M.W. Ralph E. Newby, G.M.
Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Colorado
He was born July 10, 1956 in Cortez, Colorado. After graduating from High School in Rocky Ford, Colorado he attended and graduated from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. During his time at college he became interested in working with computers and computer programming. After college he took a programming job in Pueblo, Colorado where he became acquainted with the Pueblo Masons through his involvement in DeMolay, something he had been involved with since early high school.
In 1977 he was initiated, passed, and raised in Silver State Lodge # 95 in Pueblo, Colorado. He soon started the Blue Lodge line and served as Master of the Lodge in 1984. He married his wife of 32 years in 1987 and that year also took a position teaching Computer Science at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado. They lived there for almost 30 years and had a son and a daughter. His son joined Masonry and is a Past Master. They now have three grandchildren. While in La Junta, he earned a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern Colorado.
He was a District Lecturer of several lodges in the Lower Arkansas Valley for over 15 years. In 2009 he served as Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of Colorado. He retired from teaching in 2013 shortly after starting his time in the progressive Grand Lodge line, being appointed as the Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge. He is a member of many Masonic groups including Scottish Rite and York Rite. He served as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of Colorado in 2017-2018. He still works part time as a computer programmer and database manager as well as occasionally teaches online computer classes