Myra Maureen Frazier (pictured left)
The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland honors the memory of Myra Maureen Frazier, Esq.
Her recent and untimely passing is not only a profound loss for her family and friends, but leaves a very real void for the many pro bono clients she represented so zealously.
Myra was a consistent advocate for distressed homeowners throughout Maryland and was featured in a PBRC film that highlighted the critical difference volunteer lawyers make in the lives of vulnerable Marylanders’ assuring equal access to justice. In one case, Myra agreed to represent a working Harford County family who was about to lose their farm and home in part due to deceptive bank practices. Her legal skills and persistence ultimately resulted in a cessation of the process, enabling her to negotiate a viable loan modification and save the family’s home and property.
In recounting her role in the process, Myra remarked how blessed she felt to be able to assist people in need. To her, it was “an honor.”
“Just knowing you made a real difference in such an important aspect of someone’s life,” she said, “is extremely rewarding.”
As to the work on the Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project overall, Myra remarked: “I feel like I’ve gotten more out of it than I’ve given.”
A number of legal services programs had the good fortune of witnessing Myra work with their clients. Her keen understanding of the law, compassion for her clients, and tenacious ability to advocate effectively on behalf of those she was representing not only changed people’s lives but served as the basis for the tremendous admiration and respect she commanded equally from her peers and legal adversaries.
Myra’s contribution to the community at large went beyond her foreclosure legal work. Her second passion was the protection of the environment. Having received her law degree from Duke University, Myra was a Fulbright Fellow in Libreville, Gabon focusing on energy and environmental regulation and serving as technical advisor to the South African government. She later worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implementing technical cooperation between the U.S. and South African governments, with special emphasis on policy planning, air quality management, and climate mitigation strategies. Myra also worked as a contract attorney for a variety of energy and technology companies and promoted clean energy use.
Her good works were only enhanced by her incredible spirit. Myra brightened up a room when she entered. One only needed to be in her presence briefly to be lifted by her magnanimous smile, warm spirit, and huge heart.
At her memorial service, the Reverend of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church remarked, “We are here because we love Myra and all that she was, is, and continues to be: daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, friend, and someone who reached out to help those in deep need, the underserved, and this earth, our fragile island home.”
Myra’s Harford County clients wrote a letter to her at the conclusion of the case thanking her for her service. The last words were: “We pray that you will be blessed abundantly.”
Our community was blessed to have Myra. She will be sorely missed but her impact, spirit, and memory will live on.
Sharon E. Goldsmith is the Executive Director at PBRC of Maryland.