Norman Neel Proctor

Norman Neel Proctor, 82, Raytown, MO, passed away April 4, 2009 at his home. Neel was Professor Emeritus at UMKC, and was born in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. After high school he spent one year in the Navy at the end of World War II and received an honorable discharge in 1946. He received his PhD from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) in 1971. Undergraduate and post-graduate work were done at the University of Texas, Austin, where he received his Masters Degree in 1951. From 1958 until 1962, he taught at Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville, Texas. Then in 1962 he came to UMKC, where he taught human relations and organizational behavior in the School of Business and Public Administration until his retirement in 1991. While teaching was his passion, he considered his three children born of his first marriage to be his best accomplishment. He was very proud of them.

Neel enjoyed sailing, camping, reading, and discussions of current events. In later life he always looked forward to “Going Home To The Walnut Valley Music Festival” every September. He was always open to new activities and ideas.

Neel is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Carol Ann Proctor and his children Patricia Proctor Fort (Peter) of Columbia, Maryland, Robert Neel Proctor (Londa Schiebinger) of Stanford, California, and John Charles Proctor (Venus) of Leawood, Kansas and two stepchildren, G. Wayne Sourk (Brenda) and David C. Sourk (Stacy); a brother, John Thomas Proctor of Ashtabula, Ohio; sisters Helen Louise Stands (Jack) of Stanley, Idaho, and Billie Jo Correll of Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandchildren; five-step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Neel Proctor was a kind and gentle man, and always put others first. He will be missed but carried in all our hearts.

There will be a memorial service held at 10 AM on Saturday April 18, 2009 at the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, 7725 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, 7725 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212-1905, Village Hospice 400 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081, or a charity of your choice.


  1. Cathy and Bob Muller on April 4, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Our thoughts are with you and hoping you will remember the remarkable man he was. Much love,
    Cathy & Bob

  2. Carol and Mike Plotnick on April 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Our prayers are with you. May all your memories of him be bright and loving ones.

  3. Sandi Bourget on April 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    My heart and prayers go to Pat and her family at this time. Realize that the veil of dealth is just that. Your father, husband, friend, brother and uncle will always be in hearing distance from you.

  4. Doug Hughes on April 6, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Our condelences for your loss.
    Doug and Terry

  5. Ann and Tom Wing on April 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    A wonderful man. So hard to have someone like that leave your life. May the happy memories give you comfort. Love to you all.
    Ann & Tom

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