Datus C. Proper
Datus C. Proper
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Datus C. Proper
April 18, 1934
Des Moines, Iowa
|Died||July 27, 2003|
|Alma mater||Cornell University (B.A. in English, 1956), George Washington University (M.A., 1978)|
|Occupation||Political analyst, writer|
|Employer||U.S. State Department|
|Known for||What the Trout Said|
Datus C. Proper (934-2003) was a political analyst with the U.S. State Department Foreign Service, an outdoors writer, and a fly fisherman.
Early life and education
Datus C. Proper was born on April 18, 1934 to William Glisan Proper and Marjorie Carryer Proper in Des Moines, Iowa. He Proper grew up in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Yellowstone National Park. He then earned a scholarship to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. When he graduated, he moved on to Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1956.
Foreign Service career
After Proper graduated from Cornell University, he joined the U.S. State Department. As a Foreign Service officer and political analyst, he traveled to Angola, Brazil, Portugal and Ireland. While with the State Department, Proper also received an M.A. from George Washington University and completed a course of study at the National War College in 1978.
During Proper’s time with the State Department, he wrote and published a number of sporting articles as well as his first book, What the Trout Said. After becoming a full-time writer, Proper was a regular contributor to Field and Stream Magazine and wrote hundreds of articles for other outdoors publications. He also wrote several more books.
Just before his death, Proper completed a rough draft of a new book on hunting. On July 27, 2003, Datus Proper drowned while fishing in the Hyalite Creek outside of Bozeman, Montana. According to authorities, he slipped on rocks and hit his head.
- Proper, Datus C. Running Waters. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2001.
- Proper, Datus C. Pheasants of the Mind : A Hunter's Search for a Mythic Bird. Limited ed. Bozeman, MT: Wilderness Adventures Press, 1994.
- Proper, Datus C. The Last Old Place : A Search through Portugal. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
- Proper, Datus C. What the Trout Said about the Design of Trout Flies and Other Mysteries. 1st ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.
- Scott, Kim Allen. “Biographical Note.” Datus C. Proper Papers, 1864-2003. Montana State University, Special Collections and Archival Informatics, 2010.
- Brown, Kellyn. “Wildlife Author Dies Doing What He Loves.” Bozeman Daily Chronicle, July 29, 2003. https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/wildlife-author-dies-doing-what-he-loves/article_efdd9c3d-4c30-5350-a3b7-0bfa3316404e.html.
- Vang, Paul. “Out There: A Tribute to One of Montana's Greats.” Montana Standard, August 14, 2003. https://mtstandard.com/lifestyles/recreation/out-there-a-tribute-to-one-of-montanas-greats/article_0f508e88-1327-5caa-9411-ac12cd724e51.html.
- “Of Note: Datus Proper.” The Washington Post. WP Company, August 2, 2003. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2003/08/02/of-note/1243ec52-1396-4871-b62b-f122bb19c6ba/.
- “Datus C. Proper.” Pilates for Everyone. Pilates in Motion Studio, 2000. https://www.pilatesinmotionstudio.com/datus-c-proper/.
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