James Roundtree, Masons Leader

Posted: October 17, 1990

James Roundtree, a retired employee of the Container Corporation of America who held leadership positions in the Masons for many years, died Sunday. He was 62 and lived in Southwest Philadelphia.

Known as "Tree" to friends and associates, Roundtree worked for Container Corp.'s Manayunk operation for more than 30 years, beginning as a laborer in 1950. When he retired he had been promoted through the ranks to become a beater engineer.

A tall, strong-spirited man, Roundtree joined the Prince Hall Masonry in 1964 and quickly rose to leadership positions. From 1968 to 1969 he served as Worshipful Master of Bethel Lodge 47 and from 1972 to 1976 he was first vice president of the 1st Masonic District Council and was president of the council

from 1976 to 1980.

Other Masonic posts he held included past High Priest of King Hiram Chapter 2 of the Holy Royal Arch Masons and past Illustrious Potentate of Pyramid Temple 1 of A.E.A.O.N.M.S., serving as chairman of the trustee board at the time of his death. He was a past Patron of the Louisa B. Rumford Chapter 15 of the Order of the Eastern Star and Grand Sentinel of Deborah Grand Chapter O.E.S. of Pennsylvania.

Roundtree was marshal for the Gracious and Endearing Majestic Stars, a past Worthy Grand Joshua of Rachel Knight Court 27 of the Heroines of Jericho and a past Worthy Grand Joshua of the Most Ancient Grand Court of Heroines of Jericho of Pennsylvania. He was serving as Grand Court Director of the General Conference of Grand Courts of Heroines of Jericho of the United States and Bahamas. He was a member of Union Commandry 1, Knights Templar.

Also active in his church, Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church-Mutchmore Memorial, he was a choir member and a deacon trainee.

An electrician on the side, Roundtree often took his son James Jr. with him on jobs and liked to travel with his 7-year-old grandson Joshua Brown at his side.

Raised in Blackville, S.C. where he was educated, Roundtree came to Philadelphia in 1945 when he joined the merchant marine. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Roundtree's wife, the former Blondell Small, said her husband raised his children with the advice that, "You have to work for what you get. He tried to teach them responsibility, that you don't get anything in this world for nothing. He tried to teach them to take care of themselves and don't expect people to be giving them things."

In addition to his wife and son, James Jr., he is survived by three other sons, Jonathan and Joel Roundtree and Aaron Lewis; a daughter, Camille L. Brown; two brothers, Henry and Marion Roundtree; a sister, Juliette Henry; and five grandchildren.

A Masonic service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Pyramid Temple 1, 1521 W. Girard Ave., where friends may call two hours before the service. Another service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at 59th Street Baptist Church, 59th and Pine streets, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park, Route 202 and Route 3, West Chester, Chester County.


A memorial service will be held tonight for Dr. Bruce L. Huganir, a veterinarian who was killed Sunday when the light plane he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff at New Hanover Airport in Montgomery County.

Huganir, 35 of Trappe, Montgomery County, was piloting a two-seater shortly before 11 a.m. when the accident occurred. The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating.

A 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, Huganir had a small animal practice in Skippack on Route 73 for the past four years. He graduated from Germantown Friends School and received his bachelor's degree from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He was a member of the board of Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Donna Delany Huganir, DDS; his father, Dr. George Huganir, professor emeritus and former graduate school dean at Temple University; a sister, Holly Zucker; and two brothers, Dr. Richard L. Huganir and Jeffrey D. Huganir.

A memorial service will be held at 7 tonight at the Boyd-Horrox Funeral Home, 200 W. Germantown Pike, Norristown.

Contributions may be made to the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown.


Services were to be held this morning for Walter Sinclaire Dingle Jr., an audiologist, who died Oct. 4. He was 68 and lived in North Philadelphia.

He was a graduate of Central High School and attended Howard University

from 1950 to 1952. He later attended the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1968 and his master's degree in 1970. He later received a Ph.D.

A speaker at seminars throughout the country on clinical and industrial audiology, Dingle for a time taught junior high school in Philadelphia. He also had served as executive vice president and director of audiology of Restorative Foundation Inc.

In addition to practicing as an audiologist in Philadelphia, he practiced in Italy. His wife and associate, the former Filomena Vendola, said that for the past three years he had been developing the theory of "cybernetic audiology."

Dingle was a member of the American Academy of Medical Administrators, the Masons and the Lions Club. He was a wounded Army veteran of the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father, Walter S. Dingle Sr.

Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at Gesu Roman Catholic Church, 18th and Thompson streets. Burial was to be in Old Cathedral Cemetery, 48th Street and Lancaster Avenue.

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