In Memory of our Departed Past Master

Worshipful Frederic Ellis Andersen

In Memoriam

Frederic Ellis Andersen
March 20, 1931 - October 15, 2001

Initiated: November 15, 1982
Passed: March 3, 1983
Raised: April 19, 1983
Served as Master: 1989

Worshipful Frederic E. Andersen served as Worshipful Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 in 1989. Worshipful Fred was active in the York Rite bodies. In 1992-3, he served as Royal Arch Captain. In this capacity his wisdom and friendship prospered. In 1992, Fred served as Eminent Commander of Old Dominion Commandery #11. During his year as Commander, the Commandery grew in numbers and in respect throughout the Commonwealth. Worshipful Fred was a hard working member, who was not afraid to stand up and voice his opinion. However, he also had a warm heart for everyone within the Masonic family. He was a 30-year member of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, in the grade of Knight. This is a 900+ year old order of knighthood, with deep European roots (very similar to the Most Noble Order of St. John in England).

Fred felt a deep and spiritual connection with the Order, and strongly believed in its Christian teachings. Fred was much loved within the order, and received many accolades and awards. During his time in DC, he served the Order as Sword Bearer for the Atlantic Commandery. He volunteered many hours to service within the order, visiting overseas leper hospitals to volunteer his time. In addition, he toured the Holy Lands with the Order, and served as Aide-to-Camp to the Grand Master, His Royal Highness Francois de Cosse, 13th Duke of Brissac (in France).

In addition, he spent three months in the Holy Lands (under the auspices of St. Lazarus) participating in an archeological dig. He also spent time at the Leprosarium (Leper Hospital) in Jerusalem, as a volunteer orderly.

Fred will be missed, since, as the Commander of the Atlantic Commandery said in his recent obituary for Fred, "He could always be counted on to participate in planning and staging meetings and conferences. He was modest and unassuming, but he stood out because of a deep bass voice that apparently emanated from his shoetops."

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of the Supreme Architect of the Universe, rest in peace!