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Mason Hall Undergoes Renovation
From open and flexible spaces encouraging interaction to a café serving Starbucks coffee, the changes to Mason Hall have been designed to create a buzz.
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the newly renovated Mason Hall
One of the major goals was to create an experiential learning environment for students.
Throughout the updated building, named for alumnus Maj. Gen. Raymond E. Mason, Jr., are areas for both informal and formal interaction. The Rohr Café anchors that effort. The destination spot was made possible by a donation from Jim Rohr (MBA ’86), chair and chief executive officer of the PNC Financial Services Group..
“Things have changed since Mason Hall opened 12 years ago. We wanted to push the envelope in terms of exemplifying work in a high tech culture,” said David Greenberger, chair of the renovation committee and chair of the Department of Management and Human Resources. “We wanted those synergies and shared spaces. We wanted to create more of a sense of community and encourage students to use Mason as a gathering place.”
Other highlights of the renovation include:
- Large and comfortable study areas, conference rooms, and 21 student breakout rooms
- Administrative offices for units with a focus on experiential learning
- A multipurpose space for classes, receptions, and special events in the second floor rotunda named for Daniel E. and Avarina Edwards, the parents of Margaret Mason
Other changes are noticeable before even stepping inside. A landscape designer working with the lead architectural firm — the same Boston-based firm that originally designed Mason — developed plans for outdoor tables with umbrellas, new walkways, and floral gardens.
Tribute to Maj. Gen. Raymond E. Mason, Jr.
The Fisher community lost one of its most beloved members when retired Maj. Gen. Raymond E. Mason, Jr. died at his home in Florida on August 13, 2010.
He was 90 years old.
Mason, a noted benefactor of Ohio State, leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of generosity, service, and business expertise. A major donor to Fisher, his gifts established Mason Hall, dedicated in 1999, as well as the Raymond E. Mason Chair in Transportation and Logistics. He also served in leadership roles with The Ohio State University Foundation and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
“He was a patriot, for sure, and an amazing supporter of Ohio State,” said Douglas Lambert, who has held the Mason chair in transportation and logistics since 1996. “He was also a good friend and a mentor—an extremely generous man with a wonderful sense of humor . . . There is no doubt that he is greatly missed.”
Learn more about Maj. Gen. Raymond E. Mason, Jr.
Mason graduated from Ohio State in 1941 and, during World War II, served in the European Theater with the Fourth Armored Division of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army. According to his official biography, Mason was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and other citations.
He was chairman of the Columbus Truck and Equipment Co. and was the former owner of Bode-Finn Co., a materials handling equipment dealer based in Cincinnati. He was also managing director of JD Ranch, a cattle ranch based in Florida.
Mason’s commitment to his country and his alma mater was unwavering. He is quoted as saying: “I believe in this country and in its institutions. I believe in the value of education for all people. That is why my family and I have chosen to invest in this great university and in the Fisher College of Business.”
Mason is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three sons, Raymond III, Michael, and Bruce.