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Vickie Anne Palmer statue recognizes ‘The Refiner’ of chiropractic

Vickie Anne Palmer with Chancellor Marchiori at the statue dedication.
Vickie Anne Palmer with Dr. Marchiori, standing in front of bronze statue of Vickie

A bronze statue of Vickie Anne Palmer on the Port Orange campus was dedicated during a special event, honoring her work as “The Refiner” of chiropractic. The event was held on Feb. 26, during the 2016 Port Orange campus Homecoming and was attended by dozens of family members, friends and Homecoming attendees.

“I am grateful and honored by the dedication of this statue,” Ms. Palmer says. “Palmer College has always been part of my life, and it’s my family’s living legacy. I’m proud to be part of it.”

Born in Davenport, Iowa, Vickie Palmer is the great-granddaughter of D.D. Palmer, chiropractic’s founder, the granddaughter of Drs. B.J. (The Developer of chiropractic) and Mabel Heath (The First Lady of chiropractic) Palmer, and the daughter of Drs. David (The Educator of chiropractic) and Agnes Palmer.

In a ceremony highlighting Ms. Palmer’s lifetime of contributions to Palmer College of Chiropractic and the chiropractic profession, Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Davenport ’90, said, “Being The Refiner means enhancing and making fine distinctions to bring something closer to perfection. In both service to chiropractic and community involvement, Vickie followed in her father’s footsteps.”

Like her father, Dr. David Palmer, Vickie Palmer literally grew up on Palmer’s campus in Davenport. She worked at Homecoming events and as a switchboard operator, Little Bit O’ Heaven tour guide, elevator operator and assistant librarian. She had a front-row seat for the history of Palmer College, attending countless banquets, graduations, homecomings and meetings. Her heritage meant the issues of chiropractic, state of the College and future of the profession were the main course at almost every family meal.

A graduate of Sawyer Business College, Ms. Palmer was named to the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees in 1978 and was elected chairman in 1987. She was named a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic and in 1987 was granted an honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities degree. During her tenure as chairman of the Board, there were many significant accomplishments at Palmer, including: major facilities improvements on the Davenport campus, including building the Palmer Academic Health Center and opening the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research and the Palmer Center for Business Development; the growth, development and stabilization of Palmer’s San Jose campus; the creation of the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History; the establishment of Palmer’s Port Orange campus in 2002 and its continued growth and success; and the continued increase of Palmer chiropractors, especially women, who today make up about 40 percent (and growing) of Palmer students.

She continues in her role as The Refiner of chiropractic today. After 20 years as chairman of the Palmer Board of Trustees, Vickie Palmer concluded her tenure as chairman but remains active on the Board. She currently serves on the executive committee and is co-chair (with Board Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C., Davenport ‘70) of the Palmer Identity Committee.

Other special events during the Port Orange Homecoming included: Donald Gran, D.C., M.S.Ed., Davenport ’78, Port Orange campus dean of Academic Affairs, was awarded a Fellowship in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic; and Jenny Wren Palmer Sutton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities degree. To see Homecoming photos, go to: http://bit.ly/1ThVSbi.

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