Mason B. Bruce


Posted: Monday, December 30, 2002

Former Juneau resident Mason B. Bruce, 93, died Oct. 18, 2002, in Puyallup, Wash., following an extended illness.

Bruce was born and raised in the greater Boston area. He attended New York State Ranger School in 1926, and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in forest management from Syracuse University. He was employed by the U.S. Forest Service for 36 years, and moved to Juneau on a Forest Service assignment in January 1958.

During his time in Juneau, he served as the Forest Service's assistant regional forester of the Alaska Region, and chaired the Alaska Society of American Foresters. He participated in the Juneau Rotary Club, Toastmasters, the Elks Club and the Boy Scouts. In 1964 he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served as assistant chief of the Division of Timber Management until retirement. He was a golden member of the Society of American Foresters.

Following his retirement, with his wife Catherine, he moved to Fort Myers, Fla., where they lived for 30 years. Following his wife's death, Mason moved to Puyallup, Wash., to be close to his daughter Betsy and son-in-law Wayne.

He was a lifelong Methodist who enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, researching family genealogy, and anything dealing with forests.

Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine (Heaphy). He is survived by his brother, George; his sister, Margery; his son, David (Carol) of Juneau; daughter Betsy Olsen (Wayne) of Bonney Lake, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Services were conducted Nov. 8 at the family plot in Saint Michael's Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vt. A reception followed at the Putney Inn.

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