Right Worshipful Brother Dean Suter Clatterbuck, Honorary Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge, FAAM of the District of Columbia, passed to the Celestial Lodge Above in the early morning of May 29th.
A native Washingtonian, Clatterbuck was born on March 28, 1937 in the old Sibley Memorial Hospital on North Capitol Street. Following his graduation from McKinley Technical High School, he received his undergraduate and law degrees at The George Washington University in 1963 and was accepted to practice before the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the US Court of Appeals, and the US Court of Military Office.
After graduation, Clatterbuck joined the staff of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He first served as a contract negotiator in their procurement division and finished his eight-and-a-half-year tenure as their Congressional and Labor Relations Officer. His Goddard years encompassed the end of the Mercury Program through the Apollo 15 mission.
After a four-year-term as the Executive Director of his law fraternity, Delta Theta Phi, he returned to government service as a civilian attorney with the United States Naval Security Group Command, where he served for twenty-five years first as a specialist in the Privacy Act and later in handling appeals related to the denial or revocation of sensitive security clearances. He retired from government service in 2000 after almost 34-years of service to the country.
Brother Clatterbuck began his 61-year Masonic career as a young DeMolay in Washington D.C. as a member of Robert De Bruce Chapter. His involvement in DeMolay granted him the unique opportunity to meet DeMolay’s founder Frank S. Land and United States President Harry S. Truman on several occasions, which included a “Legion of Honor” conferral in 1957 at the DC Scottish Rite Temple.
Worshipful Brother Clatterbuck received the Masonic degrees in Myron M. Parker Lodge No. 27 - initiated May 6, 1958; passed June 3, 1958; and raised July 1, 1958. He served as their Master in 1970 and 1974 when he negotiated the consolidation of Myron M. Parker Lodge into Potomac Lodge No. 5. As part of the consolidation, WB Clatterbuck agreed to serve as Potomac’s Treasurer, which he did between 1974 to 1984. Then, following the sudden death of Past Grand Master and Potomac Lodge Secretary, Morris F. Hewitt in 1984, Clatterbuck took over as Potomac’s secretary, a role in which he served for 26 years.
Right Worshipful Brother Clatterbuck was an active member of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. He served across several committees during his tenure including Grievances and Jurisprudence (which included several stints as Chairman) for an impressive forty years. Clatterbuck joined the Grand Lodge office full-time between 2001 and 2006, where in 2002, he spearheaded a major revision and expansion of the Secretary’s Handbook, originally written and issued by Most Worshipful Stewart W. Miner, P.G.M. Later, he led a years-long effort on reorganizing the Code of the Grand Lodge of Washington, D.C. (the Grand Lodge's Bylaws) producing the first major work in 2008, and the second one in 2017. In 2009 he developed communications materials for prospective members, which were later published by the Grand Lodge of D.C. He was a frequent contributor to the Grand Lodge’s magazine, The Voice of Freemasonry, with articles on Potomac history, the George Washington Gavel, and Masonic jurisprudence.
Companion Clatterbuck was also a member of Washington-Potomac Chapter No. 8 and Mount-Vernon-Singleton Chapter No. 4, Royal Arch Masons; Potomac Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar; an honorary member of Old Dominion Chapter No. 364, National Sojourners; the Royal Order of Scotland; Friendship Chapter No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star (OES) and Worthy Patron and a Past Grand Trustee of the Grand Chapter, O.E.S. in the District of Columbia. He was particularly active in the Red Cross of Constantine and served as Sovereign of St. Simeon Stylites Conclave in 2011, Intendant General in 2016 and 2017, and Recorder in 2013 up until his passing.
Illustrious Brother Clatterbuck was also a member of the DC Scottish Rite for over 60 years, receiving his 32°, alongside his father, during their 1960 Spring Class. The Supreme Council invested him with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (K.C.C.H.) on October 10, 2009 and was coroneted a 33°, Inspector General Honorary on August 22, 2017.
RWB Clatterbuck's significant contributions to the Craft are numerous, and for his tireless commitment Masonry in the Nation's Capital, he received the Valentine Reintzel Medal for Meritorious Service in 2004, the Distinguished Service Medal in 2010 (the Grand Lodge’s highest honor), and the title of Honorary Past Senior Grand Warden in 2012. In 2017, after another reorganization of the Grand Lodge Code, the Grand Lodge dedicated the document to him, saying in part, "His service for the past quarter century to Potomac Lodge No. 5 and to this Grand Lodge has been second to none in preserving the procedures and laws of our Grand Lodge.”
Dean is survived by his wife Sandra and daughter Kimberly.
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With the novel coronavirus (coronavirus is a general name for a type of virus, the actual name of this specific virus is COVID-19) now affecting our lives in significant ways, the Grand Lodge has gathered several authoritative resources for you to get the best, most accurate information on the virus, its spread, and prevention techniques. Special thanks to RWB Adam Tager, who works in emergency management for the government, and our Grand Lodge Physician, Dr. Jean Marcelin, Jr., MD for compiling these resources.
They are quick to point out that at this point, there is no cure or vaccine for the virus, so the best prevention method is to avoid exposure to the virus. This is especially critical for the most at-risk groups: children under 5 years old, adults over 65, and those with compromised immune systems or multiple medical issues like diabetes, heart failure, asthma, emphysema, liver disease, etc.
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In response to recent questions posed to this Grand Lodge on the qualifications and eligibility of men seeking membership in our constituent Lodges, we offer this statement of unwavering principles: Admission to membership in our lodges is extended to men of faith based upon their personal merit and good character, without reference to race, creed, sexual orientation, specific religion or national origin.
The Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia dedicates itself to the diversity of the brotherhood of men who practice and study the initiatory rites and deep symbolism of Freemasonry in an effort to make ourselves better men – socially, morally and intellectually. Our Grand Lodge is a society of men who use single-gendered camaraderie and fellowship to provide motivation and drive for self-improvement, especially in the practice of our key aspirations: brotherly love, relief and truth.
The universality of our practice is reflected in the broad range of backgrounds to be found here. Lodges here not only work in English, but in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Farsi, Turkish and Armenian. Our membership hails from every continent and represents every race and creed, as well as a broad range of national origins. Masonic visitors to this international city find unparalleled opportunities to visit a Lodge that reminds them of home – wherever that home may be.
However, the concept of universality is not only an international paradigm. It enjoys equal importance in our welcoming of men whose varied backgrounds and practices in their private and professional lives would normally keep them at a perpetual distance. The diversity of our membership, in terms of race, creed, sexual orientation, specific religion and national origin is thus seen as an asset, rather than a liability. Civility and kindness is the rule for all interaction, thus discussions of politics, religion and business are prohibited in the Lodge room. In this way, we hold that men become brothers by leaving divisions at the door, and taking strength from a shared appreciation of the common aspirations of all men for their own betterment, and for improving themselves through service as respected members of their communities, despite their outward differences.
Our dedication to diversity was not born in Washington, DC. Worldwide Masonic law and practice from the days of Anderson’s Constitutions clearly disfavors the exclusion of men based upon modes of belief, backgrounds or lifestyles that enjoy legal protection in their societies. Therefore, today we say, “Any man can be a D.C. Freemason, but not every man can be one.” And our tradition of over five hundred years of inclusion continues to patiently await those with the imagination, will and energy to dedicate themselves to the elevation of the human race.
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