"You must have a passion for the desire to help others; you may have to work very hard, and you may experience ups and downs. Try not to be discouraged; always look ahead and see yourself where you want to be!" - Homer (Doc) Thompson, D.C.
Homer Roy Thompson (H.R. or Doc) was the youngest of seven children working on his family's farm near the small town of Browning, Missouri. He grew up working alongside his older brothers, father and grandfather plowing and tilling the soil with horses, farming wheat fields, and cutting firewood to heat their home and fuel the wood cook stove.
As a young boy he accompanied his family on occasional trips into town from the farm and would sit at the bottom of the steps of the local chiropractor's office. He watched patients enter the office being carried in or using canes and saw them walk out after appointments with little assistance. At those moments, Homer knew his life's calling: "I thought, 'this is what I want to do when I grow up. I want to help people regain their health through natural means.'"
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Homer moved to Davenport, Iowa and worked as a night watchman on Palmer College's main campus to pay his tuition to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. After graduating in 1968, Dr. Thompson traveled to southwest Missouri and set up a home-based chiropractic office in the small town of Springfield. After years of sacrifice and perseverance, Dr. Thompson finally earned enough to move his practice into a rented space. In 1985, he opened the Chiropractic Arts Building and over the course of nearly 50 years in practice became one of the most successful chiropractors in Missouri.
When Dr. Thompson passed away, he left behind a legacy of integrity, kindness, and willingness to help others in times of need. His wife, Juanita, carried out his wishes to give back to Palmer College to help future chiropractors realize their dreams and to thank Palmer for what the College gave to him as a fulfilling career. Dr. Thompson's estate used an IRA rollover to establish the Dr. Homer R. Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship, awarded yearly, will live in perpetuity and help generations of future Palmer College students change lives through chiropractic care.