Parker University Board of Trustees Member Dr. John G. “Jack” Donovan Retires from Chiropractic Practice

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DALLAS,TX, November, 2020

Parker University Board of Trustees member and founding chiropractic partner, Dr. John G. “Jack” Donovan, recently retired from his chiropractic practice after nearly 70 years.

Dr. Jack Donovan’s passion for chiropractic started early life, when an injury required Dr. Jack Donovan’s father, Harry Donovan, to have chiropractic treatment. After his treatment, the issue was corrected, and based on his real-life healing and belief in chiropractic, Harry Donovan decided to attend chiropractic school. After that, he maintained a practice for 50 years, starting the legacy of 23 chiropractors in the family.

Dr. Jack Donovan graduated in 1950 from Palmer Chiropractic College after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of South Dakota. He was called to active duty during the Korean War in 1951 then started his private practice in 1953 in Carroll, Iowa.

After becoming a chiropractor, Dr. Jack Donovan collaborated with Dr. James Parker, the founder of Parker College of Chiropractic (now Parker University). The two men had kept in touch since Dr. Jack Donovan attended one of Dr. Parker’s seminars in 1954. Eventually, Dr. Jack Donovan was invited to be one of 12 founding partners of Parker College of Chiropractic.

In 2015, a fellow chiropractor bought Dr. Jack Donovan’s building and took over his chiropractic practice. Dr. Jack Donovan continued to work part-time. Now, at 91 years of age, Dr. Jack Donovan has retired only after significantly impacting the chiropractic industry. He helped make many chiropractic careers a success because of his positive example, professional accomplishments, and work with Parker University.

Notable awards received by Dr. Jack Donovan include the Lifetime Achievement Award from Parker Seminars (2004), the Citizen of the Year Award, and the Brown Bagger of the Year Award (1972). He was a Fellow of the Palmer Chiropractic College Academy (2002), president of his local Chamber of Commerce, president of the Catholic school board, a member of the Chiropractic Knights of the Round Table, and a trustee of the National Chiropractic Research Institute.

Parker University wants to thank Dr. Jack Donovan for his commitment to the chiropractic industry and congratulate him on so many years of professional success!

About Parker University

Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic). Today, Parker University has more than 1,800 students and 34 academic programs, including its famed chiropractic program, as well as master’s degrees in neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, strength and human performance, and functional nutrition. Currently, Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world.