Malcolm S. Mason ’34 LL.B. was an expert in the field of federal grants law who brought a wealth of knowledge on grants and subsidies to several federal agencies throughout his career. He passed away on November 1, 2011, at the age of 101.
Born in the Bronx in June of 1910, Mason spent the majority of his career working in Washington, D.C. In 1934, he became an attorney for the newly created Agricultural Adjustment Administration, a New Deal agency that oversaw the distribution of subsidies to farmers during the Great Depression. Four years later, Mason took on the role of litigation supervisor for the National Labor Relations Board, and he was later named general counsel for the Office of Alien Property, an agency tasked with managing property seized from the Axis powers during and after World War II.
Following a brief stint in private practice in New York City, Mason returned to the nation’s capital as associate general counsel for the Office of Economic Opportunity. Mason later worked for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, where he oversaw the department’s renewal of federal grants as chairman of the Grant Appeals Board. In honor of his career, Mason received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federal Bar Association Grants Committee in 2005.
Mason co-wrote Essentials of Grant Law Practice, an American Law Institute and American Bar Association publication focusing on the many legal and administrative procedures involved in obtaining subsides and grants-in-aid. He published his memoirs in a series titled From the Other Side of the Water.
Mason is survived by his daughter Jan and her husband, Ed Freundschuh; his son, Mike; and his granddaughters, Sharan Freundschuh Atak and Amber Freundschuh.