Security Guard Kills Himself at Renwick

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Gary M. Proctor, 26, a Smithsonian security guard since January 1978, shoots and kills himself in a basement office at the Renwick Gallery. The shooting occurs when the guard was turning in his revolver and ammunition at the end of his shift. It is not clear whether the shooting was intentional or accidental.


  • Office of Protective Services)
  • Renwick Gallery)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • "Smithsonian Security Guard Kills Himself With Revolver," Washington Post, 8 December 1978
  • Torch, 1/1979, p. 10.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


December 7, 1978


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