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Mason, Dora, 1896-1999



  • Existence: 1896 - 1999


Dora Eaton Mason, sculptor and art teacher, was born in Wyoming in 1896 to Henry H. Eaton and Sally Thurloway Eaton. In 1919 Eaton married Edward Files Mason, and gave birth to son Edward Eaton Mason a year later. In 1929 Edward F. Mason became a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa. Dora Mason received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Idaho in 1918, and in 1939 earned her Master of Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Iowa. Her thesis sculpture, 'Old Amana', was a life-sized bust of octogenarian Mary Eichacher, displayed at the Amana Heritage Museum. In addition, Mason trained in pottery at Mills College in southern California. She was a prolific lecturer who traveled around the country and was active as a volunteer in the Iowa City area teaching art and art appreciation. Dora E. Mason's sculptures have been exhibited and have won awards throughout the United States and Canada. Her works include a bust of Nile Kinnick--the only life portrait of Kinnick, sculpted during his senior year at the University of Iowa. Son Edward Eaton Mason became a professor of Surgery at the University of Iowa.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Dora Mason papers

Identifier: IWA0221

Sculptor and art teacher who traveled and studied sculpture across Europe and North America.

Dates: 1915-2017