In memoriam: Thomas J. Mason, former vice president for enterprise affairs

In memoriam: Thomas J. Mason

Thomas J. Mason, former vice president for company affairs at the University of Notre Dame, died Nov. 24 (Monday) in Naples, Florida. He was 82 years outdated.

A native of Detroit, Mason studied at St. Jerome School in Kitchener, Ontario, prior to serving in the U.S. Air Force for the duration of the Korean War. In 1959, he was graduated from the University of Detroit and earned a master’s degree in business administration from there in 1963.

Ahead of coming to Notre Dame as vice president of business affairs in 1976, Mason had taught accounting at his alma mater as effectively as at Eastern Michigan University. He also had worked at the University of Michigan for ten years in various economic positions, which includes director of fiscal affairs of the university’s hospital.

During his twenty-yr tenure, Mason exercised overall handle of Notre Dame’s fiscal affairs and oversaw a almost tenfold growth of the University’s endowment, much more than 30 key building projects, the renovation of the Primary Constructing and the growth of Notre Dame Stadium.

When Mason retired as vice president for enterprise affairs in 1996, Notre Dame’s then-president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., remarked that “much of higher education in recent many years has been characterized by fiscal crisis and retrenchment. The truth that this has by no means been the situation at Notre Dame is due in huge measure to the economic and managerial acumen of Tom Mason. His legacy to the University is a fiscal organizing and spending budget making model that must make certain our economic strength for many years to come.”

Mason was named an honorary Notre Dame alumnus in 1993 by the Notre Dame Alumni Association, and the University’s amenities services building is named in his honor.

Mason is survived by his wife of fifty five years, Mary Ann (nee Mitchell) his young children, Jo Ann Mason, Michael (Sharon) Mason and Susan Mason and his sisters, Caroline Butkiewiez and Mary Bauer.

A visitation will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (Dec. six) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. and a burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Rather of flowers, the loved ones has requested that donations be made in Mason’s memory to the University of Detroit Mercy at 4001 W. McNichols Street, Detroit, MI 48221-3038 or to St. Agnes Parish, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34120.

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