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Francis E Larrimore

Born on April 25, 1921, Bro. Larrimore was raised in Linthicum, Maryland.  In 1942, in the midst of World War II, he enlisted in the Unites States Marine Corps at the age of 21.  His military career was distinguished by his participation as a member of the 5th Marine Division during the heroic landing and action against the Japanese on Iwo Jima as well as the occupation of Japan.  He was honorably discharged in 1949 with the rank of sergeant.  Sergeant Larrimore joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1950, and served throughout the Korean Crisis before being honorably discharged once more in 1961.  Throughout his post-military life, he remained an active member of the 5th Division Association, the Marine Corps League Baltimore Detachment and the Marine Corps Association.

After leaving the military, Bro. Larrimore went on to a successful business career as an executive with Carpet All, Inc., Larrimore Associates, Inc. and Lancer Enterprises, Inc.

His Masonic life began in 1985 when he petitioned Sincerity Lodge No. 181.  He received his Entered Apprentice Degree on November 7, 1985; his Fellowcraft Degree on April 17, 1986; and was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on October 2, 1986.  In short order, he became a lodge officer and was first elected as Worshipful Master of Sincerity Lodge No. 181 in 1990.  He again served in that position in 1994 and again in 2009.

The culmination of Bro. Larrimore’s Masonic career came with his election as Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Maryland in 1999 and 2000.  His term in office was highlighted by his determined effort to ensure the growth and financial stability of the Grand Lodge of Maryland.  He instituted Maryland’s very first one-day class in which 328 men were initiated, passed and raised as Master Masons on one day.  His leadership led to the implementation of the Portals Program for the Masonic education of new members, a program still in use today.  He also led the effort for the creation of St. Alban Universal Lodge No. 231 and granted their charter.

Bro. Larrimore was deeply involved in Masonic activity within the concordant bodies both before and after his years as Grand Master.  Within the Scottish Rite he received the KCCH in 1999 and was awarded the 33° in 2009.  In the York Rite, he was a member of Concordia Chapter and Council No. 1, York Council No. 23 and Maryland Commandery No. 1.  He belonged to the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Baltimore Forest and served as Past Preceptor of the Royal Court.  As a member of Boumi Shrine he was active in A.A.O.N.M.S., the Ceremonial Team, the International Shrine Yacht Club and the Knights of Mecca.  He was also a member of Yedz Grotto, the Past Masters Association of Baltimore, the Masonic Veterans Association, Bonnie Blink Daylight Lodge No. 1 and the National Sojourners – Fort George G. Meade Chapter No. 4.  He was Past Sovereign of St. Cyrian Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.

In addition to his years as Most Worshipful Grand Master, Bro. Larrimore served the Grand Lodge of Maryland as Worshipful Junior Grand Steward in 1992 and as Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master in 1997-98.  He was a Grand Inspector from 1993 until 1999.  He was also elected to the Grand Lodge Board of Trustees in 1993 and served until 2002, including being named Chairman of the Executive Committee.  In honor of his many years of dedicated service to Maryland Freemasonry, he was awarded the Thomas J. Shryock Medal for Distinguished Service.

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