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Eleanor Mason


Our esteemed colleague and beloved friend Eleanor Mason passed January 29th, 2014, peacefully in her daughter's arms at the age of 94. A founding member of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (MUF), Eleanor was the UU-UNO volunteer Envoy Coordinator for many years, succeeded by Peggy Montgomery. Eleanor remained the UU-UNO Envoy at MUF before turning the position over to Shari Loe. Eleanor remained dedicated to and closely involved with the UU-UNO to the very last. We were always happy to listen to her informed and experienced views, which she shared with us liberally. She was a strong pillar of the UU-UNO. She served on our Board of Directors for several terms, participated in Annual Intergenerational Seminars, and always represented us at General Assembly. Her devotion to the United Nations NGO community grew out of her passion for world peace and her work with Peace Women. We mourn her passing and will miss her support, advice and spirit beyond measure. Here are some remarks received after the notification of Eleanor's passing:

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Eleanor Mason. I recall her enthusiasm and positivity during the time I served on the UU-UNO board. She and many others were so encouraging to me in my role of envoy. Eleanor and I shared a special experience when we took the elevator up the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri – so fearless! May her legacy live on.   - Janet Hillen, Ontario Canada

We honor Eleanor for her lifelong leadership and strong power of example as an educator, traveler, athlete, mother/ grandmother, sailor, humanist, peace activist, treasured friend, and one of the best organizers we’ve ever known. Chair of the Department of Physical Education at Drew University, founding member and 50+ year leader of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, and longtime United Nations promoter through your steady involvement with Peace Action and the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, she worked tirelessly with spirit and creativity. - Peggy Montgomery, succeeded Eleanor in her role as Volunteer Envoy Coordinator

Dear Friends, Thank you for letting us know about Eleanor. It was always an honor and an inspiration to work with her...please convey our sympathy to her daughter and the rest of her family.  Sincerely yours, Sue and Vernon Nichols

Thank You for sharing, our blessings are sent to her family.  With joy, Janet and Marlowe Nortrom

I worked with Eleanor on the Board and on committees of the UU-UNO for more than a decade. I always admired her dedication and service both to UUs and the UN community. She was dedicated to fostering the work of Envoys, which was and is so important to the work of the Office.  - Richard Kopp, Envoy emeritus, UU Fellowship of Huntington, NY

I was minister of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship from 1968-78, and remained a member until moving to the UUA in 1986. I simply wish to add my words of praise for Eleanor Mason. She was an active member of MUF and I remember her passion for the UN office.  Sincerely, Clark Olsen

She was so valued by me and many envoys as well as young and older attendees at the seminars. I’m sorry that I can’t let her know that at long last, through no specific efforts of my own this year, a group of members of our High School group are planning to attend the UU UNO Seminars. Her family no doubt knows what an extraordinary person she was and how many people have benefited from her knowledge and easy, encouraging manner.  - Marge Owens, Envoy, Paint Branch UU Church in Adelphi, MD

She was the first envoy coordinator and established the program! What impressed me was her dedication - she may have had some trouble getting around, but that didn't stop her from zipping around the conference center asking people to sign her AIW and telling them about the UU-UNO and inviting people to get involved!  - Holly Sarkissian, former UU-UNO Envoy Coordinator

We are thankful to have had a Eleanor Mason touch our lives.  It is clear with these positive remarks about her influence, she has touched lives beyond those she met.  We can reflect on her life and her dedication to the UU-UNO and global family - a lifetime dedicated to international human rights.  She will be dearly missed and yet she lives on in each of our hearts, making the world a better place with each day of life.