SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Dr. Fraser Drew


Interview with Dr. Fraser Drew


Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Fraser Drew was born June 23, 1913. He was Valedictorian of his high school class. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Arts degree in the classics from Duke University. From 1936 to 1939 he was an instructor in Latin and English at Green Mountain Junior College. He then went to Syracuse University where he was a Graduate Assistant in English until 1941. During the war years he worked as a foreman in the materials division of United Aircraft Corporation.

In 1945, instead of going to teach at the University of Hawaii, Fraser Drew came to the State Teachers College at Buffalo (now SUNY Buffalo State) as an instructor in English, He became an assistant professor in 1947. In 1952, Fraser Drew received his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. That same year he was promoted to Professor of English. From 1957 to 1963, Dr. Drew was Chairman of the English Department of the State University College at Buffalo. Between 1964 and 1979 he made seven trips to Ireland to research Irish literature. Dr. Fraser Drew was promoted the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1973, the first year the rank was awarded. Dr. Drew retired in 1983.

Dr. Fraser Drew published more than 150 articles and two books. He had correspondence with many authors, including Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway, both of whom he met. Dr. Fraser Drew passed away June 24, 2013.


SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project, 1975-1995

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Interview with Dr. Fraser Drew