1946 - 2012
Linda Mason Hood died suddenly at home September 13, 2012 of a pulmonary artery thrombosis. Daniel, her loving husband of 44 years, and their adored son, Michael, continue to mourn her loss.
Music performance was the joy of her life.
Linda earned a BA cum laude in music from Brooklyn College (CUNY) in 1975 with a concentration in flute performance. Later, she joined the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra (WSHSO) and performed at NYC venues like the Irish Repertory Theater, the Irish Arts Center, Glucksman Ireland House (NYU), and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Linda also participated in NYC Irish "sessions" at Dempsey's, Lillie's on Union Square, the NY Irish Center in LIC, and on WFUV Irish radio.
Born in Indianapolis, Linda played flute and piccolo with the Ben Davis High School band at the New York World's Fair and JFK's Inaugural. In 1966/7 she toured the subcontinent with the YFC India Teen Team (quintet). In 1968 she married Dan and moved to New York City.
At the time of her death Linda was an International Project Manager in financial software installation at the Times Square offices of Thomson-Reuters. She previously held similar positions with Data Exchange, Financial Models, and Morgan Stanley.
Linda was a director of Menno House, a low-rent, non-profit residence for students and service volunteers owned by Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship (MMF) in Gramercy Park. http://www.mennohouse.org . She engineered its 50th year reunion celebration in 2008, a gala three-day affair that drew scores of former residents from around the country. Linda also directed the MMF music program.
Last July, Menno House/MMF dedicated new patio furniture purchased with donations in Linda's name. The centerpiece, a hand made Adirondack chair, bears a plaque: "In Fond Memory of Linda Mason Hood, Menno House Board Chair, 2003-2012."
Menno House also sponsored Linda's wake. Scores of Irish musicians offered tunes including "Waltz Me Around Again Willie." Linda recorded "Willie" as a vocal solo on the charity CD, "In Partnership with the Poor," to support the Mercy Center for child-victims of AIDS in Bankok. In 2011 she performed "her tune" live with WSHSO at Symphony Space backed by Vince Giordano and the Night Hawks. It was a pinnacle of her music life and ambition.
Before MMF and WSHSO, Linda performed with St. Ann's choir in Brooklyn Heights and Grace Community Choir in Manhattan. Linda was also active in the Wild Bird Fund of NYC, the NY Turtle and Tortoise Society, and other animal rescue efforts.
Following a visitation at the Sisters of Sant' Egidio chapel, hundreds gathered at Friends Meeting House on September 22nd to share testimony to Linda's sweet spirit of generosity, her ebullient embrace of life, and her dedicated professionalism. International Irish musicians Mick Maloney, Ivan Goff, and Brendan Dolan performed as did Amy Kauffman of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and other musician-friends. Rachel Smith contributed a brilliantly heartbreaking "Pie Jesu." Both Dan and Michael offered eulogies. Linda's ashes will be mingled with Dan's, then scattered in rural Ireland.
Published by New York Times from Sep. 12 to Sep. 13, 2014.