Carmen Mathews, a TV, theater and movie actress, died of natural causes Aug. 31 at her home in West Redding, Conn. She was 84.

Mathews, after attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England, appeared in numerous British classical stage productions, including “Hamlet” with Maurice Evans and “Richard III.”

On Broadway, her credits include “Beaux Stratagem,” “A Holiday for Lovers,” “Zenda,” “A Delicate Balance,” “Dear World,” and “David Copperfield.”

She had many TV roles and still can be seen playing Col. Lillian Rayburn in reruns of “MASH.” She also was in the made-for-TV movie “The Last Best Years of My Life” with Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters.

She appeared in several films, including “Butterfield 8,” “Rage to Live,” “Sounder” and “Daniel.”

In 1985, Mathews founded an education center on her 100-acre West Redding property, New Pond Farm, and has run a residential summer camp for underprivileged children there since 1975. She recently gave a perpetual conservation easement over the property to the Redding Land Trust, ensuring that the land will remain undeveloped.

The United Nations named her one of Connecticut’s Outstanding Women in 1987.

Contributions may be made to the New Pond Foundation, P.O. Box 116, West Redding, Conn. 06896.

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