Longtime GWU Administrator Passes Away

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Dr. Dan Proctor Remembered for Serving Family, University

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — The Gardner-Webb University community is mourning the loss of Dr. Dan Proctor, who is remembered for serving GWU for 25-plus years in numerous roles and for his lifetime devotion to his family.  Proctor passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, at the age of 81.

He completed a bachelor’s degree at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree and doctorates in theology and philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  He and his wife, Gardner-Webb Professor Emerita Dr. Lonnie Proctor, met at a Sunday night church service in Kansas City, Mo., and married in 1955.

After teaching several years at North Greenville College in South Carolina, the Proctors arrived at Gardner-Webb in 1969 and both served the University for a quarter of a century.  Dan retired in 1995 after success in a number of jobs.

Starting as director of guidance and counseling, Proctor became an assistant dean and GWU registrar.  He later served as director of records and research, director of data processing and computers, and assistant academic vice president for administration.  He also taught Biblical languages and literature.

“His role changed on an annual basis depending on the needs of the institution,” said Dr. Jeff Tubbs, GWU vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness.  “He was the one who brought the computer age to Gardner-Webb when he started entering and printing grade reports and class rolls.  He was an innovator, and he pushed hard to make computers a part of campus life.”

Tubbs remembered Proctor as a serious, on-task worker who put in long hours, while also exhibiting a soft-spoken friendliness to everyone around him.  He served Gardner-Webb, but he was also a devoted family man to Lonnie and their four children.

“They were a close-knit family who came in the late 60s and stuck with the University to the end,” Tubbs reflected.  “Their kids attended Gardner-Webb.  Once Dan retired from the University, he served as Lonnie’s manager.  She was a successful senior athlete, and he would drive her all over the country as her coach.  He was always there for his family, and he was totally committed to Gardner-Webb.”

A funeral service is set for Sunday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C.  The family will receive friends an hour before the service.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).