George Mason Descendant Visits University

Posted: July 22, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: July 24, 2013 at 7:19 am

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By Mark Schwartz, communications and marketing officer, University Libraries

Ross Mason chats with Yvonne Carignan, head of Special Collections and Archives, about the Mason Family Account Book. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Ross Mason chats with Yvonne Carignan, head of Special Collections and Archives, about the Mason Family Account Book held by University Libraries. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

During a visit to George Mason University on July 16, George “Ross” Mason was invited to view the 220-year-old Mason Family Account Book held by University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. The book contains handwritten entries from 1792 to 1820 by Mason family members; Ross Mason is a direct descendant of the university’s namesake through John Mason, George and Ann Mason’s eighth child.

Founder of the Atlanta-based HINRI, Mason was also on campus to share some of his entrepreneurial and nonprofit experiences worldwide with the university’s leadership at the Prince William Campus Strategic Advance and stimulate interest in venture philanthropy.

Mason was active in adventure sports and venture capital before he broke his neck in 2007 training for the New Zealand IronMan.  Today, he is focused on solving the world’s most difficult health challenges through his venture philanthropy, which works with “portfolio partners” to serve the uninsured, wounded warriors and their families, autistic children and victims of sex trafficking, as well as other institutions that protect human rights.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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