Dr. H. Thomas Barnes
Chiropractic was his profession, his
hobby and his passion. Having had
rheumatic fever as a child, Harold
Thomas (Tom) Barnes, D.C., Davenport
’57, helped to operate the family farm
located north of Jefferson, Iowa, after
graduating from high school. However,
he was forced to retire from farming at
an early age due to a back injury.
He and his wife, Bernice, then moved to
Davenport so he could embark upon a
chiropractic career. After graduation, Dr.
Barnes purchased a chiropractic practice
in Audubon, Iowa, where he became
known to his patients and friends as
“Doc.” Dr. Barnes had a good sense of
humor, was kind-hearted and was always
ready to help, which he demonstrated
time and again serving as the Audubon
Wheelers’ football team doctor for 43
years. “He was a natural leader,” Bernice
said. “He could get people to volunteer
and also motivate them to work together.”
Dr. Barnes was very involved in his
church, serving as an elder and a
deacon. He also served on the Audubon
Community School Board for 10 years
and was president of the board during
the time a new high school was built.
Dr. Barnes served two terms as mayor
of Audubon, was the president of the
Audubon Chamber of Commerce, served
as chairperson for Audubon’s centennial
and quasquicentennial (125 years) celebrations
and was also a member of many
civic organizations. A 50-year member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
Dr. Barnes was instrumental in helping
the organization to build a nursing home
in Mason City and an apartment complex
in Marshalltown, Iowa.
With Bernice at his side, Dr. Barnes never
missed a Palmer Homecoming. He was a
member of Palmer’s Presidents Club for
18 years and was named a Fellow in the
Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 2011.
While Dr. Barnes was deeply involved in
the ICA, Bernice served as president of
the ICA Auxiliary. Vacations consisted
of trips to visit family or attending
chiropractic conventions and meetings.
Dr. Barnes was an exceptional man, a
quiet hero who gave freely of his time
and talents to help better the lives of
those around him.