Arthur Richard Diamond, R.W. Past Grand Treasurer, Died March 25, 1998, at The Age of 90.
He was born June 9, 1907, in Rochester, NY, but educated in the Philadelphia public schools. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree and he earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity.
Before retiring from business, he was self-employed, owning the Arthur R. Diamond Co.
In Freemasonry, Bro. Diamond was entered, passed, and raised in Shekinah Lodge No. 246, Chestnut Hill, in 1945. He later transferred to Philates Lodge No. 527, and served that Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1964. When Philates Lodge returned its Warrant to the Grand Lodge in 1984, he transferred to William B. Hackenburg Lodge No. 703, now William B. Hackenburg-Mount Moriah Lodge No. 155, Philadelphia.
He was exalted in Keystone Royal Arch Chapter No. 175 in 1948 and served as Most Excellent High Priest in 1953. He was greeted in Joppa Council of Royal and Select Master Masons No. 46 in 1948 and served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1957. From 1953 to 1962, he served as a District Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania. Bro. Diamond was Worshipful Master of Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216, Philadelphia, in 1961. In 1967 and 1968, he served as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter.
A member of the Valley of Reading, A.A.S.R., Bro. Diamond was coroneted a 33º Mason in 1968 in Atlantic City. He served the Valley as Sovereign Prince of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem in 1969 and 1970, and as Commander-in-Chief of Reading Consistory from 1973 to 1975.
He was a member of LuLu Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees; Erin Council, Knight Masons of the United States; the Philalethes Society; Grand College of Rites; Masonic Order of Bath; Ancient Order of Corks; Joshua Association; and the Order of DeMolay.
On Dec. 27, 1967, Brother Diamond was appointed R.W. Grand Treasurer by R.W. Grand Master John K. Young to fill the unexpired term of Bro. Louis Bacharach, who died in office on Dec. 21, 1967. In December, 1968, Bro. Diamond was elected and installed R.W. Grand Treasurer and continued in that office until his retirement on June 14, 1989, at which time he was presented with the newly created R.W. Past Grand Treasurer's jewel and apron.
In recognition of his work in Freemasonry, Bro. Diamond was awarded the Honorary DeMolay Legion of Honor in 1961; and in 1985 he received the Benjamin Franklin Medal, the highest honor given by the R.W. Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
Bro. Diamond will long be remembered for his dedication to Freemasonry and his close attention to the conduct of the business of the Grand Lodge which fell within his area of responsibility. He was, however, gifted with a delightful sense of humor, much of which was aimed at himself. Elizabeth -- or "Liz," as he called his wife of 61 years -- was a school teacher in Philadelphia, so he would tell anyone who would listen that it took him "20 years to discover that she was handling him the way she handled her second grade students."
Thank God for the blessings of memory. With it we can recall, at will, our good friend, Arthur, and hear him ask: "Wherefore is this day different from any other?" To which we can only respond: "The difference, my brother, is in not being able to share it with you." Thank God also for good friends and brethren like Arthur Richard Diamond.
(The above eulogy to Bro. Arthur R. Diamond was presented by Bro. Joseph E. Trate, R.W. Past Grand Master during the Grand Lodge Communication, June 3, 1998.)