RUSSELL ALFRED FRASER of Honolulu, and formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan, aged 86, died at Queens Hospital March 10, 2014, after a long illness. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Dartmouth College under the U.S. Navy's V-12 program: A.B. 1947; Ph.D. Harvard University, 1950. Shakespearean scholar, biographer, travel writer, essayist (140), fiction writerhe was a true man of letters. He wrote or edited 20 books. His last book was Sojourner in Islamic Lands (South Carolina, 2014). He was a gifted and popular teacher at UCLA, Duke, Princeton (Associate Dean of the Graduate School), Columbia, Vanderbilt (Chair of the English Department), and the University of Michigan (Chair of the English Department and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Collegium, which he founded). At Michigan, he received a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, and retired as Austin Warren Professor of English Language and Literature Emeritus. Among his many awards and fellowships, he was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Senior Fulbright-Hays Scholar, and a Rockefeller Resident Scholar at Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy. He was a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii in 1982. He loved baseball (the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Mets), early jazz, Scottish history, and the aloha spirit of Hawaii. A first marriage to Eleanor Phillips (d.) ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Zwiep, two children from his first marriage, Karen and Alexander, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Memorial service and luncheon will be held at the Honolulu Elks Lodge, 2933 Kalakaua Ave., at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27. Committal service 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 28, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Contributions may be made in Russell's name to the National Association of Scholars, www.nas.org, or The Caledonian Society of Hawaii, P.O. Box 4164, Honolulu, HI 96812.
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