James O. Mason

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James O. Mason
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United States Assistant Secretary for Health
In office
1989–1993
President George H.W. Bush
Preceded by Robert E. Windom
Succeeded by Philip R. Lee
Surgeon General of the United States
Acting
In office
1989–1990
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by C. Everett Koop
Succeeded by Antonia Novello
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In office
1983–1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by William H. Foege
Succeeded by William L. Roper
Personal details
Born James Ostermann Mason
(1930-06-19) June 19, 1930 (age 87)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Education University of Utah (BA) (MD)
Harvard University (PhD)

James Ostermann Mason (born June 19, 1930) is an American physician and public health administrator. He was the United States Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) from 1989 to 1993 and the Acting Surgeon General of the United States from 1989 to 1990. As the ASH he was also a former four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He was also a director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mason earned B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in public health from Harvard University. He was the first managing director of the LDS Church's Unified Welfare Services, directing the church's hospital system. He served as the executive director of the Utah Department of Health until 1983, when he was named director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia; Mason held the directorship of the CDC until 1989. In 1993, he was presented with the Gorgas Medal from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS).[citation needed]

In 1989, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mason as Assistant Secretary for Health, which made him head of the United States Public Health Service, and Acting Surgeon General. He later served as the American delegate to the World Health Organization. In 1994, he was appointed as a general authority by the LDS Church, serving in the Second Quorum of the Seventy until 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Mason was president of the church's Bountiful Utah Temple.

As a young man, Mason served an LDS Church mission to Denmark. Before his appointment as a general authority, Mason served in the church as a bishop, stake president, and regional representative. In 1974, while serving as Church Commissioner for Health Services, Mason wrote a pamphlet for the church titled, "Attitudes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Toward Certain Medical Problems", which expresses the church's views on abortion, birth control, and homosexuality.[1]

Notes

  1. ^ Bush, Lester E., Jr. (1993). Health and medicine among the Latter-day Saints: Science, Sense, and Scripture. Crossroad. p. 227. ISBN 0824512197. OCLC 26400043. 

References

  • "Elder James O. Mason of the Seventy", Ensign, May 1994

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