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Palmer remembers Dr. William M. Harris

The Palmer College family was saddened by the death of William M. Harris, D.C., a 1938 graduate of Palmer, who passed away Nov. 9, 2008, in Roswell, Ga. He was 90.

Dr. William M. Harris
Dr. William M. Harris

Dr. Harris was heavily involved in chiropractic for more than 65 years and continued to work for the profession up until his death. Upon graduating from Palmer, he accepted a teaching position in the Radiology Department. Later he helped form the College’s alumni association with Dr. Dave Palmer and started the fundraising effort for the construction of the Alumni Auditorium.

As founder of Practice Consultants, Dr. Harris would become well-known for offering lessons in office management to hundreds of chiropractors throughout the U.S.

A generous supporter of the chiropractic profession, in 1978 he founded the nonprofit organization Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education (FACE) so that he could donate to chiropractic research as well as colleges and institutions.

Mary Ann Pruitt, D.C., Davenport ’49, and Dr. Harris at a Development event during Palmer Homecoming 2004 on the Davenport Campus.
Drs. Mary Ann Pruitt and William Harris at Homecoming 2004

 The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) was one of several facilities to receive a gift from FACE. The PCCR’s main facility on the Davenport Campus is named the William and Jo Harris Building after Dr. Harris and his wife, Jo. His many charitable gifts to the profession included a $300,000 contribution to the Chiropractic Centennial Foundation in 1995. In recognition of his dedication to and support of chiropractic, Dr. Harris was named a Fellow of the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.

Dr. Harris co-authored two books, “Seven Steps to Chiropractic Success” and “Seven Steps to Chiropractic Success: How to Attract New Patients,” one of which received a rare dedication by the second president of Palmer College, B.J. Palmer.

In the community of Albany, Ga., where Dr. Harris operated a private practice, he was active in the Boy Scouts and sat on the board of the local Salvation Army and the Lions Club. He also began a campaign to aid and support battered women.

Dr. Harris is survived by a son, Tom Harris, a daughter, Beverly Logan, as well as a granddaughter and grandson. Memorials may be made to Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.

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