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Edward L. Proctor

Edward L. Proctor, M.D. was born July 3, 1925, in Conway, the son of Clemson Proctor and Gussie Vaught Proctor. He graduated from Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Proctor practiced as a general surgeon in Conway from 1952 until his retirement in 1989. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in 1954 and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1955. He is a member of the Horry County, South Carolina, and American Medical associations; the Southeastern Surgical Congress; and the South Carolina Surgical Society of which he was president in 1978. He was the president of the Conway Hospital Staff in 1968-1969, and became a member of the Conway Hospital Board of Trustees in 1974, serving an chairman in 1979.

Dr. Proctor was in the Virginia National Guard from 1949to 1952, and the South Carolina National Guard from 1952 to 1976. He retired as Colonel.

He has been a past president and member of the Conway Rotary for 20 years, a past president and member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce, the chairman of the Horry County Development Board for ten years, a member of the South Carolina State Development Board for five years, and a member of the C & S National Bank Advisory Board since 1962. Dr. Proctor has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Conway for 43 years and has chaired its Board of Deacons.

Dr. Proctor has been a member of the Coastal Education Foundation, Inc. since 1970. He was president in 1970-1971 and 1977-1978.

He received the Conway Junior Chamber of Commerce Young Man of the Year Award in 1960, the American Legion Distinguished Service Award of 1965, the Horry Distinct Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award in 1966, the Field and Herald Man of the Year Award in 1974, and the Clemson University Distinguished Service Award in 1980.

Dr. Proctor has been a long-time friend of Coastal Carolina College. As a director of the Coastal Educational Foundation, Inc. for more than 20 years, he continued to actively support the institution. 

Proctor was named an honorary founder of Coastal Carolina University in 1991.