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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 16, 2011

Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of alumnus who died in Afghanistan

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University will fly its flags at half-staff Wednesday, Aug. 17, from sunrise to sunset, in memory of Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason who died Aug. 6 while serving in Afghanistan.

Mason, 37, a native of Holt, was a 1998 graduate of Northwest, earning his bachelor's of science degree in geography with a minor in geology. He was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity and played briefly with the Bearcat baseball team.

Mason is survived by his wife and 2000 Northwest graduate, Jessica; two sons and a third child expected in the fall.

"We are deeply saddened for the loss of Matthew," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "His service to our nation is exemplary and the hearts of all Bearcats are with his family."

Gov. Jay Nixon issued the order for all state and government offices statewide. A copy of the Governor's proclamation is available here.

An obituary appears in The Kearney Courier.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468