SPRINGFIELD: Robert Alonzo Hinshaw died on Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at the age of 91.
Robert was born in Akron, Summit County, Ohio on January 15th, 1923; the only child of George Knight and Hazel Phares Hinshaw.
At the time of his death he was the oldest living Past Grand Master of Masons in Ohio.
Robert graduated from Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio in the class of 1940.
He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina in 1943.
He was employed for a number of months as a physicist at the Good Year Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio prior to entering the Graduate School of the Ohio State University in Columbus in 1944 to begin work towards a Ph.D. in nuclear physics.
Robert was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Sigma Pi Sigma physics honorary fraternity
On February 26th, 1944 he was married to Ann Elizabeth Jones of Akron, Ohio.
In September of 1947 he assumed the chairmanship of the Physics Department at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio; a position he held along with the chairman of the Science Division of the college until June of 1953.
He then became a member of the engineering management team at the McGraw Edison Company in Zanesville, Ohio before becoming Manager of Manufacturing Operations.
He was made a Master Mason in Concord Lodge No. 688 F&AM on January 29th, 1949 and served as Master during 1953.
He was created an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council 33 Degree Masons in Chicago, Illinois on September 27th, 1961.
In the York Rite, he was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Cambridge Chapter No. 53 on February 13th, 1950, transferring to Horace W. Wright Chapter No. 226 in Worthington, Ohio.
He was received as a Royal and Select Master in Guernsey Council No. 74 on March 21, 1950 and was created a Knight Templar in Cambridge Commandery No. 47 on May 6th, 1950.
He became a member of the Lodge of Perfection; Council, Princes of Jerusalem; Chapter of the Rose Croix, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in the Valley of Cambridge and of Scioto Consistory A.A.S.R. of the Valley of Columbus in November of 1949 as a member of the Roscoe R. Walcutt class.
He became a charter member of Guernsey Consistory in the Valley of Cambridge in September of 1955. He served as Most Wise Master of Cambridge Chapter of Rose Croix in 1958, 1959, and 1960. He served as Commander-in-Chief of Guernsey Consistory from 1972 to 1974 and was chairman of the Executive Committee.
Robert served as Sovereign of St. Jerome Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.
He was a past president of the Eighteenth Masonic District Past Grand Masters Association. Robert was a member of the Zavi Shrine Club of Zanesville, Ohio, a member of the Kilwinning Council No. 62, Knight Masons of Ireland and a member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He was also an honorary member of Achbar Grotto.
In 1962, he was appointed a Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of New York. In 1966, he received the Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay.
Robert was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 1956. He was appointed Junior Grand Deacon in 1961 and proceeded through the line whereupon he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 1968. Robert was elected Grand Secretary in Ohio in 1970, a position he held until retiring in 1986 at which time he became Ohio's first Grand Secretary Emeritus.
Robert and Ann moved to Brevard, North Carolina for their retirement.
Robert's civic activities included the Board of Trustees of College Drive United Presbyterian Church, Board of Directors of Zanesville YMCA, member of the Advisory Board and Director of Development of Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville, President of the Zanesville Rotary Club, Board of Directors of the Muskingum Motor Club, Chairman of the pilot campaign for the United Fund of Zanesville, Vice Chair of the transformer section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and Chair of the Worthington Development Commission.
He held memberships in the American Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Physical Society.
In 2014, Robert and Ann moved to the Springfield Masonic Community where he was awarded his 65 year pin. Throughout his life, Robert enjoyed classic automobiles, model railroading and numismatics, and never failed to enjoy the comfort of a good dog or a big bowl of ice cream.
Robert is survived by Ann, his wife of seventy years, his daughters, Deborah, Gail, and Rita, and their families which include four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia, and his son, George.
In keeping with Robert's wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date.
Robert will be missed in death as he was loved in life, which is immeasurable.
Services are being handled by Farus Funeral Home of New Concord, Ohio.
Memorial contributions to College Drive United Presbyterian Church, New Concord, Ohio