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29 January 2009 - Brigadier General Bruce J. Matheson whose bio and picture is on Notable USA Mathesons passed away. All Mathesons thank him for his courage and support of the American ideal. Obituary sent by his son: Brigadier General Bruce J. Matheson, United State Marine Corps (Retired) passed away on January 29, 2009 in Hawaii. He was the son of James H. and Edna Oakes Matheson, lifelong residents of Chicago. Born in Chicago in 1921, he worked as a longshoreman and truck driver before attending the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in 1940 where he met and later married (in 1944) his wife – Mary Jo Fain of Farina, IL. Left the University of Illinois the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941 and enlisted as a private in the United States Marine Corps. He was selected for pilot training while an enlisted man, won his Naval wings and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in February 1943. Trained in Florida as a fighter pilot, he was sent to the South Pacific in mid-1943 where he became the most junior and youngest member of the famed “Black Sheep” squadron under the command of Major Gregory Boyington. Only 10 of the original 51 pilots and officers of the Black Sheep Squadron still survive. During his following thirty-year career as a regular officer in the Marine Corps, Matheson flew jet all-weather fighters in the Korean War and commanded a large helicopter group during the Vietnam War where he flew several hundred combat missions as a helicopter gunship pilot. He served at various Stateside and overseas posts including Japan and Guam. His military decorations include three Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, more than 30 Air Medals, the Purple Heart (from wounds sustained during WWII) and a number of foreign decorations. During his military career he completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees – the former at the University of Maryland and the latter at George Washington University. Retiring as a colonel in 1971, he later received an honorary promotion to brigadier general because of his service in WWII. After retirement in Virginia he and his wife returned to Hawaii to spend their retirement years in Kailua in a home they had purchased in 1965. During his years in Hawaii General Matheson worked as a college instructor, as Business Manager for two years at the Honolulu Symphony Society, as an account executive for Industrial Data Services (IDS), and as vice president and treasurer of Windward Realty Inc. He was a long-time associate with H&R Block, beginning as a tax preparer in the Kailua office in 1980 and retiring after the 2006 tax season. He sang for several years with the Barbershop Society, the Honolulu Symphony Chorus (founding member) and the Hawaii Opera Theater Chorus. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, son Scott Matheson of Colorado Springs and son Kerry Matheson of Hawaii. He also leaves five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

11 November 2008 - Matheson of Matheson, Jean Elizabeth Mary died peacefully at home on 11th November after a long illness borne bravely and with great dignity. She was the younger daughter of 11th Lord Middleton, KG, MC,; beloved wife of Fergus, adored mother of Matilda, Alexander, Fiona and her eight grandchildren. Family funeral, at St Peter's Church, Hedenham, England, 11.30 a m, Thursday, 20th November. No flowers please. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held in Norwich in January 2009, to be announced later.
--Message from our 27th Clan Chief Sir Fergus

Lady Jean and Sir Fergus Matheson of Matheson


April 2008 - We've lost Serena, Lady Matheson of Matheson, widow of Torquhil, 26th Chief of Clan Matheson. She died at her home at Beckington, nr. Frome, Whitshire, England on 21 April 2008. She will be sorely missed.

February 2008 - Robert W. Matheson, Deputy Chief's Lieutenant - West, reports that his mother Ruth Elizabeth Ek Matheson died in February in California.

January 2008 - Malcolm Matheson. Jr. and his wife Emma Henry Tompkins Matheson, parents of our USA Chief's Lieutenant, Malcolm Matheson III, passed away within two weeks of each other in January in Virginia.