Charlotte A. MASON

MASON , Charlotte A. Charlotte Anne Mason was a Baltimore born teacher, school administrator and principal for more than 30 years. Additionally, she was a member of the now defunct Baltimore Symphony Chorus and Coordinator of the 40 West Community Out Reach Center. She was 73 years old. The daughter of Benjamon F. and Rachel Mason was born November 28, 1939 and was raised in the Bolton Hill section of Baltimore City. She graduated from Douglass High School in 1956 and Coppin State College in 1960. She continued her education earning a Master Degree in Educational Counseling from Loyola College and a second Master Degree in Educational Administration from The University of Maryland. She acquired additional training and certifications from Johns Hopkins University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Charlotte started her teaching career in Baltimore City in her old neighborhood where she grew up at The Mount Royal Elementary School. She to subsequently moved to Prince George County to accept a counseling position in the superintendent's office. Within a year she was awarded a principal's position in the county where she spent the rest of her educational career. She had the distinction of serving at a number of elementary and secondary school during her tenure. Her friend and colleague, Dr. Greta Burnett, often talked about how the two of them were often given the most troubled schools in the system. But each of them also talked about how it was the most rewarding time of their careers. Charlotte truly loved her work and the impact that teaching had on young lives. Early in her career Charlotte became involved with and served many years on the board of The Maryland Chapter of The Girl Scouts of America. She spent many summers as a counselor and camp director working with young girls in the scouting program. Each summer she looked forward to the travel and activities that enabled her to continue her teaching and counseling with the girls and young women in her charge. After her retirement in the early 90's Charlotte was determined that she would pursue a life time dream that she had been harboring for many years. She went to the Baltimore Symphony Chorus for an audition and was successful. Even her brother, Ben Mason was stunned. He had never heard her sing. She became a member of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus as a soprano, took singing lessons and became an integral and stellar member of the Chorus. She enjoyed her work with the Chorus so much that she took on the additional duties of heading the Baltimore Symphony Chorus's Community Outreach Program that encouraged here-to-fore untapped audience to come to and enjoy the Symphony concerts. She continued her activities with the Chorus and the outreach project until the Symphony Chorus was disbanded in 2001. After the Chorus was disbanded, Charlotte joined the Master Works Chorale and sang until she was unable to sing any more due to illness. As a member of the choir and church at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church where she had been a long time member, Charlotte was asked to assist the volunteers of the 40 West Community Outreach Center. The group of 40 churches in southwest Baltimore offered emergency support and assistance to the community. Food, shelter, and temporary housing were a part of the outreach efforts that she helped develop and administered. She headed that project for 15 years and continue her efforts there until her illness became to acute. She was determined to see her program fulfill its commitments through the recent Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Surviving are her brother Benjamin F. Mason, sisters-in-law Tamera Swan Ann Spradley, Judy Moore and brother-in-law Calvin Moore, nephew, Mark Mason, nieces, Courtney Moore and Karen Mason, cousins Betty, Edward and Sheryl Chaney. She has great-nieces and nephews McKenzie and April Gallion, Apollo Mason, Camryn, Shelby and Nathaniel Swan and many other relatives and friends.
The Memorial Service at St. Bartholomew will be February 23, 2013. Donations should be sent to The SPCA, St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church and/or The Susan Koman Foundation, in lieu of flowers.

Published in Baltimore Sun on Feb. 12, 2013