West Campus

Dr. Gary de Wet retires and earns emeritus faculty appointment

(From left) Dr. Rebecca Wilson (West ’03), Dr. de Wet and Dr. Jack Bourla (West ’97).
Dr. de Wet with Dr. Wilson and Dr. Bourla

Palmer’s West Campus recently honored retiring faculty member Gary de Wet, D.C. (Davenport ’66), whose collective Palmer career spanned more than two decades and included teaching tenures at the Davenport as well as San Jose campuses.

The retirement reception was attended by faculty, staff, students and alumni, and event highlights included special award presentations by the Faculty Senate and Associated Student Government (ASG). West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., also announced that Dr. de Wet had received an emeritus faculty appointment, and presented him with a plaque in recognition of this honor.

“The people of the West Campus have been my second family, and the event felt more like a family celebration and party, not a sad farewell,” says Dr. de Wet. “I was equally humbled and honored by the emeritus faculty appointment; it only strengthens my desire and commitment to continue serving Palmer College, and assisting our alumni, in any way that I can.”

Dr. de Wet maintained private practices in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Napa, Calif., prior to joining the Davenport Campus faculty in 1977. He taught at the Davenport Campus until 1981, when he moved to California and returned to private practice in Napa. In 1990, Dr. de Wet was appointed to the West Campus faculty and served as the principal instructor in the business classes of the expanded 13th Quarter program.

His involvement with organizations and clubs included serving two terms as Faculty Senate president, as faculty adviser to ASG for 14 years, as adviser to the student chapter of the California Chiropractic Association for more than 15 years, and as adviser to the Philosophy Club. He served as West Campus alumni director, and also chaired the West Campus Homecoming planning committee. “Dr. de Wet’s involvement with the development of our businessfocused 13th quarter curriculum, his spirited mentorship as the faculty adviser of multiple campus clubs, his ongoing interactions with Palmer alumni, and his deep-rooted commitment to advancing Palmer College and the chiropractic profession collectively factored into the well-deserved emeritus faculty appointment,” says Dr. Meeker.

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