Dalton Proctor

Dalton Ray Proctor

January 1, 1934 - June 30, 2014


Dr. Dalton R. Proctor, age 80, of Cary and Atlantic Beach, NC, died June 30, 2014. He was the son of the late Jesse and Pauline Proctor of Saratoga, NC. He grew up on a small family farm and was active in many youth organizations. He is survived by his wife Ruby and: his daughter Pam Hatton of Plainwell, MI, and her husband Capt. Len Hatton; his son Anthony of Charlotte, NC, and his wife Sheila; grandson Jesse; step-granddaughter Briannan; and the countless children he mentored during his career in 4-H.

Dr. Proctor graduated from Saratoga High School in June of 1952. He participated in sports and many school organizations and served as president of his senior class. He attended North Carolina State University and graduated in May 1956 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science. Dalton was an active student, serving as president of the Animal Science Club and the AG Club, and he was a member of the AGR fraternity. He received a Master of Adult Education from NC State in May, 1969. His Doctorate in Education was awarded by VPI&SU in Blacksburg, VA in 1974. He was a Wolfpack Club member from his college days and was an avid Wolfpacker.

Dalton and Ruby shared his career of 36 years in 4-H Youth Development work. His career began in October, 1958, in Caswell County, NC, where he was appointed as an Assistant County Extension agent in charge of 4-H and livestock programs. He was active in church and many community organizations and served as president of the Yanceyville Rotary Club for two terms.

In 1963, he transferred to Greene County, NC, and was responsible for 4-H, Livestock, and Community Resource Development. He was active in church and community affairs and served as president of the Snow Hill Rotary Club for two terms.

Dr. Proctor moved to NCSU in November of 1969 as an Extension Community Development Specialist. In August of 1974, he accepted a position in the 4-H Youth Development Department and provided leadership for the Adult Volunteer programs. In October of 1975, he accepted the position of Associate Extension State 4-H Leader, Specialist in Charge. His responsibilities included the Awards Program, Scholarship Program, NC 4-H Congress, National 4-H Congress, and to liaison with other Extension Specialists. The 4-H Curriculum Development Process was initiated in 1978 under his leadership.

Dr. Proctor was named Department Head, 4-H Youth Development and Assistant Extension Director of the Cooperative Extension Service in October 1984 and held that position until his retirement in January, 1995. He is noted for not only his leadership of the 4-H Program, where enrollment increased from approximately 100,000 to 230,000, but also in the areas of fundraising. Gifts during his tenure ranged from $100 to one million. Over his career, it is estimated that he was involved in raising over $50,000,000 for 4-H at the county, state, and national levels. He was equally successful in working with the N.C. General Assembly, securing several million dollars for North Carolina 4-H camps.

Dr. Proctor was inducted into the North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame in 2009 and the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2010. He was given the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

In 1984 he was named as "Tar Heel of the Week" by the Raleigh News and Observer. Although he was honored to receive such a distinguished honor, he often quipped that, as a die-hard Wolfpack fan, he could never quite resolve being referred to as a "Tar Heel".

He was commissioned as a 2Lt in the Army in May of 1956 and remained in active reserve for 28 years. He retired as a LtC in May, 1984. he commanded several units in the Army Reserve Program.

When Dr. Proctor retired, he and Ruby purchased a second home in Atlantic Beach, NC. He enjoyed the Bogue Banks Country Club and golfing in his later years, as well as entertaining friends and family during the many "Happy Hours" on the front deck.

During his retirement, he also was a faculty member at Mount Olive College. This was certainly a highlight of his retirement. He was very active in the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, serving on several committees and sitting on the Board of Directors for three terms.

In his Extension work, as a teacher and a volunteer, he became known for the quotation, "A child is not a thing to be molded, but a person to be unfolded." The countless lives that he impacted during his career illustrate that he was a man who lived up to the words that he himself spoke.

He will be missed by many, and forgotten by none who knew him.

Visitation will be 6-8PM, Wednesday, July 2, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 Southeast Maynard Rd, Cary, NC, 27511. A funeral service to celebrate Dr. Proctor's life will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home at 11:00AM on Thursday, July 3, followed by a private graveside ceremony in Fountain, NC.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dalton Proctor Scholarship Fund, 634 Henderson Street, Mount Olive College, NC, 28365, or to the Dalton Proctor Scholarship Fund, 4-H Youth Development, Box 7606, NC State University, Raleigh NC, 27695.

Online condolences may be made to the family through www.brownwynnecary.com.


Funeral Home

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home
200 Southeast Maynard Road Cary, NC 27511
(919) 467-8108

Published in The News & Observer on July 2, 2014