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Robert J. Bateman
120th Right Worshipful Grand Master

Bro. Robert J. Bateman is the 120th R.W. Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania.

A Past Master of Springfield-Hanby Lodge No. 767, Bro. Bateman also served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 36th Masonic District, as District Masonic Education Chairman, Representative in Grand Lodge and as an instructor in the School of Instruction. He served as a Trustee of the Consolidated Fund and as Administrator of the Pension Plan from 2008-2010, and has served on the Committee on Finance, Committee on Landmarks, Masonic Villages Board of Directors, The Masonic Library and Museum Board of Directors and as Trustee of the Masonic Charities Fund since 2008.

He is a member of Howell Royal Arch Chapter No. 202; Allen Council Royal and Select Master Masons No. 23; Allen-Beauceant Commandery No. 20, Valley of Philadelphia; Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216; Constantine Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; J.M. Alter Council No. 446, Allied Masonic Degrees; Pennsylvania Lodge of Research; Lu Lu Shriners; and the Delaware County Shrine Club. He is a Past Most Wise Master and an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33. He is also a member of Neversink Forest No. 32, Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Masonic Veterans of Pennsylvania; Masonic Blood Donor Club; Pennsylvania Masonic Shield and Square Club; the International Masonic Literary Academy; Royal Order of Scotland; and Academy of Masonic Knowledge. He was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

Bro. Bateman served in the U.S. Active Army Reserves from 1969-1974. He retired from the Upper Darby School District after 35 years, last serving as Coordinator for Custodial Services.

Bro. Bateman became a volunteer firefighter at age 16 and is a life member of Upper Darby Fire Company Station 3. He is a member of American Legion Post 214 and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains. He coached both Youth Flag Football and Little League Baseball, and was Treasurer and later President of the Transport Workers Union Local 289 AFL/CIO.

Bro. Bateman and his wife, Joanne, live in Upper Darby, Pa. They have three children, four granddaughters and one grandson. He is a member of Covenant United Methodist Church, where he serves as a consultant for custodial needs and chemical safety and as a member of the Life Center Feeding Program Team to serve the hungry.

In his spare time, Bro. Bateman enjoys playing golf, hunting, target shooting, spending time at the shore, traveling with his family, spending time with his grandchildren, cooking, playing horseshoes, listening to music (50s, 60s, and 70s era), walking and reading books about factual military missions of the present.



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