Robert M. Frazier


Died February 4, 2009

College: Pierson

Widow: Mrs. Bonnie Frazier
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Children: Glenn McKinley, 1970; Tabitha Hope, 1972; Taney Faith, 1974; Scott Innes, 1976; Pearce McCullum, 1978; Brittany K., 1982

Bob Frazier attended The Academy of The New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania before Yale, where he majored in Industrial Engineering and had a great curiosity about all things scientific. Bob studied us playing poker one night, recording all the winning hands for six hours before joining the game, and losing all the money he was willing to risk in about 30 minutes.

Bill Fort recalls “a spring outing, where Bob and Terry Cummer hopped a coal/gravel gondola to Poughkeepsie, Bob in his hobo hat. They made it to Hopewell Junction and hitched from there to Vassar, arriving pretty gritty well in need of showers.”

At a Madrid Bull Fight in 1960 with Penfield Jarvis: “The first three bulls were killed like clockwork, and Bob was enjoying a huge Cuban cigar. Along came the fourth bull, and the matador ended up with a horn sticking out of his backside. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Bob completely extinguish the cigar on the end of his tongue!”

Bob took a Chris Argyris course on Organizational Behavior and both decided to go into management consulting. Bob joined Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA) after 6 months in the Coast Guard.

Bob married his wife, Bonnie Glenn, in 1969, and they lived in Bryn Athyn, Brussels and New York. He always had time for family, especially travels to exotic lands or Saturday morning adventures that always started with “Let’s go — this will be fun!”

KSA recognized Bob as a leader in developing new services and growing the consulting practice. He transformed the strategy practice and led the firm into a number of international markets and was a Vice Chairman of KSA. Bob was fun to work with and had a joyful approach to work and life.

Bob was a lefty and had a way of writing that involved pivoting his hand till it was just about upside down on the paper. One day a colleague saw that Bob had a pen in EACH hand and was writing with both. He asked what was going on. Bob said “I’m writing a proposal for a client project.” What are you doing with your other hand, he asked? “That is the final report.”

Sadly, Bob suffered a massive stroke in New York City in 1995, and lived on with the effects till February 2009, never returning to work. Bob is survived by his wife, six children and thirteen grandchildren.

by Josh Taylor