Fellows Of Masonic Research are Masons whose contributions to the Craft in their immediate communities and for the world at-large have gone above and beyond and kept the flag waving and standards high for Masonic scholarship.

 

 

Only one Fellow is recognized each year. Currently, the honor is no longer given out annually, as we have chosen to only submit a nomination when a particularly worthy Brother comes before us. The process is outlined in our By-Laws.

2013 -- LORNE URQUHART

Nova Scotia researcher and writer.

Masonic work includes: Editor, The Nova Scotia Freemason: The Official Bulletin of The Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia;

Grand Historian, Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, AF&AM;

Master, Maine Lodge of Research.

 

2009  - - MICHAEL POLL

New Orleans based best selling New York Times author and historian with a focus on esoterica and early Scottish Rite.

Masonic work includes: Owner, Cornerstone Book Publishers;

Educator, New Orleans Scottish Rite College;

Secretary, Louisiana Lodge of Research;

Fellow, Philalethes Society. 

Books include: Our Stations and Places: Masonic Officers Handbook (2012), The Freemasons Key (2011)

 

2008  - - EDWARD L. KING

Active Maine Mason and creator of popular web resource of anti-Masonry, masonicinfo.com.

Masonic work includes: Founding Regent & Secretary to the Board of Regents & Webmaster, Maine Masonic College;

Webmaster & Grand Librarian, Grand Lodge of Maine;

Webmaster, Grand Lodge of Vermont;

Master & Treasurer, Maine Lodge of Research;

Founding Fellow, The Masonic Society;

Fellow, Philalethes Society;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Maine's Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Award.

 

2007  - - DR. WALTER M. MACDOUGALL

Maine educator and writer.

Masonic work includes: Founding Regent, Maine Masonic College; 

Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Maine;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Maine's Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Award;

Maine's Simon Greenleaf Medal.

Books include: Freemasonry: The Vital Explosion (2012) 

 

2004 - - WAYNE T. ADAMS, ESQ.

Maine author of resources for Maine Masons and lecturer with an expertise in Masonic jurisprudence.

Masonic work includes: Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Maine;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Scottish Rite 33rd degree;

Maine's Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Award;

Maine's Simon Greenleaf Medal.

Books include: Freemasonry in Maine: A Handbook for all Masons (2001), Hiram's Handbook: A Presiding Master's Ready Reference (1997)

 

2003 - - PAUL BESSEL, ESQ.

Washington, D.C. researcher and lecturer known for his extensive Masonic resource website, bessel.org, which earned him a reputation as the "ultimate collector of information."

Masonic work includes: Librarian, George Washington National Masonic Memorial;

Executive Secretary, Masonic Leadership Center;

President, Masonic Library & Museum Association;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Fellow, Masonic Society;

Fellow, Scottish Rite Research Society;

Fellow, Philalethes Society;

Scottish Rite 33rd degree.

Books include: Masonic Questions & Answers (2005), Out of the Shadows: The Emergence of Prince Hall Freemasonry in America: Over 225 Years of Endurance (2006)

 

2002 - - RICHARD L. RHODA, ESQ.

Maine historian who proposed and instituted the Lessing Lecturer program.

Masonic work includes: First Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Russia & Senior Grand Warden, Grand Lodge of Maine;

Master, Maine Lodge of Research;

Maine's Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Award.

 

2001 - - RAYMOND T. COLEMAN

Prince Hall historian and writer.

Masonic work includes: Editor, Prince Hall Craftsman;

Editor, The Phylaxis Magazine;

Vice President & Fellow, Phylaxis Society;

Grand Historian, M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge F.&A.M. Jurisdiction of Massachusetts.

Books include: Massachusetts Prince Hall Information Guide Books I & II (1996)

 

2000 - - THOMAS W. JACKSON

Pennsylvania Mason named one of the top 25 Freemasons of the last century and namesake of an annual New York Masonic educational award.

Masonic work includes: Editor, Northern Light;

Honorary Director, Masonic Forum;

First Executive Secretary, World Conference of Regular Grand Lodges;

Grand Secretary & Grand Secretary for Foreign Relations, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania;

Scottish Rite 33rd degree;

Fellow, Philalethes Society; 

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Maine's Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Metal.

 

1999 - - REV. GARY LEAZER, PH.D.

North Carolina author with a focus on the relationship between Freemasonry and Christianity.

Masonic work includes: Publisher, CIS Masonic Report;

Editor, Masonic Messenger;

Steering committee, Masonic Information Center;

Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Georgia;

Blue Friar.

Books include: Fundamentalism and Freemasonry: The Southern Baptist Investigation of the Fraternal Order (1995)

 

1998 - - PETER C. SCHMIDT

Active Maine Mason.

Masonic work includes: Grand Master & Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Maine;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Knot.

 

1997 - - MERVIN B. HOGAN

Utah scholar and writer known for expertise on Masonry in Mormonism.

Masonic work includes: Blue Friar;

Fellow, American Lodge of Research;

Fellow, Philalethes Society.

Books include: The Origin and Growth of Utah Masonry and Its Conflict with Mormonism (1978), Joseph Smith: Man and Mason (1983)

 

1996 - - PIERRE "PETE" G. NORMAND, JR.

