Douglas F. Hegyi
Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1998-1999
Douglas F. Hegyi was born on March 13, 1945, in Aurora, Illinois. He graduated from, what is now Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois in 1963. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Chicago City College in 1968, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago in 1971. He received his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago in 1976 followed by his Internship at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan from 1976 to 1977. He completed his Residency in Otorhinolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan from 1977 to 1980. He married Diane H. Baldwin on September 29, 1990. He has two sons by a former marriage. He has numerous medical honors, including the Governor’s Achievement Award in 1997 from the Osteopathic College of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck surgery. He is listed in Who’s Who. He is currently serving as an Examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Otorhinolaryngology.
He was raised as a Master Mason in Kenwood Lodge No. 800 A.F. & A.M. in Blue Island, Illinois on March 27, 1972 and rose to the office of Senior Warden in 1977. He was the Worshipful Master of Vedic-Temple Lodge No. 496 F. & A.M. of Michigan in 1982. He was exalted in Fairview Chapter No. 161 Royal Arch Masons, in Illinois where he was High Priest in 1974 and received the Order of High Priesthood that same year; he is currently a member of Oakland Chapter No. 5 Royal Arch Masons of Michigan. He was greeted in Imperial-Woodlawn Council No. 85 Royal and Select Masons in Blue Island, Illinois, where he was Thrice Illustrious Master in 1977; is a member of Pontiac Council No. 3 Royal and Select Masons of Michigan, and received the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1982. He was knighted in Montjoie Commandery No. 53 Knights Templar in Blue Island, Illinois, becoming Generalissimo in 1974. Currently he belongs to Romeo Commandery No. 6. K.T. of Michigan where he was Commander in 1982. He has served the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Michigan from 1981 –1998 as the Surgeon General and is an Honorary Member of the Knights Templar Educational Foundation of Michigan. He became a Knight of York in Detroit College No. 1 in 1979 and served as the Governor of that College in 1989. He was honored by the Sovereign York Rite College of North America with the distinguished Service Award in 1984. In 1996 he received the Order of the Purple Cross. He became a member of the Michigan Priory No. 22 Knight York Cross of Honor in 1989 and a Knight York Grand Cross of Honor in 1998. He is also a member of St. Clement Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine and was its Prefect in 1998. He joined the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Chicago in 1972 and the Valley of Detroit in 1983, where he became Most Wise Master of Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix in 1988 and Commander in Chief of the Detroit Consistory in 1995. He was Coroneted a 33rd degree Mason and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in 1991. He was a member of the Medinah Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S. (Illinois) from 1975 to 1980 and is currently a member of Moslem Shrine in Detroit from 1980 to present. He is a member of the Allied Masonic Degrees and served as Sovereign Master of Thistle and Rose Council No. 27 in 1991; received the Red Branch of Eri. He is also a member of Trinity Council No. 36 Knight Masons; a Past Suffragan of Michigan College S.R.C.I.F. and serves as its Chief Adept, IX degree. He is a life member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He was also a Past Chairman of the DeMolay Advisory Council of the Rochester Chapter and a Past District Governor for the Order of DeMolay. He received the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor in 1980.
He was installed as Grand Master of Masons in Grand Rapids on May 30, 1998.
In 1999, he was selected as the Chaplain for the Annual Grand Masters Conference.