to Most Worshipful Brother Dan L Frederick
Born August 7, 1960
(please scroll down this page to see a biography of Dan L Frederick and to read some of the tributes that have been made about him by those who knew him)
Dan L Frederick
Dan L Frederick's Masonic Funeral Service will be conducted by the Grand Lodge of Washington DC on Thursday evening, August 22, 2002, starting at 7:30pm (Scottish Rite Rose Croix service is at 7pm), at the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland
The funeral service, followed by burial and graveside service, will be on Friday, August 23, 2002, at the same funeral home, starting at 10am.
Biography of Dan L Frederick
Dan L Frederick, the only son and youngest child of Vincent Charles and Jeanne Marie McDannel Frederick, was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania on August 7, 1960. He had two sisters, Debbie Healy and Dawn Puzzitiello, and one nephew Seth Shaun Healy. Following graduation from DuBois Area Senior High School on June 27, 1978, Dan came to Washington to study at the George Washington University, from which he entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served as a specialist in one of the Bureau’s identification divisions working with computers. He left the FBI in 1980 to accept a position as business manager for M. Stein and Company in Washington DC After twenty years of service he left the store to work for Youth Leaders International, a worldwide youth movement that teaches young people to be leaders in society.
Dan was an enthusiastic supporter of the Order of DeMolay since his initiation, on October 3, 1973, in Bethany Chapter in DuBois, which he served as Master Councilor in 1976. On his arrival in Washington DC, he affiliated with Anacostia Chapter. Thereafter, in 1979, he transferred to Robert LeBruce Chapter, where he served as Master Councilor during that Chapter’s 60th anniversary. In 1995 he was designated an Honorary Past Jurisdictional Master Councilor of Nation’s Capital DeMolay, in recognition of his many achievements, including service as Chapter Advisor, Chairman of the Advisory Council, Jurisdictional Parliamentarian, Jurisdictional Scribe, and Grand Commander of the Nation’s Capital DeMolay Court of Chevaliers.
The International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay recognized Dan for his service of the Order. He was awarded the DeMolay Cross of Honor in 1986, and in 1989 the Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay, Joe R. Manning, Jr., awarded him the DeMolay Legion of Honor. Further, in acknowledgment of his sustained inter-jurisdictional service to DeMolay, Dan was elected a Deputy Member of the International Supreme Council in 1992, a year in which he also served as an Aide to the 62nd Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay, Jerold J. Samet.
Dan was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Samuel Gompers Lodge #45 (now Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Lodge #45) on March 9, 1982. He was a member of Osiris-Pentalpha Lodge #23, where he served as Worshipful Master; of Hiram-Takoma Lodge #10; of Pythagoras Lodge of Research, all in Washington DC; and of the Lodge of the Holy Land #50 in the State of Israel. He was a founding member of Nur Lodge #2000 and Massis Lodge #99 in Washington DC. He held honorary membership in Federal Lodge #1, Benjamin B. French Lodge #15, Albert Pike Lodge #33, La France Lodge #93, Hayastan Lodge #94, Mehr Lodge #90, Sojourner Kilwinning Lodge #1798 in Washington DC, and Marion Lodge #70 of Marion, Ohio. He was a founding member and Almoner of Fiat Lux Lodge #1717. While Worshipful Master of Osiris-Pentalpha Lodge #23 in 1987, he also served with distinction as President of the Association of Worshipful Masters.
Because of this enthusiasm for the cause of Freemasonry, several Grand Masters appointed Dan to significant duties in the Grand Lodge. In 1989 he became chairman of the Grand Lodge Blood Bank Committee, in which capacity he served through 1993. Each year his committee secured more units of blood than the prior year and topped out over 1300 units of blood in 1993. During that period, and constantly since then, Dan rendered outstanding service to a number of committees, and counted among his notable accomplishments were his continuing contributions to the perfection of the Grand Master’s Class in this jurisdiction.
In recognition of his potential, the members of Grand Lodge elected Dan to the office of Senior Grand Steward on December 16, 1992. Serving each succeeding chair with diligence and honor, he was elected Grand Master at the Annual Communication on December 12, 1998. Among his many accomplishments as Grand Master, Dan brought about an overwhelmingly favorable vote for recognition of Prince Hall Masonry, thus supporting the ideal of brotherhood of people of all races and religions. Dan was the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Georgia and of the Grand Lodge of New York near the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. On October 19, 1996, that Provincial Grand Lodge of Neuilly-Bineau of the Grand Loge Nationale Francaise named him an Honorary Past Director of Ceremonies and conferred on him the title of Very Worshipful Brother. The Grand Lodge of Armenia made him an Honorary Past Grand Master on July 30, 2002.
