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Though their appearances differ, one commonality amongst each of the Scottish Rite Medals & Awards is “Service.” Distinguished service to Freemasonry, Country, and Humanity are all hallmarks and defining characterizations of the selfless service demonstrated by their respective recipients. Here you will be able to see these medals up close and learn more about their significance and gain a deeper understanding of those individuals to which these have been awarded.

Gourgas Medal

The most distinguished honor conferred by this Supreme Council is the "Gourgas Medal" named in honor of Ill. John James Joseph Gourgas, 33°, the Founder of this Supreme Council, an outstanding leader known to the Craft as the "Conservator of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry." This Medal may be conferred by the Supreme Council, (or by the Sovereign Grand Commander) upon a member of our Jurisdiction, or of any other Jurisdiction with which we are in amity, in recognition of notably distinguished service in the cause of Freemasonry, country or humanity. Learn more about Ill. John James Joseph Gourgas, 33°.

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Gourgas Medal Recipients

  • 1945 - Ill∴ Harry S. Truman, 33°
  • 1946 - Ill∴ Melvin M. Johnson, 33°
  • 1949 - His Majesty King Gustav V
  • 1952 - Ill∴ Kaufman T. Keller, 33°
  • 1952 - Ill∴ Roscoe Pound, 33°
  • 1953 - Ill∴ Winfred Overholser, 33°
  • 1954 - Ill∴ Mark Wayne Clark, 33°
  • 1956 - Ill∴ George E. Bushnell, 33°
  • 1959 - Ill∴ Christian A. Herter, 33°
  • 1963 - Ill∴ Edward W. Wheeler, 33°
  • 1964 - Ill∴ Fred P. Corson, 33°
  • 1966 - Ill∴ Richard A. Kern, 33°
  • 1968 - Ill∴ George A. Newbury, 33°
  • 1971 - Ill∴ John W. Bricker, 33°
  • 1973 - Ill∴ Norman Vincent Peale, 33°
  • 1974 - Ill∴ Gerald R. Ford, 33°
  • 1975 - Ill∴ Robert P. Taylor, 33°
  • 1978 - Ill∴ Stanley F. Maxwell, 33°
  • 1978 - Ill∴ Geroge E. Gardner, 33°
  • 1980 - Ill∴ Robert H. Felix, 33°
  • 1981 - Ill∴ Louis L. Williams, 33°
  • 1982 - Ill∴ John H. Van Gorden, 33°
  • 1983 - Ill∴ Edmund F. Ball, 33°
  • 1984 - Ill∴ Warren N. Barr, Sr, 33°
  • 1986 - Ill∴ Raymond C. Ellis, 33°
  • 1988 - Ill∴ Thomas F. Seay, 33°
  • 1989 - Ill∴ Francis G. Paul, 33°
  • 1990 - Ill∴ Charles E. Spahr, 33°
  • 1995 - Ill∴ Richard B. "Red" Skelton, 33°
  • 1998 - Ill∴ Robert O. Ralston, 33°
  • 1999 - Ill∴ John H. Glenn, 33°
  • 2002 - Ill∴ W. Clement Stone, 33°
  • 2003 - Ill∴ Samuel Brogdon, Jr, 33°
  • 2006 - Ill∴ Walter E. Webber, 33°
  • 2006 - Ill∴ Ronald A. Seale, 33°
  • 2010 - Ill∴ Arnold D. Palmer, 33°
  • 2013 - Ill∴ John Wm. McNaughton, 33°

Supreme Council Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor may be conferred by the Supreme Council or by the Sovereign Grand Commander upon any person, whether or not a member of our jurisdiction or a member of any Body of the Rite, in recognition of distinguished service to Freemasonry, country, or humanity.

