Mr. Douglas Ralph Frayne

April 20, 1951December 19, 2017

FRAYNE, Douglas Ralph

On Tuesday, December 19, Doug passed away suddenly, at home, aged 66 years. Doug is survived by his sisters, June Anne Frayne, and Jeanne (Pete) Hill and was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Beulah (Honsberger) Frayne.

In 1981, Doug was awarded his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University. Since 1980 he had worked as a Professor for the University of Toronto’s Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, until 2006 as Researcher and Editor on the Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Project and subsequently on a number of other research projects. He was a passionate teacher and held positions with the Oriental Club of Toronto and the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies. He will be fondly remembered by family, friends, students and colleagues.

A memorial service will be held on Friday January 19 at 12:30 at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

Memorial donations in memory of Doug may be made to The MS Society of Canada, 1-800-268-7582.


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Arshan Hasan

November 12, 2018

Professor Frayne took a shine to me in a summer course he taught on Mesopotamian religion back in early 2016. From then on, we would meet almost every week in his office or the RIM, at *his* request, where he would personally and painstakingly try to tutor me in semitic linguistics, Akkadian, Sumerian, or what have you, and discuss with me all of the interesting research or events of the world that we found mutually interesting. I knew him for such a short time, but the respect he showed me, the enthusiasm, and the plain friendship that he expressed to me was almost too much. He didn't just guide me, he *put* me on my chosen path. I will always miss him.

Eugenia Tsao

March 2, 2018

My heartfelt condolences to Doug's family — I knew him only a short time, when we had neighbouring offices at NMC, but I'll never forget his delightfully dry sense of humour and his wise, witty anecdotes about research and teaching. It was a true privilege to know him.

Carol Cline/Brayman

February 5, 2018

I have just learned of Doug's death and am so sorry. Jeanne and June (Judy) you know that he and my brother the late Scott Cline, who died in 1989, were close friends growing up and I'm sorry we've lost touch. Losing a brother is so hard but I'm happy you had many years with him. It's also sad that in death I've just found out he was so geographically close by when all this time I've been picturing him at Yale or surrounds. Again, my deepest condolences. He was a sensitive, bright, and fun-loving young person who obviously grew to be a wonderful man.
Carol (Cline) Brayman

Sharon Frayne

January 30, 2018

Doug was a cousin whom I saw only briefly when I was a child. However, I was impressed by his energy and intelligence and his kindness. I have never forgotten him.

From the other Ralph Frayne family, I do express sincere condolences to your family.
Sharon Frayne

Tracy Spurrier

January 25, 2018

Doug was a very kind person who had more passion for his research than anyone I've ever met. I had the honor of working closely with Doug for many years as his TA in the NMC Department and got to experience how happy his students made him. He loved the material he taught, and the students truly enjoyed learning from him. He was also the first person to give me teaching opportunities which led to my own career path teaching material today he had first introduced me to. In an academic world where there are more critics than supporters, he was always the exception - interested and eager to sit and talk with me about my own ideas and help me find resources. Doug was an unending fountain of knowledge. I remember one day sitting in the RIM library, he came in and asked me what I was working on. I told him. And his reply, "That's amazing! You're doing groundbreaking work - what a discovery! Should I call the Toronto Star now to do a Press Release?!" I know he was exaggerating and kidding with me, but his support and enthusiasm really warmed my heart. I will miss him a lot.

Maryna Kravets

January 25, 2018

Deepest sympathy to Doug's family. I will miss his abiding curiosity and stimulating conversations. He was a gentle soul. May he rest in peace.

Donald Goodspeed

January 19, 2018

Few teachers are able to instill an enthusiasm for their subject as Prof. Frayne could. A font of Assyriological lore and possessed of a warm sense of humour, conversations in his office or at the RIM-Project library were always a joy. It was a privilege to have known him.

Andrew MacDonald

January 18, 2018

Dr. Frayne was and remains my favourite undergraduate professor. His letter of reference helped me get into law school, but I forgave him for that because I managed to switch careers before suffering permanent damage. It has been 10 years since I took my last class with him, and nearly 6 years since we last spoke by email, but I am forever thinking back to his classes and lectures. I will miss him dearly.

Sandra Bremner

January 18, 2018

I enjoyed many conversations with Doug while working at the front desk at NMC. He was always pleasant, well read and had opinions on a variety of interesting topics. I am sure many of his colleagues and students will miss him in the department. Rest in peace Doug.

Amir Harrak

January 18, 2018

Doug was an outstanding scholar, prolific writer, and passionate about his research, especially on Mesopotamian geography and its echoes in the Bible. He was very kind, most friendly, and always ready to help. He was also keen to learn from others while he knew a lot. He will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace.