These obituaries for Robert
W. Frase and Eleanor Stockwell Frase appeared in the Washington
Robert W. Frase, 91, who as chief economist and
vice president of the American Association of Publishers lobbied
policymakers about such issues as lower postal rates for books and
U.S. participation in international copyright agreements, died Nov.
3 at Goodwin House in Alexandria. He had prostate cancer.
After he retired from the association in 1972, Mr. Frase was chair
of the National Commission of New Technology Uses, appointed by
Congress to examine software copyright and other problems. He was
executive director of the American National Standards Institute
committee, responsible for standards in the fields of libraries
In retirement, Mr. Frase helped develop legislation for Congress
to promote the use of acid-free paper to help preserve scholarly
publications from disintegration.
Mr. Frase was born in Chicago. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate
of the University of Wisconsin and received a master's degree in
political economy from Harvard University.
In 1935, he began working in Washington as an intern at the Social
Security Board. He went on to work for the Labor Department's Wage
and Hour, the Agriculture Department's land use office, the War
Relocation Authority and the Commerce Department, where he was social
science analyst and special assistant for the office of program
planning. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
In 1946, he headed the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation
Administration team to Byelorussia. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship
in the late 1940s to study control of atomic energy.
Mr. Frase was a member of the management committee of the Cosmos
Club, the planning committee of the McLean Citizens Association,
the American Library Association and the board of the Virginia Center
for the Book in Richmond.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Eleanor Stockwell Frase
of Alexandria; three children, Mary Frase of Falls Church, Richard
Frase of Minneapolis and Katharine Frase of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.;
and seven grandsons.
Nov. 8, 2003, p. B7
Eleanor Jane Stockwell Frase, 88, who retired
in 1988 as associate director of the research and statistics division
of the Federal Reserve Board, died Jan. 19 of complications of pneumonia
at Inova Alexandria Hospital.
Mrs. Frase, who lived in Alexandria, was a native of Lockport,
N.Y., where she was valedictorian of her high school graduating
class in 1932.
She began working at the Fed as a statistical clerk after graduating
from Vassar College in 1936.
She worked her way up to officer rank in 1977 with support responsibilities
for the Federal Open Market Committee. She edited the financial
section of the Fed's internal briefing book and oversaw the board
library and research articles from the 12 Federal Reserve banks.
She served as a representative on international financial committees,
authored research articles on finance and served on the Cost of
Living Council during the Nixon administration.
She was a member of the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean.
Her husband, Robert W. Frase, died in November after 64 years of
Survivors include two daughters, a son, a sister and seven grandsons.
Jan. 27, 2004, p. B6.
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