On Dec. 27, Donald L. Albert was installed R.W. Grand Secretary of the R.W. Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. He succeeds the retiring R.W. Grand Secretary, Thomas W. Jackson.
Bro. Albert is well known by Masons across the Commonwealth. For six years, he has been the Grand Marshal who has efficiently guided, with precision and decorum, the Masonic procedures and movements during Grand Lodge activities. Whether it was at a Grand Lodge communication, visitation, cornerstone-laying, dedication ceremony, or banquet, Bro. Albert set the pace for Masonic protocol and maintained the Fraternity's exacting traditions.
History and tradition are important to him. He is a student of the history of the Civil War and defines it as more than a hobby -- it's serious research that he dearly loves. In his pursuit of every bit of information he could track down, he has traveled throughout Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania to tour battlefields and search cemeteries and records to find the final resting places of men of both forces of the Civil War -- the Army of the Potomac (Union) and the Army of Northern Virginia (Confederate). His great-grandfather, William Albert, was a Union veteran. Bro. Albert is a Past Commander of the Capt. J. P. Brendle Camp No. 5, of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a member of the Camp Curtin Historical Society and the Harrisburg Civil War Roundtable.
Bro. Albert is a member of Euclid Lodge No. 698, Harrisburg, and served as Worshipful Master in 1974. He is a Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Harrisburg and served as Most Wise Master of Harrisburg Chapter of Rose Croix, 18º, in 1982 and 1983. He was coroneted a 33º Mason at the Supreme Council session in Boston in 1987. In the York Rite bodies in Harrisburg, he is a member of Perseverance Royal Arch Chapter No. 21; Harrisburg Council No. 7, Royal and Select Master Masons of Pennsylvania; Pilgrim Commandery No. 11, Knights Templar; Erin Council No. 6, Knight Masons; and Trinity Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He is a Shriner in Zembo Temple, Harrisburg, and a member of the Temple's Color Guard and the Upper Dauphin Shrine Club. He is a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, U.S.A.
Prior to becoming Deputy Grand Secretary almost two years ago, Bro. Albert was an engineer and product manager, retiring after 33 years at AMP, Inc., Harrisburg. He was graduated from Millersburg Area High School and is a graduate of the Industrial Management Institute, an affiliate of Pennsylvania State University.
His father was a Mason and so are three of his uncles and his brother-in-law. His two sons, William and Scott, are both Senior DeMolays.