SONES, F. MASON, JR., M.D. (28 Oct. 1918-28 Aug. 1985) was a medical science pioneer in cardiac cinematography whose work was instrumental in the development of coronary bypass and cardiac surgery. Born in Noxapeter, Mississippi to Frank Mason and Myrtle (Bryan) Sones, Sones graduated from Western Maryland College in 1940. He received his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1943, and from 1944 to 1946 served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific. Sones later interned at University Hospital in Baltimore and was a resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
In 1950, Sones joined the
Sones was honored with numerous awards during his career, including the American Medical Association's 1978 Scientific Achievement Award and the Cumming Humanitarian Award in 1966 and 1967. He founded the Society for Cardiac Angiography and was its first president. Sones also served as the national consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General, and worked with the National Institute of Health in the study of cardiovascular disease. In 1942, Sones married Geraldine Newton. The couple had four children, Frank Mason III, Geraldine Patricia, Steven, and David. Sones died in Cleveland. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.