Mason '57 Honored: National Officiating Award

Bill Mason '57 - Lacrosse AwardThe U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association recently presented Denison University Hall-of-Famer, Bill Mason '57, with a 55-year officiating award... first-ever 55-year award in the association's history. As an added distinction, Bill Mason ("Mase" to those who know him best) also holds the record as the oldest active lacrosse official in the country.

At 78 but looking and acting like a man half that age, Mason isn’t planning on slowing down any time soon. A member of the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame and former standout player and coach at Denison, Bill also is the strength-training coach of the Denison Swim Team. When not pursuing officiating and strength-training duties, Mase remains an observer of officials around the country and still works high school games. As a 49-year basketball official, he still does games ranging from rec. league to varsity high school... often two games a night.

Mase also holds down a couple of regular jobs -- continuing a 22-year career with School Match, international educational research and consulting firm, and managing the physical condition and operations of the Sig House from his office on the second floor.

He is always on the go, it seems... Mase has completed six Columbus Marathons and is up at 4:45 a.m. for his daily 5:30 a.m. weight-training sessions with the men and women swim teams, as he has done for seven years. Then, keeping fit for the rigors of refereeing, Mase moves on to his personal workouts in the Denison Field House. After that, he shifts into second gear... about the time the rest of the work-a-day world is just waking up.

Mu Chapter salutes Bill "Mase" Mason '57 on this very well deserved honor.

Read article that appeared in the Newark Observer newspaper on 2/20/13.

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