Companion Frederick received his Capitular Degrees in Mount Pleasant Chapter #13, Royal Arch Masons of DC, where he served as High Priest in the capitular year 1988-1989. That year was the 75th Anniversary of Mount Pleasant Chapter. He was also a member of Mount Vernon Chapter #3, Royal Arch Masons of DC, and served as the Grand Representative of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Hampshire near the Grand Chapter of the District of Columbia. Following his service through the chairs of the Grand Chapter, Dan was elected and installed as the 123rd Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the District of Columbia on March 20, 1993. At the annual convocation of 2000 the Grand Chapter awarded Most Excellent Companion Frederick the Meritorious Companion Award.
During his tenure as Grand High Priest, Most Excellent Companion Frederick took an active part in the founding of Royal Arch Masonry in Portugal. In 1996, at the consecration ceremonies of that Grand Chapter he served at the Acting General Grand Secretary of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International. He was also a founding member of Enoch Chapter #1, now known as Mostiero de Alcabasa Chapter #1, in Lisbon, Portugal.
Dan became a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of the District of Columbia in November of 1983. He served as Wise Master of Evangelist Chapter of Rose Croix in 2000. He was the Director of Work and conferred the 14th Degree at the biennual reunions. For his zeal for the Rite he was made a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor on November 14, 1995. On October 5,1999, he was coroneted an Inspector General Honorary 33rd Degree and he served as the active candidate for this ceremony.
Other Masonic bodies in which Dan held membership include Adoniram-Zabud Council #2, Cryptic Masons; Almas Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S.; and Friendship Chapter #17 Order of the Eastern Star; all in the District of Columbia. He also belonged to Fuda Nabbi Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R., where he served as a trustee and on the Board of Governors; Prince Georges Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Bethesda Chapter of the National Sojourners; Grand Masters Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees; the Royal Order of Scotland, and Universal Council #70 Knight Masons. Dan was also a member of Friendship Lodge #12 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Washington DC.
His non-Masonic interests include the Bernard E. Shultz Foundation, for which he was a founding trustee and on which he served as the Secretary-Treasurer, the Albert H. and Constance Saunders Foundation, the Jerold J. and Margaret M. Samet Foundation, and Youth Leaders International Foundation for which he served as Treasurer. He was the Assistant Executive Director and one of the most inspiring directors of Youth Leaders International, and worked as the Comptroller and Director of Finance for each of these foundations. He was a true advocate for the youth of the world.
Tributes to Dan L Frederick
We are truly saddened by the loss of our Past Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Dan L Frederick.
He was a good friend and very dedicated Mason. When Most Worshipful Brother Dan served with distinction as Grand Master in 1999, his motto was “Share the Light.” He certainly spread Masonic sunshine in all the jurisdictions and countries he visited. He reminded us that we should treat everyone, more especially a Brother Mason, with respect and toleration.
He was not only a leader in this Grand Lodge and many of
our affiliated bodies, but also a hard worker. Some leaders leave the details to
others. Most Worshipful Brother
Frederick enjoyed serving unselfishly and working in the background on those
details without the need for recognition or reward. Likewise he served the youth organizations, both Masonic and
others, as a way of propagating our Masonic values to the future leaders of our
Vickie and I were very privileged to have him deeply touch
our lives. We will sincerely miss
him, but we will never forget him.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Robert H. Starr
From the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia:
Again this year, our hearts have been sorrowed by the news of the passing
of one of our Past Grand Masters. It is my sad duty to officially notify you of the death of Most
Worshipful Bro. Dan L Frederick, Grand Master in 1999, on Sunday, August 18, 2002. Most
Worshipful Brother Dan succumbed to the ravages of pancreatic cancer following a valiant
and courageous battle.
From: Dr. John GREENWOOD
REST IN PEACE ! Most sincere sympathy to his beloved parents and family.
Heavenly Father, Bless them and give them strength in this very difficult time. Danny will always be remembered by so many of his Brethren all over the world. Danny, you will never be forgotten. You have accomplished more in 42 years than most people who live twice as long.
In this solemn hour consecrated to our beloved Most Worshipful and Most Excellent Dan L Frederick we ponder over the flight of time, the frailty and uncertainty of human life. We ask ourselves : What are we ? What is our life ? To what purpose our wisdom and knowledge ? Wherein is our strength, our power, our fame ? Alas, man seems born to trouble and his years are few and full of travail. But our great teachers have taught us to penetrate beneath appearances and see the higher worth, the deeper meaning and the abiding glory of human life. Farewell, my Brother to that undiscovered Country from whose bourne no traveler returns.
