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PROCTOR, Captain Robert (Bob) Huntington, Jr.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Robert Proctor was born July 16, 1909, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in the suburb of Hollis. He died Friday, July 18, 2003 in Norman, Okla., at age 94.


He was the only child of Robert H. Proctor Sr. and Madoline Caroline Bucher. Robert graduated from Flushing High school where he was active in dramatics and cross-country running.


He began his collegiate studies at Wesleyan University and, after two years, went to Europe for six months with his parents in 1929. He returned to finish his studies at the University of North Carolina where he met his future wife, Ella Mae Daniel.


He considered a career in drama and also in dentistry, but his passion for flying soon led him to the US Navy where he became a Naval aviator, earning his “wings” in 1938.

 

He and Ella Mae Daniel were married in 1939. During World War II, he taught flying to Naval Cadets and flew transport planes in the Pacific theatre of operations. His service awards include the American Defense Service Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation “for outstanding heroism in action, or extremely meritorious service, other than combat, in support of military operations.”


After the War he began a career in Government service, first with the Central Aviation Agency (CAA) and then with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Following World War II, he was a reserve Naval officer and retired as a Captain with over 12,000 flying hours noted in his flight log. During his career with the FAA, Robert requested and was granted foreign service assignments, first in Bogota, Columbia in 1961 and then in Panama in 1962-63.


When he returned to the United States, he moved to Norman, Oklahoma and worked at the FAA in Oklahoma City until his retirement in 1969. After retirement Bob and Ella Mae traveled extensively visiting many foreign lands and taking thousands of photographs continuing a tradition of photography that began with his grandfather. He delivered Meals on Wheels in Norman for 20 consecutive years, attended live theatre and music concerts regularly and was an active member and contributor to several Norman area organizations and charities.


Always mindful of posterity, his final charitable act was donating his body to the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. He had a well-developed sense of humor and was know for his generosity and mild manner. His wife, Ella Mae, preceded him in death in 1997.


Captain Proctor is survived by four children: Alan Proctor and his wife Susan of Chickasha, Oklahoma; Bruce Proctor and his wife Lorna of Winnipeg, Canada; Carol Kozlevcar and her husband Joe of Peoria, Illinois; and Daniel Proctor and his wife Jeanne of Guilford, Connecticut. Additional survivors include ten grandchildren.


A private memorial service for the family was held at the family summer cottage in East Hampton, N.Y. on July 19, 2003. Memorials can be made to the Robert H. Proctor and Ella Mae Daniel Proctor Award Fund in Dramatic Art, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, C/O Candace Clark, Planned Giving Administrator, CB # 6100, 600 Nations Bank Plaza, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6100.