Hazen P. Cole

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Hazen P. Cole, PGM,
Hazen P. Cole, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1948-1949

Hazen P. Cole was born on May 21, 1901 in Detroit. He received his elementary and high school education in Detroit Public schools. He graduated from Northwestern High School in 1917. His academic career was interrupted while he served in the United States Navy during World War I. He returned to civilian life at the close of the war and soon entered the Dental College of the University of Michigan where he was granted a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1924.

In 1925, Dr. Cole married Abbie Burlingham. They were blessed with one daughter.

After working with the James Couzens Foundation for several years, Dr. Cole took up private practice in Ithaca, the County seat of Gratiot County. He served as President of the Ninth District Dental Society. He was also President of the Ithaca Chamber of commerce, and worked with the Boy Scouts—both as scoutmaster and a counselor.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Ithaca Lodge No. 123 on March 18, 1937. He became actively engaged in the ritualistic work of the Lodge and in 1941 fulfilled the duties of Worshipful Master with great dexterity. The following year he was elected Grand Marshal at the meeting of the Grand Lodge in Saginaw, and in May 1948, he was unanimously elected Grand Master at the meeting of Grand Lodge in Detroit—eleven years after he entered Masonry.

Shortly after becoming a Master Mason he was exalted to the Sublime Degree of a Royal Arch Mason in the hall of Ithaca Chapter No. 70, R.A.M. He was greeted in George Hill Council No. 85, R. & S.M. of Alma in 1945, and Knighted by Ithaca Commandery No. 40, K.T., also of Alma. The Scottish Rite Degrees, fourth to thirty-second, were conferred by the Coordinate Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Bay City in 1945, and he was created a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Elf Khurafeh Temple at Saginaw the same year. He developed the Annual Grand Master’s direct mail appeal during his term of office that has generated millions of dollars for the Endowment Fund of the Michigan Masonic Home.

He died on October 26, 1954.

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