On October 16th, 2014, the Women’s International Study Center lost its dearest friend with the passing of Marilyn Mason. From the moment Marilyn first heard of the proposal to develop WISC, she was the strongest of advocates and the most dedicated of workers on its behalf. Her experience was invaluable as a member of the Founders Committee, where she radiated enthusiasm but urged a methodical process of development. Marilyn had an army of devoted friends and she drew many of them into the WISC circle. It was the saddest of days for WISC when Marilyn gave up her position on the Board of Directors to focus on her health. Yet, she remained constantly available to advise informally.
Those of us who worked with Marilyn to bring WISC into existence continue to hear her voice in our meetings. She had such a strong impact that we know what she would say. Her presence continues to be felt.
WISC will forever reflect the vision, spirit and commitment of Marilyn Mason.