The Baruch College community notes with deepest sorrow the passing of Eli Mason ’40, Trustee Emeritus. Eli Mason was held in the highest esteem by all who had the good fortune to know him. His generosity was matched only by his modesty and his tireless work on behalf of his alma mater. In 1968, he was elected the first president of The Baruch College Fund. From that day forward, in addition to making his own gifts to Baruch, he worked constantly to reengage his fellow alumni in the life of the College. Eli endowed the Eli Mason Chair in Accountancy in 1992, and in 1996, together with his wife Claire, an alumna from the class of 1940, funded the restoration of the beautiful auditorium that became Mason Hall.
A pillar of integrity in the accounting profession, Eli Mason was repeatedly named among the “100 most influential” accountants in the nation. Among his many honors, he was past president of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, past president of the Foundation for Accounting Education, and past chairman of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy. His CPA colleagues called him “the conscience of the profession.”
Baruch College honored him with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1978 and in 1987 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the annual Bernard Baruch Dinner. Eli Mason sincerely loved Baruch College and directly credited the education he received here for his professional success. His love was reciprocated by the many members of the Baruch family, including students and staff, who regularly came in contact with him. We extend our deepest sympathy to Claire, his wife and partner in philanthropy for 67 years, his daughters Judith Ann and Nina Felice, his grandchildren and his countless friends and admirers.