William A. Frazier was born in
Carrizo Springs, Texas in 1918, and attended Texas A & M College
completing a Bachelor's of Science degree in 1930. He completed
his Master's of Science degree from the University of Maryland
in 1931 and his Ph.D. in 1933.
He was on the faculty of the
University of Maryland from 1934 to 1937, University of Arizona
from 1937 to 1939, and the University of Hawaii from 1940 to
As professor of horticulture at
Oregon State University from 1949 to 1973, Frazier did
pioneering work in developing improved varieties of bush beans
and tomatoes to support and improve agriculture in Oregon's
Willamette Valley. Some of his introductions included the 'Medford'
He was a member of the American
Society for Horticultural Science, the American Association for
the Advancement of Science, and a founding member of the Bean
Frazier retired in 1973, passing the baton of Oregon State University's
vegetable breeding program to his protégée,
Dr. Jim Baggett. Dr. Frazier passed
away in December of 1995.
William A. "Tex" Frazier Papers.
"Transfer of certain Blue Lake
bean pod characters to bush beans," Procedings American Society
Horticulture, Vol. 71, pp. 416-421, Frazier, W.A., Baggett, J.R., and
Sistrunk, W.A., 1958.
William A. Frazier Papers (MSS FrazierW), Oregon State University
Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.