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Passed away peacefully in his home in Ligonier, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, just shy of his 80th birthday. Mason is survived by his loving wife, Gil Walsh; his two children, Connie Walsh and Richard Walsh; his daughter-in-law, Lindsay Walsh; and son-in-law, Christopher Young; and five grandchildren, Duncan, Bayard, and Theo Walsh and Aksel and Neva Young. He is also survived by his brother, Bruce Walsh. Mason was born in State College, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1935. He graduated with honors from Penn State in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. In 1960, he received his law degree from Harvard University. Mason began his career as a trust and estate lawyer in Pittsburgh with Reed Smith. From 1967 to 1971, he worked for T. Mellon & Sons in Pittsburgh, an investment firm created to handle the Mellon family's financial, philanthropic, and civic interests. The firm became Richard K. Mellon & Sons in 1971, whereupon Mason assumed his position of Executive Vice President and General Counsel, a capacity he served for over 30 years until his retirement in 2001. Mason Walsh was a civic leader in his community, as well as nationally, and particularly proud of his accomplishments in the field of land conservation. He served as Chairman of the Board of The Nature Conservancy as well as Vice Chairman of the American Farmland Trust. His community activities also included service on the Executive Committee of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, as a trustee of the Valley School of Ligonier, on the board of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and as a member of Penn State's National Development Council. He also served for many years as a Governor of Rolling Rock Club, Laurel Valley Golf Club, and recently with the Lighthouse Center for the Arts and as President of the Homeowners Association at the Loxahatchee Club. Over the years, Mason had been recognized with numerous awards and honors, notably the Gulf Oil Conservation Award and the National Park Foundation's Historic Preservation Medal. In addition to his love of family, Mason truly cherished his many dogs. Some of his happiest moments were spent in the woods with old friends and hunting dogs close by his side. A service to celebrate Mr. Walsh's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at St. Michael's Church in Ligonier with the Rev. Dr. James B. Simons, officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Michael's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Walsh's memory to The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408. To sign the online register book or to send a condolence to the family, please visit: www.jpaulmccrackenfuneral THE J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL, INC., Ligonier, is assisting the family.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sep. 25 to Sep. 27, 2015.
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September 28, 2015
You will be greatly missed.
Marie Jones
September 28, 2015
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Marie Jones
September 26, 2015
Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. (Psalm 29:11)
September 26, 2015
Dear Richard: I was saddened to read of the passing of your dad. Please accept my condolences on your loss. - Jeff Pollock, Esq., Sq. Hill
September 25, 2015
Mason was god father for my son Bert, and named his third son Mason
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