Family and Friends of Margaret Proctor
Dr. Margaret Proctor, a longtime GVSU communications professor, died December 28, 2000 in her Holland home following a lengthy battle with leukemia. Proctor who was known outside of the university as Margaret Proctor Cohen was an associate professor of communications. She began teaching at GVSU in 1974, first at William James College, and then, beginning in 1983, as a member of the School of Communications. Her interests were broad and intense ranging from a deep love for the literature, language, food, and wine of France to a fascination with the role of the media in the O.J. Simpson case. Above all, however, she had a passion for teaching creative writing and for getting students to find and use their own individual voices.
Proctor was born in Schenectady, NY, to Lewis B. and Elizabeth Proctor. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College, master’s degree from Harvard University and her doctorate degree at the University of Chicago. She is survived by her husband, Bill: children, Alan, Elizabeth, and Miriam (Mia); and a brother, Lewis Buddy Proctor of Penngrove, Calif.
The Margaret Proctor School of Communications Scholarship honors Dr. Proctor’s talent and skill. The scholarship was initiated by her colleagues in the School of Communications and many people including faculty, staff, alumni and her family have made the endowed scholarship possible. The scholarship will benefit students enrolled within the School of Communications who have a passion for writing a speak in a vivid, direct and unique voice.