School of Mines alums complete $1 million Fraser campaign - KOTA Territory News

School of Mines alums complete $1 million Fraser campaign

The legacy of former South Dakota School Of Mines & Technology President Harvey Fraser continues to build -- seven months after his death in November 2013.

Thanks to gifts from school supporters wanting to honor Fraser, the two-court gymnasium now under construction will bear his name when the complex opens in early 2015. The sports facility will be part of the $8.9 million Stephen D. Newlin Family Student Wellness & Recreation Center that is being added to the school's King Center. 

Fraser served as School Of Mines president from 1966 To 1975. Known For cussing and construction, he oversaw more than $8 million worth of building projects during his term.

Recent contributions from school graduates Bill Brodsky of Montana and Larry Pearson of Nebraska capped gifts from more than 300 other supporters. In all, the campaign to honor Dr. Fraser generated more than $1 million for an upgrade sought by students, campus officials said.
"We need the space, particularly for the recreational intramural program ... pick-up games, blow off steam, you know, shake off the last math test, and it will all be named for Harvey Fraser, and he cared about both athletics and academics," School of Mines President Heather Wilson said Monday.

Brodsky and Pearson additionally contributed a challenge to match up to $250,000 donated for athletic and academic scholarships in Fraser's name.

Harvey Fraser was a West Point graduate who served in World War II and became a brigadier general. He died one day before Veterans Day at age 97.
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