Schraer earned her degree in chemistry from Syracuse University in 1946, then earned a Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry from Syracuse University in 1953. While at Syracuse, she organized first Graduate Student Association in the Biochemstry Department and was its first president She was also elected president of the Graduate Association.
She, along with University of California Santa Barbara Chancellor Barbara Uehling were the first female chancellors in the history of the University of California. Schraer died on April 10, 1992, after having suffered a stroke on April 8. History and Purpose: Rosemary South. J. Schraer, the seventh Chancellor of UCR, was the first female Chancellor of a University of California campus.
Her research activities included the biochemical aspects of cell structure and cell function.
Chancellor Schraer served in numerous professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society and the American Association of University Professors. Parallel to her professional involvement, she was active in an impressive variety of community service organizations including the United Way Campaign of the Inland Valleys, Riverside Community Hospital governing board, American Association of University Women, and the Presley Institute of Corrections, Research, and Training.
Before coming to UCR in 1985 as Executive Vice Chancellor, she served at Pennsylvania State University where she held numerous academic offices including Associate Provost. In December 1992, after Chancellor Schraer"s sudden death, the Rosemary South. J. was created with gifts from various donors and Doctor Harald Schraer.
Doctor Harald Schraer, who resides in Pennsylvania, continues to support this fund and its goals. at University of California Riverside Schraer was appointed executive vice chancellor under Chancellor Theodore Hullar in 1985.
In 1987, Hullar was reassigned to University of California Davis and Schraer was appointed as the first female chancellor in the history of the University of California system. During her tenure, Schraer promoted the university as an outstanding research institution and increased external giving from $3 million to over $12 million annually. She also oversaw development of a campus growth master plan that allowed the campus to expand to accommodate 18,000 students.
Schraer announced her intent to retire at the end of the 1991-1992 academic year, but she died on April 10, 1992.
She was the second UCR chancellor to die while in office, the other being Tomás Rivera, who died in 1984. She was succeeded by Raymond G. Orbach.
Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia Research Associate (1953–1959) Pennsylvania State University Visiting Lecturer, Department of Biophysics, 1959–1961 Assistant Professor, Department of Biophysics, 1961–1975 Assistant Dean of Research, College of Sciences, 1972–1973 Acting Head, Department of Computer Sciences, 1973–1974 Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, 1975–1985 Assistant Provost for the University, 1978–1981.