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Avery Brundage
[Avery Brundage]
September 28, 1887 - May 8, 1975
Founder and president of the Avery Brundage Company, Avery Brundage was an active businessman in real estate, manufacturing and the hotel industry.
Representing the United States at the Games of the Olympiad at Stockholm in 1912 in the decathlon, Brundage was also USA all-around amateur champion in 1914, 1916 and 1918.
An active supporter of amateur sports, Brundage was president of the United States Olympic Association and Committee from 1929 to 1933, Vice-president of the International Olympic Committee from, 1945-52, president of the Pan-American Games Sporting Committee from 1940 to 1951, and president of the International Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1972.
Brundage was described by Red Smith of the New York Herald Tribune as the "official target of abuse in every Olympic year since the invention of the discus." His work with the Olympics has been termed "controversial and domineering", while claims of Nazi sympathy, leveled by—among others— Martin Glickman after he was replaced on the USA Olympics team in 1936, also remain controversial.
In 1959 he donated the Avery Brundage Collection of Asiatic art to the people of San Francisco.
Initiated: March 7, 1911
Passed: April 11, 1911
Raised: May 2, 1911
North Shore Lodge No. 937, Chicago

Source: William R. Denslow, 10,000 Famous Freemasons, 1957-1961; The Freemason, Canada’s National Masonic Magazine. July 1975.


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