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Dr. S. Brent Morris

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Local Address:  District of Columbia , United States
George Washington University
900 23Rd St., Nw
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20037
United States

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  • MS , computer science
  • PhD , mathematics
  • BS , mathematics
  • MA , mathematics
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46th Masonic Spring Workshop April 15-17, 2011 Kananaskis Alberta - Drawing Aside The Veil, 26 Aug 2015 [cached]
Brent Morris' Facebook page
Known as the Masonic Sherlock Homes, Brent Morris is an American author who writes on Freemasonry. Brent is both a Master Mason and Master codebreaker.
S. Brent Morris is a Masonic thinker. Anyone who has heard him speak knows that instinctively. He's also an author who writes on Freemasonry and is widely known for his recent book A Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry.
Morris is a Master Mason, a 33° Scottish Rite Mason, and currently the managing editor of the largest-circulation Masonic magazine in the world, the Scottish Rite Journal of the Supreme Council, 33°, S.J. A former mathematician with the federal government (he holds a PhD in Mathematics from Duke University), he's been invited to lecture at over 100 universities, has taught mathematics, computer science, and cryptanalysis at Duke University, Johns Hopkins Universities, and the National Cryptologic School and is currently on the graduate faculty at George Washington University.
Morris served as Executive of the Cryptologic Mathematician Program at the National Security Agency and as U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the area of computer security. His interests include computer interconnection networks, the mathematics of card shuffling, and recreational mathematics. Indeed, he is the only person to earn a PhD in card shuffling, an accomplishment that has impressed some enough to post on their webpages: see Brent Morris: Magician and Computer Scientist and Ivars Peterson's MathTrek: Magic of Perfect Shuffles.
As a Mason, he was the first American to be elected as the Worshipful Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge, the oldest Masonic Research Lodge in the world, serving in that capacity from November 2007 to November 2008.
Contact Us - Supreme Council, 33°, 3 Dec 2010 [cached]
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S. Brent Morris, 202-777-3152 Managing Editor, Scottish Rite Journal
Dallas Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Cathedral, Library & Museum, 13 Jan 2009 [cached]
S. Brent Morris, 33°, Grand Cross Director of Membership Development, Supreme Council, 33°, S.J., U.S.A. 1733 16th St., Washington, D.C. 20009-3103
S. Brent Morris is Director of Membership Development for the Supreme Council, 33°, S.J., U.S.A. He retired from the federal government as a mathematician and has taught at Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities. He is Past Master of Patmos Lodge No. 70, Ellicott City, Maryland; a Fellow of the Philalethes Society; Editor of Heredom, the transactions of the Scottish Rite Research Society; and author of many scholarly articles and books on the Craft.
Masonic Restoration Foundation, 18 Feb 2011 [cached]
S. Brent Morris, Ph. D.
S. Brent Morris, M.W. Bro.
Fezzes, Sphinxes and Secret Handshakes, 25 Nov 2001 [cached]
And now I'm following S. Brent Morris down the marble staircase, deeper into the bowels of the Washington headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry -- the building known as the House of the Temple. The place is as hushed as a cathedral, as silent as a sarcophagus. The only sound is the crisp clicking of Morris's heels on the marble stairs.
Morris is 51, a balding, gray-haired man in a gray suit. He's a mathematician who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the science of card shuffling. For 25 years, he worked as a cryptographer for the National Security Agency. But he can't talk about that. It's classified.
He's also a Freemason. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a Cryptic Mason and a Knight Templar. He is a Perfect Elu, a Grand Pontiff, a Knight of the Brazen Serpent and a Master of the Royal Secret. He is a 33rd-degree Mason, and there is no 34th degree. He's also a Masonic historian and the Scottish Rite's director of membership development.
Morris leads me down the Hall of the Scottish Rite Regalia, where the walls are lined with photo-realistic oil paintings of the garb worn for each of the 33 degrees -- the aprons, the caps, the cordons, the baldrics, the jewels, the rings, the gloves. He heads down another hallway and stops at the threshold of a room.
"This is the Burl Ives Room," he says. "When he passed away, his family gave his personal collection to us."
The room is dark but when Morris steps into it, lights automatically pop on, revealing walls covered with the folk singer's pictures, and an Ives song begins to play.
"It senses our presence," Morris says.
"There's J. Edgar Hoover's picture," Morris says.
"We have a picture of him in his dress," Morris says.
"There's the picture of him in his dress," Morris says.
Soon, there were literally thousands of higher degrees, says Brent Morris, the Masonic historian who took me on that tour of the House of the Temple. And some of the new rituals were very bizarre. In one ceremony, for instance, the initiate carried a human skull while watching a depiction of Christ's death and resurrection. Then he drank wine from the skull, symbolizing "the bitter cup of death, of which we must all, sooner or later, drink."
"When it got back on its feet, it was a much more circumspect organization," says Morris.
Way down, far below the two-headed eagles that perch on the roof, below the sphinxes that peer out at 16th Street, below the Sovereign Grand Commander's purple throne, way down in the basement of the House of the Temple, past the Hall of Honor, past the Burl Ives Room, past the J. Edgar Hoover Room, sits Brent Morris's little office.
It's very quiet down here, as quiet as a crypt.
Morris is the Mason who took me on a tour of this place, who fooled me with his joke about Hoover's dress. But giving tours is just a sideline. He spends most of his time on his job as director of membership development for the Scottish Rite.
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