The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is sad to announce the death of Brother John K. Young, R.W.P.G.M. Brother Young died on Saturday, January 13, 2001.
He was born on December 28, 1911, the only child of Jacob H. and Edythe (Kline) Young. He was graduated from Northeast High School of Philadelphia in 1929. He furthered his education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1933 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. In 1936, he was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a Bachelor of Laws Degree.
John was married to the former Ruth Ellen Hancock. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren. The family resides in Lansdale. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, where he was an elder. Our Illustrious Brother served his country during the Second World War as a member of the United States Coast Guard Port Security Force.
Brother John made his living as an attorney. After being admitted to the Philadelphia Bar Associa-tion, he joined the firm of Peck and White in 1937. In 1939, he became a full partner in the firm of Peck, Bornemann and Young. In 1943 the firm changed its name to Peck, Young and Van Sant, the name currently in use.
Bro. Young was raised a Master Mason in Melita Lodge No. 295 in 1933 and served the Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1950. He also served his Lodge as Trustee of the Permanent Fund and as a committee member. His father and grandfather were also members of Melita Lodge. In the Grand Lodge, he was District Deputy Grand Master of District "A" from 1952 to 1961. He was elected Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden in 1962 and succeeded through the Grand Line to serve as Right Worshipful Grand Master in 1968 and 1969. He was a Trustee of the Grand Lodge Pension Fund and the Thomas Ranken Patton Masonic Institution for Boys. He also served as Chairman of the Committee on Masonic Education, and as the Vice President of the Board of The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. In 1970, he became legal counsel for the Grand Lodge.
III. Brother John received his Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of Philadelphia during the Spring Reunion of 1948. In 1960-61 he served as Most Wise Master of Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix, 18º. At the Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council held in Chicago, Illinois, in September 1961, our Illustrious Brother was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33º, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council. He was crowned an Active Member of the Supreme Council in September 1978 and in October 1987 he was elected Active Emeritus. The Valley of Philadelphia's Spring Class of 1968 was named in his honor. The Valley of Philadelphia's Ill John K. Young, 33º, Scholarship Fund, which assists children and grandchildren of Valley members pursuing a law degree, is named for him.
His other Masonic memberships included: Temple-Melita Royal Arch Chapter No. 183; Joppa Council No. 46, Royal and Select Masters; Mary Commandery No. 36, Knights Templar; and Girard Mark Lodge No. 214, which he served as Worshipful Master in 1974. He also belonged to the Red Cross of Constantine, Pennsylvania College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, the Royal Order of Scotland, and the Missouri Lodge of Research. He was also a Life Member of the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania in Lafayette Hill.
His many honors include: Chairman of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America in 1968, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in 1979, the Erasmus James Phipps Medal from the Nova Scotia Lodge of Research, the Pierpoint Edwards Medal from the Grand Lodge of Connecticut, the Henry Price Medal from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and the honorary membership in the Supreme Council, 33º, A.A.S.R. of Costa Rica.
Other memberships included: Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, the Hare Law Club, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, the Lawyer's Club of Philadelphia, the Penn Athletic Club, the Bachelors' Barge Club, the Presbyterian Social Union and the Union League.
Brother Young was well known for his devotion to the tenets of Freemasonry. He expressed it very well in a talk given at a Shrine breakfast during the first month of his term as Grand Master. He closed with the question: "Am I my Brother's Keeper?" His answertypical of the manwas simply: "You bet I am!"