The following information was submitted in July of 2006 by Kathy Yellen:
Born on February 5, 1912 in New York City, the son of American West sculptor Alexander Phimister and Margaret Gerow Proctor. His father's sculpting commissions took the family all over the United States and Europe, most notably Oregon, California, New York, Connecticut, and Italy and Belgium. Proctor grew up assisting his father, thus developing his own talent for sculpting.
He studied in New Yor City, continuing on at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he earned his B.F.A. degree. He studied for two years at the American Academy in Rome, and won the Prix de Rome in 1934 for "We are the Dead".
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