Remembering Eli Mason at the Alma Mater He Loved

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Memorial Remarks from President Stan Altman

More than 200 people, including family, friends, and colleagues from the accounting profession gathered on Sunday, September 13, to celebrate the life of Baruch College Trustee Emeritus Eli Mason ’40. Ten speakers, including Baruch College President Stan Altman and CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, remembered Mason—who died last month—for his brilliance, his kindness, and his lifelong dedication to Baruch College.

Appropriately, the memorial service took place in Mason Hall, the 1200-seat auditorium that was handsomely restored in 1997 with a million-dollar gift from Claire and Eli Mason. President Altman noted in his remarks that Mason Hall was also the spot where Eli Mason long ago began his Baruch career when he registered for his first freshmen class. “Using service to others as our metric to measure the value of a person’s life, we can only conclude that Eli Masson passed from us as one of the richest men in the world,” Altman said.

Bill Carlino, editor-in-chief of Accounting Today, a publication to which Eli Mason was a frequent contributor, spoke of his sterling professional reputation and the outspoken articles and essays he authored that helped establish his role as “the conscience of his profession.”

Several family members, including Nina Mason Hershfeld, her husband Max Hershfeld, granddaughter Hannah Mason Hershfeld, grandson David Berger, and son-in-law Gerald Berger also spoke at the service. Guests included several members of the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy, among them chair Masako Darrough and Professor Emeritus Abraham Briloff, and BCF colleagues including Sandra Wasserman, Dov Schlein, Arlene and Bernard Richards, and Charles Dreifus. The service was followed by a reception in the Newman Vertical Campus.