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John Dancer Mason

John Dancer Mason, 69, of Hamilton, the husband of Sharon L. (Koelsch) Mason, died on January 15, 2011 at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, from complications of pneumonia. 

He was born in Stockbridge, Michigan on July 18, 1941, son of the late Joseph and Marion (Dancer) Mason.  He graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, where he excelled in his two favorite pursuits, academics and sports.  He continued his education at Michigan State University where he received his Ph.D. in Economics and where he met Sharon, his wife to be.

Accepting a call to teach at Gordon College, they moved to Hamilton where he began a thirty-nine year career as a professor.  He founded the Economics department at Gordon, co-founded the Association of Christian Economists, and led the board for many years at the Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston.  He actively served the church on numerous committees fostering his and others' deep commitment to missions.  At Gordon, John's passion for teaching and his specific concerns for the poor and underprivileged inspired his students to love learning and to follow Christ's call in their own lives, remaining life long friends with many.  In addition to teaching, his research focused on finding solutions for the problems of the inner city.  John was loved and respected by his students and colleagues.  

Christ's love was particularly reflected in his life with a deep devotion for his wife, children and grandchildren.  In addition to his wife Sharon of forty-four years, he is survived by two daughters, Christiana Ostrowski and her husband Matt and their nine children of Essex and Mignon Mason and  her husband Jared, and their three children of Hoboken, New Jersey.  He is also survived by his sister, Susan Howard of Traverse City, Michigan. He was predeceased by his son Matthew.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 22nd at 10 am in Christ the Redeemer Church, 188 Elliott Street (Rt. 62), Danvers followed by interment in the Hamilton Cemetery. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Emmanuel Gospel Center,  P.O. Box 180245, Boston, MA  02118-0994


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