John Greenwood, Grand Chaplain,
I would like to share my deepest condolence and sorrow with all the brethren
that knew him. His kindness and foresight has touched tremendous amount of people. His
progressive vision in masonry will be remembered by all international masons especially
the Armenian masons. His relentless efforts in helping the creation of the Grand Lodge of
Armenia will go down in history.
Subject: Death of Dan L Frederick, PGM of Washington DC
Subject: Death of Dan L Frederick, PGM of Washington DC
Subject: Death of Dan L Frederick, PGM of Washington DC
From: Al Boswell
Al Boswell, PM
"Freemasonry has lost one of its brightest lights. PGM Dan's motto when he was GM was
"Share the Light" Now that light has been extinguished. We are all diminished as
brethren by this loss. Dan was a true Mason and a friend. I shall miss him very
Re: [PHA Research] Death of Dan L Frederick, PGM of Washington DC
I cannot count the number of times you have helped me out both professional and personally. Whenever I needed advice, motivation or simply just a friend to listen, you were there regardless of the time of day or day of the week. To say thank you is not nearly enough for the impact you made on my life. Sitting here today I recall some words of advice you gave me as a young man, words that I still take to heart everyday. There were times when I doubted myself and my own abilities. I remember the words of advice you gave me I still take them to heart:
"You know Mike, you're not perfect (a long pause) but that's ok, because I'm not perfect either. In fact nobody is. However, just because we can't be perfect doesn't mean we shouldn't try to be or strive to be perfect. We all have our own faults, a leader is one who recognizes what their faults are and tries to improve himself by working on his weaknesses and faults to overcome them. You can settle for just being, ok but if you want to be great the first step is to realize your own faults and change."
I can still remember all the times I have had the pleasure to work with Danny. He taught me everything from how to speak from the diaphragm, open your mouth as wide as you can and say it with conviction, to how to run a meeting, how to dress with style and how to command an audience. Danny taught me that the little things are important: always be on time, always have conviction and a strong work ethic. Most of all Danny taught me that to be a leader and make a difference, it comes from the heart first. A leader must have a purpose something to strive for. A leader shows up first and leaves last, a leader puts the good of the group first. A leader is there to serve the group, rather than the other way around.
Danny you will be missed. My only regret is that my son will not have the benefit of
working with you as I have.
From: Oscar Bartoli
I would like to express all my deepest condolences for the departure of the Dear PMWGM Dan. I know how close to him you have been and I can imagine how painful was for you his terrible agony. Dan was the Grand Master the year that I became Master Mason and I cannot forget his wonderful friendship. Tomorrow I will leave to Italy and I am really disappointed being not able to be with you and the other Brethren to express my sorrow for the death of a so great Brother. I am praying him, who is now certainly close to God, to pray for us and our Country in these very difficult moments. Franca, Marco and I would like to say: "We love you, Jerry". Thanks for what you have done to alleviate the sickness of Brother Dan. I wish you all the best.
As senior deacon of ITALIA Lodge 2001 and, knowing that our Senior Warden just left for
two weeks in Italy, I wish to express our great sorrow at the news that our MWB Danny
has joined the heavenly lodge where we know we will join him sooner or later. He
will remain in the hearts of all his fellow members of ITALIA Lodge of which he was an
honorary member and for the birth of which he did so very much.
From Joel R. Kahn, Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge of Washington D.C.
When I first met Danny, he was still a DeMolay, having just arrived in the
DC area from PA. As an advisor for Robert LeBruce Chapter, I knew he was heading for greatness the
first time I heard him deliver DeMolay ritual.
Please accept and pass on the condolences of Apex Masonic Lodge #584 AF&AM
Words cannot express my feelings...They seem so formal...I feel Danny's passing away took a piece of me with him. I am so grateful I had the chance to meet him, and yet so sorry I did not have the chance to spend as much time as I would have wished with him. He was a special person. I am sure he will live forever in the minds and hearts of those who knew him, and even in many others, that did not actually meet him, I think, as I was telling to my boys-sitting on my knees few minutes ago-and my wife why I was staying upset in front of my computer: I just found out I lost a friend. And I showed them pictures, and told them things about Danny. May God rest him in peace.
From: Aaron Axelrod
Brethren and friends of PGM Dan L Frederick, I, as most of you, are deeply
saddened to learn of the passing of our Past Grand Master. Walking by a book store reflecting on our
loss I saw a book titled "Living on Purpose." I believe that this book title expresses in
three words a great deal about our Past Grand Master Frederick.
