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Re: Robert Proffer Family, Texas
Posted by: Virginia Finley (ID *****7390) Date: April 19, 2003 at 14:12:15
In Reply to: Re: Robert Proffer Family, Texas by Ron Nota of 108


Descendants of Robert Lee Proffer

Generation No. 1

1. ROBERT LEE6 PROFFER (ELIJAH FRANKLIN5, PETER BIRK4, PETER3, GEORGE2, JOHN1) was born April 14, 1909 in Ponder, Denton County, TX., and died April 03, 1986 in Ft. Worth, TX.. He married (1) ELIZABETH STAGG YOUNGBLOOD. She was born May 07, 1924. He married (2) ALVA LUCILLE STUBBS August 23, 1930. She was born September 08, 1908.

Robert Lee Proffer and his wife, Alva Lucille were teachers and wile living at 215 Marietia, Denton, Texas, in the fall of 1952, Robert Lee was elected president of the Texas State Teachers Association at their annual meeting held in El Paso during the Thanksgiving holidays.

Obituary by Karen Willoughby


       Robert Lee Proffer, 76, former educator and state senator, died Thurday at a Fort Worth hospital. He had a history of heart trouble.bbFuneral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at University Christian Church. Burial will be in Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
       In his retirement years Proffer tended 150 African violet plants, and during his 48-year professional careet he tended to students, educational policies, state government and research chemistry.
       "He loves growing things more than anything", said his wife, Elizabeth Proffer, dean of students at Texas Christian University.
       Proffer served in the Texas House and Senate from 1943 to 1950. During that time he worked on education committees and wrote and sponsored several legislative acts that still are operative. He was a co-sponsor of the Gilmer-Atkin bill a landmark first approach to statewide financing for schools. He was sponsor of a constitutional amendment that established a uniform tax base for providing construction money for Texas colleges. Proffer sponsored the Youth Development Act that set up the statewide Youth Development Council. He also was a sponsor of the Legislative Council Act, which created the council that provides research and information services for state legislators.
       Proffer was born in Ponder, Denton County. He had earned bachelor's and master's degrees from North Texas State University by the early 1930s and had accumulated 54 hours toward a doctorate in educational administration at the University of Texas.
       Starting his education career in 1929 at rural Denton County schools, Proffer was Denton County school superintendent from 1935 to 1942. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1943 to 1946 and in the senante from 1945 to 1950. Proffer was a school superintendent in Justin from 1945 to 1949 and was associate professor of political science at North Texas State University in Denton from 1949 to 1959.
       In more recent years he worked as an industrial chemist at Crain Chemical Co. in Dallas at at Pantiser Chemical Co, in Ft. Worth. He retired in 1976.
       Proffer was a life member of the National Educational Association, The American Association of School Adminstrators and the Texas State Teachers Associat. He was elected president of teachers association District 5 in 1951 and president of the state organization in 1954.
       He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club, Dennton County Tuberculosis Association and board of directors of the Denton County,Chapter of the American Red Cross. Proffer served as scoutmaster and was chairman of the Denton County District of Boy Scouts for five years.       
       When he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Denton, he was Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent, deacon chairman and president of the Denton County Baptist Brotherhood. Since his marriage in 1964 he has been a member of the University Christian Church.
       Survivors include his wife, Elizather Proffer of Fort Worth.
       The family suggest that memorials be made to the Texas Christian University World Hunger Fund or to a favorite charity.

Burial: April 06, 1986, Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.
       i.       INFANT SON7 PROFFER, b. Abt. 1931; d. Abt. 1932, Died in infancy.

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