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Lamar University Distinguished Alumni
2/24/2017 4:08:21 PM

This evening, Lamar University will honor four distinguished alumni at an annual banquet. We are pleased to have two of these honorees as part of the Mason Construction, Ltd. family: Becky and Chuck Mason. They have both worked in the business and stay involved through community events and projects. Chuck still serves as President of Mason Construction, Ltd. and Becky was instrumental in building up our safety programs.

The following excerpt is from the Lamar University article about the Distinguished Alumni for 2017:

Becky (Dickson) Mason ’71

Becky MasonBecky (Dickson) Mason graduated magna cum laude from Lamar University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education before teaching school for six years, raising a family, and developing a nationally recognized safety program for Mason Construction.

While attending Lamar University, Mason was active in Alpha Chi Omega sorority, a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and president of Lamar’s Texas Student Education Association. Under her leadership, Lamar’s chapter implemented a program enabling education majors to volunteer in area classrooms to gain experience and to better understand their future profession.

Greatly influenced by her education professor Betty Coody, Mason was an innovative first grade teacher at Blanchette Elementary School in Beaumont. She combined hands-on experiences like cooking in the classroom, hatching baby ducklings, and story telling with reading activities that resulted in highly motivated students. She later applied those same principles of activity-based learning to teach and motivate the construction workers in Mason Construction’s award-winning safety program.

Although ending her official teaching after her children were born, Mason’s commitment to education never faltered. She was a regular classroom volunteer and PTA member throughout their school years, serving as president of the PTA in every school her children attended.

Throughout her career, Mason has been extremely involved in the Southeast Texas Community. She held leadership positions with Beaumont Community Players, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Junior League of Beaumont, Young Audiences of Southeast Texas, and the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. She is also a dedicated member of the Beaumont Rotary Club, where she served as president during the club’s Centennial in 2012-2013. Becky and Chuck were not only the first husband and wife to each hold the Rotary Club of Beaumont’s top office but also the only couple to be individually awarded the T. Kelsey Lamb Award for Business Ethics, which Becky received in 2016. While serving as president of Rotary, she led the charge to build a barrier-free, accessible playground in downtown Beaumont near the city’s Event Centre, as the club’s Centennial gift to the community.

She currently serves as an assistant governor of Rotary for District 5910. Mason is a past president and long-time supporter of Young Audiences of Southeast Texas as well as a past member of the Young Audiences National Board, Beaumont Public School Foundation, the Foundation for Southeast Texas and United Way.

She is past president of both the Women’s Symphony League and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, where she received the Joseph Carlucci Award for extraordinary service to the Symphony; past president of the Junior League of Beaumont serving from 1990-1991 and receiving the League’s Active of the Year Award in 1992; and board member of the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program where she received the Gift of Life’s Angels Among Us Award in 2016 in recognition for her support of the program.

In addition to her volunteer efforts in the community, Mason has held a variety of volunteer leadership roles at Lamar University. She served as a community representative to the 2015 Strategic Planning Committee, the Alumni Advisory Board from 2005-2008, the board of the JASON Project, and the executive committee of the Friends of the Arts Board where she is serving her second term as vice president. She and Chuck were the 2012 Le Grand Bal Honorees and host of a "Dinner and Twelve Strangers” event in 2006. The Masons have also worked closely with the Lamar Rotaract Club, including helping several of the members apply for and receive Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships for study abroad.

In addition to their volunteer efforts at Lamar, the Masons endowed the first privately funded Mirabeau Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships the university offers. The Masons have generously supported faculty research and development, as well as numerous scholarships, the Cardinal Club, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Business, and many other significant projects and goals of the university. They are members of the Spindletop Society, Mirabeau Society, and President’s Circle.

The Masons reside in Beaumont and have two children, Charles E. "Chad” Mason III and Kristin Lenoir, and have four grandchildren. Kristin and her husband Alexander reside in Houston, and Chad and his wife Lauren reside in Beaumont where he carries on the family tradition, serving as vice president of administration for Mason Construction.

