It is with sadness that Davidson announces the death of J. Harris Proctor, a 21-year member of the Political Science Department.
Proctor, born in 1924 to Jesse and Rosa Proctor in Durham, N.C., passed away peacefully on Aug. 7, 2015, while surrounded by his family under the compassionate care of the staff at Highland Farms Retirement Community in Black Mountain, N.C., and Care Partners Hospice and Palliative Care.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Jane, and by three sons, Edward of Durham, N.C., Thom and his wife Pam of Berlin, Germany, and Ken and his wife Sandy of Bangor, Maine, as well as his brother, S. Fletcher Proctor and his wife Rich of Harrisonburg, Va.
After earning his doctorate in political science from Harvard University, Proctor embarked on a distinguished academic career spanning more than 60 years teaching at MIT, American University in Cairo, Duke University, University of Nairobi, University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Delhi before, finishing his teaching career with 21 years at his beloved Davidson College.
He traveled extensively, publishing his research on government and politics in the West Indies, Egypt, Uganda, Kenya, The Gambia, Senegal, Botswana, Lesotho, Tanzania, Swaziland, Malawi, the United Kingdom, Malta and India.
Since 2001, the Proctor's resided at Highland Farms, where they enjoyed the community spirit in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They loved to walk the trails of the Black Mountain area and watch the bird life on "their" pond. Proctor was a good friend, father, husband and brother.
A memorial service was held at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church in Swannanoa, N.C., on Aug. 14.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the J. Harris Proctor Political Science Award Fund at Davidson College, PO Box 7174, Davidson, N.C. 28035-7174.