JAMES L. FRASER - WILLISTON - James L. Fraser, 82, founder of Fraser Management Associates, Inc., investment counselor, writer and artist, died peacefully at home in Williston on Feb. 4, 2013. The interment of his ashes will be taking place this coming weekend. Born in 1930, Mr. Fraser was the son of Leon and Margaret Maury Fraser of New York City and North Granville, N.Y. He attended the Buckley School in New York City, Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass., Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., and Dartmouth College, graduating in 1952. Following college, Mr. Fraser married Mary Ann Gunther. After serving in the Army
Counter Intelligence Corps in Tokyo, he moved to New York City and worked for First National City Bank, subsequently working for the brokerage firm of Hayden, Stone & Company of Glens Falls, N.Y., while living in North Granville, N.Y., with his wife and three children. In 1961, Mr. Fraser founded the Fraser Publishing Company in Wells, Vt., which published books focusing on creativity and independent thinking as it relates to investments, socio-economics and the history of Wall Street. He was also publisher and editor of various economic and investment letters including The Neill Letter of Contrary Opinion and The Contrary Investor. From 1963 to 2004, Jim was the chairman of the Contrary Opinion Forum, a gathering of investors from around the world pursuing independent thinking. Additionally, Mr. Fraser was the Vermont Coordinator of the World Future Society for 20 years, exploring the future of Vermont with local leaders. In 1969, Mr. Fraser moved Fraser Publishing to Burlington, where in 1971, he also founded Fraser Management Associates, Inc., a financial and investment counsel firm. In the late '70s, he was a columnist for US News and World Report, as well as a columnist in Better Investing. While in Burlington, Mr. Fraser also served on the board of Champlain Drug and Alcohol for many years. In 1970 he divorced, and then in 1973, married Victoria Keller Becker, an artist and administrator. A longtime athlete, Mr. Fraser was an excellent down hill skier, played squash and could often be seen bicycling through Burlington to business appointments, occasionally wearing a top hat. He played ice hockey until he was 66 years old. In addition to being athletic, Mr. Fraser was also a photographer and artist. Mr. Fraser was most known for the wide range of his intellectual curiosity, his optimistic perspective on the world, his ability to withstand and overcome adversity, his wonderful sense of humor, his trusting nature, kindness and generosity. During the last nine years of his life, Mr. Fraser was cared for at home by his wife of 39 years, Victoria, and a team of devoted caregivers. The family continues to be grateful to Joan Peters, Zia Emmanuel Gbau, Judson Kimble, April Thompson, Trisa Gay and Louise Brown for their dedication to Jim. Mr. Fraser is survived by his wife, Victoria K. Fraser; son, Mark and his wife, Gayle Fraser, of Burlington; daughter, Maury Tooley and her partner, Ken Hill, of Sunderland; the grandson Jim and Victoria raised, Christopher Fraser of Boston, Mass.; additional grandchildren, Travis Norton, Emily Gillis, Rebecca Tooley, Elizabeth Tooley, Meagan Tooley, and Douglas Fraser; and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Fraser's ashes will be interred at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Arrangements are being handled by Ready Funeral Home, Burlington.