalled his days as a
student at The Fountainhead when B.J. Palmer was president. The
1958 Davenport Campus graduate also paid tribute to his wife,
Nancy, for all of the support she had given him throughout his
Palmer career. Demonstrating how their partnership had thrived
during their 50-plus years together, he recalled a story of the first
time they went dancing, in which he kept stepping on his partner’s
toes. He had clearly improved since then as the two of them
took a moment to dance on the stage.
Those attending also had a chance to meet with Dr. Kern and
sign an oversized going-away card. His commitment to the
College was further acknowledged by a poignant video that
demonstrated his devotion to teaching students and his wry
sense of humor.