Robert N. Osborne

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Robert Norman Osborne, PGM,
Robert Norman Osborne, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1980-1981

Robert Norman Osborne was born on May 24, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. He received his education in Allen Park Schools, Henry Ford Community College, and the University of Michigan. He was a specialist in Data Processing, an expert computer programmer, a methods and systems analyst. He was a Section Supervisor in the Communications and Data Processing Operations for the Ford Motor Company. He married Isamay Elizabeth Addis, the daughter of Past Grand Master, Ivan E. Addis, in 1959. They were blessed with a son and a daughter. He participated in several community activities including: chairman of Explorer Post No. 1802, B.S.A.; Chairman of Scout Troop 1111 and Treasurer of Cub Scout Pack No. 1111 of Dearborn. He served on the Advisory Committee on Data Processing Curriculum for the Dearborn Public Schools, the Committee on Vocation and Technical Training of Wayne County Intermediate Schools, and is a member in the Association for Retarded Citizens of Dearborn as well as Howe School P.T.A. The Osborne’s are active members of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church and served as Deacons for three years. He entered the U.S. Army on November 12, 1959 and received basic training in Fort Leonard Wood. He was assigned to Adjutant General 5th Army Headquarters with the 5th Data Processing Unit in Chicago, and rose to the rank of Sergeant in 21 months. Service was then extended by Presidential action due to the demands of the Berlin Wall Crisis.

He became a member of Dearborn Chapter of DeMolay in 1952, Master Councilor in 1954, and Michigan State Chapter Fifth Preceptor, Chaplain and Scribe in 1954 through 1957. He was named Chevalier in 1955, Legion of Honor in 1976 and received the Medal of Appreciation in 1967. He was raised a Master Mason on November 18, 1957, in Dearborn Lodge No. 172; he was soon elected to the official line, and named Worshipful Master in 1967, serving with great distinction. He was named trustee for the years 1968-1971, and then became Treasurer in 1972-1973. He was President of the Dearborn Masonic Temple Association in 1969 and served through 1971. On November 10, 1962 he became a Scottish Rite Mason. He served for two years on the Reception Committee and was elected Thrice Potent Master of the Detroit Lodge of Perfection in 1974. On September 28, 1977, he was Coronetted as a 33° Mason in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a Director of the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts. He served as Deputy for nine years and continues as an Active Member of the Supreme Council. He was Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Dearborn Chapter No. 172, on September 22, 1965; Royal and Select Masons in Northville Council No. 33, on January 15, 1966; Knight Templar in Detroit Commandery No. 1, K.T. on December 10, 1971; inducted into Detroit York Rite College No. 1 on May 1, 1972 and received the York Rite Purple Cross in 1980. He has been a member of the Moslem Temple Shrine since 1968, he is a Charter member of the Past Masters Unit and in 1970-1972, and served as Unit Secretary. In 1980, he became a member of Detroit Court 28, Royal Order of Jesters. He is a Past Sovereign and member of St. Clement Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He was elected Grand Marshal of Michigan Masons in 1974 and Most Worshipful Grand Master of Michigan Masons on May 29, 1980.

Hied Died June 14, 2008.

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