President of Stuttering Foundation Receives Prestigious Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2012) — Jane Fraser, president of the Memphis-based nonprofit Stuttering Foundation, was honored with the Malcolm Fraser Community Service Award on Thursday, Feb. 23, during the 42nd Annual Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders in Memphis.

The award is named for Fraser’s father, Memphis businessman and philanthropist Malcolm Fraser, who was the first to receive this community service award in 1988. Upon his death in 1994, the award was renamed in his honor. Fraser founded the Stuttering Foundation in 1947.

“It is a real honor to receive this award 24 years after my father,” said Jane Fraser. “It is even extra special to be honored during the year of the Stuttering Foundation’s 65th anniversary.”

The Malcolm Fraser Community Service Award is presented each year by the University of Memphis Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association to an individual in the community as a living tribute to Malcolm Fraser, a man who contributed greatly to the field of communicative disorders. In addition to starting the Stuttering Foundation, Fraser is probably most well known for his publication, Self-Therapy for the Stutterer, which continues to be one of the best-selling books on stuttering.

“For all his accomplishments and unselfishness, we honor his memory with an award given to an individual in the community who has made a significant contribution to the field of communication disorders,” the organization said.