Mason E. Wescott: 1902 - 1998

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Klaus, Leigh Ann   (1998, ASQ)   American Society for Quality, Milwaukee, WI

Quality Progress    Vol. 31    No. 5
QICID: 13333    May 1998    pp. 57-58
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Article Abstract

Mason E. Wescott died on January 26, 1998 at the age of 95. He was a Founding and Honorary member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). His education included bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in mathematics. A mathematics and statistics teacher for most of his life, Wescott began his career in 1925 in Northwestern University's mathematics department, where he stayed until 1951. In the 1940s he participated in the War Production Board's short course program on statistical quality control (SQC). In 1946 he was one of the founders of ASQ, and the next year he became editor of Industrial Quality Control (the predecessor to Quality Progress), holding that position for 14 years. For four months in the early 1950s Wescott taught SQC courses in India as part of a United Nations program. From 1952 through 1966 Wescott taught in the applied and mathematical statistics program at Rutgers University. In 1966 he introduced an SQC program at the Rochester Institute of Technology and taught there until 1987. Wescott spent a decade on the Board of Directors of the ASQ Rochester, NY section. Among the awards that he received over the years were the Shewhart Medal, the Eugene L. Grant Award, and the Ellis Ott Award.

Keywords

American Society for Quality (ASQ),Higher education,Biographies,Statistical quality control (SQC),Statistics,History


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