It is with great sadness that I announce that our friend, colleague and mentor, Heather Frazer, passed away yesterday afternoon May 15, 2016 after a long struggle with cancer. Heather was one of the true pillars of the history department, giving shape to and holding up the edifice that exists today. During her 35-year career in the Department of History, Dr. Frazer was known for her devotion to teaching and mentoring students, and the commitment to institutional service --not to mention the personal qualities of integrity, humility, kindness and collegiality--are what defined her and the traits for which she will be remembered. She was among those who championed the introduction of a Women's Studies program at FAU, leading to the creation of today's Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Her many awards included the high honor of being selected by students as FAU's Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 1990. Upon her retirement in 2006, she was named Professor Emerita of History. She will be truly missed.