RUDOLPH FORD, JR.
(July 13, 1913 - Dec 26,
President of the United States of America
of the United States of America (1973-1974)
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.
photos of Brother Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
Color Portrait of
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