Newly Made Masons-At-Sight
Former Philadelphia Phillies Player Larry Christenson and Walter Dunkle, retired vice-president and general manager for Westinghouse Electric, were honored by being made Masons-At-Sight by authority of the Grand Master of Masons Robert L. Dluge, Jr.
Larry Christenson, left, Grand Master Dluge, and Walter Dunkle, right
Larry Christenson, left, Grand Master Dluge, and Walter Dunkle, right
The rarely bestowed honor took place at the Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, during the Quarterly Communication meeting of the Grand Lodge. The honor of being made a Mason-At-Sight entails all three degrees being perform on one day and in the presence of the Grand Master.
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, since its establishment in 1731, Philadelphia, has initiated approximately one million men into the worldwide fraternity. Only 30 of 113 Grand Masters of Pennsylvania have exercised their authority to bestow the Mason-At-Sight honor. Larry Christenson and Walter Dunkle are the newest of 73 Masons who were made a Mason-At-Sight.
"I've had some very wonderful moments in my life, including being part of the 1980 World Series Championship Team, but the honor bestowed on me making me a Mason I can say definitely ranks right up there," said Larry Christenson while addressing members of the Grand Lodge. Larry's career as starting pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies lasted 11 years, beginning in 1973 at the age of 19. He was the youngest player in the major leagues when he was promoted to the Phillies roster. Today, Christenson is a Senior Vice President with the Philadelphia office of Phoenix Investment Partners, an investment management firm.
Former Vice President and General Manager for Westinghouse Electric - oceanic division, Walter L. Dunkle said the Mason-At-Sight honor "...was a truly impressive ceremony. I have been associated with many men in my business life who were Freemasons. The charity and community involvement, which I share with the Masons, have always made me admire their work. I am glad that I can now associate with many of my friends as brothers." Today Dunkle is retired and lives with his wife Gladys along Pine Creeks, PA.
Some other notable Pennsylvania Masons who were bestowed with the same honor include Samuel W. Pennypacker (1897), Governor of Pennsylvania; John Wanamaker (1898), Merchant; Andrew and Richard Mellon (1928), Financiers; Milton S. Eisenhower (1951), brother of President Dwight Eisenhower; George M. Leader (1955), Governor of Pennsylvania; Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr. (1976), Philanthropist; and Col. Paul J. Evanko (1999), Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner.

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