Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Mason, Arthur Ellery, 1865-1943
Arthur Ellery Mason (1865-1943), H1904, was a member of the Board of Trustees of Tufts College for fifty-three years, serving as its secretary and chairman. He was also Treasurer of the College.
Born in Marlboro, New Hampshire, on April 7, 1865, Mason formed his first connection to Tufts when he became assistant to Newton Talbot, the Treasurer of the College, in 1889.In 1892, he was elected secretary of the Board of Trustees and was made a life member of the Board six years later. From 1904 to 1921, Mason served as the college's Treasurer. He also sat on the Board of Trustees' Finance Committee, beginning in 1904.He acted as the Board's chairman for seventeen years, beginning in 1925. Mason died April 28, 1943.
During the long period of time that Mason was affiliated with Tufts, he financially aided both the college and its students. He developed a new investment policy and shaped the financial structure for Tufts during the college's fiscally difficult early periods.