West Virginia Wesleyan College honored several distinguished alumni with awards at the annual Founders Day Convocation held Friday during its 132nd Homecoming Weekend festivities. James J. “Jack” Fraser (Beta Chi–West Virginia Wesleyan ’56) and his wife, Mary Sue Van Camp Fraser, received the Presidential Medal.
While at West Virginia Wesleyan, Jack ran cross country and track and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Mary Sue joined Alpha Gamma Delta. The pair were married at First United Methodist Church in Fall 1959 by Dr. Stanley Martin.
After graduation, Jack accepted a position with Tetrick, Bartlett and Co. in Clarksburg as a CPA and became an executive partner in 1985 until his retirement in 1997. Fraser served on the West Virginia Board of Accountancy, in various community organizations and has been active in the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mary Sue was also active in various community organizations and served as member and chairman of the Clarksburg Planning and Zoning Committee as well as being active in the West Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC. Jack is a member of the Loyal Order.
Jack was honored with the Wesleyan Alumni Achievement Award in 1992 and inducted into the Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. He has served on two major fundraiser drives for Wesleyan and the committee to write Wesleyan’s mission statement. Mary Sue served on the alumni council in the 1980s. They continue to give back to their alma mater, as members of the Wesleyan Society and John Reger Society.