(WINDSOR, ON) – St Clair College has lost an important piece of its history with the passing of Mason MacDonald on January 14 at the age of 90.
Born in Sydney, NS, he came to Windsor in 1958 to become a founder of St Clair’s predecessor, the Western Ontario Institute of Technology and served many years as a professor at both institutions until his retirement in 1990. Once St Clair College became a reality in 1967, MacDonald became its first Dean of Applied Arts where he assembled a talented staff who contributed greatly to scholastic life on the campus.
Under his direction, he created and developed academic programs that were imitated across the Canadian college system.
MacDonald was also at the forefront of athletics and recreation in the infancy of college sport, holding the post of Athletic Director for WOIT from 1958-1966. During that span he also coached the hockey, basketball, and soccer teams. He later established St Clair’s Student Athletic Association and was the board’s first advisor.
His continued involvement with the St Clair Athletic Department included leading the Saints to many OCAA provincial medals as coach of the varsity curling team until his final season in 1987-88.
In a tribute to his efforts, St Clair College named the annual Athlete of the Year Award in his honour beginning in 1967. The Mason MacDonald Trophy is awarded annually to a male and/or female inter-collegiate student in their graduating year who best combines athletic excellence, scholastic progress, and achievement while consistently demonstrating qualities of leadership, loyalty, and dedication to their respective team(s), the Department of Athletics, and to St Clair College.
MacDonald created an endowment in his name many years ago so the recipients of St Clair’s most prestigious Athletic Award would receive financial assistance in perpetuity. Until he was no longer physically able, he gladly attended the Annual Athletic Awards Banquet to present his trophy. To date, 88 student-athletes have received the award with many receiving his personal congratulations.
Mason MacDonald will be missed but never forgotten.
Mason MacDonald obituary. No visitation or funeral services are being held.