Dr. Bottorff (right) receiving his Fellowship award in
2010 from then-president Dr. Don Kern.
When John Bottorff, Sr., D.C., F.P.A.C., Davenport
’55, looks back on his time at Palmer, he remembers
what a financial struggle it was. Even
with his wife working full-time, he recalls being
“dropped from the rolls several times because we
didn’t have enough money.”
But Palmer helped him with a loan and he was
able to complete the program. In 2006, he and his
wife decided to establish an endowed scholarship,
the Dr. John Sr. and Carol Bottorff Endowed
Scholarship, to help Palmer students struggling to
pay for their education.
“I regained my health under chiropractic care and
dedicated myself to being a chiropractor,” he says.
“I got help from Palmer as a student, and my wife
and I wanted to do what we could to help future
students struggling financially. It is up to chiropractors
to support the chiropractic profession.”
After graduating, Dr. Bottorff practiced for 58 years—
until he was 91 years old—in Plymouth, Ind., where
he and his wife raised their family. Two of their eight
children, John Bottorff, Jr., D.C., Davenport ’81, and
Janelle Bottorff, D.C., ’89, went on to become chiropractors
in Indiana. His granddaughter, Kaitlyn Bottorff,
is a student on the Davenport campus. He’s
referred students to Palmer continuously over the
years—at least 15 have enrolled.
For Dr. Bottorff, seeing the results of chiropractic
kept him wanting to stay in “the greatest profession”
as long as possible. His motto is: “Do it in the
eyes of God to the best of your ability.” He encourages
his fellow alumni to set up scholarships. “Donate
to Palmer to keep the College going and help
more people become chiropractors,” he says.