Frederick H. Lorenson 33° Meritorious Service Award
The Constitution of the Supreme Council, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, NMJ, provides that an “Award of Meritorious Service” may be conferred upon members of the Scottish Rite, who by reason of meritorious service of a Masonic character, they are worthy of such recognition.
The award in our jurisidiction of Connecticut is conferred by the Connecticut Council of Deliberation upon the recommendation of the members of the specific Valley. In the Valley of Hartford, the four presiding officers meet in secret session each year to vote on candidates worthy of consideration. From that time, until the time that the award is conferred, the results are known only to them, the Valley Secretary, and the Council of Deliberation’s committee.
In 2012, the Connecticut Council of Deliberation voted to rename the Meritorious Service Award in honor of Illustrious Brother Frederick H. Lorenson, 33°.
Frederick H. Lorenson, 33° was born September 7, 1922 in Naugatuck, Connecticut. He served his country in the Army Air Corps in World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He founded and operated Metalmold Incorporated, retiring in 1988. He was raised a Master Mason in Shepherd Lodge #78 in 1956 and served as Worshipful Master in 1964. In 1983 he was elected Grand Master of Masons in Connecticut. On September 24, 1975 he was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council. On October 1, 1981 he was crowned an Active Member of the Supreme Council and served as Deputy for Connecticut from 1994 through 1997. Ill. Brother Lorenson passed to the Celestial Lodge Above on August 26, 2010.
Prior to 2012, the Meritorious Service Award was named in honor of Illustrious Brother Arthur M. Brown, 33°
Arthur Morton Brown, 33°, was born September 24, 1877 in Griswold, Connecticut, and was active in the legal profession, culminating his legal career as state’s attorney for New London County from 1924 until his retirement in 1947. He joined Mt. Vernon Lodge #75 in 1901 and was Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Connecticut in 1923. He was coronted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33° in 1918 at the age of 41. Ill. Brother Brown was crowned an Active Member of the Supreme Council on January 7, 1937, and served as Deputy for Connecticut from December 3, 1940 until his death on June 12, 1949.
Recipients of the Frederick H. Lorenson 33° Meritorious Service Award
|2013||Dale T. Cunningham|
|2016||Frederick J. Taft|
|2017||Todd M. Gianetti|
|2017||David S. LaFargue|
Recipients of the Arthur M. Brown 33° Meritorious Service Award