Dr. Mason was truly one of the most influential women in my life. As a student at Roosevelt Elementary, I both adored and admired her. She was always kind, steady, graceful, and so very smart.
To the family of Barbara T. Mason, sister Eleanor M. white, nephew Stanley E. White, and Junius H. Mason III, as I got to know Barbara, we shared many Wednesday luncheons, trips to the movies, and stories about the South. When you feel your loss most intently, think of a happy time. I pray your memories will bring comfort, and God's love will bring you peace. We share a faith that tells us God has defeated death and can promise his children eternal life. Sorrow is not forever, love is. -Janice Mitchell, Attleboro Village, apt. 404 Winchester bldg.
Dr. Mason was an extraordinary woman and wonderful role model. I was privileged to be a young student under her tutelage at Roosevelt School in the early 1960's. She remained friends with my mother and neighbors. I have the utmost respect and fondest memories of her. RIP Dr. Mason
I was a student at Roosevelt Elementary School when Dr. Mason was principal. I truly admired her. She was always so gracious and kind.
Extended condolencses to the Mason Family.
Dr. Mason knew what was best for every student, and made every decision only to make the Roosevelt experience the best it could be for each and every one of us. I was there from 1962-69.
I was a student at Roosevelt. I graduated about the time she must have left the school. I remember her dignity and grace. I remember she knew all of our names and all of the names of everyone in each family. I remember being scared of her because she was such an authority figure to me. She was a brave women who dealt with difficult situations at difficult times with confidence and courage.
Many fond memories of this extraordinary woman who seems never to have forgotten a single student at Roosevelt School. I'm honored to have been one of them.
Yes, I worked with Barbara--
In 1965 I had negotiated, as a General Electric manager, a contract to create and operate a Job Corps School for Women in an abandoned Army Hospital in Clinton Iowa. I began to imagine the right director of education and casually started the search from my temporary home in Virginia, when I happened upon a public television interview featuring Dr. Barbara Mason, principal; of Roosevelt Elementary School in New Rochele. After listening to Barbara discuss her ideas about education for only a few minutes turned to my wife and said. That's her! That's the woman I'm looking for. I called Barbara the next morning. We met at lunch the next day and she accepted my offer and moved to Iowa soon after.
I too have fond memories of "Dr. Mason" as the dignified but kind principal of Roosevelt School. In particular I remember her tearfully announcing the death of Martin Luther King, and predicting that his death would only further his life's mission. How right she was!
Dr. Mason was that rarest of people, a disciplined, forceful mentor as well as a humorous, wonderful friend. I shall certainly miss her.
I have fond memories of this wonderful lady. Very proud to have been a student at Roosevelt School under her tuteledge.
So proud to have known Dr. Mason . One of my first living examples of how to be a great, better than ordinary woman.
Linda R. Kotowski,
pupil at Roosevelt School