From: Arik Katzir
Dear Jerry, all members of the Youth Leaders International in the states and all over the world, Ditza and myself are so sorry to get the Email about Dan. We are holding your hands from Israel and want you to be as strong as you can. Dan's spirit was something to learn from, the memories of his presence we be with us always.
love you all
Ditza & Arik
From: Phil Helbling
Jerry - I am SO sorry to hear about Dan. I know, however, that Dan is now someplace special, and free of his pain. As you know, I am now in Nairobi and will be unable to attend services for Dan. He was a special man. Even though I had the pleasure of knowing Dan for only a short time, he was a special friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Dan's family.
From: Pat Tepper
I am deeply saddened by Danny's passing. He was one character that I will never forget. He certainly impacted many lives. My sympathy goes out to you at the loss of a good and bossy friend. That redhead was something else!!
Dan was Worshipful Master of Osiris Lodge #26 when I was initiated in 1987.
I remember the good times that we had back then and think of the brothers we have lost, Brian Schwartz and Bernie Shultz most
immediately come to mind. Danny had a true love for Freemasonry that should inspire us to continue to
build and improve our noble order. With the passing of Most Worshipful Brother Bill Jenkins, I have lost two
excellent Grand Masters from both of my Lodges.
Dear Jerry - It is with much sadness that I heard of the Passing
of MWB Dan Frederick, a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Washington District of Columbia,
whom I was honoured to meet at the 1998 New York Conference of World Grand Masters.
The Grand Assembly of Maryland, International Order of the Rainbow for
Girls, regrets to announce the death of MWPGM Dan L. Frederick on Sunday, August 18, 2002 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. In
addition to being a Past Grand Master in DC, Dan was very active in various Masonic
collateral bodies including Eastern Star and DeMolay.
I have just received the sad news of Danny.
Pelin & I join together to express our heartfelt condolences to all
members of the Grand Lodge of D.C. and D.C. masons.
M:. W:. Robert Star,
It is with deep sorrow that I come to express my deepest and most sincere condolences for the loss of M:. W:. Dan Frederick. I had the privilege to meet Dan as a brother, witnessed and followed his leadership skills and dealt with him as a good friend.
May he rest in peace and may his soul be as active in the Grand Lodge Up Above as it was here on Earth.
Always on the level,
MWB Dan L. Frederick PGM:
We have lost one of the most influential masons of all
times, not only in DC, but in every corner of the planet. He was a true mason, who share the light with everyone. We at Albert Pike will always
remember Grand Dan, as one of great speaker, friend, and supporter. Most of us, who have the privilege to know him, we were
carry by his enthusiastic way of projecting masonry in our lives. He brought that inner desire to do things well
for the good of the craft. We will miss him deeply, but his spirit will always illuminate our path.
Good bye, Most Worshipful Sir, you been a true inspiration for all the masons in the world.
From: Kurt Hamrock
From: Doug & Georgie Grey
Dear Most Worshipful Grand Master Starr,
Illustrious Bro. Robert H. Starr
Please give our expressions of sorrow and solidarity with the Past Grand Masters, dignitaries and Grand Lodge officers of D.C., as well as his family, of our Brother Dan.
We salute respectfully,
José Manuel Collera.
To: MWB Robert H Starr, Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia, and MWB Jerold J. Samet,
Past Grand Master and Grand Treasurer.
Bro. Paul I am so sorry to hear about the loss of M.W. Dan Frederick, he
certainly did a lot for masonry not only in Washington but for out craft throughout the world.
With the passing of Bro. Dan L Frederick Masonry too early lost one of
its most active and progressive members. And not just in Washington DC where he served as
Grand Master in 1999 and Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons in 1993, but everywhere his unique presence could be felt. Regrettably, he was
only 42 years old when he died of pancreatic cancer. His living and passing personified the words of Ralph Waldo
Emerson: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what
lies within us.”
Dear Family and Friends of Dan L Frederick:
We, the Master, Officers, and Brethren of Fiat Lux Lodge No. 1717 of the District of Columbia, express our heartfelt condolences on the passing our Past Grand Master Dan L Frederick.
Most Worshipful Brother Dan Frederick, as he was affectionately called, was a staunch and faithful member of our lodge, and was held in the highest estimation among his brethren.
He was generous to a fault, exemplary in conduct, courteous in manners, easy of address, and steady and firm in principle, and he will be sorely missed.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon him.
