TERRELL WILLIAM "TERRY" PROCTOR, J.D.
CURATOR, BOARD CHAIRMAN & GENERAL COUNSEL
PROCTOR MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
PRESIDENT, HOUSTON GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY, 2008
Twice First Vice-President Houston Gem & Mineral Society
Show Chairman Houston Gem & Mineral Society
Chairman, Paleontology Section of Houston Gem & Mineral Society
|Terry is an attorney, Mediator and former Municipal and Assoc. District Judge.||Terry, where he likes best to be, digging
in the dirt!!!
Here at the Tulsa Spine Hospital 300,000,000 year old plant fossils.
|Terry developed the new eArt Scanning technique.
Here is an eArt self-portrait.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON TERRELL WILLIAM "TERRY" PROCTOR,
CURATOR and BOARD CHAIRMAN OF THE
PROCTOR MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE, INC.
Terrell William Proctor, J.D. is known as "Terry" to most people. Terry does not have a graduate degree in any Earth Science field, but has had a lifetime of Earth Science experience. He has carried his avocation much further than just a hobby. Terry does have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Management; completed all classroom hours on a MBA before returning to Texas; and has a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree.
Terry has won writing awards regionally from the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies and nationally from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for a number of years on his articles on science and technology and his poetry on Earth Science. He has also won awards for writing in the field of Law and had 52 front page articles on law published in Houston's Daily Court Review. Terry was a Municipal Judge for four years and an Associate District Judge in Harris County (Houston), Texas. He practices law and has been a Mediator for over ten years, helping settle cases without trial. Terry donates hundreds of hours a year to indigent clients and hundreds of hours to civic organizations like the Houston Gem & Mineral Society, as Secretary of the men's group at his church, and as curator of the Proctor Museum of Natural Science, Inc.--the FREE Texas not for profit Corporation.
Terry was nominated by Sen. Don Henderson in 1986 for the Texas Legislature's 'Texas Artist of the Year'. There are about 10 to 12 Texans nominated for this in each session of the Texas Legislature. He has also won a number of art awards over the years. About 1998 Terry created a new art form which he calls 'eArt Scanning'. That technique appears throughout this website and a number of other websites which he has built. These are not photographs nor paintings, but the actual flowers, fossils, shells, live things, and anything else which will fit on a flat bed scanner. The images appear to be three-dimensional in a manner which you cannot obtain with a camera. It is something new under the Sun!!!
EARLY BACKGROUND and FAMILY INVOLVEMENT IN ROCKHOUNDING
Terry's interest in natural science goes back at least to Jr. High School, where his 7th Science Class teacher, Ms. Kennedy, taught earth science in great detail. She made her classes learn the phylums, different types of rocks, the geological ages and many other things which kindled Terry's interest in science, at an early age. Terry was fascinated. He also became fascinated with a classmate named Nettie Kessler, with whom he had his first date, on a Hay ride. While some 7th graders were into romance on this ride, Terry and Nettie walked behind the wagon discussing what Ms. Kennedy was teaching them in Science Class. It was their only date, but not their shared interest in science over their years at Woodrow Wilson Jr. Hi School, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today, it is understood that Nettie and her husband are well-known scientists who have served in foreign countries on assignment. Way to go Nettie!!!
Terry studied physics at Will Rogers High
School in Tulsa, Oklahoma (he is a native
Texan who was moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma during
WWII with his family, to live with his mother's
sister and her husband, when Terry's father
was drafted to go into the U.S. Navy). However,
he didn't take chemistry class in High School.
Terry was offered a scholarship to Rice University
in Houston, Texas, provided he would take
and pass High School chemistry in summer
school. Terry's father told Terry that he
could not accept the scholarship to Rice
University, as he, Terry's father, could
not pay for him to go to school at Rice.
Terry protested to no avail, that he would
pay all of his own expenses. So the scholarship
was lost. However, Terry paid all of his
expenses throughout eight years of college.
Terry went to Tulsa University to become an Electronics Engineer. In his first year at Tulsa University, Terry took a 5.00 hour chemistry class which contained over 100 students. Terry made the third highest lab grade in the entire class, but flunked theory (the only class Terry ever flunked in his long academic career). The professor (recently from Germany after WWII) asked Terry how he could make such a high lab grade and flunk theory. Terry explained that he knew what he was doing, but had always been poor on memorizing other people's words (this is why later, in theater Terry was given acting roles which didn't require much memorizing). The next semester Terry took the 5.00 hour Chemistry class and passed. However, Terry decided to switch to a business degree major and that pretty well ended his formal Science Degree goals.
