Brother Pierre G. “Pete” Normand, Jr., is a native Texan, grew up in Fort Worth, and is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He is a former Air Force officer, served in Southeast Asia, and earned the Vietnam Service Medal. After his military service, he and his wife, Laura, returned to College Station, where he is retired from a successful career in real estate development. Pete and Laura have two grown children and two grandchildren.
An active Freemason, Brother Normand is a Past Master of several Masonic lodges. In 1991, he was the Charter Master of St. Alban’s Lodge No. 1455 at College Station, where he continues to serve as Secretary. He has served on the Grand Lodge Committee on Fraternal Relations for over twenty years, more than half that time as its chairman, and was appointed Grand Orator for 2015 by Grand Master Michael L. Wiggins. Brother Normand is a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a K.Y.C.H. in the York Rite, and is a member of a number of other Masonic organizations.
Brother Normand is best known for his work in the area of Masonic research and writing. He is a Past Master and Fellow in Masonic Research of Texas Lodge of Research. In 1991, he was one of the original founders of the Scottish Rite Research Society, spent ten years in the role of Editor for the Society, and in 2001 was one of the first to be given the distinction of Fellow of the Society. He is a Past Grand Chancellor and Knight Grand Cross in the Grand College of Rites of the U.S.A., a national Masonic research organization that researches, preserves and publishes the histories and rituals of extinct Masonic rites, orders and degrees. In 2010, he was named the 99th member of the Society of Blue Friars, an invitational society for Masonic authors.