John J. Mason, a banking industry analyst for more than 30 years, died early Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Atlanta. He was 62.
Mr. Mason was a senior vice president at Interstate/Johnson Lane, Charlotte, N.C., where he had focused mostly on southeastern regional and superregional banks.
"He was an incisive analyst, a caring man and a great friend," said Stephen A. Hansel, president and chief executive officer of Hibernia Corp., New Orleans.
"John consistently proved his expertise, both in analyzing banking trends and picking the right stocks to capitalize on them," said John J. White Jr., IJL's director of equity research. The firm said Mr. Mason had decided to retire in July, and the announcement was to have been made Tuesday afternoon.
Before joining Interstate/Johnson Lane in 1983, Mr. Mason worked in New York at Shearson-Loeb Rhoades and Dominic & Dominic.
He was a former president of the Bank and Financial Analysts Association and program chairman of the New York Society of Securities Analysts.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Mason was a graduate of Fordham University and the Columbia University School of Business. He is survived by his wife, Karin, and three sons.