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Proctor Reid, director of the NAE Program Office, passed away on Thursday, June 28. Proctor oversaw the NAE's program activities and staff and directed policy research programs across engineering, the economy, and society; engineering and health care; and engineering, energy, and the environment. He was the lead staff for multiple NAE-led and collaborative committee studies, workshops, and symposia on issues related to the globalization of engineering; technological dimensions of US economic competitiveness; systems approaches to health and health care; the future of engineering education, research, and practice; and the vitality and diversity of the engineering workforce. He codirected a bilateral study of opportunities for US-Chinese cooperation in electricity generation from renewable resources and a consensus report on the role of noise control technology and policy in achieving a quieter environment, and he oversaw development of a joint National Academies–US Institute of Peace roundtable on technology, science, and peacebuilding.
Proctor began his tenure with the Program Office 30 years ago as an NAE fellow and was appointed senior program officer in 1991, associate director in 1996, codirector in 2000, and director of programs in 2004. Before joining the NAE, he was an instructor in political economy at Oberlin College (1986–87) and a consultant to the National Research Council (1988) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (1984–85). He was elected an AAAS fellow in 2013, and was secretary to the AAAS Section on Industrial Science and Technology. He received his MA (1983) and PhD (1989) in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and his BA in German language and literature from Dartmouth College in 1979. Proctor was an avid and competitive skier, enjoyed fly fishing and the outdoors, and was a devoted father to his three children. His kindness, warmth, and optimistic outlook were appreciated by all who knew him.