Genevieve W. Mason

Age 87: Media specialist was an activist for Enoch Pratt Free Library.

June 21, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Genevieve W. Mason, a retired Baltimore City schools media specialist and teacher who was an Enoch Pratt Free Library activist, died of cancer June 12 at Gilchrist Hospice Center. She was 87 and lived in the Charlestown retirement community.

Born Genevieve Walker in Baltimore, she was raised on Druid Hill Avenue and on George Street. She attended Booker T. Washington Junior High School and was a 1938 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

She earned a degree in education at the old Coppin State Teachers College and completed graduate work in library science at Towson University.

Mrs. Mason taught in Baltimore elementary schools for 21 years and held posts at the J.H. Lockerman, Thomas Hayes, Henry Garnet and Henry Winter Davis schools. She was later a library media specialist.

After retiring in 1979, she devoted much of her time to her Enoch Pratt Free Library branch in Forest Park.

She helped establish the Forest Park branch of Friends of the Library and served as its secretary for 28 years.

She also was an active member of the citywide Friends of the Library and had been its president and secretary.

"The Enoch Pratt Free Library was her passion and her favorite charity," said a daughter, Etta Genevieve Mason of Costa Mesa, Calif.

She was a volunteer with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of Women Voters.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 1 at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, 719 Maiden Choice Lane.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include her husband of 65 years, Charles Cassius Mason; another daughter, Eisha Anita Mason of Los Angeles; and two sisters, Margretta Collins and Gwendolyn Samuels, both of Baltimore.

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