Volume LVIIJanuary 2010Number 1

Thomas K. Sturgeon

Bro. Thomas K. Sturgeon was installed Dec. 28, 2009, as R.W. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Bro. Sturgeon, 66, the son of the late Bro. Wallace Leroy Sturgeon Sr., Oakdale Lodge No. 669, and Cora Mae Wilson, was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Oakdale.

Bro. Sturgeon graduated from West Allegheny High School in 1961 and worked for Duquesne Light Company before pursuing a career in law enforcement. He was employed by the North Fayette Police Department from 1968-1994, rising through the ranks to become Chief of Police/Public Safety Director in 1976. During that period, he returned to school and graduated from the FBI National Academy's 123rd session at Quantico, Va., in 1980. He earned his Associate's Degree in Administration of Justice in 1982 from the Community College of Allegheny County, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Elizabethtown College in 1995 and a Master of Science Degree in Police Management from Youngstown State University in 1997. In 1994, he was employed by the Allegheny County Police Department, becoming Superintendent in 1997. He served as President of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police in 1997 and in 1998, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Police Hall of Fame. He was awarded the first annual Award of Excellence in the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association in 1998.

He served as the Regional Director for the eight Southwest Counties for the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control from 2002 until 2005. From 2005 until his retirement in December 2009, he held the position of Deputy Director of the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement and Director of the Bureau of Casino Compliance for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Bro. Sturgeon and his wife, Joan Sturgeon, live in Imperial, Pa. They have six children: Kimberly; Seth, a member of Oakdale Lodge No. 669; Maureen; Michael; Mark; and the late Michelle; and eight grandchildren. They are members of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

A golf enthusiast, Bro. Sturgeon enjoys every aspect of the game from hitting the links to golf club repair. American history is another one of his interests, although he doesn't have the time to read as much as he would like.

Mrs. Sturgeon likes to read, paint and decorate. She is a willing "Masonic widow" and a supportive partner in service to the fraternity.

Oakdale Lodge No. 669
Raised March 25, 1965
Worshipful Master, 1969
47th Masonic District
District Deputy Grand Master, 1983-1992
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
R.W. Deputy Grand Master, 2008-2009
R.W. Senior Grand Warden, 2006-2007
R.W. Junior Grand Warden, 2004-2005
Committee on Masonic Homes, 2004-present
Committee on Finance, 1998-1999
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
Valley of Pittsburgh, AASR - Commander-in-Chief, 1988-1989
Honorary Member of Supreme Council, 33°, 1988
Active Member of the Supreme Council, 1999
York Rite
Zerubbabel-Duquesne Royal Arch Chapter No. 162
Washington Council No. 1, Royal and Select Master Masons
Duquesne Commandery No. 72
Red Cross of Constantine
Syria Shrine
Provost Guard
Shrine Club South
West Hills Caravan
Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 2 - Director, 2001-2002
Other Masonic Affiliated Bodies
Law Enforcement Pin Club
Pennsylvania Shield and Square Club
Masonic Veterans of Western Pennsylvania
Tall Cedars of Lebanon
Wa-Cha-Gree Forest No. 149
Golden Triangle York Rite College
High Twelve Club of Sewickley #759 - Charter Member
Order of the Purple Cross
DeMolay Legion of Honor

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