Supreme Council Medal of Honor Recipients

  • 1995 Ill∴ Sidney R. Baxter, 33°
  • 1996 Ill∴ Robert L. Miller Sr. , 33°
  • 1997 Ill∴ A. Norman Johnson, 33°
  • 1997 Ill∴ J. Philip Berquist, 33°
  • 1999 Ill∴ Robert B. Nienow, 33°
  • 1999 Ill∴ Kenneth V. Kettlewell, 33°
  • 2002 Ill∴ Douglas N. Winter, 33°
  • 2002 Ill∴ James W. Salmons Jr., 33°
  • 2002 Ill∴ John R. Teller Jr., 33°
  • 2002 Ill∴ Robert W. Clarke, 33°
  • 2003 Ill∴ Lawrence D. Inglis, 33°
  • 2004 Ill∴ Philip L. Hall, 33°
  • 2004 Ill∴ Thurman C. Pace, 33°
  • 2005 Ill∴ Robert E. Hansen, 33°
  • 2005 Ill∴ Phillip C. Kenney, 33°
  • 2005 Ill∴ James E. Olmstead, 33°
  • 2006 Ill∴ Richard C. Ellis, 33°
  • 2007 Ill∴ C. DeForrest Trexler, 33°
  • 2007 Ill∴ Richard H. Curtis, 33°
  • 2008 Ill∴ Robert N. Osborne, 33°
  • 2008 Ill∴ Gardner C. "Cy" Sconyers, 33°
  • 2008 Ill∴ Bill C. Anthis, 33°
  • 2009 Ill∴ Norman R. Buecker, 33°
  • 2009 Ill∴ Norman L. Christensen, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Alfred E. Rice
  • 2010 Ill∴ Richard V. Travis, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Verdon R. Skipper, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Robert L. Steadman, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Arthur J. Kurtz, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Harold L. Aldrich, 33°
  • 2012 Ill∴ Jim S. Deyo, 33°
  • 2013 Ill∴ Ronald G. “Pete" Forrest, 33°
  • 2013 Ill∴ Richard B. Burgess, 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ John W. McNaughton, 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ James L. Tungate, 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ Russell W. Baker, 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ Gail N. Kemp, 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ James R. Spencer Jr., 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ David R. Bedwell Sr., 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Thomas K. Sturgeon, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Benny L. Grisham, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Keith Hoskins, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Peter J. Samiec, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Robert F. Ogg Jr., 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ John T. Phillips, 33°

Daniel D. Tompkins Award For Distinguished Service

The Daniel Tompkins Medal is named for Daniel D. Tompkins, first Sovereign Grand Commander of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. He also served the nation as its vice president, under President James Monroe. It may be conferred by the Supreme Council or by the Sovereign Grand Commander upon a deserving Masonic or Scottish Rite Brother who has rendered outstanding distinguished and exemplary service to his country or the Masonic fraternity at large not often witnessed among the general membership. Learn more about Ill. Daniel Decius Tompkins, 33°.

Daniel D. Tompkins Award For Distinguished Service Recipients

  • 2013 Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32°
  • 2013 Leonard G. Lomell, 32°
  • 2013 Ill∴ William D. Sizemore, 33°
  • 2013 Ill∴ William G. Batchelder, 33°
  • 2014 Joseph Warren
  • 2014 Ill∴ John F. Surbeck Jr., 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ Jeffrey B. Hodgdon, 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ Jeffrey W. Coy, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Robert Hannon, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ William E. Holland, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Robert G. Elrod, 33°
  • 2018 Ill∴ Sammy L. Davis, 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander's Medal For Distinguished Service

The Sovereign Grand Commander may, at his discretion, ­bestow his personal award upon a deserving Masonic or Scottish Rite Brother whom he considers to have rendered outstanding distinguished and exemplary service to the Masonic fraternity at large. The recipient of this prestigious award must have demonstrated such service to the ­Scottish Rite not often witnessed among the general membership.

