Meredith Mourns Loss of Professor Emerita Lois Frazier

Meredith Mourns Loss of Professor Emerita Lois Frazier

The Meredith College community was saddened by the loss of Professor Emerita Lois E. Frazier, who passed away on July 15, 2017, at age 97.

Frazier was on the Meredith faculty beginning in 1954. She served as head of the Department of Business and Economics and later as director of the MBA program. She was also a longtime advisor of business-focused student organizations at Meredith.

During a 1979 celebration of her 25 years of service to Meredith, Dean of the College Allen Burris called Frazier “an outstanding teacher and administrator, planner, thinker, doer, and friend.”

In 1991, she postponed her retirement for one year in order to serve as the first Irving H. Wainwright Professor of Business, one of the College’s first endowed professorships. She was active in the Raleigh business community as a member of the Raleigh Business and Professional Women’s Club, and was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women.

In Meredith Magazine’s Spring 1979 issue, Frazier shared what she appreciated most about Meredith. 

“I’ve appreciated the opportunities that our students have to be prepared for many careers, but especially in my field – business,” Frazier said. “But we build our program on the foundation of the traditional liberal arts … the encouragement to learn and to participate and the service aspect are all here.”

Memorial gifts may be made to The Lois Frazier Women in Business Endowment Fund at Meredith College, which was established in 2006 by a group of alumnae and friends of the College to honor Frazier and to support the School of Business. Funds are used at the discretion of the dean.  

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