Robert H. Fraser (1929 - 2018)

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After a short illness, Robert Hamilton Fraser died peacefully on August 17, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at Cascade Manor in Eugene, Oregon.

Born November 20, 1929 in Newark, New Jersey, to Scottish immigrants, Anderson Fraser and Margaret Wilson Fraser, Bob grew-up as a depression child. He later regaled his family with stories of his many jobs including paperboy, soda jerk, short order cook, TV factory worker, and construction worker before receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1952 from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. While at Taylor University, Bob caught sight of his life's love, Violet Goldsworthy; married in 1953, their love story lasted more than 65 years. Bob joined the US Marine Corps, and served in active duty from 1952-55 and in the reserves from 1955-1965 as a Captain.

The law was Bob's second love. He earned his Juris Doctorate with honors in 1959 from Indiana University. He passionately practiced law for over 56 years as a partner at Luvaas Cobb in Eugene, Oregon. Writing about his love of the law Bob said: "After more than 50 years, I bear witness to the fact that there are few people more honorable than lawyers...women have entered the profession in increasing numbers. I am proud that two of my daughters have joined the rank. I am not unmindful of the positive contribution at every level by these women to help elevate the profession. Every day in every courthouse across this state, lawyers and judges provide the vehicle for this wondrous democracy to function... I would do it again - in a heartbeat."

Bob's multi-faceted law career took him into the courtroom, representing both defendants and plaintiffs. A true general practitioner, Bob's business clients valued his sage advice, vision, and shrewd negotiating skills. Never one to take without giving back, Bob served his profession and received numerous professional honors. His honors and service included: Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; Oregon State Bar Award of Merit, OSB President, Board of Governors, numerous committee chair and faculty positions including the Oregon Trial Advocacy College and co-chair of the Oregon Supreme Court's Gender Taskforce; Lane County Bar awards and honors included Award of Merit and President; University of Oregon School of Law honors included: Award of Merit; Board of Visitors Chairperson and numerous workshop leadership roles, lecturer and development fund work; Oregon Federal Bar Association Board of Directors; lawyer delegate to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference and various mediation panels.

Bob actively showed his love of community by volunteering his service throughout his life. His dedication was evident in the numerous positions he held in service to a variety of organizations, including: nearly 30 years on the Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation Board of Directions as President and Emeritus member; Oregon Bach Festival Board of Director President; McCosh Advisory Committee member and cocreator (JS Museum of Art); 15 years on the Alton Baker Advisory committee; President of the Eugene Jaycees; numerous fundraising drives and advisory and planning councils throughout Eugene.

Bob fell in love with Oregon during his first visit to Vi's home state. He found joy in living in the beautiful northwest and spent countless hours enjoying outdoor activities. An engaged and proactive family man, Bob sailed from the Eugene Yacht Club where he was Commodore, raced around the northwest, and cruised in the San Juan Islands with family. Skiing with his family and friends included hauling his daughters' ski team to meets and serving as a gatekeeper and race starter.

Bob often proclaimed he was Violet's luggage carrier on the many wonderful world travels they embarked on over a lifetime. They were best friends learning, loving, and leading throughout their remarkable marriage.

Bob is survived by his wife, Violet; his three daughters, Jaye Caroline Fraser (James M. Whitty), Cynthia M. Fraser, Diane Fraser Monaco, of Portland, Oregon; five grandchildren, Ashley Fraser Whitty (Pierre Campana-Jourda), Caitlin Fraser Whitty (Renzo A. Meza), Robert Fraser Monaco, Keena Fraser-Griffin, of Portland, Oregon, Saraphina Monaco Heller (Kyle Heller), of West Hollywood, CA., and four great grandchildren and cousins in the U.S. and Scotland.

A memorial celebration of life will be held at the Congregational Church at 2 p.m. Friday, September 28th with a reception to follow at the Great Hall at the Shedd. Memorial contributions may be made to charities of your choice.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the wonderful caretakers that eased this painful journey: Sacred Heart/River Bend Hospital staff, Signature Hospice, and Cascade Manor Health Care providers.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Sept. 16, 2018
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