Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2013, 6:07 pm

William Holmberg

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William F. Holmberg
Dr. William F. Holmberg, 81, of Rock Island, also a resident of Bonita Springs, Fla., passed on Jan. 6, 2013, while at his Florida home.
A memorial service is being planned for May in the Quad-Cities, with details to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Association for the History of Chiropractic, c/o Alana Callender, 4430 8th St., Rock Island, IL 61201; or South Park Presbyterian Church, 1501 30th St., Rock Island, IL 61201. Arrangements are being handled by Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island.
Bill was born in Birmingham, Ala. on June 30, 1931. He attended Birmingham Southern College, University of Alabama and then graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, in 1955. He also served in the U.S. Army-Combat Training Command and attained rank of master sergeant.
Dr. Bill Holmberg was passionate about chiropractic and was a student member and past president of the Delta Sigma Chi Professional Fraternity. After graduating from Palmer, he set up his office in Rock Island where he ran a highly successful practice. He was very active in the chiropractic community, having been a member of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) since a student. He became president of the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association and also became a member of the American Chiropractic Association. He also served the ICA as chairman, member of the board of directors and received numerous awards such as Chiropractor of the Year (1986) and Distinguished Service Award (1992), just to name a few.
Bill became vice president of Alumni and Development at Palmer in 1983. Under his leadership he would raise millions of dollars for the chiropractic profession. In 1990, he became president of the Chiropractic Centennial Foundation, which brought together the chiropractic colleges and associations to join hands to celebrate the professions centennial. This international event had over 8,000 attendees.
Bill would become national chairman of the Antitrust Fund Raising Committee in 1998. He was a member of the National Society for Fund Raising Executives where he was honored as an Outstanding Fund Raising Executive — Quad-Cities Chapter 1991.
Bill also was very active in the community, having been a member of the Arsenal Golf Club, the Rock Island Lions Club and an elder at South Park Presbyterian Church.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of over 50 years, Barbara. He is also survived by his daughter, Dr. Kris Ann Holmberg, Watertown, Mass., and fiance, Frank Salvucci and his son, Erik; and daughter, Teresa Kay Holmberg Santos, Marion, Mass., her husband, John; and four grandchildren, John Peter, Sophia, Evan and Will Santos.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.