CAROL TOMASON (1948 - 2018)

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Carol Joan Tomason (Age 70)  

Passed away from injuries sustained during a tragic accident in Washington, DC on the morning of October 12, 2018. Carol and her husband Bruce, residents of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were visiting their children and grandchildren, who live in the District.
Carol was born in Neptune, New Jersey to Ruth and Otto Schneider on August 22, 1948. She shared 46 loving years with her one true love, best friend, and husband, Bruce Tomason. The couple started a family in Summit, New Jersey, and also spent time living in London, England. Carol was the proud and loving mother to Audrey Tomason Ward, and Meredith Tomason, and was thrilled to become a mother-in-law to Audrey's husband Sean Ward. Carol also leaves behind two granddaughters, and enjoyed all of the fun that came with being their "Grammy'.
A lifelong educator, Carol received her Bachelors Degree from Montclair State University, and both her Masters degree and Educational Specialist in Learning Disabilities Degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. She began her teaching career as an English and ESL teacher at Park Junior High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
Carol was an active and passionate advocate with many educational non-profits and schools over her career including in New Jersey, at the Summit Child Care Center, Kent Place School, and Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex & Union; in London, at the American School in London; and most recently in North Carolina, as the President of The Learning Trail, a non-profit supporting the educational and social services needs of children from low-income families in the Chapel Hill area.
She enjoyed traveling with her family, and was passionate about gardening, baking, playing golf, and spending time with her family and friends at the family's home in Martha's Vineyard.
Carol's effervescence, warmth, and genuine joy for giving to others are irreplaceable. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, and in honor of Carol's giving spirit, contributions may be given to the organization closest to Carol's heart, The Learning Trail, P.O. Box 3061 Chapel Hill, NC 27515 (http://www.thelearningtrail.org/). Services will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
As an outgrowth of this tragedy, please join Carol's family in supporting the efforts of Vision Zero D.C. (http://www.dcvisionzero.com/)

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 17, 2018