Dr. Stephan Istvan Frater

Dr. Stephan Istvan Frater


Stephan Istvan Frater, MD, 90, of Providence, husband of Suzy Viola (Pataki) Frater, died peacefully at home on October 31, 2012. Born in DebrecenHungary, he was the only child of the late Lajos & Bella (Engleman) Frater. He graduated from Semmelweis Medical UniversityBudapest, and worked at the National cancer Institute of Hungary. He immigrated to the United States in 1956. He completed his internship at the Miriam Hospital and residency at the Rhode Island Hospital. He became Chief of Nuclear Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, a founding Assistant Professor at Brown University School of Medicine, and a founding partner at Rhode Island Medical Imaging.


imageHe was an international philatelic judge and an avid stamp collector. He owned one of the most comprehensive collections in the world, containing tens of thousand of stamps, from the 1600's to our days.

For as long as most anyone in HMAA can remember, Dr. Frater had a defining presence as he has become the doyen of our society. For many years he worked as the Treasurer of the Hungarian Medical Association of America. In 2011, Dr. Frater was awarded the HMAA Lifetime Membership Award.

Dear Pista bácsi, we will miss you.

imageRead more about the escape of Stephan Frater and his family from Hungary in 1956, written by his son, Stephen Frater.