Dr. Glenn M. Mason

November 29, 1951November 7, 2018
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Dr. Glenn M. Mason, 66, passed away at home surrounded by his family on November 7, 2018. Dr. Mason was born on November 29, 1951 and was raised in New Albany, Indiana. He held a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, his beloved home for many years. Dr. Mason was Coordinator of the Department of Geosciences and a distinguished tenured Professor at Indiana University Southeast. Dr. Mason was professionally recognized for his excellence in research and teaching, and broadly regarded for his dedication to his students. Glenn was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife Pamela Mason (Zollman), his son Ben Mason (fiancée Ashley), his daughter Nicole Richie (son-in-law Daryl), and his grandson Jayden. Though he was an avid traveler, his favorite place was at home with his wife and dog, Cheyenne. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

A reception will be held from 3-6 pm with a remembrance service at 6 pm on Saturday, November 10th at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Floyd County Humane Society.


  • Floyd County Humane Society


  • Reception Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Remembrance Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

Dr. Glenn M. Mason

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Morena Wroblewski (Hoffine)

December 6, 2018

Dear Mason Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Glenn at Western Research Institute (WRI) in Laramie, WY. He was a kind funny person . I enjoyed working with him and learned a lot from him. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Suzanne Canter

November 13, 2018

Dear Pam, Nicki, and Ben,
I can't put into words, how sorry I am, at the loss of Glenn. I never knew him well, but heard stories growing up, about Glenn Michael, and his parents. Never short on memories, from the family! We also went to NAHS, at the same time for a year. He loved you very much, I know this, and know, that you have many lovely memories, you will carry with you, forever. God bless you, and hold you in the palm of His hand.
I hope to see you, at some point, and do some catching up!

Love and prayers,

Suzanne, John, and family
Aunt Dottie

Karen Salisbury

November 10, 2018

Always had a smile and joyful demeanor. Peace and blessings to this wonderful family. So saddened by the news of his passing. Love and prayers, Always. The Salisbury family

Lynn Spangler

November 8, 2018

I am gutted! Learned this morning that my lifelong childhood friend, Glenn Mason, died last night. I have soooo many memories running around in my head! The day we met in the fall of 1956! His was the first curly head I had ever seen!! (I remember the shirt he was wearing.)
Playing as kids: 1) In his basement with all his fabulous toys. 2) War in the Elm Street woods against the Spring street kids. 3) “German Lights” spy games on summer nights. The Summer Vacation when we were drug to every battlefield in the Kentucky area (Perryville comes to mind). The many trips both families made for visits after we moved to Connersville.
I spent time in Louisville 5 summers (1966/1970) helping care for my grandmother; however, weekends were spent with Mason’s. Glenn and his good friend Jimmy Bird took me to the first McDonalds I had ever seen. They also took me to a “Chicago” concert in August 1970. He stopped at Marian College later that fall for a quick visit (20 min, we never moved from the parking lot) when driving between New Albany and Purdue.
Twice he visited Ed & our family in Columbus. The first time he was showing off his new BMW. After taking me for a drive we sat in front of the house talking. He made me promise not to tell his folks how much he had paid for it!! More than our house cost! The second time was years later, at our Locust Dr home. He brought bakery goods from Rookies and we laughed at memories of Sunday morning stops after Church services. I don’t think he spent more than 10 minutes in either house, he was always in a hurry!
We saw each other less after that; both busy with life and family.
He was my twin. As an only child, he wanted to be a Shoemaker because we represented playmates. He was two weeks (to the day) older and our names rhyme. We did have a yearly phone call on his Birthday! Gads! I will miss those calls!!

Kimberly Pelle

November 8, 2018

I have the unique opportunity to work with and listen to students on a daily basis at the university. Over the years, I have heard many students talk about Dr. Mason with such respect, admiration, and enthusiasm. He sparked a love of learning in his students, and I enjoyed seeing the twinkle in their eyes when they talked about his class lectures, his study abroad trips, and his wonderful personality. His students adored him, and he instilled a lifelong love of learning amongst them all. Dr. Mason leaves a special mark on IU Southeast, and one that will not be soon forgotten. My heartfelt sympathy goes to his wife and family, his colleagues, friends, and students. Godspeed, Dr. Mason, from one who knows the impact you had on those you loved. ~kim

Jennie Lathem

November 7, 2018

I knew Dr. Glenn Mason first as my professor at IU Southeast when I began my journey in Geology way back in 2003. I later knew him to be my advisor, my mentor, my encourager, my motivator, my “boss” and, most importantly, my friend. My fondest memories include all of our long talks that started with a quick “have a good weekend” and our countless Geology trips through the years both as a student and as a fellow faculty member. Our department, school and university will not be the same without Dr. Glenn Mason. My thoughts and prayers are with Pam and his family, his friends, colleagues and students.