Past Grand Masters

Past Grand Masters

This page contains a complete portrait gallery of the Past Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, beginning with the most recent. Living Past Grand Masters are shown in color. Deceased Past Grand Masters are displayed in black and white.

Raymond T. Dietz
Raymond T. Dietz

Years Served as RWGM: 2016-2017
Higher Education: Robert Morris University. Earned Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Occupation: Vice President of Union Home Mortgage
Residence: Allegheny County, PA
Lodge: Avalon Lodge No. 657, Pittsburgh
Religion: Presbyterian

Robert J. Bateman
Robert J. Bateman

Years Served as RWGM: 2014-2015
Higher Education: US Army Reserve
Occupation: Custodial Coordinator
Residence: Upper Darby, PA
Lodge: Springfield-Hanby Lodge No. 767
Religion: United Methodist

Jay W. Smith
Jay W. Smith

Years Served as RWGM: 2012-2013
Higher Education: Attended Stevens State School of Technology and Penn State University. Earned Engineer In Training and Professional Engineer and Land Surveying licenses
Occupation: Chief of PENNDOT’s Highway Quality Assurance Division
Residence: Mount Joy, PA
Lodge: Ashara-Casiphia No. 551
Religion: United Methodist

Thomas K. Sturgeon
Thomas K. Sturgeon

Years Served as RWGM: 2010-2011
Higher Education: Youngstown State University of Ohio, Master of Science in Police Management
Occupation: Law Enforcement and Compliance
Residence: Imperial, PA
Lodge: Oakdale Lodge No. 669
Religion: Methodist

Stephen Gardner
Stephen Gardner

Years Served as RWGM: 2008 – 2009
Higher Education: East Stroudsburg State College, Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
Occupation: Project Manager
Residence: Catasaqua, PA
Lodge: Porter Lodge No. 284
Religion: Presbyterian

Ronald A. Aungst, Sr.
Ronald A. Aungst, Sr.

Years Served as RWGM: 2006-2007
Higher Education: California State College, California, Pa. Bachelor’s degree in Education; Penn State University, Master’s in Administration
Occupation: Elementary School Principal
Residence: Jersey Shore, PA
Lodge: LaBelle Vallee Lodge No. 232
Religion: Methodist

William Slater II
William Slater II

Years Served as RWGM: 2004 – 2005
Higher Education: Thiel College and the Pittsburgh Institution of Mortuary Science
Occupation: Funeral Director
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge: Lodge No. 45
Religion: Presbyterian

Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr.
Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr.

Years Served as RWGM: 2002-2003
Higher Education: Some college and service schools.
Occupation: U.S. Navy, Retired; Manager of Correctional Institutions
Residence: Collegeville, PA
Lodge: Raised in Silvius No. 898, A.F.&A.M., Illinois in 1961; Transferred to Warren No. 310, Collegeville, PA in 1980
Religion: Methodist

Robert L. Dluge, Jr.
Robert L. Dluge, Jr.

Years Served as RWGM: 2000-2001
Higher Education: BA, Lycoming College; JD Widener University School of Law
Occupation: Attorney at Law
Residence: Elysburg, PA
Lodge: Elysburg Lodge No. 414, Elysburg, PA
Religion: Lutheran

James L. Ernette
James L. Ernette

Years Served as RWGM: 1998-1999
Higher Education: BS, Point Park College, Pittsburgh
Occupation: Retired Police Officer, Printer
Residence: Greensburg, PA
Lodge: Westmoreland No. 518
Religion: Methodist

Edward O. Weisser
Edward O. Weisser

Years Served as RWGM: 1996-1997
Higher Education: M.Ed. Temple University
Occupation: VP & Secretary of Eastern Dawn Mobile Home Park, Inc., Langhorne
Residence: Langhorne
Lodge: Newtown No. 427
Religion: Methodist

George H. Hohenshildt
George H. Hohenshildt

Years Served as RWGM: 1994-1995
Higher Education: Smith Technical Institute, Wilson Engineering Corp. and Pennsylvania State University
Occupation: Engineer
Residence: Camp Hill
Lodge: William S. Snyder No. 756
Religion: Lutheran

Edward H. Fowler, Jr.
Edward H. Fowler, Jr.

