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The Dunbar Legacy Society is named in honor of James L. Dunbar (1929-2020), a 1949 graduate of Proctor Academy. Growing up with the misdiagnosed and misunderstood disability of dyslexia was incredibly difficult for a child in the 1930s and 1940s. At Proctor, Jim made friends and found teachers who cared about his well-being and academic growth. In those years at Proctor, his academic growth was mirrored by growing self-confidence and positive attitude, and it was that positive attitude that became the key ingredient to his success in the years to come. After graduation from Proctor, Jim studied in college, and in 1956 launched his own company, Dunbar Armored, the largest independently owned company of its type in the United States until being acquired by the Brinks Co. in 2018.

The Dunbar Society was established to recognize all those who have made a provision for Proctor Academy through a bequest, trust, insurance or retirement policy, or other estate-planning vehicle. Jim was a visionary advocate for the advancement of Proctor and its programs. In addition to extraordinary annual and capital support that spanned decades, he made a generous gift to Proctor through a bequest. Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for Proctor.

It is a privilege to recognize alumni, parents, and friends who share in Jim’s vision for Proctor, and have included the school in their future philanthropy. 

To Learn More About Planned Giving:

For more information on making a planned gift, or to join The James L. Dunbar '49 Legacy Society, please contact:  
Tracey Perkins
(603) 735-6723 or

Proctor Academy Development Office
P.O. Box 389
Andover, NH 03216
FAX: (603) 735-6305
Our Tax ID#
501 C3, 02-0222179


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Proctor Alumni in the James L. Dunbar Society

Allan Johnson

Allan Johnson '78

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Jay Fisher

Jay Fisher '72

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Mollie Burns

Mollie Burns '90

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Peter Durkin

Peter Durkin '12

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Members of The James L. Dunbar '49 Legacy Society

If you feel that you should be included on this list, that your listing is in error, or if you would like information about including Proctor Academy in your planning, please contact our Development Office at 603-735-6000 or

“By including Proctor Academy in my giving, I know that I am making a meaningful contribution to the lives of aspiring young people--like the one I once was. At the same time, I take immense satisfaction knowing that I am giving in return for the many blessings my family and I have received from Proctor. Your love for this school will perpetuate the Proctor experience for generations of young people—many of whom will benefit from the school’s extraordinary support programs. My dream for success came true. Together, we can make countless dreams come true.” - James L. Dunbar ‘49 

Planned Giving

Dunbar Society: Honoring Visionary Supporters of Proctor Academy Through Planned Gifts and Philanthropy.