Parker University celebrates Palmer grad’s 103rd birthday  

Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate Dr. Jim Parker founded two chiropractic clinics in Illinois before moving to Fort Worth, opening several clinics and establishing Parker College of Chiropractic in Irving, Texas, in September 1982. Each September, Parker University celebrates its founder’s birthday. Dr. Parker would have turned 103 this year. CREDIT PARKER UNIVERSITY

Every year, on its founder’s birthday, Sept. 12, Parker University in Dallas, Texas, celebrates its founder, Dr. Jim Parker, who graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport.

Dr. Parker was born in Snyder, Texas, on Sept. 12, 1920, and suffered from chronic illnesses throughout his childhood, a news release from Parker University said. However, his health improved after receiving innovative chiropractic treatments for his ailments. That led him to dream of becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic who could share his story of healing to inspire others.

While he was a student at Palmer, he established two chiropractic clinics in Illinois before moving to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1947. He went on to open 18 clinics in Texas, where he also founded the Parker Chiropractic Resource Foundation in 1951, offering seminars for chiropractors through his Parker School for Professional Success. 

In 1971, he created Share International, the world’s largest supplier of chiropractic products and in September 1982, he opened Parker College of Chiropractic in Irving, Texas, the release states. 

Every September, Parker University, formerly Parker College of Chiropractic, celebrates its founder and everything he created, according to the release. For more information, visit the website.

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