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Dr. Donovan: In service to Palmer. In service to chiropractic.

When John G. Donovan, D.C., graduated from Palmer College in 1950, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Harry B. Donovan, D.C., who graduated from Palmer in 1924. Today, 23 of his relatives, spanning three generations, have become chiropractors.

Dr. Donovan’s commitment to Palmer includes the establishment of the Dr. H.B. Donovan Memorial Scholarship, the dedication of two rooms in his father’s name in the new Palmer College of Chiropractic Academic Health Center and his legacy gift on Palmer’s Heritage Endowment Wall, all on the Davenport Campus.

He also has demonstrated support for the profession by belonging to numerous national and international chiropractic associations and through his appointment to the National Institute of Chiropractic Research’s board of directors. In 1972, he was named National Chiropractor of the Year by Parker Seminars.

His legacy to the College is further exemplified by his establishment of the Dr. John G. Donovan Research Scholarship, his induction into the Palmer Academy of Fellows and his nine-year membership in the President’s Club. In 2000 and 2002, he successfully challenged 50 new members to join the club, each matched by a $50,000 pledge of his own. Now in his 57th year of practice, Dr. Donovan has always pursued a challenge to do more—for his College and chiropractic.

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