Ivan E. Addis

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Ivan English Addis, PGM,
Ivan English Addis, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1967-1968

Ivan English Addis was born on August 23, 1907 in Hopwood, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Lowhill Valley Public School system. He came to Dearborn, Michigan in 1926 where he pursued the study of police administration, fire, safety, and communications. This training led him to become a section supervisor of Security and Fire Protection in the Security and Communications department of the Ford Motor Research and Engineering Center. Because of his specialized training, he had responsibilities in the protection of Greenfield Village, the Henry Ford Museum and the Ford Fairlane Estate. In 1934 the Ford Motor Company sent him to supervise the operation of the Ford exhibit at the 1933-34 World’s Fair.

He married Stella Sipaitis on December 1, 1934. They were blessed with one daughter.

He was associated for some years with the Camp Legion Rehabilitation Center, which was built by Brother Henry Ford for young men returning from the armed forces. He took a special part in the services of a small white church known as Camp Legion Chapel.

In 1963 he retired after 36 years of service with the Ford Motor Company.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Dearborn Lodge No. 172 on January 25, 1936. In 1956 he served as Worshipful Master and as First Vice-President of the Masonic Masters’ Association. He also served as President, Director, and Trustee of the Dearborn Masonic Temple Association and was a member of the Dearborn DeMolay Advisory Board. He was a member of the Dearborn Chapter No. 172, R.A.M.; Redford Commandery No. 55, K.T.; Northville Council No. 89, R. & S.M. the Coordinate Bodies of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Valley of Detroit; and Moslem Temple. He was a member of the Dearborn Chapter No. 421, O.E.S., and served with distinction as Worthy Patron. He held membership in Dearborn White Shrine No. 47, W.S.J.; and was a member of the Rainbow Advisory Board. For services rendered to that group, he received the Grand Cross of Color. He was also a member of the City of Dearborn Traffic Commission, a member of the Dearborn Citizens Safety Council, and was named Honorary Mayor of Dearborn by Mayor Orville Hubbard. He was also a member of the Wayne County Detectives Association, the Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, and the American Society of Industrial Security.

He was elected Most Worthy Grand Master of Michigan Masons on Wednesday May 24, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan.

He died on September 21, 1972.

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