Calvin Mass
Calvin Mass D.D.S. died peacefully on Friday, June 13 at the age of 96. He was the husband of the late Helen (Shlaifer) Mass and the son of the late Louis and Rose (Gold) Mass. He leaves his son, Dr. Martin Mass, and wife, Jill, of South Glastonbury; his daughter, Nan Kristt, of Monticello, NY; his four grandchildren: Noah Mass and wife Nicole, Gabriel Mass, Dara Hebert and husband Thomas, and Eric Kristt; and his great-granddaughter, Sophia Mass. He also leaves a large and loving family of generations of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Samuel Mass and Sidney Mass, and by his sister, Elizabeth Lewis.

Calvin was born in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Maryland Dental School. He did post-graduate studies in Toronto, Canada and was a fellow of the American Academy of General Dentistry. He served in World War II as a captain in the United States Army Air Force Dental Corps. He practiced dentistry in Hartford for 37 years, until 1983, and worked as a Dental Consultant for Aetna Life and Casualty until 1995. He was past president of both the Hartford Dental Society and Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford. In the 1950s Dr. Mass was curator and librarian of the Hartford Dental Society Library; in the 1960s and 70s he helped develop and lecture at the A. I. Prince Dental Assistant Course. Prior to joining Aetna, where he wrote the first dental quality of care manual, he was chairman of the Hartford Dental Society Peer Review Committee and served on the Quality of Care Committee at the University of Connecticut Medical/Dental School.

Calvin loved and enjoyed life and he loved and enjoyed his family and friends. He was a marvelous teller of stories and remembered every joke he ever heard. He was interested in and kind to everyone. Even into his 90’s he had a laugh that sparkled. Everyone admired him and he admired everyone.

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Monday June 16 in the sanctuary of Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Road, West Hartford, with Rabbi Yitzchok Adler officiating. Interment will follow at Beth David Synagogue Cemetery, 1361 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield. A post-interment reception will be held at the Beth David Synagogue. The family will also receive friends at the home of Martin and Jill Mass, 33 Southpond Road, South Glastonbury, on Monday night from 7PM to 9PM and on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, with an evening service at 8PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Dr. Mass, please visit online at

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