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Dr. Willard Smith: Still Palmer Proud after all these years

Dr. Willard Smith

Willard Smith, D.C., didn’t originally intend to become a chiropractor; 58 years ago he earned a degree in Animal Husbandry. It was a Palmer chiropractor that turned him on to chiropractic almost 10 years later.

“Palmer College was a lifesaver for me. I was a life timer when it came to headaches,” said Dr. Smith, “and a Palmer graduate turned off the pain! Eventually my wife got me to Palmer School. [After graduating in 1960,] I was on the Palmer faculty for 40 years.”

At 81, Dr. Smith has been in practice for 43 years in Rock Island, Ill., and has become a world traveler in service to others. Since 2000, he has been on seven of Palmer’s Clinic Abroad Program trips, and has also performed mission work in Australia, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Rio.

Dr. Smith also has shown great devotion to his alma mater. A President’s Club member for 15 years, he was a generous donor to the Building the Future Fountainhead Capital Campaign and the campaign to construct the Campus Center. In 1998, he created a scholarship in his wife Marguerite’s memory.

In 1985, Dr. Smith’s generous support was recognized when Palmer College named him Chiropractor of the Year. Ten years later he was inducted into the Palmer Academy of Fellows. He has also been named Palmer’s first Professor Emeritus—a very special honor for a very special doctor.

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