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|Full name||Robert Fitzgerald, DC|
|Born||3 October 1923|
|Died||April 22, 2005|
|Event(s)||Olympic Silver medal in Speed Skating, Chiropractor|
|College team||St. Thomas College|
|Club||Powderhorn Ski Club|
Robert Emmett "Bobby" Fitzgerald, DC (October 3, 1923 Minneapolis, MN; April 22, 2005; Luverne, Minnesota) was an American speed skater who competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics and in the 1952 Winter Olympics. During his career, he set three national records.
He was a Feb., 1947 graduate of St. Thomas College, when he won the national and North American Speed Skating crowns. Later that year, he skated in the "Winter Carnival" held at Como Park, in St. Paul, which was the US Olympic trials for speed skating. His 1st place there was enough to qualify him for the seven man team . In 1948 he won a silver medal in the 500 metres event, tying two other men with who all got Silver medals.  He also finished 28th in the Speed skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics – Men's 1500 metres competition.
He was a member of the US Army Air Corps in World War II, and was discharged due to injuries sustained in a plane crash. He credited his recovery to the Chiropractor who treated him and that motivated him to attend Chiropractic College. . Fitzgerald was a 1952 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, and a staunch supporter of the ICA.
In 2005, he was inducted to the Minneapolis South High School's (1941 Graduate) "Wall of Honor" .
His first marriage to Pauline Bratt produced four children. After her passing, in 1983 he remarried Dr. Judy Boyle (Also a DC).
- Hahn, Trudi (2005-05-02). "Robert Fitzgerald, chiropractor, speed skater, dies". Star Tribune. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-132100215.html. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- Staff Writer (2/14/1947). "On Olympic Team". Aquino. College of St. Thomas. p. 7.
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- Staff Writer (Fall, 2005). "2005 Wall of Honor members awarded". South High Foundation Newsletter. Minneapolis South high School. http://www.southhighfoundation.org/Publications/NSL-0509.pdf. Retrieved 2/7/2014.