Volume LIXAugust 2012Number 3

Remembering a Servant at Heart

Bro. James "Jim" Standish Jr., P.M., George Bartram-Paul Sands Lodge No. 298, Springfield, entered heaven unexpectedly on April 10, 2012, but the impact of his selfless service and extensive knowledge will continue his legacy.

Bro. Standish served since 2004 on the Committee on Masonic Homes, where he utilized his vast knowledge and health care experience to cast vision which prioritized residents, staff, excellence and service. Prior to that, he served for eight years on the board of directors for the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania and was integral in the union of the two organizations.

Bro. Standish acted as the liaison between the committee and the residents at the Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill and Warminster. In this capacity, he sincerely listened to residents, heard their ideas and concerns and followed up with their needs. For his dedication, he was nominated for and selected to receive the 2012 LeadingAgePA Trustee of the Year Award. He was honored by family and colleagues at the association's annual conference and awards ceremony in June.

"Jim's expertise in the field of senior living extends over multiple decades of research, service and education," said Bro. Joseph E. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer for the Masonic Villages. "He was involved nationally with many organizations to help them gather information from a marketing perspective and to analyze data, while constantly searching for better ways to help create a resident-centered system. His immense amount of professional experience in the senior industry was extremely valuable and made him a great board member."

Bro. Standish was born in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1937. He graduated from the University of Toledo and pursued post-graduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh. His professional career included working at Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania; Third Age, Inc., where he was the president and principal from 1989-2009; and Larson Allen, for which he worked as an independent consultant.

An active Mason, Bro. Standish was a member of the Chester Royal Arch Chapter No. 258, the Riblah Council No. 59 of Royal and Select Master Masons, the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research and the Scottish Rite bodies in the Valley of Philadelphia. He also served on the Committee of the Academy of Masonic Knowledge.

In September 1960, he married Nancy L. Getz, and they were blessed with three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He belonged to Middletown Presbyterian Church, Elwyn, where he served as an Elder and on several committees. In his free time, Bro. Standish liked to play golf and travel with his wife.

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