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John A. Proctor III

John A. Proctor III

John Ancel Proctor III, 59, died March 26, 2006 at his home in Andover, Massachusetts. A memorial service was held April 2 at the First Church, Congregational, in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

Ancel was born in Columbia, Missouri January 9, 1947 to John Ancel Proctor II and Martha McDonald Proctor. He received a Bachelor in Arts degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He served as an Information Officer for the U.S. Army's Presidential Honor Guard in Washington, D.C. After discharge from the Army, he was General Manager of Arone Publications, a suburban newspaper in the D.C. area.

Moving to New York City, Ancel assumed an Account Executive position with Grey Advertising where his clients included Mennen, G &W Industries, and Calgon. In 1975, he joined Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt in Boston, Massachusetts where he spent over 10 years as a Vice President managing Ocean Spray, Allied Van Lines, Petite Mattoy, and William Underwood Company. Ancel then joined Arnold & Company, followed by Harold Cabot & Company where he managed another fleet of clients including McDonald's Corporate, Nabisco Brands, New England Apple Products, and Superior Brands.

During his advertising career, Ancel launched more than 20 new consumer products nationally, including Hold Four Hour Cough Suppressant, Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry and McDonald's Halloween Pumpkin Happy Meal.

In Columbia, Missouri, he developed Ancel Richards, Inc, a specialty department store selling women's and children's wear, house wares, and gifts.

Ancel relocated to Southern Oregon in 1991. He developed J.Ancel Proctor & Associates, a multi-disciplined marketing consulting company. He was active with the Medford and Ashland Chambers of Commerce and Ashland Lithia Spring Rotary. He returned to the New England area in 1998.

An accomplished chef, Ancel enjoyed entertaining and photography.

He is survived by his son, John Ancel Proctor IV and his wife Laura Tomarchio of San Francisco, daughter, Erica Proctor and her fianc, Brian Vanderhoof of Melrose, Massachusetts and sister, Peggy Proctor Tomlins of Medford.

Contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709 (https://www.habitat.org/donation/gfth) or National Mental Health Assn Gift Office, PO Box 16810 Alexandria, VA 22302(http://www.nmha.org/memorial/individua ls/JohnAncelProctorIII.cfm ).