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Dr. Terry Fraters

1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Terry Fraters Obituary
DR. TERRY FRATERS Dr. Terry Fraters had his first heart attack at the tender age of 55. The year was 1990 and we seriously thought we were going to lose him. However, anyone who knew Dr. Fraters understood his work ethic. After a stint at Enloe (on the receiving end this time) and a few months of R&R, he was back in the saddle doing what he did best, taking care of people. His second heart attack was in 2007. He was 73 at the time. This one was substantially more serious than his 1990 event. He was on a ventilator for nine long, scary days. We thought we lost him for sure that time. However, on the ninth day, he simply woke uplaughing! Thereafter, he had open heart surgery and after a few more months of R&R, and was yet again, good to go! Time finally caught up with Terry, and he had to retire from the practice of medicine last year. He passed away peacefully at home on October 15, 2016 at the ripe old age of 82. He was one tough old bird. As his family, we have felt particularly lucky at this sad time to have had the good fortune of 26 bonus years given to us through the miracle of medical science, a calling that Terry devoted his professional career to. His was a life well lived. Terry was born to George and Isabel Fraters on August 7, 1934 in Oakland California. He met the love of his life, Charmaine Wolff and married her on 12/4/59. They had four children together. He received his undergraduate degree in pre-med at the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, graduating on June 6, 1967. He completed his internship and residency at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton. After a brief time in private practice, he was lured to Chico by John Lewis, his lifelong friend and the Director of Pharmacy at Enloe, with the promise of a more rural life and great hunting here in Northern California. He packed up his family, moved to Chico 1973 and was thereafter Director of the Emergency Services at Enloe from 1973 to 1994. Terry was a thoughtful and respected doctor, always believing that the mark of an excellent physician and diagnostician was carefully listening to the patient. Over his distinguished career he treated thousands upon thousands, and saved the lives of many in our community. Described as the "God Father of Enloe's Emergency Department," Terry, along with the help of many of his treasured colleagues, friends and associates, was the guiding force behind the expansion of emergency services available here in Northern California. In the early days, he helped establish the fledgling Chico Area Life Support System, an emergency vehicle with state of the art life support equipment to help stabilize patients in the field. Thereafter, in 1981, through his leadership, Enloe was designated a Level II Trauma Center. He was instrumental in establishing the FlightCare helicopter service in 1985. He was active in the California legislature revising training programs for paramedics and intensive care nurses. He went on to be the Medical Director of Enloe Prompt Care and the Director of the Butte College Student Health Clinic. In 2008 he was honored with Enloe's Physician Legacy Award. Terry is preceded in death by his son, John Fraters and his sister, Joan Medel. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charmaine, his sister, Judy Perry, his daughter Jona and son- in- law Tom Ledgerwood, son Dr. Michael Fraters and daughter -in- law Tiffany, daughter Aimee Smith, daughter- in -law Patti Fraters, former son -in- law Drew Smith and eleven fine grand children: Jackie, Jon, Danny, Maddi, Spencer, Gwen, Carson, Warren, Amy, Chad and Selene. Terry was adamant about not having a service. Rather, he preferred that donations be made to the Butte County Humane Society or Enloe Flight Care via the Enloe Foundation. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.BrusieFH.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 23, 2016
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