DONALD MAYNARD ROBEY
47th Grand Master of Masons in Virginia
Donald Maynard Robey was born August 4, 1933 in Alexandria, Virginia, the youngest son of Charles Maynard Robey and Laura C. (Riddle) Robey. His brother, Milton Edward Robey, passed away in July of 1982.
He was educated in the City of Alexandria public school system and graduated from George Washington High School, in Alexandria, in 1951. After graduation he served an Electrical Apprenticeship with the Eugene W. Zimmerman Corp. in Alexandria. In 1965 he became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union No. 26 in Washington, D.C. and became affiliated with the Truland Systems Corporation in Arlington, Virginia that same year. He worked in Field Operations as a Senior Project Manager for Truland until 1979. In 1979 he was transferred to their Engineering Office as a Manager in the Engineering Group whose chief responsibilities consisted of developing the Computer Aided Drafting operations for electrical coordination and installation drawings for major electrical construction projects in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. He retired from Truland Systems Corp. on January 1, 1993 with twenty-seven years service.
Brother Robey was married in December 1952 to the former Doris M. Durrett. Doris retired from the Bell Atlantic Company in 1985 following thirty years service in the accounting department. They have one son Stephen Maynard Robey, who is married to the former Patricia Ann Robertson of Irvington, Virginia. They have two Grandsons, Nicholas Maynard Robey and Scott Monroe Robey.
The Robey's lived at 100 East Walnut Street in Alexandria, Virginia, less than one mile from the George Washington Masonic Memorial, for forty-four years. In March 2001 they moved to Reedville, Virginia to be closer to the Chesapeake Bay, spending as much time as their schedules will permit aboard their boat the "Ruthie-B." The Robey Family had a summer home on the lower Potomac River for over fifty years.
Donald M. Robey received the degrees in Freemasonry in Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, being raised in January 1968. He served that Lodge as its Worshipful Master in 1975. General George Washington served as the Charter Master of this same Lodge in 1788.
Brother Robey's Masonic service included that of District Instructor of Work for District No. 1A from 1975 until 1982, and District Deputy Grand Master of that District in 1979. He served as the Area Chairman for the Northern Region of Virginia during the 200th Anniversary Celebration of the Grand Lodge of Virginia in 1978. In 1982 he served as the general chairman for the "Awareness Day" program for the Masonic Home of Virginia.
In addition to his membership in Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, he is a Charter member of Montross-Landman Lodge No. 293 in Montross, Virginia. He holds memberships in both Research Lodges in Virginia, A. Douglas Smith No. 1949 and Virginia Research No. 1777. He holds Honorary memberships in Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4, Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge No. 64, Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 120, Joppa Lodge No. 40, Westmoreland Lodge No. 212, Elmer Timberman Lodge No. 54, Henry Lodge No. 57, Fort Hunt Skidmore Daytime Lodge No. 353, Hudson Morris Lodge No. 80, Columbia Lodge No. 285, Reedville Lodge No. 321 and Lancaster Union Lodge No. 88, all in Virginia. He is also an Honorary member in Liberty Lodge in Beverly, Massachusetts, Lexington Lodge No. 25 in Lexington, Kentucky, Constitutional Lodge No. 294 in Beverly, England and Alexandria Lodge No. 876 in Trets, France.
Other Masonic memberships enjoyed by Brother Robey include the Alexandria Scottish Rite Bodies, Mount Vernon Royal Arch Chapter No. 14, Old Dominion Commandery No. 11, National Soujourners, The Royal Order of Scotland, Martha Washington Chapter No. 42, O.E.S., Red Cross of Constantine, The Tall Cedars of Lebanon, The York Rite College (from which he received the Order of the Purple Cross in 1995), Life Membership in the Philalethes Society, and is an Honorary member of the Virginia Craftsmen.
He serves the Grand Lodge of Valle De, Mexico as their Grand Representative near the Grand Lodge of Virginia.
In 1982, at the 204th Grand Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, Most Worshipful Brother Lloyd U. Jefferson nominated Donald Maynard Robey for the office of Grand Junior Deacon, to which office he was elected and installed. He served with distinction in each of the Elected Offices of the Grand Lodge of Virginia. At the 209th Grand Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, held in Richmond, in February of 1987, Donald Maynard Robey was Installed as the 143rd Grand Master of Masons in Virginia.
Most Worshipful Brother Robey's year as Grand Master was different in many ways. He was always known for his ritualistic abilities and requested the District Deputy Grand Masters to arrange for a candidate to be raised when he made his Official Visit to their district during 1987. He personally raised forty candidates to the Sublime degree of Master Mason while he served as Grand Master.
During 1987 he instituted the "Community Builders Award" program in Virginia. This program allows a Lodge to recognize a non-mason for their good work in the community. It continues today as one of the major public relations programs within the Grand Lodge of Virginia.
Brother Robey has written articles for the Masonic Services Association and the Philalethes Society concerning the use of the Personal Computer in Freemasonry. He used a computer extensively in his planning and scheduling process for 1987. In February 1989 he was the Guest Lecturer at the Annual Feast and Banquet of the Philalethes Society in Washington. He spoke on the subject "Past, Present and Future of Freemasonry." The Philalethes Society awarded him their "Award of Merit Medal" for his presentation.
During the 1989 Grand Annual Communication in Virginia, Most Worshipful Glover Hunter Jones presented Most Worshipful Brother Robey with the John Blair, Jr. Medal for his continued work for the Grand Lodge of Virginia, especially for his assistance with the computer programs of the Grand Lodge.
In February 1989, Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 elected him as its representative to the George Washington Masonic Memorial Association. By virtue of this election, he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Association. Don did not miss any of the meetings of the Executive Committee of the Association while he served on the Board.
At the 215th Grand Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Virginia in February, 1993, Most Worshipful John Robert Dean presented Donald Maynard Robey with the George Washington Distinguished Service Medal for his untiring efforts on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Virginia in particular but for Freemasonry in general.
Because of Brother Robey's association with the George Washington Masonic Memorial; his professional experience with large construction and maintenance projects; his intimate knowledge of the internal workings of the Executive Committee of this Association and his willingness to accept the challenge of assuming the responsibilities of the office, at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the George Washington Masonic Memorial Association, he was elected the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of that Association. He served in that office with much distinction and was very instrumental in fund-raising activities to assist with the cost of the major renovations which have taken place at the Memorial since 1993. On January 1, 1999, Most Worshipful Brother Robey retired from that position to receive a well earned rest from his labors and care for his elderly father, who passed away in July of 2001.
Due to his efforts to promote the cause of the International Order of DeMolay throughout the entire time he has been a Mason, in August of 1993 he was elected as an Honorary Member of the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay. He served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia DeMolay Foundation, Inc for a five year term.
In October of 1994, George Lyter, Jr., Supreme Tall Cedar, made Brother Robey a "Cedar at Sight" in Temple Forest No. 136 of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. The ceremony was held in the North Lodge Room of the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.
In October of 1995, Brother Robey was Coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary by the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States. Brother Robey's father received this honor in 1979.
In May of 1996, he was awarded the Josiah Hayden Drummond Medal by the Grand Lodge of Maine.
Revised, July, 2003