Roger L. Crouse

Deputy Grand Master

Roger CrouseBrother Roger L. Crouse was born in Medford, Massachusetts, the son of Doris and Mahlon Crouse, on March 24, 1944.  He graduated from Reading Memorial High School, Reading MA in 1962 and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1966.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Vermont in 1977 and has several advanced graduate credits from IBM’s Systems Research Institute in New York City.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Roger moved to Vermont to work for IBM in Essex Junction as a computer programmer.  While at IBM, he worked in computer and database analysis and design, database management, computer systems architecture, education, total quality management and management.  He retired from IBM in 1996.

Shortly after starting at IBM, Roger met Judy Wiley of Ellenburg Depot, NY.  They were married in May, 1969, and are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Alison and Erin.

Since his retirement from IBM, Roger has been employed as Director of Information Technology at Trinity College of Vermont, Director of Information Technology at Vermont Technical College, Manager of Program Management Services at IDX in South Burlington and Associate Director, Information Technology, at PBM Nutritionals in Georgia, VT.  He also was an adjunct professor for ten years at the University of Vermont in computer software and business management fields.  He retired in 2007 and now enjoys writing for pleasure.

Roger enlisted in the Vermont Air National Guard in February, 1967.  After serving in Ground Communications for three years, he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.  Over the next 25 years, he was Maintenance Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Commander of the F-16 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Director of Aerospace Maintenance, and Director of Personnel Management before retiring as a Colonel in 1995.  He was the Public Affairs Officer for the International Military Sports Council (CISM) ski competition in 1989 and liaison between the United States and the German military ski teams in 1992.  In 1994, he was invited by the German ski team and attended the CISM competition in Bad Reichenhall, Germany.  He holds the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Roger’s greatest community love has been the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions.  He was a founding member in 1989 and a member for fifteen years on the Board of Directors in the capacity of wish granting, public relations, long range planning, secretary and three years as president.  He has also held positions with the national organization, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, in Phoenix, AZ, as national trainer for eight years and member of the Training, National Board Nominating and Corporate Documents committees.  He is currently Chair of the Advisory Board for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont.
Other community interests include past membership on the Vermont Information Technology Council’s Advisory Committee, being a 14-gallon donor to the American Red Cross, and playing the baritone horn in the Williston Town Band where he was president from 2001-2008.  He is an avid runner, hikes (including having completed the entire Long Trail), kayaks, cross country skis, and snow shoes (including winter climbs of Camel’s Hump).

Roger was first listed in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in the East” in 1992, and “Who’s Who in America” in 1994.

Roger was raised a Master Mason in MacDonough (now Mt Mansfield) Lodge #26 in Jericho in June 1969 (one month after his marriage to Judy).  He has held several offices, including Treasurer for eight years and Worshipful Master in 1976-77.  He is a member of the Valley of Burlington, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR) where he has progressed through all three lines to Thrice Potent Master, Sovereign Prince and Most Wise Master.  He is a member of Vermont Consistory, AASR where he was Commander-in-Chief from 2004-2006.  He was coroneted a 33o Mason in September, 2003.  He is a member of the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Council of Royal and Select Masons and the Commandery of Knights Templar, York Rite of Burlington.  He is also a member and past presiding officer of the District 5 Past Masters Association, a member of Edward J. Wildblood, Jr. Vermont Lodge of Research and Cairo Shriners of Rutland.  He is a member of the Green Mountain Chapter of the National Sojourners, Inc, serving as president in 2010, and of the John Stark Camp, Heroes of ’76, serving as Commander from 2011-2012.  Brother Roger is also a member of Mary C. Burdick Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star in Jericho.

Roger is a Senior DeMolay, having belonged to, and served as Master Councilor in, Middlesex Chapter of Reading, MA.  He holds the distinctions of Representative DeMolay, Chevalier and Legion of Honor.

Roger was appointed as Grand Lecturer, Grand Lodge of Vermont, F. & A.M. in June 2005 by then Grand Master John R. Campbell, Jr.  He has subsequently been elected as Grand Junior Warden, Grand Senior Warden and Deputy Grand Master.  He was appointed to the Information Technology Committee in 2004, served as Chair from 2005-2007, and continues as an ex-officio member.  He co-chaired the Comprehensive Assessment and Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E.) committee from 2007-2011.  He was appointed in 2011 to sit on the board of directors of the National Masonic Foundation for Children.

Roger received the John Barney Medal in 2007.

Roger and Judy reside at their home of 42 years in Essex Center.

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