Ronald Schwartz

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Ronald Schwartz, PGM,
Ronald Schwartz, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1977-1978

Ronald Schwartz was born in Philadelphia on May 30, 1935 and came to Detroit with his parents in 1940. He was educated in the Public Schools of Detroit where he earned letters in baseball, football and basketball. He was editor of his school paper and co-editor of the yearbook. He was a member of the International Honor Society for high school journalists and his graduating class voted him its student most likely to succeed. He was also active in religious school activities at Temple Beth El where he was confirmed and graduated from religious high school with high honors. An Eagle Scout, he was also given the Silver Award, which is the highest honor an Explorer Scout can earn. He was an Assistant and Scout Master and an Explorer Advisor and attended two National Jamborees. He was an Instructor of Instructors in the American Red Cross first aid program and served the Detroit Boys’ Club as a Troop Counselor. He played basketball in the Detroit Amateur Basketball Federation while in the Marine Corps Reserve. After his honorable discharge from the Marines he was employed by Argonaut, G.M.’s real estate division and attended U. of M. night classes where he earned a Certificate in Real Estate. He attained the post of Senior Real Estate Negotiator in the Dealership Assistance Program and his duties took him to forty-six states and all provinces of Canada and Mexico. He resigned from Argonaut after twenty-two years and in 1976 joined the Sun Life Assurance Company where he specialized in Estate Conservation, Employee benefit plans, pension plans and investments as well as personal Life and Health Insurance.

He married Barbara Severson on August 19, 1961. They were blessed with four daughters.

He was raised as a Master Mason on February 22, 1957 in Craftsman Lodge No. 521 and served as an elected or appointed officer from 1958 to 1976. He was elected Worshipful Master on December 11, 1964. He was a member of the Board of General Purposes for District 2 in 1967 and its President in 1970. He served as President of the Detroit Downtown Masonic Temple Association in 1973. He is a dual member of Lincoln Lodge No. 504 and an Honorary member of ten other Lodges.

He is a member of the Sojourner Chapter No. 164, R.A.M. and its Treasurer for several years. He became a member of Monroe Council No. 1, R. & S.M., A. & A.S.R., Valley of Detroit on May 4, 1968. He became a member of Purity Chapter No. 359, O.E.S. in March 1959 and later served as Sentinel. He is a member of the Moslem Temple. A.A.O.N.M.S. and was an Ambassador for at least six years. He is a member of Aries Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R. and an Honorary Member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He is also a member of the Quatuor Coronati No. 2076, in London, England, the world’s oldest and most prestigious Research Lodge. He was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master on May 25, 1977.

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