Years Served as RWGM: 1992-1993
Higher Education: Robert Morris Business School, Pittsburgh
Occupation: Retired Manager of Property, Sales and Excise Tax, ALCOA, Pittsburgh
Residence: Belle Vernon
Lodge: Avalon No. 657
Religion: Lutheran

W. Scott Stoner
W. Scott Stoner

Years Served as RWGM: 1990-1991
Higher Education: B.S., Pennsylvania State University
Occupation: C.P.A.
Residence: Lancaster
Lodge: Casiphia No. 551
Religion: Lutheran

Arthur J. Kurtz
Arthur J. Kurtz

Years Served as RWGM: 1988-1989
Higher Education: None
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Residence: Harrisburg
Lodge: Robert Burns No. 464
Religion: Methodist

Carl W. Stenberg, Jr.
Carl W. Stenberg, Jr.

Years Served as RWGM: 1986-1987
Higher Education: B.A.
Occupation: Banker
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Lodge: Dallas No. 508; Warrant Member of Whitehall No. 794
Religion: Methodist

William A. Carpenter
William A. Carpenter

Years Served as RWGM: 1984-1985
Higher Education: Some College
Occupation: Printer
Residence: Upland
Lodge: Chester No. 236
Religion: Baptist

Samuel C. Williamson
Samuel C. Williamson

Years Served as RWGM: 1982-1983
Higher Education: B.S.
Occupation: Chemical Engineer
Residence: Pittsburgh
Lodge: Tyrian No. 612; Merged to Valley No. 613
Religion: Methodist

Joseph E. Trate
Joseph E. Trate

Years Served as RWGM: 1980-1981
Higher Education: B.S.
Occupation: Engineer
Residence: Philadelphia
Lodge: Lodge No. 3
Religion: Lutheran

Walter P. Wells
Walter P. Wells

Years Served as RWGM: 1978-1979
Higher Education: B.S. / LL.B.
Occupation: Lawyer / Judge
Residence: Coudersport
Lodge: Eulalia No. 342
Religion: Episcopal

John L. McCain
John L. McCain

Years Served as RWGM: 1976-1977
Higher Education: B.S. / Some Graduate School
Occupation: Businessman
Residence: Pittsburgh
Lodge: Milnor No. 287
Religion: Presbyterian / Baptist

Rochester B. Woodall
Rochester B. Woodall

Years Served as RWGM: 1974-1975
Higher Education: None
Occupation: Businessman
Residence: Philadelphia
Lodge: Fernwood No. 543
Religion: Lutheran / Presbyterian

W. Orville Kimmel
W. Orville Kimmel

Years Served as RWGM: 1972-1973
Higher Education:
Occupation: Funeral Director
Residence: Harrisburg
Lodge: Robert Burns No. 464
Religion: Church of God

Hiram P. Ball
Hiram P. Ball

Years Served as RWGM: 1970-1971
Higher Education: B.A. / LL.D.
Occupation: Industrialist
Residence: Pittsburgh
Lodge: Harmony No. 429, Butler County; Corinthian No. 573, Allegheny County; Warrant Master of Col. Henry Bouquet No. 787, which later merged into Lodge No. 45.
Religion: Presbyterian

John K. Young
John K. Young

Years Served as RWGM: 1968-1969
Higher Education: B.S. / LL.B.
Occupation: Lawyer
Residence: Philadelphia
Lodge: Melita No. 295
Religion: Methodist / Baptist / Presbyterian

Robert E. Deyoe
Robert E. Deyoe

Years Served as RWGM: 1966-1967
Higher Education: None
Occupation: Florist
Residence: Oil City
Lodge: Petrolia No. 363
Religion: Episcopal

Earl F. Herold
Earl F. Herold

Years Served as RWGM: 1964-1965
Higher Education: None
Occupation: Banker
Residence: Butler
Lodge: Butler No. 272
Religion: Lutheran

W. Leroy McKinley
W. Leroy McKinley

Years Served as RWGM: 1962-1963
Higher Education: LL.B.
Occupation: Lawyer
Residence: Philadelphia
Lodge: Frankford No. 292
Religion: Presbyterian

Max F. Balcom
Max F. Balcom

Years Served as RWGM: 1960-1961
Higher Education: None
Occupation: Businessman
Residence: Emporium
Lodge: Emporium No. 382