Seedsmen Hall of Fame
Honoring Horticulturalists

William Allen "Tex" Frazier

Circa 1950

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 1949.

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' and 'Willamette' tomatoes.

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 Improvement Cooperative.

Tex 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.


  1. William A. "Tex" Frazier Papers.

  2. "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.

  3. Image from William A. Frazier Papers (MSS FrazierW), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


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