Dr. Jon Masso and his wife came to Daystar University in August 1998 as missionaries from Massachusetts USA, after he had served for 28 years as a developmental physicist. He was the first ever Dean in the Faculty of Science and Technology, now renamed the School of Science Engineering and Health, and he later became the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Institutional Advancement, from 2010 to 2012.
Dr. Masso was a dedicated and very reliable faculty member. His work was out of commitment and dedicated love for Christ. During his tenure as the Dean, he was instrumental in the implementation of not only the Applied Computer Science programme, but also the Physics and B.Sc. Nursing programme. Dr. Masso was among the people who oversaw the computerization of Daystar University and the introduction of the computerized registration process. Of note is that when he arrived in 1998 the University had only four Kaypro computers and by 2009, the University had acquired approximately
500, with about 300 units specifically dedicated for student use and teaching.
Dr. Masso is survived by his dear wife Mrs. Phyllis Masso, four children; Michael Masso, Christi Byerly, Kathryn Pillsbury and Karin Loewen, and 12 grandchildren. He also has many Kenyan sons and daughters. Together with his wife they began Ahadi Family Kenya, a Christian children’s home in Chunvi Machakos County, for vulnerable school-aged boys at risk of and in need of care and protection due to factors such as parental death, neglect, abuse, abandonment, mental illness, incarceration, etc. Most of the boys are orphans who have no able relatives to care for them. This is just one of the many ways Dr. Masso exemplified the nurturing spirit of being a Christian.
On Wednesday March 1, 2017, the Daystar University community joined family and friends of the late Dr. Jon Masso, at the Daystar Academic Centre Auditorium at the Nairobi Campus to celebrate his life and legacy. The afternoon memorial service attracted a huge gathering with the auditorium filled to capacity; a solid testament to a life well lived. Family members led by Michael Masso shared heartfelt and emotional stirred memories of their father. Among the many cherished memories was that of a strong witness of a life devoted to Christ.
Dr Jon Masso died while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital on the evening of 25th February 2017. Cremated on 2nd march and the ash flown back to The united states of America.
“Many became his family and many shall miss him”