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Dr. Margaret C. Jacob

Dr. Margaret C. Jacob, one of the world’s foremost Masonic scholars, is considered a pioneer in the field of the history of civil society with emphasis on Masonic history. Her work provides important insight into the early development of Freemasonry and documents connections between early European Freemasons and the craft as we know it today.

Jacob’s self-proclaimed “search for the historical reality of Freemasonry” first gained attention in 1983 with the publication of her book, “The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons and Republicans.” Her subsequent academic research and publications, including “Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth Century Europe” and “The Origins of Freemasonry. Facts and Fictions,” have earned her a reputation as a pioneer for fact-based, research-driven understanding of the history of Freemasonry.

Jacob received her undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s College and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1968. Before joining the UCLA Department of History in 1998, she held faculty positions at City University of New York, The New School for Social Research in New York, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has held visiting faculty positions at l'Ecole des hautes etudes and the University of Ulster. In 2004 she was UCLA’s University Research Lecturer, an honor reserved for the university’s most distinguished scholars.

Jacob’s research explores intellectual history and the history of science, addressing aspects of the Enlightenment, developments in civil society, the movement of people and ideas among nations, political theory, and the rise of radical and republican sentiments. Her work is rooted in archival research, for which she has traveled extensively to Britain, France, and Holland.


R. Stephen Doan

R. Stephen Doan was installed as grand master of the Grand Lodge of California in October 1992. He was raised in 1971 and is a past master of Triangle Lodge No. 548, now Sunset Lodge No. 369. He has served on several Grand Lodge boards and committees including Leadership Development, California Masonic Memorial Temple, and Masonic History. He is current consultant of the Jurisprudence Committee and vice chair of the Institute for Masonic Studies.

Doan joined Venice Triangle Chapter of the Order of DeMolay at age 14. He served as master councilor in 1967, then jurisdictional master councilor of Southern California in 1970. He holds the Chevalier Degree and the Active DeMolay Legion of Honor, and in 1992 was elected a deputy member of the International Supreme Council.

Doan holds the 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite and served as the venerable master of the Los Angeles Lodge of Perfection. He is a member of all the York Rite Bodies, Al Malaikah Shrine Temple, the Royal Order of Scotland, Knight Masons, and Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis. He has served together with his wife, Donna, as worthy patron and worthy matron in Triangle Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Doan and wife Donna have residences in Rancho Palos Verdes and at Lake Gregory. They have two children, Stephanie and Robert, and are active with the Episcopal Church, the Boys and Girls Club of Venice, and the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles.

John L. Cooper III

John L. Cooper III served as grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of California from 1991 through March 2008. He was raised in 1964 and is a past master of the James A. Foshay Lodge No. 641 (now Culver City-Foshay Lodge No. 467), Southern California Research Lodge No. 1005, and the Northern California Research Lodge No. 1003. He has served on several Grand Lodge boards and committees, including the Masonic Homes of California, California Masonic Memorial Temple, Masonic Formation, and Masonic Education.

Cooper’s association with Freemasonry began in 1958 when he became a member of Fullerton Chapter of the Order of DeMolay. He served as master councilor in 1961, and then as senior councilor of Southern California DeMolay in 1962. He holds the Chevalier Degree and the Active DeMolay Legion of Honor, and is an honorary member of the International Supreme Council. He is an advisor for San Francisco Chapter of DeMolay.

Interest in the historical aspects of Freemasonry led Cooper to the York and Scottish Rites, where he has received the Knight of the York Cross of Honor, the Distinguished Service Medal in Silver from the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, the rank of Knight Commander of the Temple in the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar and the Inspector-General Honorary of the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite.

He and his wife, Heather, live in Daly City, near San Francisco. They have a combined family of five children and seven grandchildren. They are active with the Episcopal Church and enjoy camping, music, and community service.


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