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Beloit College to hold memorial for David J. Mason, a city of Beloit native, longtime college staffer and alumnus

September 13, 2016
By Whitney Helm
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Public is invited to attend on Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m., in Eaton Chapel on the Beloit College campus.

Beloit, Wis. -- Dave Mason, who served as an executive assistant to three Beloit College presidents, and who literally wrote the book on the college’s history, will be honored at a campus memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. in Eaton Chapel. Mason died in Beloit on June 27, 2016, at age 91.

Family and friends are invited to gather on campus, a place Mason dearly loved, for the memorial.

Mason’s association with Beloit College stretched over more than four decades. He started out teaching English and journalism, then directed the college’s public relations office before being tapped to serve as executive assistant to Miller Upton, the college’s sixth president. He served in the same capacity for the next two college presidents, Martha Peterson and Roger Hull, and was long-time secretary to the board of trustees.

After semi-retiring in 1991, Mason began researching and writing what became Sweet Mad Youth of Old Beloit, an 800-plus page comprehensive history of the college.

Mason received Beloit’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989 and an honorary doctorate in 1991. He also received emeritus status in recognition of his service when he retired.

Mason was a city of Beloit native who enrolled at the college after serving in the U.S. Army infantry in Europe during World War II. He was wounded twice in action in Germany and earned the Purple Heart. After graduating from the college in 1949, he completed his master’s degree in American literature at Columbia University. He was an active citizen in the city of Beloit and was involved in many civic organizations, including the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Beloit Area Association of Commerce. In recent years, he and his wife, Gloria, volunteered as a delivery team for Meals on Wheels in Beloit. 

The family is directing memorial gifts to Beloit College in Dave Mason’s name for a creative writing scholarship fund.