Milo Elden Underhill

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Milo Elden Underhill, PGM,
Milo Elden Underhill, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1968-1969

Milo Elden Underhill was born in Bellaire, Michigan on January 24, 1906. He attended Upper Peninsula schools and graduated from Munising High School in 1923 and studied engineering at the University of Michigan until 1927. He entered the life insurance field, and after completing a five-year course, he became certified as a Chartered Life Underwriter. In 1938 he became an agent of the New York Life Insurance Company.

On May 19, 1929 he married Ethel Flo Trogler. They were blessed with three daughters.

For thirty years, he was a very successful life underwriter, maintaining his position as one of the company’s top producers. In fact, he attained the insurance industry’s National Quality Award for sixteen consecutive years.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Marquette Lodge No. 101 on December 2, 1933. He was a member of the Francis M. Moore Consistory and the other Coordinate Scottish Rite Bodies and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine of Ahmed Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. He served as Illustrious Potentate in 1966. He was a member of Marquette Chapter. No. 43, R.A.M.; and of Lake Superior Commandery No. 30, K.T. He was active in organizing Job’s Daughters Bethel No. 16 and functioned as the first Dad. He was also a member of the Marquette Masonic Association charged with the administration of the Marquette Masonic Temple property.

In May 1962, he was elected as Worshipful Grand Marshal. With the passing of the years he was advanced in the Grand line. He was elected as Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. in Detroit on May 29, 1968. During his term of office there were 163,000 Masons in Michigan.

He died on May 16, 1995.

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