was founded on March 17, 1988 by the following six Founders:
º Dr. Terrell William "Terry" Proctor, J.D.
º David William Proctor, B.S.
º Donna Gale (Proctor) Kester, R.N.
º Diana Kay (Proctor) Saufley, R.N.
º Robert Owen Proctor, WO/3, U.S. Army, Retired
º James Harvey "Jim" Holdeman, Jr.
SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON EACH OF
Terrell William "Terry" Proctor, J.D.--Terry was licensed and has practiced law since 1963. He is also a Mediator and a Former Municipal and Associate District Judge. Terry was twice First Vice-President of Houston Gem & Mineral Society (HGMS); Chairman of the Paleo Section of HGMS; & Show Chairman for HGMS. He has been Board Chairman and Curator of the PMNS since it was founded. Terry has been listed in various Who's Who publications on a number of occasions over the years. He was three times President of the North Harris County Bar Association; been a Board member of several State Bar of Texas Committees; Board member of Houston Lawyer Referral Service; Board member for years with the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. He has been a life-long Methodist and member of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church since moving to Houston in 1959, having held almost every position and service in that church. Terry is an Eagle Scout and was a former Asst. Scoutmaster and Explorer Post Advisor. He is licensed as an attorney by the Texas Supreme Court; the Southern District of Texas; and the U.S. Fifth Circuit. Terry was nominated by Sen. Don Henderson in 1984 to be the Texas Legislature's "Artist of the Year" and has won a number of awards on his artwork (watercolors primarily, but also oils, acrylics and many pen & ink drawings. Most of Terry's art work is of nature. Terry has won awards in Advanced Adult articles from the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, in 2000, 2001, 2002 and this year, 2003. He also writes a weekly column which is published on the front page of the Daily Court Review. Terry has a B.S. Degree from Tulsa University in Business Administration; completed all classroom hours for his MBA before moving back to Texas; and obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) Degree from South Texas College of Law. Although Terry's formal educational background is in law, his passion is in natural science since his first year in Jr. High School. Terry has an extensive background in natural science from courses by the HGMS, reading, self-study, and contact with professional Paleontologists, such as Dr. Robert Bakker, PhD; Dr. Neal Immega, PhD; Dr. William R. Tidwell, PhD; Dr. Jim Kirkland, PhD; Prof. Robert Cross; Frank A. Garcia (formerly with the Smithsonian); Dr. Robert Sinibaldi, PhD; Prof. F. Martin Brown, decd; Dr. Richard Zingula, PhD; Dr. Joel Bartsch, DD; Art Smith, M.A.; Dr. Al Kidwell, PhD; and so many others, including almost every member of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society and many of the scientists at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. See Terry's biography on this web site.
David William Proctor, B.S.--is an Administrative Assistant in the Harris County (Houston) Tax Assessor/Collector's Office. David is married and has two sons, who are Boy Scouts. David is an Eagle Scout and is presently an Asst. Scoutmaster. He has been on the Board of the PMNS since its beginning and served as President of the PMNS several times and attended virtually every annual meeting of PMNS since its inception. David serves on the Board of the new Fire District in the North Channel Area. He has a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.
Donna Gale (Proctor) Kester is a surgical nurse, mother of three children and active in her church and raising a family. Donna is married to David Kester, who works for Harris County. Donna has an Associates Degree from San Jacinto College in Houston and Pasadena and a license as an R.N. from the State of Texas.
Diana Kay (Proctor) Saufley, (biographical information not included by request).
Robert Alexander Proctor, W/O3 U.S. Army-Retired--"Uncle Bob" died on September 14, 2002 at age 90. He had a most interesting life. He was with General Patton in WWII, liberating prisoners from the death camps in Europe. This included disarming booby trapped prisons, before releasing the prisoners to protect the prisoners and the soldiers from being killed in opening the prisons. He was President of the Texas Contractors and Decorators Association and was the Secretary of that organization for many years. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a close friend of many of the rich and powerful in Texas politics, but simply as a hunting and fishing buddy, as he didn't delve into politics. Bob drove from Austin, where he lived to Houston with his lovely wife, Evelyn, on several occasions over the years, to attend annual meetings of the PMNS. He will be sorely missed by his family and the many people who knew him in Texas, Kansas, Colorado and elsewhere.
James Harvey "Jim" Holdeman, Jr.--"Uncle Jim" died on June 30, 2009 at age 89. He was a retired Pasadena businessman who owned and owns Pasadena Welding and Equipment. He lives with his wife Flo Holdeman in Pasadena and has attended most PMNS Annual Meetings. He has been on the Board since the inception of PMNS. Jim is Terry Proctor's uncle. He served in WWII in the Seabees in the South Pacific. After WWII Jim purchased a couple of "Burma Ford" trucks and a jeep. He took Terry on trips to the beach areas along the coast, to the cattle ponds behind the beach, where Hurricanes would carry fish in storms in these fresh water ponds. There was wonderful fishing and one could catch really big fish, blown into the ponds during these Hurricane. Jim is the son of James Harvey "J.H." Holdeman, Sr., a well known and respected oilman, geologist, explorer and map maker. See J.H. Holdeman's biography on this web site. Jim will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him in various places Texas as well as his family in Israel.