February 24, 2011

San Leandro Civic Pioneer Faith Frazier Dies at 85

Faith Frazier
Faith Frazier
Former San Leandro City Councilmember Faith Frazier died on February 20, 2011, at the age of 85. Frazier was the third woman elected to the San Leandro City Council in 1974 and was re-elected in 1978 over future Mayor Dave Karp. Her husband served on the City Council from 1954 to 1960.

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Frazier taught in Hayward, San Leandro, and Oakland for 20 years. Frazier also wrote for The Morning News, a local newspaper, during the 1960s.

In the mid-1950s, Frazier and Harriet Engberg formed the Civic Information and Education Group (CIEG) to encourage women to get involved in city government and run for office.

During the 1960s and 1970, Frazier helped coordinate campaigns with campaign consultants Dave Hauser and Jim Zeno. In 1962, Frazier was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees, where she served until she was elected to the City Council in 1974.

Among her other civic activities:

  • Founding member of Bonaire Civic League
  • Charter member of San Leandro League of Women Voters
  • Charter member of the San Leandro Arts Council
  • Founder of Political Action Committee for Excellence (PACE), a group of women that supports women for elective office

Frazier remained active in politics into her 80s, attending the Hayward Demos Fall Fundraiser and endorsing Pauline Cutter for City Council and Measure Z. Her legacy was honored when her name was submitted as a candidate for the name of the new San Leandro High School ninth grade campus.

Funeral services have not yet been released.

More details: A press release from the City of San Leandro and San Leandro Patch coverage.

Editor's Note: Much of the information in this article comes from former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young, who wrote a short biography of Faith Frazier.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 24, 2011 2:04 AM | TrackBack
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