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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA June 2013
46 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 2 June 2013 Vickie Anne Palmer, DChiroprHum (hon) The Chances were part of the greater Palmer School family, and as such, were socially engaged in its community. One of those social ties was to the young family of David D. Palmer. Mary Ann was engaged to babysit with the Palmer daughters;5 here she connects to another future leader in the chiropractic profession, the youngest of David and Agnes Palmer ’s daughters, Vickie. Vickie Anne Palmer was born in 1953, in Davenport, Iowa, the third daughter of Drs. David D. and Agnes Mae High Palmer. Like so many of the extended Palmer family, Vickie literally grew up on the Palmer campus. As a pre-teen, she worked at Homecoming, stuffng packets, helping with registration, and assisting in the cafeteria. This experience acquainted her with the people at Palmer and the alumni. Thanks to her assignments as elevator operator in the Administration Building, she knew everyone on campus on a frst-name basis. As she grew older, her summer jobs at the College included switchboard operator, Little Bit O' Heaven tour guide, and assistant librarian. In her work as an assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, she helped students fnd jobs, housing, and fnancial assistance.6 She has had a front row seat for the history of Palmer College, attending countless banquets, graduations, homecomings and meetings. Her parents included Vickie and her two sisters on their trips around the world, where she met chiropractic leaders and saw the benefts of chiropractic care on a global level. Her heritage meant that the politics of chiropractic were the main course at almost every family meal.6 After graduating from St. Katherine's High School, Ms. Palmer attended Palmer Junior College and Marycrest College and graduated from Sawyer Business College. She was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities from Palmer College of Chiropractic and is a distinguished Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic.6 In 1978, she was named to the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees, and served as vice chairman from 1985 until her election to chairman in 1987. She also served on the Palmer West Board of Trustees. When the Palmer Chiropractic University System was formed in 1991, Vickie Palmer was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees.6 She polished her leadership skills with management courses from the University of Notre Dame and from Drake University.7 Signifcant accomplishments under her chairmanship were the growth, development and stabilization of Palmer West; the creation of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History and the Palmer Institute for Professional Advancement; the establishment of the Palmer Florida campus and its continued growth and success; the movement to expand Palmer internationally; and the establishment of the Academic Health Center in Davenport.6 In 2008, she passed the chairmanship of the board to then Vice-Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C., and continues to serve as trustee and corporate offce of the Board. In addition to her chiropractic role, Ms. Palmer continued the family tradition of broadcasting started by her grandfather, B.J. Palmer, and expanded by her father, David, when she served as co-owner of Palmer Communications (WOC-AM/ KMXG-FM) and president and owner of Signal Hill Communications, Inc. (WOC-AM/KUUL-FM).6,8 "Of the three sisters, A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CALLENDER
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