BERLIN, Md — Memorial services will be held at a later date for Robert Mason Wilson, 90, who died peacefully at Atlantic General Hospital after a short illness on Sept. 6.
He was born in Cranston, R.I. in May of 1923, son of 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 High-way Board, Commissioner of Economic Development, and for two terms as Secretary of Ad-ministration.
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. 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 is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Carol, son Turner Wilson and his partner Cheri Perry of Brownfield, Me., 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, De, and Kenneth Quaster of Hamburg, Penn.; brother-in-law Russell and Robin Mundy of Burnsville, N.C.; daughter-in-law Ellen Miras of Westford, Mass.; grand-children 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 Has-lam, Michael Schools, many nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends.
He was predeceased by two brothers Thomas Wilson Jr., of Wickford, R.I., and Richard Wilson of Warwick, R.I.
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.
Funeral arrangements made by Burbage Funeral Home, Berlin, Md.
This obituary first appeared in the September 19, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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