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Stress Research Pioneer, dies at 90  

Dr. John W. Mason, an American physiologist and researcher who helped lay the groundwork for today's integrative medicine, died on March 4, 2014. He was born in Chicago, IL. Dr. Mason conducted original research for nearly fifty years on the relationships between thoughts, emotions, and disease at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In 1977, he relocated to New Haven, CT where he joined the faculty at Yale and continued his research at the West Haven VA Medical Center. Dr. Mason's ingenious experiments helped create the field of psychoneuroendocrinology and set the stage for the modern integrative approach to health and disease. Dr. Mason was married to Joyce Ann Towne for fifty-eight years until her death in 2009. He is survived by his children, Victoria J. Mason, of Silver Spring, MD, and Peter B. Mason, of Millis, MA. Dr. Mason's oldest son, John M. Mason (Mark) passed away on April 10, 2014. Dr. Mason is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Eleanor Mason, and grandson, Daniel M. Mason, wife, Kristin, and great-grandchildren Julia, Parker, and Sara Jane, all of Rumson, NJ, and grandson, John A. Mason, of Toyota City, Japan.
A Memorial Service will be held on May 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 33 Center Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden in care of arrangements.
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Published in The Washington Post on May 11, 2014