Jan. 10, 1924 – April 2, 2019
Jean W. Masters, a retired social worker at Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center, died April 2 in her Amherst home. She was 95.
Born Jean Wilhelmina Dallas in London, England, she was the youngest of six children. She earned scholarships to the Walthamstow School for Girls and attended St. Anne’s College at Oxford University, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics.
She entered the field of medical social work, she once explained, because “having witnessed so much death and damage during the war, (I) felt compelled to help people deal with the aftermath.”
She met her husband, Brad Masters, while he was stationed with the Army Air Corps in Sheringham and she became the first English war bride to arrive in East Aurora in 1946.
Mrs. Masters began her career with the Children’s Aid Society, taking a bus from East Aurora to work in Buffalo, and spent most of her career at Children’s Hospital, working under the leadership of Dr. Robert Warner. She retired in 1986.
She was a member of the Teen Task Force and a past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Association.
A longtime parishioner at University Presbyterian Church, she served as an elder, a choir member and a volunteer at the food pantry. She and her husband were recognized for their volunteer work in 2006 by the Network of Religious Communities.
She also had been a Webelos Cub Scout leader.
Her husband died in 2008. Survivors include four daughters, Jennifer Hensler, Nancy Ghoston, Deborah Tonsoline and Sarah Fitzpatrick; two sons, Brad and Mark; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Services were private. A celebration of her life will be held in May.