Ross Royster, DC
1980 Davenport Campus
My education from Palmer College has allowed me to live the way I always imagined. Palmer has given me tools that I can use anywhere in the world. My occupation is not reliant upon temporary or limited technology. People will always need the skill that Palmer helped me to develop with my hands. My education has allowed me to be creative and productive as my own boss. Palmer opened the door to a life-long learning process that will never let me get bored with my work. Finally, my Palmer education has given me the opportunity to do something that is right with life: enhance the health and lives of others.
I have always believed that when you borrow something, you should return it in better shape than you received it. My knowledge as a chiropractor is borrowed from those who have preceded me. Palmer is the conduit of that knowledge. I may not be able to add anything profound to that knowledge (I am just a clinician; not a scholar, researcher, or instructor), but I can help improve the conduit so that others may receive and benefit as I have. By naming Palmer College as a recipient in my estate plan, I have a simple and convenient method to leave my beloved profession in better shape than when I found it.
Upon receiving my B.S. in biology from the University of Southern California in 1972, I served in the Peace Corps in Brazil. There I befriended fellow volunteer, Brent McNabb. After completing our commitment to the Peace Corps, Brent and I traveled extensively throughout South America and, then, the United States. We ended up in California, where I met Brent's mother, Betty McNabb, DC. She became my mentor, and, although Dr. McNabb was not a Palmer graduate, she directed Brent and myself to Davenport. Brent and I graduated in 1980, and we decided to establish a practice together in Wisconsin. By maintaining contact with Palmer and our Brazilian friends, Brent and I facilitated the growth of chiropractic in Brazil. We helped Palmer award scholarships to Brazilian students and, then, by acting as consultants, we helped create the first chiropractic college in Latin America with the joint venture between Palmer College and Feevale University in southern Brazil. I have also had the great fortune to return to Brazil with Palmer students in the Clinic Abroad Program.
My involvement with Palmer College continues beyond graduation, and it has become a part of who I am. I know I won't live forever, but I am happy to perpetuate and possibly improve the legacy of Palmer once I am gone.
It is easy to include a bequest in your will or have one added as a codicil. For your convenience, sample language is listed below. Please feel free to print this page to give to your attorney. If there are any questions, he or she can contact Barbara Melbourne, CT, CFRE at phone number 563-884-5611 or email her at email@example.com.
Example bequest language - Please feel free to change the numbers or percentages as you desire.
1. Bequest of cash
"I bequeath the sum of $10,000 to Palmer College of Davenport, IA."
2. Bequest of a percent of the estate
"I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to Palmer College, Davenport, IA."
3. Contingent Bequest
"If my brother John Doe survives me, I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to John Doe. If John Doe does not survive me, then I devise and bequeath 20% of my residuary estate, whether real or personal property and wherever located to Palmer College, Davenport, IA."