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Dr. Grant S. Frazer - A Memorial Tribute

(1958 – 2011)

It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we inform our College family, friends and colleagues of the untimely passing of Dr. Grant S. Frazer in late July 2011.

Dr. Frazer obtained his veterinary degree (BVSc) in1980 from the University of Queensland, Australia. He worked as a veterinarian in private practice for seven years in Australia and for 23 years in North American veterinary referral hospitals. As a resident in theriogenology at The Ohio State University, Grant was awarded a Master’s degree in reproductive physiology and in 1987 obtained board-certification from the American College of Theriogenologists.

Grant served as a Lecturer at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania from 1986-1988. He then returned to Australia to work in private practice for a year, and then in 1989 accepted a position as resident veterinarian at the Haddon Rig Merino Stud in New South Wales.

In 1991, Grant proudly returned to Columbus, OH as an Assistant Professor in theriogenology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Grant worked tirelessly on behalf of the College and was particularly distinguished as a clinician-educator, abilities that led to him receiving tenure with promotion to Associate Professor in Large Animal Theriogenology in 1997. Grant’s teaching was recognized by major awards, including receiving the prestigious Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1994.

His clinical expertise and strong interest in obstetrics and the peri-parturient period were well recognized and resulted in speaking engagements throughout the United States and around the world. He chaired scientific conference symposia, served on review panels for several journals, and was always a strong advocate for science-based therapies in reproductive practice. He was also the author of chapters in authoritative textbooks in theriogenology.

Grant was a very active and much admired member of the American College of Theriogenologists and served as Treasurer from 1999-2002. He was also a member of the Society for Theriogenology and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

In 2000, Grant moved to the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine as an Extension Veterinarian in Reproduction. During this period Grant received an Ohio State Presidential Fellowship to attend the Executive MBA program through Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and was awarded his MBA in 2003. This began a change in career direction toward business management and from December 2006-August 2009 Grant served as Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Ohio State and member of the College of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Cabinet.

“Working collaboratively alongside Grant was a true privilege,” said Dr. Rustin Moore, Chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. “We faced several budgetary and personnel challenges during his time as Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and his tireless work, commitment, and compassionate approach helped us through this period of difficult decision-making. Because of Grant the Veterinary Medical Center is better positioned today and poised for a brighter future. Grant was a dear friend, colleague, a mentor to many current and former faculty, staff and students, and he will be deeply missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.”

Grant was very active in and committed to university service, and he served as member and chair of the Central Services Subcommittee of the Ohio State Senate Fiscal Committee from 2003 – 2006. His leadership resulted in productive reviews of the University Library System, Building Services and Maintenance, Student Financial Aid, and other support units.

Dr. Frazer returned to Australia and The University of Queensland in October 2009 to take up a new role as Director of Clinical and Diagnostic Services where Grant immediately gained the respect of all in the school for his dedicated leadership and mentoring of staff in the Clinical and Diagnostic Service areas. Grant focused on enabling these groups to provide the best possible care for the animals entrusted to the University of Queensland by their owners and caretakers.

We extend heartfelt sympathy to the Frazer family, including Grant’s wife, Lou, his daughters, Belinda and Jocelyn, son Sean, and their families.

To honor Grant’s life and work, the family has established the Grant S. Frazer Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. An annual scholarship will be awarded to one or more students who demonstrate the qualities that embodied Grant and his career: Love of the veterinary profession, an extraordinary work ethic, and a positive and caring spirit. The family requests tributes to Grant take the form of a contribution to the Scholarship Fund, a fitting legacy to Grant and all for which he stood.

To make a gift in Grant’s honor you can make an online contribution to this scholarship fund in Grant's memory by accessing the following website (either by clicking on the link or pasting the link into your web browser):

Alternatively, you may wish to write a check made payable to The Ohio State University with “GS Frazer Memorial Scholarship” on the memo line and/or referenced in an accompanying note or letter, and send to:

Development Office
College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, OH 43210

The family will be notified of your gift and all correspondence will be forwarded to them.

If you have questions about making a contribution or wish to make a gift via credit card rather than through the web-link, please contact Katie Kostyo at or (614) 688-8433. Other questions or thoughts may be directed to Dr. Rustin Moore at

Thank you in advance for your memorial gift to honor Grant’s immense and meaningful contributions to the College and to the veterinary profession.


About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health.   


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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 2:31pm