Charles E. "Chuck” Mason, Jr. ’72

Chuck MasonChuck Mason represents the third generation at the helm of Mason Construction, Ltd., a family owned civil industrial contractor founded in 1939 by his grandfather. Mason joined the company in 1970 and has served as its president since 1980. When he and his brother Brad ’74 began working in the company, they and their father were three of the company’s six employees. Since then, the company has grown to more than 400 employees working throughout Southeast Texas.

During Mason’s tenure as president, Mason Construction has been honored with the BBB "Torch Award for Business Ethics” in 1999, as well as the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce "Spindletop Award” in 2010 and numerous local and national safety awards. As part of Beaumont’s Spindletop Centennial Celebration, Mason Construction built and donated the working replica of the gusher that is a popular feature of Lamar University’s Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum.

Mason entered college with dreams of becoming the next Jacque Cousteau. But after working in the family construction business for two summers, he realized that analyzing and solving business problems was where his real skills lay. Fortunately, the skills of observation, analysis and problem solving learned under Lamar University’s biology professor Russell Long proved just as effective in business as in Histology or Embryology classes. Mason graduated from Lamar University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, but has never lost his fascination with the sciences. In 2001, he was the founding president of the JASON Alliance of Southeast Texas, an organization promoting elementary and middle school science education by providing hands-on science training for both students and their teachers. Since that time, 7,000 to 10,000 students, from school districts throughout Southeast Texas, have participated each year in the Lamar based program, resulting in over 100,000 student visits to Lamar University.

Throughout his career, Mason has been extremely active in the Southeast Texas community. A graduate of Leadership Southeast Texas, he has held leadership roles in Beaumont Rotary, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Texas Energy Museum, Beaumont Community Players, Young Audiences, Rebuilding Together Southeast Texas, United Way, and Family Services.

Since 1983, Chuck has been a very active member of the Beaumont Rotary Club, serving as president from 2000-2001. Chuck and his wife Becky are the only couple in club history to both serve as club president and receive the club’s T. Kelsey Lamb, Sr. Award for Business Ethics, which Chuck received in 2010. During 2007-2008, he served as governor of Rotary District 5910, covering Southeast Texas from Port Arthur to Galveston to College Station to Palestine. Mason currently serves as the Rotary International EndPolioNow Zone Coordinator (Texas and Oklahoma). During Beaumont Rotary’s centennial year 2012-2013, Mason served as project chair for the Rotary Centennial Playground constructed adjacent to the Beaumont Event Center. As a result of that project, Mason joined the board of the Beaumont Children’s Museum, serving as president for 2015 and 2016, during which time the Museum began operations within the Beaumont Civic Center.

Mason has served in a variety of volunteer roles at Lamar University. He is a member of the Lamar University Foundation board where he served as secretary, treasurer, vice president, and chair of the audit committee; the Friends of the Arts Board; Le Grand Bal Honoree (with wife Becky) in 2012; a member of Investing in the Future Campaign Cabinet; and a member of the Reese Construction Management Advisory Council. In 2006, the Masons hosted a "Dinner and Twelve Strangers” event for Lamar University students in their home. They have also worked closely with the Lamar Rotaract Club, including helping several of the members apply for and receive Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships for study abroad.

In addition to their volunteer efforts at Lamar, the Masons endowed the first privately funded Mirabeau Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships the university offers. The Masons have generously supported faculty research and development, numerous scholarships, the Cardinal Club, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Business, and many other significant projects and goals of the university. They are members of the Spindletop Society, Mirabeau Society, and President’s Circle.

The Masons reside in Beaumont and have two children, Charles E. "Chad” Mason III and Kristin Lenoir, and have four grandchildren. Kristin and her husband Alexander reside in Houston, and Chad and his wife Lauren reside in Beaumont where he carries on the family tradition, serving as vice president of administration for Mason Construction.

Thank you to Becky and Chuck Mason for all they have done for our business, community, and Lamar University!

Resources:

http://www.lamar.edu/news-and-events/news/2017/01/lu-taps-four-as-distinguished-alumni-for-2017.html

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