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Most Excellent Grand High Priest
Martin Ede
2017-2018
BIOGRAPHY

        Martin Ede was born in June of 1967 in Duram in the northeast of England to Terence and Eileen Ede. When he was two, the family, now including a sister, moved south near Portsmouth and Southampton on the south coast. Martin attended Meoncross School, but in 1975 moved to Portsmouth Grammar School and remained there until 1985 when the family moved to the United States. While in England, Martin was active in the Cub Scouts as well as fencing, judo and lots of reading.
        Upon arrival in the U.S., Martin spent a year at Amity Regional High School, then entered the University of Connecticut. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He took a job as a project geologist at Technical Environmental Specialists in Manchester. After working for two additional companies, he decided to move into teaching science. He entered Southern Connecticut State University and earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Education as well as his teaching certificate. He taught ninth grade physical science at Central High School in Bridgeport, as well as electives in Environmental Science. Three years later Martin moved to teach in both high schools in Stratford, and then to the Independent Day School in Middlefield, where he taught biology and physical sciences.
        Martin has many interests including travel, golf and the martial arts, having attained a black belt in Aikijitsu Karate. Ever the student of history, he has traveled to various European countries as well as to Mexico, Egypt and Turkey. His passion for reading and history led to an interest in Freemasonry, spurred by the fact that his old school had a Masonic Lodge associated with it. And he was later inspired by the writings of John J. Robinson, particularly "The Pilgrim's Path".
        Martin was raised in Hiram Lodge No. 1 in 1999. He subsequently became interested in both the York and Scottish Rites, which he proceeded to join in 2001. He has served twice as Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge of Research, in 2004 and 2011; of Hiram Lodge in 2005; and as High Priest of Franklin Chapter, RAM and as Thrice Illustrious Master of Harmony Council, R&SM. He then served as Secretary of both York Rite bodies and was named a Knight of Ish Sodi by The Most Puissant Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters of Connecticut in 2009.
        Martin has served as Sovereign Prince of the Elm City Council, Princes of Jerusalem, and as Thrice Potent Master of E. G. Storer Lodge of Perfection. He takes part in many of the degrees of the Valley of New Haven and Lafayette Consistory. Martin was honored by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite by being coroneted with the 33 in 2010. He serves as secretary of the Masonic Temple Association of New Haven and as Assistant Historian for Hiram Lodge No. 1.
        Martin has become quite fascinated with the history, philosophy and esoteric nature of Freemasonry and has also joined Philosophic Lodge of Research, which he served as Master, and has become a corresponding member of the American Lodge of Research of New York, the Scottish Rite Research Society, the Grand College of Rites, the Philalethes Society and the Masonic Book Club. He was invited to become a member of Nathan Hale Council No. 78 of the Allied Masonic Degrees; and Connecticut College, Societas Rosicrucianae in Civitatibus Foederatis, and was installed as Excellent Chief of Mohawk Council No. 28, Knight Masons in 2010.
        He has contributed a number of research papers to the Connecticut research lodges, some of which were also graded for history classes at SCSU. He has also served as a Grand Custodian for the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut.