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Mason, Claudine V., 1899-1993



  • Existence: 1899-1993

Claudine V. Mason was born on September 7, 1899, in Wingate, Indiana, the daughter of George W. and Edna Win (Phillips) Van Cleave. She earned her B.A. at Northwestern University in 1921. While a student, Mason was president of the sophomore class, a member of the student council, and was active in the YWCA and Shi Ai, the junior women's honorary society. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and, after her graduation, served as an advisor to the Northwestern chapter. Mason later became a national alumnae officer of Chi Omega.

Northwestern University appointed Mason Counselor to Women in 1948, succeeding Ruth McCarn. In 1952 the University changed the titles of the Counselors of Women and Men to those of Dean of Women and Dean of Men.

Mason took a strong and active interest in the personal, social, and scholastic engagements of the University's women students. The 1954 edition of the Northwestern yearbook, the Syllabus, was dedicated to her. She retired from the deanship in 1960 and was succeeded in this position by Patricia Thrash.

On June 26, 1922, she married Frank M. Mason (Northwestern University B.A. 1920). The couple had two daughters: Wynn (Mrs. Robert Taylor) and Judith Anne (Mrs. Clark Macomber). The Masons lived in Indianapolis and St, Louis before moving to Evanston in the early 1930s. Frank Mason died on March 14, 1976, and Claudine Mason died on December 22, 1993.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Records of the Dean of Women, Claudine V. Mason

Identifier: 30/9
Abstract Mrs. Claudine V. Mason was appointed Counselor of Women in 1948. In 1952 the titles of counselor to women and counselor to men were changed to dean, as they have remained since. The records of the Dean of Women, Claudine V. Mason are categorized accordingly: desk calendars, correspondence, housing, organizations, orientation, public relations, scholastic matters, and speech manuscripts. These are preceded by a folder of materials related to the history of the position, and succeeded by three...

Claudine V. Mason (1899-1993) Papers

Identifier: 30/10
Abstract The Claudine Mason Papers are arranged in one and one half-size boxes and include biographical materials, files relating to Mason's formal education, and correspondence. The biographical materials include a few biographical sketches, clippings about Mason's speaking engagements and her appointment to and retirement from Northwestern, and desk calendars recording her family, social, and organizational activities in Evanston in the 1940s. The education files consist primarily of lecture...