James O. Mason

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James O. Mason
James O. Mason USPHS.jpg
United States Assistant Secretary for Health
In office
1989–1993
PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush
Preceded byRobert E. Windom
Succeeded byPhilip R. Lee
Surgeon General of the United States
Acting
In office
October 1, 1989 – March 9, 1990
PresidentRonald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded byC. Everett Koop
Succeeded byAntonia Novello
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In office
1983–1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byWilliam H. Foege
Succeeded byWilliam L. Roper
Personal details
Born
James Ostermann Mason

(1930-06-19)June 19, 1930
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
DiedOctober 9, 2019(2019-10-09) (aged 89)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Utah (BA) (MD)
Harvard University (PhD)

James Ostermann Mason (June 19, 1930 – October 9, 2019) was an American physician and public health administrator.

Mason was the United States Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) from 1989 to 1993 and the Acting Surgeon General of the United States from 1989 to 1990. As the ASH he was also a former four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Mason was also a director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Mason served in the church as a bishop, stake president, and regional representative. In 1974, while serving as Church Commissioner for Health Services, Mason wrote a pamphlet for the church titled, "Attitudes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Toward Certain Medical Problems", which expresses the church's views on abortion, birth control, and homosexuality.[1]

Mason died on October 9, 2019 in Salt Lake City at the age of 89.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Bush, Lester E., Jr. (1993). Health and medicine among the Latter-day Saints: Science, Sense, and Scripture. Crossroad. p. 227. ISBN 0824512197. OCLC 26400043.
  2. "Elder James O. Mason — emeritus General Authority Seventy — dies at age 89", Newsroom, Church News, 2019-10-11

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