February 28 – Roger Read
slide presentation about Capt. Nathanial Palmer ship building in
Stonington, explaining about his life and sealing adventures as well
as his family. The presentation covers his Antarctic discovery
voyage, other notable events while at sea and his Masonic
affiliation. It concludes with his death in San Francisco and burial
Roger was born in
Quincy, Massachusetts, on October l, 1940, to Dr. Emerson Augustine
Read and Marjorie Hutton Read. He received his early education in
the Wollaston, Massachusetts's public schools, Thayer Academy in
Braintree, and The Huntington School in Boston, where he received
his High School diploma in 1959.
He was awarded a
Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1963 from Worcester
Polytechnic Institute and an Executive Masters of Business
Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1987.
He was employed at
the United States Naval Undersea Warfare Center for 31 years, where
he retired as Division Head in 1989.
His religious life,
since 1956, has been centered in the Mystic Congregational Church.
On June 27, 1964, he was united in marriage to the former Barbara
Ann Lundgren, also of Quincy, Massachusetts. The Read's residence,
since 1964, has been in Stonington, where they have raised three
daughters; Karen; Sheryl and Joanne. Roger and Barbara are blessed
with eight Grandchildren.
The Read family has
a Masonic history that spans four generations starting with Roger's
Great Grandfather. Roger began his Masonic membership in Asylum
Lodge, now Coastal Lodge, in Stonington Village on June 17, 1969. He
served as the 153rd Grand Master of Masons in Connecticut in 1999
and was coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason. He has served on
the Board of Directors of Masonicare.
Roger is a Past
Master and current Secretary of the Stonington Grange and is
currently an active volunteer at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Among hobbies and
other activities, Roger enjoys summer vacations at the family
cottage at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire; owns and operates
steamboats, enjoys model trains, scuba diving, and black powder
As an outgrowth of
his interest in masonry he published a Masonic Short Talk Bulletin
delineating the life of Brother and Captain Nathaniel Palmer, the
American discoverer of Antarctica. It is that topic which he has
agreed to speak about tonight.