Melissa Proctor (1974-2016)
Visiting Professor of Religious Studies, 2008-2009
Melissa Proctor, of Salt Lake City, died on Sept. 10, 2016, at 42. She was a visiting faculty member in the religious studies department from 2008 - 2009. Professor Proctor received a B.A. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and an M.A. from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. She also studied moral philosophy and religious thought at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, religion and social theory at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, and constitutional law and legal history at Harvard Law School in Boston. She served a Latter-Day Saints mission in Tokyo, Japan, and taught Japanese at the Missionary Training Center after her return.
In addition to her time at Holy Cross, Professor Proctor also taught at Utah Valley University and developed the first class on Mormonism to be taught at Harvard Divinity School. She returned to Utah in 2014 and worked as a research analyst at the Utah Foundation and in public policy at the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. She is survived by her parents, 10 siblings and 18 nieces and nephews. ■