Ben H. Procter

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Ben Hamill Procter
Born(1927-02-21)February 21, 1927
DiedApril 17, 2012(2012-04-17) (aged 85)
Alma mater Austin High School

University of Texas at Austin

Harvard University
Occupation Historian
Professor at Texas Christian University
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Phoebe Carole Procter
ChildrenBen Rice Procter
Parent(s)Hazel Barnes and Leslie Chambers Procter

Ben Hamill Procter (February 21, 1927 April 17, 2012) was a historian who served from 1957 to 2000 on the faculty of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

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A native of Temple, Texas, Procter moved with his family to Austin, where he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School. He obtained Bachelor of Arts and master's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He then received a second master's degree and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Navy during the last months of World War II. [1] From 1979 to 1980, Procter was the president of the Texas State Historical Association. Before he became a history professor, he played football briefly with the Los Angeles Rams until his athletic focus was halted by an injury. [2]

Procter held the Cecil and Ida Green Emeritus chair in the TCU History Department. He received the Summerfield R. Roberts Award for best book contribution to Texas history. He was a Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation fellow, honored for teaching and research. He was a biographer of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and U.S. Senator John Henninger Reagan. [1]

Donald R. Walker (1941-2016), professor emeritus of history at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, [3] called Procter "among the most respected and admired members of the history profession in Texas. He will be missed by students, colleagues. and other historians. ... May he rest in peace." [4]

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References

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  2. Gutierrez, Michael. "Former TCU history professor, NFL player dies | TCU 360 - with news and sports from the TCU Daily Skiff, TCU News Now and Image magazine". TCU 360. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  3. "Donald Walker obituary". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal . Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  4. "Memories and Condolences: Ben Procter". legacy.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  5. "Review of William Randolph Hearst: The Later Years, 1911–1951 by Ben Procter". Kirkus Reviews. March 15, 2007.
  6. "Review of William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863–1910 by Ben Procter". Publishers Weekly. April 13, 1998.
  7. Cutrer, Thomas W. "Jennings, Napoleon Augustus (1856–1919)". Texas State Historical Association (THSA). A Texas Ranger, Kindle Edition
  8. Fischer, LeRoy H. (June 1963). "Review of Not without Honor: The Life of John H. Reagan by Ben H. Procter". Journal of American History. 50 (1): 131–132. doi:10.2307/1889006. p. 132