Robert Mason Wilson
Berlin, Md. — Robert Mason Wilson, 90, of Berlin, Md., died peacefully at Atlantic General Hospital after a short illness on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
He was born in Cranston R.I. in May of 1923, to Thomas Ford Wilson and Florence Turner, and graduated from Cranston High School. At the end of the sophomore year, he and his entire class at Virginia Military Institute enlisted in the U.S. Army; he served in Europe during WWII, seeing action at the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery and was later discharged with the rank of Lieutenant. After his military service he graduated from Brown University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
After completing executive training with Ford Motor Company in Detroit, he decided the city life was not for him and his family, and then opened Ford’s first dealership in Bennington County. Mr. Wilson later served in a number of positions for the State of Vermont, including State Senator for Bennington County, member of the Vermont Highway Board, Commissioner of Economic Development, and for two terms as Secretary of Administration.
During the 1980s Mr. Wilson served in several positions at Johns Hopkins University, including Director of Business Policy, Chief Human Resources Officer. He retired as Vice President of Personnel Programs in 1991. During his time at the University he also earned a Master of Liberal Arts in History.
After retirement and moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he served on several civic boards of Worcester County and his South Point neighborhood, working to improve the environment and quality of life.
After the war he was married to the late Marilyn (Mimi) Mundy and they had three children. During their marriage they resided in Kennebunkport, Maine, Bennington, Waitsfield, Burlington, Montpelier, and Middlebury, Vt. They were later divorced. In 1986 he and Carol Frances Tassi were married and they made their home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore ever since.
He was predeceased by brothers, Thomas Wilson Jr., of Wickford, R.I., and Richard Wilson of Warwick, R.I.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Carol; son, Turner Wilson and his partner Cheri Perry, of Brownfield, Maine; daughter, Mundy Wilson Piper and husband Win Piper, of Etna, N.H.; son, Peter Jennings Wilson, of Nashville, Tenn.; and brother, Donald Wilson, of Jupiter, Fla.; stepsons, Frederick Quaster, of Baltimore, Md., Jeffrey and Terry Quaster, of Newcastle, Del., and Kenneth Quaster, of Hamburg, Pa.; brother-in-law, Russell and Robin Mundy, of Burnsville, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Ellen Miras, of Westford, Mass.; grandchildren, Rachel Miras-Wilson Fiorill, Ely Miras-Wilson, Seth Libby, Hannah Libby, and Emma Libby; step grandchildren, Lauren and Lindsey Quaster, Jimmy, Anthony, Caitlyn, and Faith Haslam, Michael Schools; many nieces and nephews; and innumerable friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142.
Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com