Sovereign Grand Commander's Medal for Distinguished Service Recipients

  • 2009 Ill∴ David W. Lovering, 33°
  • 2009 Bro. Francis S. Key III, 32
  • 2009 Ill∴ Victor M. Frederick III, 33°
  • 2009 Ill∴ Dennis R. Williamson, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Malcolm B. Wernik, 33°
  • 2010 Bro. John Homa, 32°
  • 2010 Ill∴ James S. DeMond, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Morphis A. Jamiel, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ George E. Proctor, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Robert Johnston, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ David J. Smith Jr., 33°°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Ralph C. Wilson, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Seamus P. McCaffery, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Morton S. Negin, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Robert B. Bailey, 33°
  • 2010 Ill∴ Denis E. Ribordy, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Gary P. Wendt, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Jon E. Greim, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Michael B. Myers, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Samuel R. Andrews, 33°°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Grady Edge, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Fred S. Kile, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Robert A. Hinshaw. 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Kenneth L. Larsen, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Henry B. Rand, 33°
  • 2011 Ill∴ Robert R. Currie Jr., 33°
  • 2012 Ill∴ Arthur L. “Bud” Rockwell, 33°
  • 2012 Ill∴ Chester D. Staples, 33°
  • 2012 Ill∴ Charles F. Gambill, 33°
  • 2012 Ill∴ John E. Adams, Jr., 33°
  • 2012 Ill∴ Howard L. Graff, 33°
  • 2012 Ill∴ Gregory R. Klemm, 33°
  • 2013 Ill∴ Thomas H. Corson, 33°
  • 2013 Ill∴ William J. Sauget, 33°
  • 2014 Ill∴ Gail N. Smith, 33°
  • 2014 Ill∴ Ronald J. Bethune, 33°
  • 2014 Ill∴ Paul E. Reichart, 33°
  • 2014 Ill∴ Stephen C. Stephanakos, 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ Emory W. Bryan Jr., 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ Kurt R. Grosse, 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ Samuel C. Williamson, 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ George S. Nelson, 33°
  • 2015 Ill∴ James G. Fidler, 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ Joseph T. Mezzina, 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ Maurice C. Heater Jr., 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ Larry J. Newhard, 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ Delmar J. Proctor Jr., 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ Alfred J. Edwards, 33°
  • 2016 Ill∴ Thomas M. Maxwell, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Henry J. Stein, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Noel L. Sell, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ James W. Patton, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Kamel Oussayef, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ Kevin S. Williams, 33°
  • 2017 Ill∴ J. Robert Deissler, 33°

33° - Sovereign Grand Inspectors General

Achieving the 33° is an honor that can be bestowed upon a Scottish Rite Mason. It is not campaigned for. It is granted solely by the Supreme Council. A 33° Mason is a Master Mason who has exhibited knowledge, passion and sacrifice to his craft. The Supreme Council awards the 33° as a way of honoring outstanding and selfless work performed in the Rite or in public life. At its annual session the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the degree. Members unanimously so elected become Honorary Members of the Supreme Council.

Meritorious Service Award

Ther Meritorious Service Award may be conferred upon members of the Rite in this Jurisdiction who have attained the 32° and who by reason of meritorious service of a Masonic character are deemed worthy of such recognition.

Medal For Masonic Service

The Medal for Masonic Service may be conferred by the Supreme Council or by the Sovereign Grand Commander upon any Master Mason, whether or not a member of this jurisdiction, who fully embodies the tenets of the Masonic fraternity, based on the recommendation of three of his peers in his locality. The Sovereign Grand Commander shall provide nomination forms upon request and establish such timetables for award ceremonies as he deems advisable. Nominations must come through the Active Membership.

Sammy Lee Davis Peace & Freedom Award

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"As you know, one of the Scottish Rite core values is service to country. It is highly fitting for the NMJ to have a formal way to recognize our veteran Brothers who bravely and faithfully upheld their duty to our nation. Men like Brother Davis served in our armed forces in the pursuit of peace and the hope of freedom. It is an honor for all of us — our entire Scottish Rite Brotherhood — to name this award after Sammy Lee Davis."

~ Ill. David A. Glattly, 33°- Sovereign Grand Commander

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