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A name that resonates with Drew Athletics and the physical education department is Eleanor Mason. A graduate of Russell Sage College, Mason came to Drew after serving as Athletic Director and head of the department at Rhode Island State College. She also taught on the collegiate level at Barnard College and the University of Delaware prior to her arrival in The Forest.

In her 26 years at Drew, Mason wore many hats. Her most recognizable may have been on the tennis court where she served as the Head Women’s Tennis Coach for ten seasons. After Title IX, there was an influx of female students that came out to play tennis. The program was extremely successful under her leadership, producing several conference champions, and the team emerged as one of the most successful on campus. She left as Drew’s all-time leader in wins. Mason also taught in the Physical Education Department at Drew, where her classes ranged from tennis and swimming to archery and a variety of individual sports.

Upon Mason’s initiative, Drew launched the intramural program that has become a staple on campus to this day. She admired the enthusiasm of the students and people at Drew, especially in athletics. She is most proud of the success of her tennis teams and the establishment of the intramural program. After Mason’s retirement in 1990, the athletic department established an award in her name based on total service to intramurals through dedication, contribution, and participation.