During the Council of Deliberation session in Hershey last July 8, Robert L. Dluge, Jr., R.W. Grand Master, presented the Pennsylvania Franklin Medal to Ill. C. DeForrest Trexler, 33º. Ill. Bro. Trexler is the Deputy for Pennsylvania in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, N.M.J., and a Past District Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
The Franklin Medal is the most distinguished honor awarded by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to members of the Fraternity who have rendered outstanding service to Freemasonry. It is named for Benjamin Franklin who served the Fraternity as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in 1734 and 1749.
Bro. Trexler was born in Harrisburg and attended public schools of Lower Paxton Township and Allentown, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Muhlenberg College in 1960. He attended Yale Law School, where he earned a Bachelor of Laws (Juris Doctor) Degree in 1963. In 1966, after two years of private law practice, he joined the corporate legal staff of Mack Trucks, Inc., where he presently is the Deputy General Counsel. In his profession, he has traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East.
His Masonic relationships are extensive. In 1954, he was initiated into the Order of DeMolay and served Allentown Chapter as Master Councilor in 1957. He was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 1982 and was elected an Honorary Member of the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay in 1996.
Bro. Trexler was raised in Barger Lodge No. 333 on Oct. 1, 1964 and served as Worshipful Master in 1971. He also served the Lodge as Chairman of the Committee on Instruction and as a Trustee for 11 years.
He served the Grand Lodge of Pennsyl-vania as D.D.G.M. for the 10th Masonic District from Dec. 27, 1974 through 1983. He was elected to the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Homes in December 1999 and has been Chairman of the Development Subcommittee and a member of the Compliance Subcommittee. He is a member of the Masonic Culture Committee of the Grand Lodge and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation.
In the Scottish Rite, he has served as a Sectional Representative of Lehigh Consistory and General Chairman for the Valley's 60th Anniversary. In addition, "The Divine Tragedy," a drama of the Passion written by Ill. Bro. Trexler, has been performed for the public by the Valley several Lenten seasons since 1987.
Bro. Trexler was coroneted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33º, for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction Sept. 24, 1980 in Cleveland and was crowned an Active Member in 1987 in Boston. In 1980, he was elected Deputy for Pennsylvania and in 1996, Grand Treasurer General of the Supreme Council. He serves as a member of the Administrative Council of Supreme Council and as a Director of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, Inc. and the 32º Masonic Learning Centers for Children, Inc. Since 1991, he has been chairman of the Committee on Constitutions, Laws and Jurisprudence. He also is a member of the Committee on Fraternal Relations, the Committee on Rituals, and the Nominating Committee of the Supreme Council. In May, 1995, he represented the Supreme Council at the 15th World Conference of Supreme Councils at Lausanne, Switzerland. In Pennsylvania, he has served on committees of the Council of Deliberation since 1984 and has been the Commander-in-Chief since 1994. He is also a contributor to The Northern Light magazine.
Bro. Trexler also has been active in the York Rite, having presided over Jordan Royal Arch Chapter No. 203; Allen Council No. 23, Royal and Select Masons; and Allen Commandery No. 20, Knights Templar, all of Allentown. He was elected Knight Commander of the Temple by Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America "for distinguished services to Freemasonry." He is a member of the Council of Anointed Kings, receiving the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1979. In 1980, he was elected Knight of the York Cross of Honor in Penn Priory No. 6.
Bro. Trexler is a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown where he served on the church council for six years and from 1964 to 1998 was the announcer for live radio broadcasts of the church services.