Masonic Presidents
of the United States of America

GERALD RUDOLPH FORD, JR.
(July 13, 1913 - Dec 26, 2006)

38th President of the United States of America (1974-1977)
40th Vice-President of the United States of America (1973-1974)

MASONIC RECORD

Initiated: September 30, 1949, Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan, along with his half-brothers Thomas Gardner Ford (1918-1995), Richard Addison Ford (1924-) and James Francis Ford (1927- ). The Fellowcraft and Master Mason Degrees were Conferred by Columbia Lodge No. 3, Washington, D.C., on April 20 and May 18, 1951, as a courtesy to Malta Lodge.

Brother Ford was made a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33, and Honorary Member, Supreme Council A.A.S.R. Northern Jurisdiction at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, on September 26, 1962, for which he served as Exemplar (Representative) for his Class. Brother and President Ford was unanimously elected an Active Member of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay and its Honorary Grand Master, at its Annual Session held at Orlando, Florida, April 6-9, 1975; Brother Ford held this post until January 1977, at which time he became a Past Honorary Grand Master, receiving his Collar and Jewel on October 24, 1978 in Topeka, Kansas, from the Hon. Thomas C. Raum, Jr., Grand Master, Order of DeMolay.

Brother Ford was a Royal Arch Mason and a Cryptic Mason, having received those degrees while serving as President. He was also a Shriner.

In 2003, he was presented with Michigan's 50 Year Award by the GM of the GL of California MW Brother M. William Holsinger.

A number of years ago, Brother Ford retired to Rancho Mirage, California and died there on December 26, 2006.



Presidential Portrait

Additional photos of Brother Gerald R. Ford, Jr.

Color Portrait of Brother Ford

Brother Ford receiving his Past Grand Master Collar & Jewel on October 24, 1978 in Topeka, Kansas, from the Hon. Thomas C. Raum, Jr., Grand Master, Order of DeMolay

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