SARASOTA (February 13, 2014) – “The entire USF Sarasota-Manatee community is saddened by the tragic death of our recent graduate, James Dylan Proctor, who was so shockingly killed in a traffic accident near Tampa early Wednesday morning,” said Arthur M. Guilford, regional chancellor. “Dylan was an enthusiastic USF supporter, through-and-through. He could always be found wearing university gear, and not only gave his all as coxswain for the USFSM rowing club, but also lent his talents as the club’s unofficial cook and musician. The perpetual smile on his face warmed the hearts of all who met him, whether faculty, staff or fellow students. We mourn the loss of a terrific person who brightened our lives and will always be remembered. I send my deepest personal condolences to Dylan’s extended family, friends and loved ones.”
Dylan, 42, earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in December, 2013, with a concentration in Gerontology and a minor in Restaurant and Hospitality Management. He was taking a chemistry class this semester while working at Doctor’s Hospital as a respiratory therapist. He will be remembered as an exuberant student who embraced learning and lived life to the fullest.
USFSM encourages anyone who would like to speak with a counselor at this sad time to take advantage of the services of our Counseling and Wellness Center. Individual appointments may be made by calling 941-487-4254. Faculty and staff may also find help through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-8705.
Arrangements for a campus-wide memorial service are under way and will be announced soon on USFSM.edu. “We join together in holding Dylan and his loved ones in our hearts and thoughts at this very difficult time,” Guilford added.