Leonard Mason Jr., 86, an estate tax specialist


Leonard Mason Jr., 86, a retired estate tax specialist at Mercantile Trust Co. and an avid theater goer, died yesterday at his home in Towson after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral establishment, 6500 York Road. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Pasadena.

Born on Wilkens Avenue, Mr. Mason attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and studied journalism at the University of Maryland.

He worked on estate taxes at Mercantile Trust Co. until his retirement in 1970. Before being hired at Mercantile, Mr. Mason was employed at Federal Land Bank and Clough and Molloy, a cut-stone contracting firm.

He was a devoted to the theater and particularly loved musical comedies, attending just about every musical in Baltimore for the last 70 years. He also traveled to Washington and Philadelphia to see shows and occasionally to New York.

Mr. Mason collected theater programs and records. Years ago, he sometimes wrote articles for Variety. He also was a fan of the Orioles and the Bullets.

His wife, Elizabeth Lau Mason, died in 1982.

Survivors include a son, Alfred F. Mason of Towson; a sister, Catherine M. Stallings of Pasadena; a brother, Franklin Mason of Towson, and three grandchildren.

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