Anne Clare Mazonson

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Anne Clare Mazonson, of Rockville, died of cancer on Jan. 14.

She was the devoted mother of Shira R. Espo and Joshua H. Espo; the beloved sister of Paul (Kathie) Mazonson; and beloved sister of Martha Scarborough.


Mazonson practiced psychiatry in the Bethesda-Rockville area for nearly three decades.
She was a longtime member of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
in Bethesda, where she read Torah, sang in the choir and touched many who joined her in spiritual conversation, contemplation and study.

She grew up in Marblehead, Mass., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in 1972. She earned a master’s degree in ethnomusicology in 1977 from Wesleyan University, where she studied Javanese gamelan. She also studied at the California School for the Arts. She taught music at elementary schools in Massachusetts and at Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I.

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In 1987, she graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland Medical
School in Baltimore, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the Honor Medical Society.

She was preceded in death by John Togut, her partner for a decade. Her
marriage to David M. Espo ended in divorce.


Contributions may be made to Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation.

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