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MILLINOCKET - Peter H. Mason, M.D., 89, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Millinocket. He was born November 21, 1925 in Willows, California, the son of the Rev. Otis L Mason and Ella A. (Olsen)


Being the son of a pastor, Peter moved several times as a child,

living in Willows, California, Greeley, Colorado, Somerville,

Massachusetts, and eventually in Saco, Maine, where he was living when

graduating from Thornton Academy. Peter served in the U.S. Navy

during World War II in the V 12 program, and was drafted into the U.S.

Air Force during the Korean War as part of the "Doctor Draft", serving

as Surgeon-Captain at the Sampson Air Force Base in Geneva, New York.

He worked on his undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College and Bates

College, and attended Dartmouth Medical School, and earned his M.D. at

Tufts University Medical School in 1948. After completing his college

education, medical school, and surgical training, he moved to Millinocket in 1955 where he established a surgical practice. He maintained his practice for 40 years. In 1976, Randy Jackson, P.A. joined the practice and worked with him until 1995, when Dr. Mason

retired. During his 40 year career in Millinocket, Peter was a

surgeon at Millinocket Regional hospital, serving as chief surgeon

from 1955 to 1980, and was president of the medical staff there from

1980-1985. He was an instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and

Advanced Trauma Life Support, and was president of the Maine Chapter

of the American College of Surgeons from 1972-1973. During his years

of practice, Peter was a member of the New England Surgical Society,

the AMA, the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of American

Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. His board certifications were

Diplomate with the American Board of Surgery (1957), Fellow with the

American College of Surgeons (1959), and Diplomate with the National

Board of Medical Examiners (1949).

When not practicing medicine, Peter enjoyed boating and water skiing

on North Twin Lake with family, and in the winter months down hill and

cross country skiing. An avid hunter and fisherman, Peter loved fly

fishing for trout at Daicey Pond, and bird hunting with his Brittany

and Gordon Setters. A violinist, Peter held a lifelong appreciation

for music. He organized a quartet of singers in the Katahdin Region,

the Timbertones, who sang Barbershop music for several years. Over

the course of time, Peter developed a botanical interest in finding

and identifying wild Maine orchids. He will be missed by many in the

community he served so well for so many years.

Peter is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara A. (Hansen) Mason

of Millinocket; three children, Sarah Toye and her husband Lawrence of

Burlington, MA, Mark Mason, DVM and his wife Patricia of Brunswick,

and Christopher Mason of Walden, MA; four grandchildren, Bethany

O'Regan and her husband Keith of Burlington, MA, Cody Mason of

Portland, Hansen Mason of Boston, MA, and Tucker Mason of Brunswick; a

former daughter in law, Gail Mason, DVM of Brunswick; and three great-

grandsons, Keon, Cole, and Kaden O'Regan, all of Burlington, MA.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of

Cummings Health Care, Katahdin Health Care, Millinocket Regional

Hospital for the excellent care given to Peter and the many courtesies

extended to the family over the past few years.

Memorial services will be held 11 A.M. Saturday, February 7 at St.

Andrew's Episcopal Church, 40 Highland Ave., Millinocket, with the

Rev. Levering Sherman, pastor, officiating.

Gifts in memory of Peter may be sent to Katahdin Health Care Activity

Fund, 22 Walnut St., Millinocket, ME 04462, Millinocket Regional

Hospital, 200 Somerset St., Millinocket, ME 04462, or to St. Andrew's

Episcopal Church, 50 Highland Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462.

Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, Millinocket. Messages of

condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Published on  January 30, 2015
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