Lewis, Ralph M. (1904–1987)
Ralph M. Lewis, for 48 years the imperator of the Ancient
and Mystical Order of the Rosae Crucis (AMORC), was born in
February 14, 1904, in New York City, the son of H. Spencer
Lewis, the founder of the order. He formally joined the order
in 1921 during his teen years and quickly progressed through
the degrees. In 1924 he was appointed supreme secretary and
in the 1930s emerged as a public lecturer for the order. He was
credited with spreading the membership through North America
and Europe.
In 1939 H. Spencer Lewis died and Ralph became the new
imperator and took administrative control of the order. He
also became a teacher in his own right and beginning in 1944
wrote a number of books, including Behold the Sign (1944), The
Sanctuary of the Self (1948), The Conscious Interlude (1957), and
Yesterday Has Much to Tell (1973). Lewis led the order until his
death January 12, 1987, in San Jose, California.
Sources
Lewis, Ralph M. Behold the Sign. San Jose, Calif. Supreme
Grand Lodge of the AMORC, 1944.
———. The Conscious Interlude. San Jose, Calif. Supreme
Grand Lodge of the AMORC, 1957.
———. The Sanctuary of the Self. San Jose, Calif. Supreme
Grand Lodge of the AMORC, 1948.
———. Yesterday Has Much to Tell. San Jose, Calif. Supreme
Grand Lodge of the AMORC, 1973.

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