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Donald T. Fraser

Brief Bio

Donald T. Fraser was the twenty-fifth president of the American Association of Immunologists, serving from 1938 to 1939. He spent his entire career at the University of Toronto, where he was associate director of the Connaught Medical Research Laboratories and head of the Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the time of his death.

Fraser earned his M.B. at the University of Toronto in 1915 and, in March of that year, headed overseas for active duty with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War. Upon his return to Canada in 1918, Fraser joined the Connaught Laboratories as a bacteriologist. He became a lecturer in the Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1920 and received his D.P.H. there the following year. After a succession of promotions, Fraser was named associate director of Connaught Laboratories and a full professor in 1932. Eight years later, he was appointed head of the Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine. While touring medical schools in South America for the World Health Organization, Fraser suffered a fatal heart attack in Santiago, Chile, on July 19, 1954.

AAI Service History

Joined: 1935
President: 1938–1939
Councillor: 1937–1938, 1939–1946

The Journal of Immunology
Board of Editors: 1936–1942
Associate Editor: 1943–1954

Select Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1934

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