Ian Fraser, PhD, who served Loma Linda University from 1953 to 1998 as a professor and executive, died June 20 at age 91.

Fraser held numerous posts throughout his career at the university, including vice president for academic and research affairs, chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and assistant dean for faculty affairs at the School of Medicine. He also played key roles in laying the foundation for the School of Pharmacy — which opened in 2002 — and accreditations for the university and the School of Medicine.

Loma Linda University presented him the Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

A native of Australia, Fraser earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney in 1948 and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in England in 1952. He then returned to Australia to teach at the University of New South Wales.

In 1953, Loma Linda University (then known as the College of Medical Evangelists) recruited him to teach pharmacology. 

Following his retirement in 1998, Fraser served as a part-time advisor to Loma Linda University for 15 months. He and his wife then relocated to Windsor, California, and later moved to Davis, California.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie Fraser, three children and six grandchildren.