Terry made his best grade however, in his entire college curriculum, in an Advanced Biology class taught by Dr. Blair. At that time, Terry recalls Dr. Blair pointing out that the West Coast of Africa and the East Coast of South America appeared to fit together and some scientists were suggesting that continents drifted and that at one time these two continents were in fact joined. This was the onset of what is now accepted by almost everyone as the continental drift or tectonic plate drift.
While at Wilson Jr. Hi Terry acquired a small diamond saw and polishing outfit and cut some cabochons and polished them. Terry broke his leg in Jr. Hi, but went with the family on crutches to Colorado where he climbed in the mountains with the family, on crutches. Terry and his 15 month younger brother, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Richard O. Proctor, M.D. (now a rancher/prof. in Paris, Texas) started collecting rocks in Colorado. The family had a 1939 Dodge car and the mountain roads in Colorado, in 1941-42, weren't what they are today. Cars could literally drive off roads and fall hundreds or thousands of feet to the rocks below--and did on occasions. Cars didn't have much power in the thin mountain air, so climbing the steep roads was a slow arduous task as cars barely navigated up winding mountain roads over some of the passes.
Although on crutches, Terry and Richard started collecting rocks. At one point, their father, William O. "Bill" Proctor, who was not interested in rocks at that time, said "Enough. throw out your rocks and don't put any more in the car". Therefore, Terry knew that to keep his treasures, he had to hide them. So Terry would slip pretty rocks down beside the panel below the window and the side of the back seat, so that they were stored under the back seat. Terry found one large piece of beautiful purple clear mineral and just had to have it. When Daddy 'Bill" wasn't looking, Terry pulled the back seat up and stored this valuable treasure under the back seat.
For some strange reason, going up and over Colorado mountain passes seemed to become more difficult and the Dodge just didn't seem to have the necessary power to make it. Finally "Daddy" made an inspection, including pulling up the back seat. To everyone's surprise, there was found to be a stash of rocks, including the lovely piece of what is now known to have been Amethyst (it probably could have made a thousand dollars worth of jewelry--well maybe not!!). "Daddy" unceremoniously dumped the entire rock collection right there on the spot, over Terry's protests that the purple rock was probably valuable and in any event very pretty. With threats of a spanking if he did it again, Terry gave up becoming a rock collector (now known as a Rockhound) for the rest of the trip.
Interestingly enough, a number of years later "Daddy" and "Momma" (Arlene G. Proctor) became Rockhounds. "Daddy" became President of the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Club; did faceting; turned out spheres; did slabbing; and collected minerals, fossils and shells. "Momma" cut stones and came up with at least 36 "picture" cabochons. These were cabochons, i.e. slabs of polished stones, which had natural pictures, made up from the various components of the stones. At "Momma"'s death, each of the three children, i.e. Terry, Richard and sister Linda Jane (Proctor) Anderson, got 12 of the treasured picture cabochons. Linda has a degree in Archaeology, and works as a librarian in Lakewood, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).
Bill and Arlene Proctor were well known in the Rockhound Clubs in the Southwest. They put on programs over the years for many other clubs (including the Houston Gem & Mineral Society) and did judging of cases of minerals and cut and polished rocks.
TERRY BECOMES AN EARTH SCIENTIST AND PALEONTOLOGIST (without portfolio)
After getting off to a slow start, by changing from an Electronic Engineering degree major to a Business major, Terry drifted on apart from science for a number of years. He obtained his B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management and a minor in Accounting. He did all of his classroom hours for an MBA Degree, then moved back to Texas, where he attempted to complete his MBA Degree. However, when Terry would send in material for his Thesis, a lazy professor would write back a one-sentence letter saying "go to the library and do more research". On his final attempt, Terry wanted to write on the importance of photocopy machines (this was in 1957/58). The professor wrote back saying "get another subject, as this will never be of any importance". Therefore, with an idiot to try to work with, Terry gave up and never got his MBA Degree.
After a period during which Terry was not too involved in anything related to Earth Science (see additional non-science related parts of his biography below), Terry had his interests revived when he started attending meetings of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society about 1980-85.
Initially, Terry attended General Meetings of HGMS, but then started attending the HGMS Paleontology Section meetings, where he found himself most fascinated with being the first person to see things which had lived millions of years ago. To be the first person in the World to see something this ancient is one of the most exciting things a human being can experience.
