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Fraser MacLennan Keith, M.D.

Fraser MacLennan Keith, M.D., 65, passed away on December 19, 2013 at home, after a long illness.  He left this world as he lived in it, with grace and dignity, surrounded by his family and friends.

Fraser was born on April 30, 1948 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  After graduating from McGill University in Montreal, he attended medical school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  He then completed additional training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at McGill University School of Medicine, followed by fellowships in cardiovascular surgery at Toronto General Hospital, and in cardiac transplantation at University Hospital in London, Ontario. 

In 1985, Fraser and his family moved to the United States, when he joined the medical staff of Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, Michigan.  It was there that he performed Detroit's first heart transplant.  In 1989, he accepted a position at the University of California, San Francisco, where he served as Surgical Director of UCSF's heart and lung transplant programs.  He accepted a position with Lifelink Transplant Institute in 2000, performing transplant procedures in Tampa, Florida.  In 2003, he and his family made their home in Mansfield, Ohio, where he continued his surgical practice at MedCentral Health System.   

In the course of his career, Fraser performed hundreds of transplants as well as many other life-saving cardiothoracic surgeries.  As respected as he was for that work, among his family and friends he was loved for his kindness and gentle humor.  An avid fly fisherman, he enjoyed the outdoors and the beauty of nature.  At the same time, he was an enthusiastic early-adopter of the latest in electronic gadgetry.

In 2013, MedCentral Health System dedicated its Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit to Fraser, for his extraordinary work as a physician, surgeon, and teacher.  Though he left us far too soon, many families enjoy healthier and happier lives together thanks to his skill and dedication.

Fraser is survived by his wife Linda-Gail and his daughters Jane Meredith Tacktill (Orlando, FL) and Katherine Anne Boyette (Mt. Vernon, OH).

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MedCentral Hospice or the Audubon Society. 

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 29, 2013
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