University Archives & Special Collections, A-10974. (Patrick Hayes)

John Fraser

“The University has thus far, at least, largely escaped the in¬fluenza epidemic. But we have not wholly escaped, for John Fraser died of the plague in this city on the 5th ultimate.” (December 1918).

Thus opens The Sheaf obituary for law student John Fraser.

Most of the estimated 50 million victims of the 1918-1920 Spanish flu pandemic were healthy young adults. Fraser, described as “one of the most brilliant of Saskatoon’s advanced students” was such a case.

The star gridiron player was born in Scotland and entered the univer­sity in the fall of 1914 earning a B.A. in 1917 and a M.A. in 1918.

His athletic and academic achievements came despite being “sorely disabled.” He had only one arm and that had but a single finger. He was a man undaunted “for such disabilities are as nothing to men made of the stuff of which he was made.”

For the small and tight knit university community his death was a sad and unexpected loss.

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