Passing of MIC Pete Peters, 1929-2023

Past Most Illustrious Grand Master Pin
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master Pin

Please send your prayers of condolences and comfort to the friends and family of our beloved Worshipful Brother Urban ‘Pete’ Peters, who laid down his working tools and was raised to the Celestial Lodge on Sunday morning March 12, 2023. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. Brother Peters was 93 years old and spent 47 years in the Craft.

Brother Peters served as Worshipful Master of Patuxent Lodge No. 218 in 1985, 1996, 2006, 2007 and 2008. His nephew, who is a Past Master, highlighted how his uncle loved and cherished Patuxent Lodge.


Urban Tilden Peters was born in Martin, Kentucky on September 22, 1929. He is the son of the late Colonel Robert and Bertha Ellis Peters. He was raised on a small farm in the coal mining region of Eastern Kentucky. He graduated with honors from Martin high School in 1948. He attended Berea College for two years prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He was married to Mary Magdalene Branham on December 31, 1953. Urban was discharged from the Air Force in January of 1955. The couple completed their undergraduate education at the University of Maryland. They completed their graduate work in education at the George Washington University. After serving thirty-six years in the Prince George’s County, Maryland Public Schools system the couple retired in 1989. Mary passed away on October 14, 2006 with congestive heart failure.


Raised in Seat Pleasant Lodge No. 218 in April, 1976.
Served as Chaplain, Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the 218 Temple Holding Corporation.
Served as Worshipful Master in 1985, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008.
Appointed Grand Inspector of The Grand Lodge of Maryland, 1991-1993.
1995 was Worshipful Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 11, D.C.
1998 was Worshipful Master of Pythagoras Lodge of Research, D.C.
Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of The District of Columbia and the Grand Lodge Brazil near the Grand Lodge of Maryland.

YORK RITE-Received KYCH, 1991, KYGCH, 1994.

Chapter, High Priest of York Royal Arch Chapter No. 44, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Maryland , 1994-95.
Grand Secretary of the Grand Chapter RAM of D.C., 2000-2002.
Named Meritorious Companion by Grand Chapter RA Masons of D.C., 1995
Received General Grand Chapter RA Masons International Bronze Metal, 2002.
Grand Representative of the Grand Chapters; of Kentucky near Maryland, Indiana and Ireland near the Grand Chapter of the District of Columbia.

Council: TI.M, York Council No. 23; I.M., Adoniram/Zabud Council No. 2, D.C. Grand Marshall of the Grand Council of R & S Masons of Maryland, 1998.
Grand Master of The Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of D.C. in 1999-2000
Received General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Adult Youth Leadership Metal, 2002; Order of Silver Trowel, Ish Sodi Award 2000.

Commandery: Past Commander, Potomac No.3, and Marvin Fowler No.7, of D.C. and York Commandery No. 16 in Maryland.
Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in the District of Columbia, 1998; Received the “Knight Commander of the Temple” award from Grand Encampment, USA, 1999.
Past President of Past Commanders Association in Maryland.
Grand Representative of Maryland, Kentucky, Colorado and the Philippines near the Grand Commandery of the District of Columbia.

York Rite College

Pass Governor, Maryland York Rite College No. 58, 2002.
Deputy Grand Governor, Maryland York Rite College No. 58, 2006-2008.
Received York Rite Sovereign College of North America “Gold Honor Award” in 1990, the “Distinguish Service Award” in 1992 and the “Order of The Purple Cross” in 1995.


Joined A.A.S R, Valley of Washington, Orient of the District of Columbia in 1982. Endowed Life Member. He was very active in the ritual work in the Valley. Named an Emeritus Chairman of Visitation Committee after serving in that capacity for ten years. Served as Commander of Council of Kadosh, 1992. Worked ten years as a tour guide at the Supreme Council’s “House of The Temple”, headquarters, library and museum of the A.A.S.R, S.J.
Invested a KCCH, 1991. Coroneted S.G.I.G., 33rd Degree Honorary, 1995.


Joined Almas Shrine Temple in Washington, D.C. in 1982. Served as chairman of Sick and Shut-In Committee for several years, was Commander of the Legion of Honor, 1996 & 97. Has portrayed George Washington since 1990, appointed the official George Washington for the Temple in 2003. Serves on the Sheppard’s Club drivers team to transport children to the Shriner Hospital.


Past Grand Tall Cedar of Prince Georges Forest 139, 1988
Past Monarch of Kallipolis Grotto, Washington, D.C., 1990
Past Worthy Patron, Marlboro Chapter 61, OES, 1996, 2002
Past Prior, George Washington Priory No77, KYCH, D.C.
Past Preceptor, Inri Tabernacle, H.R.A.K.T.P., D.C.
Appointed Chief Adept, Maryland Rosecrucian College, Elevated Grade IX By The High Council, USA, 2001.
George Washington Camp, National Sojourners, Washington Chapter, Heroes of ’76. Past Sovereign Master, Old Line Council No.34, Maryland.
Received as a Life Member of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the “Royal Order of Scotland” of the United States of America, August, 1993.
Installed as the Grand Chancellor, The Grand College of Rites, USA, Feb., 2008.


Ordained a Presbyterian Elder in District Heights, MD. Presbyterian Church.
Served Architecture Control Commissioner in Prince George’s County, MD.
Served on P.G. County Fire Chief’s Citizens Advisory Committee three years.
Served three terms as County and State Educators Associations Delegate
Served as Adjutant, American Legion Post 41, D.C., 1996-2006, Department Commander of D.C. 2005 and Delegate to National Convention in 2005, 06, 07