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William Mason Beekley III ’49

Published in May 15, 2002, issue

Mason died Aug. 20, 2001 in Beverly Hills, Calif., of complications from prostate cancer. He was 74. He prepared for Princeton at Kingswood. At Princeton he majored in economics and was a member of Colonial Club. Mason was on the ski team, an editor of the Daily Princetonian, in the Glee Club, and chair of the 1949 Nassau Herald. He was a loyal Princetonian and class member.

Mason founded Beekley Corp. in 1952 and remained with it until his death. An entrepreneur, he invested in or contributed to the invention of proprietary information products, used by more than 9,000 hospitals for diagnostic radiological procedures. In 1991 Mason was honored as CEO of one of the most successful businesses in Connecticut. He also founded the Intl. Skiing History Assn. and the Beekley Intl. Library of Skiing Literature. He was known for his many philanthropic activities in New Hartford.

Mason is survived by four daughters, LizaLee Kremer, Lorie Cheney, Sayer Wardell, Frances, and five grandchildren. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them.

The Class of 1949

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