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Virginia Procter
May 29, 1927-June 18, 2020
Atherton, California

Virginia Schultz Procter of Atherton passed away peacefully on June 18 at the age of 93. An early resident and formative member of the friendly Lindenwood community, Ginny had been living at The Sequoias in Portola Valley since 2017.

Ginny was born in Evanston, IL to Olga and Herbert Schultz, the second of three children and the only daughter. She came West in 1945 to attend Stanford University, where she was one of the first women to graduate from the Math Department. While at Stanford, she met Robert Procter, a grad student in Engineering who had recently completed his service with the U.S. Navy. They were married in 1948 and settled In Los Angeles.

Ginny and Bob relocated to the Peninsula in 1951 and began their own home construction company. They were true do-it-yourselfers, filled with energy, ingenuity and skill. When Atherton's historic James Flood estate was first subdivided for residential development, they bought the lot just inside the historic Lindenwood Gate that included the original gatehouse. While briefly occupying the old gatehouse, they designed and built their own mid-century modern home where they raised their two children, Glenn and Carol. Procter Construction went on to build several more homes in Lindenwood, all in the mid-century style so popular again now.

In addition to managing the books for Procter Construction, Ginny was a devoted mother and grandmother. Both her children excelled in swimming, which became a focus of their family life. Ginny drove them to and from daily practice, juniors meets throughout the state, and diligently kept stats, news clippings and awards all the way through their college careers. She was a PTA leader and sport booster at Encinal and Menlo-Atherton High Schools. Her baking skills were legendary. When her three granddaughters arrived, she took delight in being an active part of their lives, rarely missing a chance to see them shine.

Ginny enjoyed volunteering with Palo Alto Auxiliary to Stanford Children's Hospital and was a docent at Filoli. She was a keen bridge player and part of many groups over the years. She could often be seen supporting Stanford at basketball and football games and on daily walks with longtime Lindenwood friends. Her warm smile, kind heart and easygoing nature endeared Ginny to all who knew her.

Ginny is survived by her loving family including son Glenn and daughter Carol, both of Lindenwood, son in-law Evan Collins, and granddaughters Sarah, Leanna and Margaret Collins. She was preceded in death by Bob in 2011 and brothers Carl and Ken Schultz of IL. A small tribute gathering will be held outdoors in early October. Contact the family at the Linden Avenue address for details.

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