Monthly Archives: July 2016

Letter: Shattuck Child Care Center is needed

July 8, 2016
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Increasing access to high-quality preschool seats is a hot topic among elected and business officials locally, and statewide. Various advisory committees have suggested that public-private partnerships are one pathway to achieve the goals of increasing the number, quality, and affordability of seats. As members of the Shattuck Child Care Center community, we want to...

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Letter: Better bike infrastructure needed on Centre Street

July 8, 2016
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Moving here from Virginia last August, I looked forward to leaving behind my car to embrace the more ubiquitous and interconnected bike infrastructure of Boston. After all, we were rated No. 5 most bike-able US city of 2015 (walkscore.com). Throughout the fall and most of the spring, my commute to Roxbury has been a...

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Letter: Artists need to be paid appropriately

July 8, 2016
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I’ve lived in Jamaica Plain for 43 years (since moving here in 1973) and love the people, parks, and vibe of the place. We raised our two sons here and know the community well. I am writing about the Request for Proposals offered by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library to display...

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Obituary: Robert B. Fraser, JP resident, dies

July 8, 2016
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Obituary: Robert B. Fraser, JP resident, dies

Robert Burchmore Fraser, the son of the late Alfred and Helen Fraser of Wellesley, died peacefully at his home in Jamaica Plain on June 23.  He was 87. Bob graduated from Wellesley High School (1946), Harvard College (1949) and Harvard Law School (1952). He became a corporate lawyer with a lifelong passion for public education and for the arts in Boston, the city that he loved. He is survived by his spouse, Hui Z. Liao, and former spouse Mary-Ann Fraser of Salem; a sister, Marilyn Fraser, of Sarasota, Florida; his children, Melanie Fraser Hart of Riverside, Rhode Island, Jennifer Fraser, son-in-law, James Boyd, of Auburndale, Matthew Fraser of Salem; and grandchildren Robert Fraser Hart, Callula Hart, Xander Boyd, Madeline Boyd, Lucas Boyd, Paxton Boyd, Seamus Boyd, and Hayden Boyd. Bob joined the Boston law firm, Goodwin Procter & Hoar, in 1955, after serving in the United States Army in Korea. He practiced corporate law with a specialty in taxation matters. He loved his work and brought to his practice a sharp wit, an impressive breadth of knowledge and a consummate professionalism. With a mandate to align the firm’s organization, operations and governance, Bob was named the firm’s first full-time Managing Partner in 1984 and he became its chairman in 1993. He led the firm for more than a dozen years, retiring in 1997. Goodwin more than doubled in size under Bob’s leadership. It entered the 1990’s as the “largest law firm under one roof in the country,” according to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Bob’s most enduring contribution was his development of the firm’s institutional culture; he encouraged his partners to think like an organization rather than a collection of individuals and practices. He encouraged his colleagues to go beyond the boundaries of comfortable tradition and experience with his inimitable “walk the halls” management style. Bob encouraged the firm to become more involved in the City of Boston. With his guidance, the firm looked outward, providing its support to the City of Boston and its people and institutions. Perhaps the fullest expression of that support was a $1 million charitable endowment the Goodwin partnership donated to the Boston Public Schools in recognition of the firm’s 75th anniversary in 1987. It was called SEED (Support for Early Education Development) and was, at the time, the largest donation of its kind ever made by a professional services firm. Bob devoted countless hours of his own time to educational issues in the City of Boston, meeting after hours and on weekends with concerned community leaders and residents. His thoughtful and committed approach led to involvement with many of the city’s significant education initiatives and organizations, including leadership positions with the Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools, Boston Adult Literacy Fund, Boston Partners in Education, American Student Assistance Corporation, Citywide Educational Coalition, Massachusetts Commission on the Common Core of Learning, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and Boston Bar Association Task Force on Public Education. He committed his time and leadership to many of the area’s...

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