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Freemasonry in Foreign Countries
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John Cooper is a native Californian who grew up in Orange County, California. He received a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate School. He was a public school teacher and administrator for twenty-five years, and was Superintendent of the Escondido Union High School District in San Diego.R.W. John L. Cooper III, Ph.D.

In 1991 he was elected as Grand Secretary of the Masonic Grand Lodge of California, and served eighteen Grand Masters before his retirement in 2008. In 2010 he was elected as Junior Grand Warden, and is now the Deputy Grand Master.

John joined the Order of DeMolay in 1958, later serving as Master Councilor. He holds the Degree of Chevalier, is a member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor, and an Honorary Member of the International Supreme Council of DeMolay International.

He was Raised a Master Mason in Azure Lodge No. 533 at Fullerton in 1964, and later served as Master of Culver City – Foshay Lodge No. 467 in Los Angeles in 1969.

John belongs to both the York Rite and the Scottish Rite, and has been honored in both. He is a Knight of the York Cross of Honor, holds the Distinguished Service Medal in Silver from the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, and is a Knight Commander of the Temple. In the Scottish Rite he is a Thirty-Third Degree Mason. He also belongs to many other Masonic organizations.

He was Master of both Northern and Southern California Research Lodges, and is a Vice President of the Philalethes Society, the oldest and largest Masonic research organization in the United States.

John, and his wife Heather, make their home in Lincoln, near Sacramento. They have been married for thirty years, and have five children and seven grandchildren. The are also active members of St. James Episcopal Church in Lincoln.


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