Edna `Emo' O'Connor, 89, WBAL executive assistant

July 27, 2004

Edna "Emo" O'Connor, a retired administrative assistant at WBAL broadcasting, died of cancer Friday at Kensington Park Assisted Living, where she had lived since April. She was 89 and formerly resided in Ellicott City and Northwood.

Born and raised in Overlea, Edna Mason was a 1932 graduate of Eastern High School.

She began working for WBAL radio in the mid-1930s when the station was in the Lexington Building in downtown Baltimore. She became executive assistant to five general managers of WBAL television operations, including working 15 years with the late Brent O. Gunts. She retired in 1983 after 48 years with the stations.

Mrs. O'Connor joined Pilot Club International in 1962 and remained active with the public service group. She and others regularly served coffee and doughnuts to travelers along interstates. She was one of the club's directors and was governor of an East Coast regional chapter. She was also president of the Women's Advertising Club of Baltimore from 1958 to 1959 and helped stage its annual Mad Hatters Ball.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Survivors include a daughter, Maureen O'Connor of Derwood; a brother, Norman R. Mason of New Windsor; and a niece.

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