Texas writer, researcher and lecturer who founded St. Alban's Lodge No. 1455 as the first Traditional Best Practices Lodge charted in the U.S.

Masonic work includes: Editor, The Plumbline;

Editor, American Masonic Review

Co-Founder & Secretary, St. Alban’s Research Society;

Blue Friars;

Scottish Rite 33rd degree.

Books include: The Texas Masons: The Fraternity of Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons in the History of Texas (1986)

 

1995 - - DR. CHARLES W. PLUMMER

Maine writer, educator and Civil War re-enactor and lecturer as General Joshua Chamberlain of the famed 20th Maine Regiment.

Masonic work includes: Founding Regent, Maine Masonic College; 

Senior Grand Warden & District Deputy Grand Master & Permanent Member, Grand Lodge of Maine;

Master, Maine Lodge of Research;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Maine's Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Award.

 

1994 - - GERALD D. FOSS

New Hampshire historian.

Masonic work includes: Grand Historian Emeritus, Grand Lodge of New Hampshire;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Blue Friar.

Books include: Three Centuries of Freemasonry in New Hampshire (1972),

 

1993 - - JOHN J. ROBINSON

American historian, author and credited as the "founding visionary" via his advocacy and financial support of the new Masonic Information Center run by the Masonic Service Association of North America.

Masonic work includes: Fellow & Distinguished Service Medal, Philalethes Society.

Books include: Born In Blood: The Losts Secrets of Freemasonry (1990), A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right (1992) 

 

1992 - - DR. WILLIAM G. PEACHER

New York historian and author.

Masonic work includes: Grand Historian, Grand Lodge of New York;

Supreme Magi, Societas Rosicruciana;

Blue Friar,

Fellow, Philalethes Society.

Books include: Centennial History of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the USA 1892-1992 (`1992)

 

1991 - - REV. CHRISTOPHER "KIT" HAFFNER

British writer and researcher based in the Far East for over three decades.

Masonic work includes: District Grand Master, District Grand Lodge of Hong Kong & the Far East of the United Grand Lodge of England;

Quatuor Coronati Lodge.

Books include: The Craft in the Far East (1988), Workmen Unashamed: The Testimony of a Christian Freemason (2007)

 

1990 - - C. WESTON DASH

Maine writer and historian.

Masonic work includes: First Secretary & Correspondent, Maine Lodge of Research;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not.

Books include: An Historical Background of Bristol Lodge No. 74 AF&AM 1853-1980 (1981)

 

 

 

 

1989 - - WALLACE M. GAGE

Maine author and historian.

Masonic work includes: Chairman, Templar History Commission, Grand Encampment Knights Templar; 

First Grand Historian, Grand Lodge of Maine; 

Charter Master & Historian, Maine Lodge of Research;

Secretary, Eureka Lodge No. 84 of Maine;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Maine's Simon Greenleaf Medal.

Books include: Fish, Ships and Quarry Chips: Being An Account of the Life and Times of Eureka Lodge No. 84 AF &AM of Tenants Harbor, Maine (1981)

 

1988 - - STEWART M. L. POLLARD

Maine writer.

Masonic work includes: Executive Secretary, Masonic Service Association;

Blue Friar;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Fellow, Philalethes Society;

Maine's Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Award;

Maine's Simon Greenleaf Medal.

Books include: Tied to Masonic Apron Strings: Humorous Events Connected to Freemasonry (1974)

 

1987 - - ROY A. WELLS

English writer.

Masonic work includes: Prestonian lecturer;

Master, Quatuor Coronati Lodge.

Books include: Understanding Freemasonry (1991), Royal Arch Matters (1984)

 

1986 - - DWIGHT L. SMITH
Indiana historian, writer and playwright who has been called one of the most influencial and well-read Masonic writers of the century and namesake of the Lodge of Research in Indianapolis of which he was a founding officer.

Masonic work includes: Editor, Indiana Freemason;

Secretary/Treasurer & President, Conference of Grand Secretaries of North America; 

Grand Master & Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Indiana;

Quatuor Coronati Lodge;

Fellow, Philalethes Society;

Blue Friar;

Scottish Rite 33rd degree;

Maine's Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Metal.

Books include: Whither Are We Travelling? (1964), Goodly Heritage (1968)

 

1985 - - GEORGE H. T. FRENCH

Texas writer and historian.

Masonic work includes: Blue Friar.

Books include: Masonry Along the Brazos Valley (1986), Masonology: An Anthology (1988)

 

1984 - - ALPHONSE CERZA, ESQ.

Illinois author, researcher and one of only three Americans asked to be an honorary member of the Ars Quatuour Coronatorum Lodge, the world's premier research lodge.

Masonic work includes: Founder, Masonic Book Club;

Grand Historian, Grand Lodge of Illinois; 

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not;

Fellow, Philalethes Society;

Honorary Member, Ars Quatuour Coronatorum Lodge.

Books include: The Courts and Freemasonry: Case histories that have or could affect Freemasonry (1986), Let There Be Light: A Study in Anti-Masonry (1993)

 

1983 - - HARRY CARR

English author and researcher known for giving lectures on Masonic history world wide.

Masonic work includes: Prestonian Lecturer;

Master, Quatuor Coronati Lodge;

Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not.

Books include: World of Freemasonry (1984), The Freemason at Work (1984)