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Judi and Dave Proctor receive a Seed Sower statue from President David L. Boren in recognition of their longtime support of the university. The Proctors fund scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences to honor their sons.

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Dave and Judi Proctor have turned the loss of their sons into a series of life-affirming gifts that will help generations of University of Oklahoma students.

Dave, a Seminole, Okla., native who attended the same schools as OU President David L. Boren, earned a 1962 OU mathematics degree. He went on to a successful career in the aerospace and computer industries and retired as chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Cyber Guard Corp., then considered the technical leader in network security.

Dave’s son, David, died in 1988 at age 18 from complications of an all-terrain vehicle accident that had occurred three years earlier. Judi and Dave’s son, Matthew, was a talented artist who was a student at the Atlanta College of Art. He was tragically murdered in 2002 during a robbery attempt.

Through their grief, the Proctors looked for opportunities to memorialize David and Matthew. “We thought about what they might have wanted to do,” Dave said. After meeting with OU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kelly Damphousse, the Proctors chose to make education their sons’ legacy through endowments at the OU Foundation.

David’s strength in math and computer science is commemorated with the David Michael Proctor Memorial Scholarship for Math Majors. Matthew’s love of the arts is honored in the Matthew David Proctor Scholarship for Visual Arts or Art History Majors.

Additional scholarships in the OU College of Arts and Sciences also have been established in Matthew’s name, as well as that of Dave and Judi.

“Judi and Dave are such great friends to OU, and their contributions are making a significant impact on the College of Arts and Sciences,” Damphousse said. “The scholarships they have endowed to honor Matthew and David not only allow our students to celebrate their sons’ spirit, but also provide essential support for students to complete their degrees.”

“We don’t want them ever to be forgotten,” Judi said of their children. “When someone puts a résumé together, it will always say that they had a scholarship in Matthew or David’s name. That’s a way of helping our sons be remembered forever.”

The Proctors previously had established the $100,000 Judi and Dave Proctor Post-Eligibility Scholarship Endowment at OU. The fund helps student-athletes who have used up their eligibility and are working to complete undergraduate or graduate school.

“We want our student-athletes to be part of the OU family for life,” said Zac Selmon, senior associate athletics director and chief of operations. “Most of all, we want them to get their degree.”

The Proctors have already met several College of Arts and Sciences students they are supporting through scholarship endowments, Dave said, adding that he and Judi have ensured that the scholarships will continue in perpetuity through planned giving.

“It makes us feel very good that we’re able to help,” Judi said. “It’s something that David and Matthew would be glad we are doing in their names.”