About Nina Fraser
In Memory of Nina Fraser
March 28, 1946 - January 24, 2018
Nina Fraser passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 24, 2018 after a 40 year struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Nina was born in Bronxville, New York, to Isabel Mory Straker and Robert Straker. She attended schools in Yonkers, New York, including Public School number 8, Walt Whitman Junior High School, and Roosevelt High School. She attended the University of Vermont, and earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute, N.Y. Her first love was the children's library, and she enjoyed finding children’s books and reading them to her son, Donald.
Nina held a number of positions in library / information science. She was a children’s librarian in the Yonkers Public Library System, Assistant Law Librarian at the University of Idaho, an information specialist for the Chippewa National Forest, and a librarian of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3, and for the Eastern Energy and Land Use Team. She conducted ecological research for the initial version of the Biota of Virginia database.
Nina enjoyed camping and wildlife watching, and did so throughout the United States and Canada. She continued to tent camp even after the multiple sclerosis required her to walk with canes, and eventually to ride an electric scooter. The scooter gave her a sense of freedom. She commonly was seen in Blacksburg scooting to the grocery store or other places, protected only by the little red flag that flew above her, often inciting concern from onlookers. She bore with grace the many insults multiple sclerosis threw at her. Her sunny disposition in spite of all adversity inspired many. She was the inspiration for Bike the US for MS, an organization that raises awareness of multiple sclerosis and supports MS research and MS patients.
Nina Fraser's Fundraising
|Blacksburg Ladies Amy Toni Jen Lindsay Erin Laura||$300.00|
|Anne S Nash||$250.00|
|Mindi and Andrew Walker||$100.00|
|Steve and Patty Bickley||$100.00|
|Dan andNancy Heller||$50.00|
|Suzie and Randy Leslie||$50.00|