curator

Sean Foran

Curator

Grace Dee May Museum

A native of San Francisco, Sean Foran grew up in Hollywood as the son of well known Western actor, Dick Foran. Sean attended Hollywood High School, California State University at Northridge and St. Mary’s College earning two graduate degrees. 

 

As a young man, Foran studied acting with Lee Strasberg and he was also an accomplished athlete competing in several sports. While stationed in Germany serving in the United States Army, he developed his love of history and a deep appreciation of art– particularly painting and sculpture.

 

Returning to Los Angeles, Foran enjoyed an extraordinary career in the field of education serving as a classroom teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. His achievements included serving as a District Advisor, Assistant Principal, Instructional Specialist, and then retiring as an LAUSD School Administrator.

 

As a Master Mason, Foran has held a large number of positions within the Masonic Fraternity. He is a Past Venerable Master of the Los Angeles Scottish Rite and served as Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of California, Grand Orator for Grand Council and Grand Chapter, and in 2006 was selected as the Commander of the Year by the Grand Commandery of California.

 

His theatrical talents have been put to good use as Foran has performed in countless roles for degree work for appendant bodies of Freemasonry. These include performing in every one of the Scottish Rite Degrees and performing in the role of the Principle Sojourner in over 100 Royal Arch Degrees.

 

Foran has put his administrative talents to use as he was selected to serve in various leadership positions including serving 10 years on the Masonic Memorial Temple Committee for the Grand Lodge of California. 

 

In recognition of his administrative skills and love of history, Foran was tasked by the Grand Lodge of California with the cataloging and preservation of Masonic artifacts of historical significance which were part of displays at Los Angeles’ first Masonic Lodge. Rich in history, Masonic Lodge No. 42 stood across the Plaza from the Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Sean carefully reviewed and cataloged each artifact and prepared them to be preserved for the edification of future generations.

 

Later, Foran established the American Heritage Masonic Museum in the Hancock Park district of Los Angeles and served as Museum Curator. The Museum’s collection, which includes a Research Library, is an invaluable source for historians and Masonic researchers.

 

Foran was also a key figure in the development and founding of the Henry W. Coil Library & Museum of Freemasonry in San Francisco. He designed unique displays and authored the initial Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Guiding Principles, and the Museum Management Book for the Coil Museum which opened in 2002.

 

 

In addition to his services benefiting the Masonic Fraternity, Foran worked to improve the health of the community as Chairman of the Tobacco Control Council of the American Lung Association of Los Angeles. He also served this non-profit with his membership on the Development Committee, Executive Committee, Program & Budget Committee, and the Nominating Committee.

 

Foran has enjoyed a lifelong marriage to his wife, Vicki. They have three children and two grandchildren.

ILLUMINATING THE LEGACY OF THE WEST

Grace Dee May Museum at the Historic Shrine Auditorium

665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

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