James Floyd Brumit was born on January 3, 1930, in Dallas, Texas to Pearl and Floyd Brumit. He grew up in Dallas and graduated from Sunset High School and then Draughan’s Business College in Dallas. He married Dorothy Elizabeth Hill in 1950. They both attended the same schools and had been friends since third grade. They have one daughter, Vicki Quesada, and one grandson, Stuart. Elizabeth suffered a fatal heart attack in 1992. They were members of the Presbyterian Church all their married life and Grand Master Brumit continues to be a member, having served as a deacon and an elder.
Grand Master Brumit’s professional experience includes being a member of the Dallas Police Department for 29 years serving as a patrolman, detective and sergeant. His assignments included investigating crimes that were committed on school property, sex crimes committed against children, criminal intelligence work and security assignments for visiting dignitaries. Following his career as a police officer, Jim began a career of bookkeeping and tax work and is currently self-employed, and has become an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service.
Grand Master Brumit was elected and installed Grand Junior Warden of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas on December 6, 2008. To begin his Masonic journey, he petitioned Gibraltar Lodge No. 1179 for membership at the age of 27, and was initiated, passed and raised as a Master Mason in 1958. He is a plural member in Sunshine Lodge No. 341, Cedar Hill Lodge No. 1380, Northern Star Lodge No. 377, Knox-Corinthian Lodge No. 851, and with the merger of Gibraltar Lodge No. 1179 is now a member in Oak Cliff Lodge No. 705. He holds an endowed membership in Oak Cliff Lodge No. 705, Tranquility Lodge No. 2000 and the Texas Lodge of Research. Having served his Lodges in many capacities, he has been Worshipful Master in Gibraltar Lodge No. 1179 in 1966-67 and Sunshine Lodge No. 341 in 2003-2004, as well as serving as Secretary of Sunshine Lodge No. 341. Prior to becoming an officer he received his first Esoteric Certificate in 1959 and was presented a Life Certificate in 1984.
Long an active member and supporter of the Texas Lodge of Research, Grand Master Brumit has served on several TLR committees and also as Worshipful Master of the Lodge. His strong belief in Masonic Education led him to serve on the Committee on Masonic Education and Service.
Grand Master Brumit was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 1969 in Masonic District 14-A, and in 2006 served as District Deputy Grand Master-at-Large. He has served as a member and as Chairman on several Grand Lodge Committees, including the Mileage and Transportation Committee, the Youth Activities Committee, Committee on Petitions No. 2. He has also been a member of the Masonic Education and Service Committee, Grievances and Appeals, Affiliation and Reinstatements, and most recently, the Finance Committee. He served for many years in the Grand Master’s Conference program as Regional Coordinator, and as State Coordinator for Grand Master A. D. Hanna in 1990, and was Grand Senior Deacon that year.
In 1999, Grand Master Vernon Burke appointed him the Grand Senior Steward and he served as Grand Marshal in 2003 for Grand Master M. Boyd Patterson, Jr. He is currently the Grand Representative to Columbia Nacional Barranquilla. Brother Brumit belongs to numerous Masonic Bodies. Becoming a member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies in 1958, he was coroneted 33° Scottish Rite Mason in 1997. He holds membership in all of the York Rite bodies, Eastern Star, Grotto, Shrine, Knight Masons, Allied Masonic Degrees, Red Cross of Constantine and Masonic Rosicrucians. He served as Sovereign Master of the AMD Chapter in Dallas and later as its Secretary. Grand Master Brumit was honored with the Red Branch of Eri.
Long active with Masonic youth, Grand Master Brumit received the Grand Cross of Color from the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls for his work with Elmwood Assembly. He and Liz were long-time members of the Rainbow Advisory Board. DeMolay International honored him with the Honorary Legion of Honor in 2009.
Grand Master Jim Brumit has served his Lodges well and has always excelled in any area of endeavor. He is more than ready to serve the Grand Lodge of Texas and looks forward to the new challenge.