Art Hermanson was born in Alpena, Michigan in 1947. He graduated from Johannesburg Central High School
and attended Ferris State University. Art left Michigan in 1966 when he joined the United States Navy.
Art served in the Navy for 23 years, retiring in 1989 as a Master Chief Petty Officer. While in the
Navy, Art met and married his lovely Lady Lynne. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.
After retirement from the U.S. Navy, Art joined the U. S. Foreign Service, retiring from the Foreign
Service in 2011 after 20 years.
Art became a Mason, joined the Scottish Rite and became a Shriner in 1978 while serving in Naples,
Italy. He is a Past Master of Harry S. Truman Lodge #649 F.&A.M. He has served as President of
the Scottish Rite Bodies for Southern Italy & Sicily and President of Napoli Oasis, European Shrine
Club (now Emirates Temple). He was selected as a Knight Commander Court of Honor (KCCH) in 1989 and
awarded the 33* as an Inspector General Honorary in 1997.
Art is a member of the Legion of Honor, Oriental Band, Salem Patrol, Tualatin Valley Shrine Club, and
he was recently initiated into “The Q”.
Art and Lynne moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2008 (actually Lynne moved in while Art served his
last assignment in the Foreign Service). In addition to his duties as a member of the Divan, Art is
also a volunteer at the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.