Claude J. Mascari, 66

Claude J. Mascari, a retired mortgage broker and longtime Lutherville resident, died Sunday of a massive hemorrhage and stroke at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 66.

Mr. Mascari was born in Baltimore and raised in Canton and Highlandtown. In his youth, he worked for his father, who owned and operated a wholesale fruit and vegetable business in what is today the Inner Harbor area.


He was a 1959 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Baltimore in 1965. A year later, he earned a master's degree in business administration from American University in Washington.

From 1970 to 1984, he was a senior vice president for Rouse Real Estate Finance, which later became part of Paine Webber Mortgage Finance.


During the last four years of his career before retiring in 1998, Mr. Mascari was associated with Fairfax Mortgage and the Fountain Head Title Group.

Some of Mr. Mascari's professional associations included having been director of the National Association of Home Builders, vice president and director of the Maryland State Builders Association, and vice president and director of Home Builders Association of Maryland.

"He was a specialist in builder financing for many years, and he had worked diligently to advance the goals of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Home Builders," said a son, Justin M. Mascari of Lutherville.

His work with the core mortgage banking group of the National Association of Home Builders included "playing a key role in monitoring mortgage programs to include such agencies as the Federal Housing Administration and Federal National Mortgage Association," his son said.

Mr. Mascari was a longtime and active volunteer with the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. He was a sports fan, avid fisherman and a freelance photographer.

He was an associate member of Monkton United Methodist Church, where services were held yesterday.

Also surviving are his wife of 36 years, the former Ruth Bowden; another son, J. Timothy Mascari of Towson; a daughter, RoseMary M. Frere of Cockeysville; and a grandson.