Distinguished Alumni 2009

Alice McCleskey Masone

Masone, AliceAlice McCleskey Masone received her BS degree in Physical Education from Winthrop College in 1974, but spent most of her career in public health. Alice Masone joined the staff of the Catawba Public Health District in 1989. Through her work in public health, she made significant contributions and impacted the lives of families living in Chester, Lancaster, and York Counties. She worked closely with the medical community to improve childbirth education opportunities for women and was a vocal advocate for women's rights. A Childbirth Education class with Alice Masone empowered women to ask questions of the health care system.

She was active with community based organizations using her involvement with these groups to advocate for families. She was the voice for public health in the community and articulated the important role public health education played in the community. She believed and promoted the concept that "It takes a whole village to raise a child." For her work in public health, Alice Masone received two prestigious public health awards. In 1995, she was named the DHEC Health Education Educator of the year. In the same year, she was presented the Outstanding Service Award for her work with Maternal and Child Health. She was a tireless worker and advocate for public health education. Alice Masone was the proud mother of Rob, Amanda, and Sam.