Grand Master William Slater II has announced the appointment of D. William Roberts, District Deputy Grand Master of the 47th district, as the Editor of The Pennsylvania Freemason, upon the retirement of Blaine F. Fabian, P.M., who served as Editor of this publication since 1996. Grand Master Slater has named Bro. Fabian Editor Emeritus. The Grand Master also wishes to thank the following brethren who served on The Pennsylvania Freemason Committee under Bro. Fabian's leadership: James L. Ernette, R.W.P.G.M., who will continue to serve as Chairman of the Committee; Brothers Roberts; Paul D. Fisher, P.M.; Nathaniel Gilchrist, P.M.; Jay A. Izenour; James N. Katsaounis, P.M.; John R. McFadden; James L. Sieber, P.M.; and Roy M. Spancake.
Through more than four decades, Blaine F. Fabian, P.M., has served the Grand Lodge on various committees and projects, including writing and editing for The Pennsylvania Freemason for more than 12 years. For his hard work and dedication, he was awarded the prestigious Pennsylvania Franklin Medal in 1999 and the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 2002.
Bro. Fabian joined Ephrata Lodge No. 665 in 1956 and served as Worshipful Master in 1965. A Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Reading since 1956, he served as Sovereign Prince in 1987 and was the originator and editor for more than 10 years of the Valley's newsletter. He was crowned an Honorary Member of Supreme Council, 33°, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1988. He is a member of the York Rite Bodies, the Rajah Shrine and a Knight Companion and Junior General in the Constantine Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine in Reading, and Junior Warden of Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216, Philadelphia.
Professionally, he served as a Navy journalist from 1950 to 1954. He held various reporter and editor positions for The Ephrata Review and The Lancaster Sunday News before moving into the public relations field. He held communications management positions for Metropolitan Edison Co., Reading, for 30 years until his retirement in 1991. He directed the company's communications during the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station in Middletown. Over the past 12 years in addition to editing The Pennsylvania Freemason, he worked as a freelance public relations consultant, providing speech and public relations writing for the fraternity, as well as corporations and firms.
Bro. Roberts joined Avalon Lodge No. 657, Pittsburgh, in 1977, and was Worshipful Master in 1984. He served the Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Deacon in 1992, the Committee on Masonic Homes from 1993 to 1999, and has been a D.D.G.M. of the 47th Masonic District since 1999, the same year that he was coroneted a 33° Mason. He was Thrice Potent Master of the Valley of Pittsburgh, A.A.S.R., Lodge of Perfection in 1993, and serves as Valley treasurer and editor of The Rite News for since 1994. He is also a member of various other Masonic organizations.
A Korean War veteran, Bro. Roberts served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, after which he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Duquesne University. Over the next 36 years, he enjoyed a successful career in promotion and public relations that included working for Universal Pictures, The New York Theatre Guild, the Pittsburgh Symphony Society and the Gulf Oil Corp., where he was the project director for the "Pennsylvania '76" Bicentennial promotional concert river tour. He served as advertising manager for the Gateway Clipper Fleet, executive director of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and marketing director of Station Square for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. For four years before his retirement in 1996, he was the managing editor for two weekly community tabloids in the Pittsburgh area.