Faithfully and fraternally,
As the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise is closed during the month of August, upon learning the sad new of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of our good friend and Brother M.W. Bo. Dan Frederick, our Grand Master, M.W. Jean-Charles Foellner requested your Grand Master Robert Starr and al the Brothers of your Grand Lodge be informed of our sorrow at the loss of such a wonderful Mason who contributed so much to our Fraternity.
Please accept the sincere condolences of Grand Master Foellner and all the Brothers of the GLNF.
Sincerely and fraternally yours,
It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the news of the passing of MWB
Dan L. Frederick. I feel fortunate to have known him and hope to have learned from him. His telephone call on July 30, 2002 to the GL of
Armenia will never be forgotten.
The following poem was read by PGM Mansour Hatefi at the Masonic funeral service for Dan L Frederick:
"When Tomorrow Starts Without Me"
When tomorrow starts without me, and I am
not there to see;
I know how much you love me, as much I love
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell
from my eye,
If I could relive yesterday, I though, just
for a while,
But when I walked through heaven's gates, I
felt so much at home.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always
So when tomorrow starts without me, don't
think we are far apart,
To the Friends of Dan L Frederick, PGM
When I first became acquainted with Dan Frederick, Grand Master in 1999, I recognized his principal talents: unbounded energy, a fertile imagination and extraordinary administrative abilities. I had the pleasure of witnessing these qualities on many occasions over the last ten or twelve years. They were applied in the Grand Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Royal Arch, and in other capacities.
I shall never forget his management of an evening given to honoring me after leaving as presiding officer of the Scottish Rite. He brought forth many pictures from my past, and produced several close friends of mine over the years who appeared and spoke at the event. Everything he touched worked like clockwork. In fact, he had prepared so many items that it was difficult fitting them all in the time allotment.
Dan told me that he was next to the youngest Mason ever to serve as Grand Master in Washington, the youngest having been in office during the Civil War. Dan was 39 years old, I believe. It was my thought that he would be around for at least 50 years as Past Grand Master to assist future Grand Masters and to lend solid advice and help. our late senior Past Grand Master Marvin E. Fowler had served in that high office over fifty years before his death, and Dan was even younger. But this was not to be.
I also enjoyed his jollity, his friendliness and his everpresence in Masonic affairs. I know that in whatever state of consciousness he may now be, he is just as energetic and accomplished as he was when with us. We shall all miss him sorely.
Under the Broad and starry Skies
Dan lived his life as he needed it, followed
W. Bro. Geoffrey C. Morell
From: Sassan Soheili
Yesterday I received the sad and shocking news of the passing away of our most dear brother Dan L Frederick. Although this sad event was expected for some time due to his condition, the reality of losing him is very hard to accept. M.W. Dan Frederick was one of those personalities who had put his imprint on our Fraternity and on his friends in such a way that he will be missed sorely and his memory will last for a long time.
I cannot imagine how hard it is for you to lose him. You were his brother, father and friend throughout so many years and so many events and difficult times. I am so sad that I cannot be in Washington to share this sad episode with you and his friends, but my heart will be there. I would very much appreciate it if you could arrange a nice bouquet of flowers on my behalf for his funeral ceremony. Please accept my sincere, heartfelt condolences.
Robert B. Heyat
With the passing of Danny, the world has changed for all of us.
He would want us to honor his memory by using the time remaining to us to continue his work in making the world a better place for everyone.
Joel R. Kahn & family
PGM Dan L. Frederick had the kind of Masonic career many Masons only dream about. He was PM of 2 lodges, Past Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons in DC, Past Grand Master in 1999. He was extremely involved in Scottish Rite as Director of Work, etc. Plus he had been highly active throughout deMolay. He belonged to nearly any Masonic body you could name and was active in many of them. All of this before passing to the Celestial Lodge above at the age of 42 (pancreatic cancer).
MWBro:. Danny was the type of Mason that helped spark this very listserve. He was always thinking about the future of Freemasonry and how it might be improved. He was instrumental in a number of innovations in the Craft in DC, perhaps most notably allowing business to occur on any degree the WM sees fit (allowing non-MMs to attend stated communications) and the mutual recognition between the GLofDC and the MWPHGLofDC. This recognition was voted on and approved during Danny's term as GM and formally > signed the next year.
He was a tireless worker in the quarries until the very end when his body simply wouldn't allow him to continue.
His funeral was attended by nearly 400 including by my estimation 4 or 5 PGMs of the MWPHGLofDC as well as the current GM. It was a fitting tribute to the man who gave what could be given in his pursuit to "Share the Light" (his motto during his year as GM).
If Freemasonry truly continues to exist in Washington DC in the year 2031, it will certainly be in some part due to his efforts.
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