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Davenport Campus

Campus wishes Dr. Kern well

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.
fraternity members in suits standing with Dr. Kern

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.

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