Dr. Hugh Fraser - 1997 A Award Recipient:
Bio from 1997:
Hugh Fraser ’52 enrolled in Asbury College in the fall of 1948 following high school in Columbus, Ohio where he had strong family and church support for attending Asbury.
He holds all of his college professors and the entire Asbury “family” in the highest esteem and credits them for their dedicated guidance and support for his career. The seeds of this career took root during his youth when he first felt God’s leading to become a medical missionary. Asbury nurtured this goal. It became clear that with God’s help he would go to Africa as a missionary with the Board of Missions of the United Methodist Church.
In 1952, Dr. graduated ‘com laude’ with a BA degree in Pre-Med. As a senior he was elected Student Body Vice-President and honored by selection to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He also met his future wife at Asbury, Elizabeth (Betty) Carver ’54.
The road to the “mission field” continued with the M.D. degree from the College of Medicine, Ohio State University in 1956. This totaled five years of hospital residency and postgraduate work, in part combined with language study in Lisbon preparatory to a first mission assignment in Angola, Africa. War in that country precluded his going there thus he and Elizabeth were assigned to the mission in Ganta, Liberia.
The Congo was always in their hearts and minds and the Board, seing an urgent need, assigned them for their second term to ‘Institute Medical Evangelique’ at Kimpese, Congo (Zaire).
Subsequent terms were served in Kapanga and Kolwezi in Shaba Province, Zaire; and to Chicuque, Mozambique, where they used for the first time the Portuguese language they had learned thirty years earlier in Lisbon. Dr. Fraser has studied four African languages and is proficient in French and Portuguese.
Dr. Fraser spent eight years in medical practice in Hagerstown, Maryland mid-way through his missionary career.
His work has been entirely medical in mission/church hospitals ranging from general medicine to surgery as well as teaching African nurses, midwives, and doctors. Dr. Frazer was medical director for one year in Kimpese and five years in Kolwezi.
Dr. Fraser and Elizabeth especially enjoyed their friendship and work with African bishops, pastors, and church leaders, as well as all their associations with the people of Africa in every assignment. Dr. Fraser was District Missionary in Kolwezi. They feel God used this involvement equally as well as the medical contribution.
Dr. Fraser and his wife retired from missionary service in 1993 after a total of twenty six service-years.
They have two children and several grand-children.