The Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Leadership Symposium was established in 2003 with the support of the Raymond E. Mason Foundation. Its namesake, Raymond E. Mason Jr., was a community philanthropist known respectfully as “the General” for his military service. After he graduated from The Ohio State University in 1941, Mason served in World War II in the European theater with the Fourth Armored Division of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army. Mason was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, as well as a number of other citations.
After serving his country, Mason served his community as well, devoting his efforts to helping to provide higher-education opportunities for young people in the Appalachian areas of Ohio and Kentucky. This commitment extended locally through his service as a past chairman of the Franklin University Board of Trustees and founder of the Ohio Historical Foundation. He served on the Columbus Symphony board of trustees and was a past president of the Central Ohio Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mason founded the Columbus Truck and Equipment Co. in 1949.