R.W. Brother Sandberg has spent his entire life dedicated to research that might one day benefit his fellowman. In 1974, in Beit Zayit, Jerusalem, his life of research began when he would walk across fields and up amountain to reach Haddassah Hospital to begin his ophthalmology work. This began his lifelong quest toimprove himself and help others in the process. During this period, he also met his wife, Louise.
In continuation of his desire for knowledge and a sincere wish to be serviceable to his fellow man, he was raised to the Sublime Degree in Columbian Lodge in 1982. He affiliated with North Reading Lodge in 1991. In 1993, he became Worshipful Master of Columbian Lodge, where he served for two consecutive years. In 1999, he served as Worshipful Master of North Reading Lodge, a position he was elected to again in 2009. In 2010 he was selected as the District Deputy Grand Master of the 9th Masonic District until 2013.
In addition to his service as Worshipful Master and District Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Sandberg has also served as Masonic Home Representative to his lodge several times, and has been recognized as “Brother of the Year” by Columbian Lodge in 2004. Michael has also been a very valuable asset to Columbian Lodge as a Lodge Ritualist whose contributions have enabled us to continue our Lodge tradition of ritual excellence.
He has volunteered to assist in the enhancement of our Lodge’s Widow program, and he is always the first brother in our lodge to ask “How can I help?”. He has also served in a religious capacity to the lodge in several ways, by often filling in for the Lodge Chaplain, and also for performing public memorial services, such as the mourner’s Kaddish at the Columbian Lodge re-consecration of our lodge burial plot in 2013.
Outside of Freemasonry, R.W. Sandberg has been actively involved in ophthalmology research atMassachusetts Eye & Ear for many years and is directly responsible for the writing and petitioning of financial grants for that institution. He has been a continual authority on “Macular Degeneration” evaluation andresearch, and he has been an active writer on various health subjects on the online health weblog, “Agrippa’sTake.”
Michael has also been a very active member of the Lion’s club “Eye Mobile” program for over 10 years, where he has been providing outreach services for individuals who may not have the financial means or ability to see an eye doctor. He often travels throughout the state to assist those patients in need of eye evaluations.
Given all of his contributions to society, to his faith, and to our fraternity, I hope that you will recognize Right Worshipful Michael A. Sandberg with the Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service.