Andrew W. Mason

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Andrew W. Mason, a resident of Mt. Airy for 56 years, died on Saturday, July 19, 2014 peacefully at the age of 93. He is predeceased by his loving wife Grace Baldwin Mason and survived by 3 sons Michael (Judy), Gregg (Christine) and Brian (Juda); 9 grandchildren Nicole, Michelle, Michael, Drew, Gregory, Margot, Helen, Jacob and Nicholas; and 3 great-grandchildren Andrew, Natasha and Lucy. A native of Richmond, VA, he is survived by his brother Willie and predeceased by his brother Frank. Born in Richmond, VA on May 21, 1921, Andy served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-46 and married his high school sweetheart, Grace Elizabeth Baldwin, on May 29, 1943. After the war, Andy took advantage of the G.I. Bill and earned his B.A. degree at the University of Richmond in 1949 and his Master's Degree in Modern Languages at the University of Wisconsin in 1950. Andy began his career as a French and Latin teacher in 1950 at Westminster High School. He was then principal at Taneytown High School from 1954-1958 before moving to Mt. Airy in 1958 to become principal there. After only one year, he was promoted to Supervisor of Special Education for the Maryland State Department of Education. During his 31 year career at the state, he held other positions including the State Supervisor of High Schools and Regional Coordinator for Western Maryland and later the Maryland Eastern Shore. Andy was active in both the Maryland and National Association for Secondary School Principals (MASSP and NASSP). The MASSP's annual golf tournament at the spring conference bears his name. Andy retired in 1990 after a 41-year career in education. Andy was a two-time president and member of the Mt. Airy Kiwanis Club for over 50 years, and started the Key Club at South Carroll High School. He spearheaded a project in 1965 which established the first library in Mt. Airy. Andy headed the Mt. Airy Planning and Zoning Commission from 1966-1986 and was very active in American Legion Gold Star Post 191, serving as Post Commander in 1985-86. He was the manager of Post 191's first Legion baseball team in 1973 and was the coordinator for the American Legion Maryland State Oratorical Contest. Andy was active in St. Michael's Catholic Church for over 50 years, belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was long-time treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 460. Andy was elected into the Mt. Airy Hall of Fame in 2001. The family wishes to express special gratitude to Andy's long-time friend Joan Collins who visited and cared for him faithfully during his last few years at Lorien Assisted Living facility. We also want to thank Lorien Assisted Living staff for their fine care of Andy during his 3 ½ years in residence and to Carroll Hospice nurses and volunteers for all their comfort and care during the last 8 months. Visitation is Friday, August 8 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 East Ridgeville Boulevard in Mt. Airy. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9 at the St. Michael's Catholic Church at 1125 St. Michael's Road, Mt. Airy with the Rev. Michael Ruane officiating. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Richmond, VA. Donations may be made in his memory to Mt. Airy Kiwanis Club for South Carroll High School Key Club, Attn: Angela Moore, 718 Meadow Field Ct., Mt Airy, MD 21771, OR the Historical Society of Mt Airy MD, PO Box 244, Mt Airy, MD 21771.



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Stauffer Funeral Home
8 East Ridgeville Boulevard
Mount Airy, MD 21771
(301) 829-9410
Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 5, 2014
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