Jeffrey W. Raser, 57

Jeffrey W. Raser

Jeffrey W. Raser, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, passed away on
Sunday, November 12, 2017 in the peaceful presence of his wife
of 30 years, Mary Schowalter Raser.
Jeffrey (Jeff) was born December 12, 1960, in Evanston,
Illinois. He was raised by his loving parents
Thomas W. Raser and Edith Peters Raser in Princeton,
NJ. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1979
and then went on to graduate from Franklin & Marshall
College in 1983 with a B.A. in Government. He is an
alumnus of The Chi Phi Fraternity.
Jeff worked passionately in the Biopharmaceutical
industry for the majority of his career. Prior to his
passing, he was serving as the President and CEO of
Nuerana Pharmaceuticals and Executive Director of
OrPro Therapeutics, Inc. Previously, he has served
as the SVP of Sales and Marketing for Somaxon
Pharmaceuticals and Women’s First HealthCare, SVP of
Corporate Development and Marketing of CancerVax,
and held a number of positions at Roche Laboratories.
He will be missed by his many colleagues who had the
opportunity to work with him throughout his career.
Jeff loved nothing more than spending time with his
family. Alongside his wife Mary, he eagerly vested his
entire heart and unwavering support into each of his
children’s various passions. He cherished the beaches
of Martha’s Vineyard and Del Mar over any place else.
Jeff adored cooking family dinners, watching college
football, discussing U.S. history & politics, watching
his children participate in sports, and introducing his
many friends to one another.
Jeff is survived by his wife Mary, and his four
children- Stephen, Elizabeth, Charles, and John Raser
– who will carry on their father’s legacy, each in their
own remarkable way.
He is also survived by his step-siblings Peter, Diane,
Robert and Susan Mooney, and his step-mother,
Florence Raser. He was preceded in death by his
parents Thomas and Edith Raser.
Jeff’s charismatic energy will remain as a constant
presence in the life of all of his family and friends.
His glimmering eyes, wonderful smile, deep laugh,
eloquence, and love will never be forgotten.
A memorial service will be held at the Village
Church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, on December 9th at
2PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
The Jeffrey W. Raser Memorial Fund and sent to The
Village Community Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 704
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.