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Fraser, Laura Gardin (14 September 1889–13 August 1966), medalist and sculptor, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Emil Gardin, a bank executive, and Alice Tilton, a painter. She attended elementary school in Morton Park, Illinois, and spent the summers with her family in New Jersey, where Laura had her first horse. It was there that she developed the lifelong love of animals that shows in her sculpture. She also studied in Rye, New York, and graduated from Horace Mann High School in New York City in 1907. That same year she attended Columbia University briefly before entering the Art Students’ League, where she matriculated for four years. There she studied with ...