IOWA CITY — Dr. Charles Miles Mason Jr., age 86, of Iowa City, died early morning in his sleep on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 13, at The River Community Church with Pastor Gail Mitchell officiating. Burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at the church. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Charlie’s memory. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.
Dr. Mason was born Sept. 13, 1927, in Muscatine, the firstborn of Charles M. and Florence Mason Sr. He met his wife Beverly C. Bagge while they both attended the University of Iowa. They were married Nov. 18, 1951, in Fonda.
Charlie was a first-team, all-state basketball player, who had a scholarship to play at the University of Iowa. He played at Iowa from ‘45-49 and was leading scorer his senior year, named MVP by his teammates and coaching staff and made second team all Big Ten conference. He also competed in track, golf, football and baseball in high school, with an offer from the Boston Red Sox to play baseball for their organization. He was inducted into the Iowa Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. He had been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the ROTC program at Iowa in June of 1948. After graduating from the university, Charlie was a Math Teacher and the Basketball Coach at Oskaloosa. After coaching there for three years and obtaining his master’s degree from Iowa, he went into the Air Force as a first lieutenant and spent two years as a training officer at Scott Air Force base in Missouri. He returned to Oskaloosa as a teacher, coach and athletic director from 1954-58. Oskaloosa won its only basketball championship in his last year as coach. He returned to the U of Iowa in 1959 as the school’s first director of student financial aid. He continued his own academic work and received his Ph.D in Educational Administration in 1962 and remained as the head of student financial aid. He later served 30 years as Administrative Dean of the Graduate School at Iowa.