Physician Profile

Donald Martin Fraser


Name:
Donald Martin Fraser 
 
Location served:
Morpeth  
 
Years in Practice:
1869 to 1908
 
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  

Biography:

Dr. Donald Martin Fraser was born on the 29th of April, 1846 in Middlesex County, Ontario. He was the 9th of 11 children born to Donald Fraser and the former Jane Martin. His parents were farmers. His siblings were Samuel, William, Jane, John, Robert, James, Mary, Ely, David and Martin.

Dr. Fraser graduated M.D. from McGill University in 1869. The topic of his graduation thesis was Stricture of the Urethra. In 1870, Dr. Fraser was interning in Chicago, Illinois. In the fall of 1870 he was residing and practicing medicine in Morpeth.

Dr. Fraser married Caroline M. Michie on the 22nd of December, 1873 at her mothers home in London, Ontario. Mrs. Fraser was born on the 21st of July, 1847, the daughter of John and Caroline Michie and she had a younger brother named John. Dr. and Mrs. Fraser resided in Stratford after their marriage. Dr. and Mrs. Fraser had 5 children. They had 3 daughters; Caroline, Jane and Mary. Their son Donald John Martin Fraser was born on the 1st of January, 1885 and died of whooping cough on the 9th of May, 1885. Another son, Maxwell John Fraser was born in 1886.

Dr. and Mrs. Fraser had a home and office built on Downie Road, near Waterloo Street in Stratford in 1876. Dr. Fraser’s medical practice is listed in the 1880-1881 Stratford City Directory and the 1893 Ontario Directory and Gazetteer. Of interest, there are 2 Dr. Donald Fraser’s in both of the directories; Dr. Donald B. Fraser and Dr Donald M. Fraser. (It is unknown if they are related.)

Dr. Fraser died on the 9th of December, 1908. Mrs. Fraser died on the 26th of November, 1924. They are buried at Avondale Cemetery in Stratford.

*Dr. Fraser’s brother, John Martin Fraser also became a physician and he is featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.

**Dr. Donald Fraser’s son, Maxwell, also became a physician.