Indiana Masonic Home
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Indiana Masonic Home
Harold Wayne Summers was bom January 29, 1934 at the hospital in Frederick, Md.. Was called Wayne by his family and friends.
The family lived in Brunswick until 1939, when they moved to Petersville, Md., about 3 miles from Brunswick.
Wayne attended West Brunswick Elementary School from 1940 until 1946. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1952.
Wayne was nicknamed Slick. He played 4 years of varsity baseball. He was also on the school basketball team in the 9th and 10th grades.
During his senior year in high school, Slick was employed by the Acme Market in Brunswick, as a sack boy.
After graduation, Slick was employed as a salesman for the Coca Cola Company in Frederick. His route was Fort Detrick and Hood College, both in Frederick. He remained with the soft drink company for 3 years.
Slick next worked for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Brunswick as a clerk. He was with the railroad from 1955, until being drafted into the Army on August 22, 1956.
Slick played shortstop for Brunswick of the Maryland State League from 1952 until 1956 when he was drafted into the Army.
Upon entering the Army, his name was Harold. Harold took basic and advanced training at Fort Jackson, in South Carolina.
It was during his advanced training, he met and married the former Jean Ford, of Orangeburg, S.C.. Jean was a student at Columbia College, located in Columbia, and she was training to be a teacher.
Harold remained in the Army until his retirement in August 1979, at the age of 45, with the rank of master sergeant.
Harold and Jean have 3 sons: Michael Wayne, was bom September 28, 1957 at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Johnny Daniel, was bom in the Army hospital in Orleans, France (Or lee ons) on September 5, 1960. Terry Allen was bom on Ground Hog Dog, February 2, 1966 In the Army Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany.
While on active duty, Harold served in Public Relations, as a joumalist/photographer, journalism instructor and an instructor in public speaking.
In the states, Harold was stationed at: Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Slocum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Arlington Heights in Chicago and Fort Ritchie, Maryland.
Overseas, Harold was stationed in Orleans, France; Wurzburg, Germany; Vietnam; Panama and Hawaii.
Harold's awards and decorations include: The Meritorious Service Medal; Bronze Star; Air Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army Commendation, with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal, 6 awards; Vietnam Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.After retiring from active duty, Harold went to work for the Government at Fort Benjamin Harrison, in Indianapolis till April 1986.
Harold joined the Masonic Lodge while stationed in Wurzburg during January 1965. The Lodge was under the Grand Lodge of New York's jurisdiction. He transferred his Masonic membership to Mystic Circle Lodge in Lawrence, Indiana (located in the northeast section of Indianapolis) upon his return to the United States in 1966.
In the Spring of 1968, Harold became a 32nd degree Mason in the Scottish Rite of Indianapolis. During December of the same year, Harold joined Murat Shrine in Indianapolis.
In 1990 Harold served as the Public Relations Director to Dr. Glenn Speckman, Potentate of Murat Temple.
Also in 1990, Harold received his 25 year pin for service to the fraternity.
Harold and Jean joined the Order of Eastern Star (O.E.S.) in Wurzburg in 1966. They transferred their membership to Lawrence Chapter O.E.S. later the same year. They served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Lawrence Chapter in 1988.
In 1990, Harold was selected to serve as a member of the Worthy Grand Matron's Comniittee during Grand Chapter in Indianapolis. He served on this committee until 1996.
Harold and Jean were very active in church activities. Harold joined the Lutheran Church in Petersvillie, Md.. Jean was a member of the Episcopalian faith in Orangeburg, S.C.. Jean pass away on March 27, 1993.
April 2, 1999, Harold married the former Marjorie Carole Walker (Carole) at the chapel at the Masonic Home.
Harold is very active in Shrine activities, especially with Murat magazine. At times he served as a writer for 4 and 5 units at the same time. In 1997, he was appointed, Reporter at Large. In 1998, Harold was named Managing Editor of the magazine. Murat Temple has the largest numbers of members of any Temple in the world.