Subsequently, Terry went on to become the Chairman of the Paleontology Section of HGMS; First Vice-President of HGMS twice; and Show Chairman for the big annual HGMS Show in 1997 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Terry was the initial creator of the Proctor Museum of Natural Science and one of the six founders and incorporators. He has been the Board Chairman, Curator and General Counsel of the PMNS since it was incorporated as a Texas "Not for Profit" Corporation in 1988.
Terry has been a regular contributor over the years to The BACKBENDER'S GAZETTE, the official publication of the HGMS. His articles have been submitted by the BBG's Editor, Phyllis George to the regional gem & mineral organization, the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies (SCFMS) and to the national mineral organization, the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS). Terry has consistently won in both regional and national contests in the past four or five years. In 2001, he won third place nationally in the Adult Advanced Articles, for his article on how to tell the age of geological ages.
Terry has his article on eArt Scanning as a tool in Fossil and Mineral Collecting, published in the September, 2000 issue of Rock & Gem Magazine with a front cover banner touting the article.
Terry's College Chemistry Professor would be proud. Terry may not be able to memorize other peoples formulas and writing, but he has certainly done well in original writing.
The PMNS has celebrated its 15th Annual Meeting on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2003, having been incorporated on St. Patrick's Day in 1988. 35 Board Member positions were authorized at this year's annual meetings, all but about 5 of which have been filled.
Terry has had extensive field work in Paleontology. In 1994, he spent a week with Dr. Robert H. Bakker, Ph.D. at Como Bluff, Wyoming, digging in the Nail Quarry for dinosaur fossils (with huge success). He was accompanied by his Office Manager and lady friend, Bonnie Marcantel and his sister, Linda Jane (Proctor) Anderson. See the biography of Robert H. Bakker, Ph.D. On this trip, there was also a side trip to the Warfield Quarry at Kemmerer, Wyoming to dig for Eocene fossil fish. You can see some of these fossil fish on the
In 1996, Terry led a field trip of members of the PMNS and HGMS-Paleo Section to dig for fossil fish at the Warfield Quarry in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
For a short time, Terry quit his job as the top producer of sales in the Western half of the United States, for LOOK Magazine's School Plan, to go to work for Fish Engineering as their Office Manager. He intended to once again go back and get an Engineering Degree. However, Terry's then boss pleaded with him to come back to LOOK Magazine, because of his outstanding production there. Cecil Rusk, one of the band directors whom Terry worked with, as a customer for the LOOK School Plan, was going to law school and convinced Terry that getting a law degree would be easier to work with the logistics problems Terry had of traveling 38 counties in Southeast Texas and trying to go to night school. South Texas College of Law, at that time, was strictly a night law school. So Terry went through law school in 2 years and 2 semesters (the minimum was supposed to be 3 years, never being able to study because he was always on the road and trying to be a husband and father to 4 children, all under 5 years of age. However, Terry graduated at the top 15% of his class, took the Texas Bar Exam before graduating from Law School and still lacking 4 Bar Courses on the Exam. Terry made a high grade on the Bar Exam, came back and completed one more semester and received his L.L.B. (Bachelor of Legal Letters) Degree, which a couple years later was changed out to a J.D.(Dr. of Jurisprudence) Degree as many other law schools did (since more law students already had a Bachelor's Degree, and it took about the same amount of additional time in school as an M.D. or Ph.D., it didn't make sense to wind up with just another Bachelor's Degree, so the J.D. Degree became the norm, if you already had the undergraduate degree before starting to law school)
Terry has practiced law for 40 years, during which time he was a Municipal Judge for 4 years in Jacinto City, Texas; an Associate District Judge in the 246th Family District Court of Harris County, Texas for a short time; and is a Mediator and Arbitrator as well as a trial attorney. He has been President of the North Harris County Bar Association three times and served as an officer there for many more years. Terry has been on the Board of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association for about 15 to 20 years; served on several State Bar of Texas Committees; served on a couple of Houston Bar Association Committees; served on the Board of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service and was Finance Committee Chairman there; and a number of other honors related to the law practice.
On non-law or science related areas, Terry was President of the Greater Northshore Area Jaycees; President of the Greater Northshore Area Art League; Board Member of the Baytown Art League; appeared in about 10-12 plays at the Baytown Little Theater; held almost every office one can hold at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church-Houston, where Terry has attended since about 1960.