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BILLINGS – Thomas James Fraser passed away on March 20, 2010.

Tom was born on Aug. 27, 1935, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Bernice M. (Drews) and Harold J. Fraser.

He grew up at 411 Burlington in Billings, and attended Billings public schools, graduating from Billings Senior High in 1953. He then attended Montana State University, now UM, in Missoula where he received a diploma in psychology in 1957. He was a member of SAE fraternity there.

Tom served in the U.S. Army for two years at Fort Harrison in Indiana. He taught high school classes in Billings and in Costa Mesa, Calif. Subsequently he taught in Billings. Tom studied at Middlebury College and the Goethe Institute in Murnau and Bad Reichenhal, Germany, and then eventually received a master’s degree in German from San Francisco State University in 1976. After teaching for many years, he was employed at Rimrock Foundation.

Tom loved the outdoors. His avocations were camping, fishing, motorcycling, and skiing in Austria for many years. He was active for some time in the Yellowstone Historical Society and a participant in Veterans for Peace.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Survivors include his sister Sally Fraser Moskol; his niece Nina Moskol Edwards (Alan); his nephew Jacob Moskol (Kerry); and grand-nephew, Quinn Moskol; his brother Hal Fraser (Sharee); and nephew Joe Fraser; and grand-niece Ceana; nephew Jason Fraser; niece Kate Fraser, and many cousins.

At Tom’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. A family gathering will take place in the future.

Memorials may be made to organizations that were meaningful to Tom. They are: Parmly Billings Library, Rimrock Foundation, Yellowstone Historical Society and Veterans for Peace.

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