Noble Ralph E. “Doc” Hathaway of Al Kaly Shriners in Pueblo, Colo., has been named Shriner of the Month for June 2015. The award program was developed by the leadership of Shriners International to honor outstanding nobles who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to both the fraternity and its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
For as long as Noble Hathaway can remember, he wanted to be a physician. His childhood and lifelong nickname “Doc” came in seventh grade when he delivered his first baby in an ambulance. Upon graduation from high school, he entered nursing school, which was cut short when he entered the Navy, to serve as a medic.
After his discharge, he worked in television, as a news photographer, and then for a short while he went into business on his own. With a wife and baby, Noble Hathaway was accepted into medical school in Kansas City, Mo. In 1964, while struggling financially with his young family and working various part-time jobs, he achieved his goal of becoming a physician, and received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
Noble Hathaway then returned to Maine, completed an internship, and opened a practice in Oakland, where he served as hospital chief of staff, director of Maine Osteopathic Association, medical examiner for the state of Maine, county coroner, and deputy sheriff of Kennebee County. Somehow during this busy time, he found time to complete his Masonic degrees at Messalonski Lodge #113.
“He kept his Lodge dues paid, but like so many of us, family and vocation kept him from an active Masonic life until 2006.”
Bringing Dedication and Medical Expertise to Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children
In 2006, Noble Hathaway joined Al Kaly Shriners and immediately became a staff doctor for the local Shriners Hospitals for Children. He took charge of the temple’s screening clinics and became an active member of Al Kaly’s telemedicine program. In addition to screening countless patients for admittance to Shriners Hospitals for Children, he has served as Chairman of Al Kaly Shriners’ Burn Awareness Week and IHOP’s Free Pancake Day events. At his own travel expense, he has delivered more than 8,000 burn packets to grade schools in Southern Colorado. In addition, as a result of his work with nine IHOP Restaurants in Southern Colorado, more than $55,000 has been raised for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Noble Hathaway has also voluntarily attended Board of Governor’s meetings at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City to offer assistance and provide expertise.
Noble Hathaway’s community involvement with the local Sertoma service club, where he holds the title of Man of the Year, and Silver Key, a program for seniors in the Colorado Springs area, has given him ample opportunities to give lectures promoting Masonry, Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Annually, Al Kaly Shriners can count on a $500 donation from Sertoma for their children’s transportation fund. Many lodge and Shriners International petitions contain “Dr. Ralph Hathaway” in the first line signer slot.
Since 2006, Noble Hathaway has served as Master of his Masonic Lodge, where he has also been secretary for the past seven years. He has served as Al Kaly Shriners’ President of the Elite Scooters, Wagon Master, and seven years as Colorado Springs Shrine Club secretary. In the Scottish Rite, he is Junior Warden in the Lodge of Perfection and an active participant on the Lighting Crew for reunions.
“Donating his time is only one aspect,” said Ill. Sir Guthrie. “He’s purchased and donated many Cardioversion Defibrillators to numerous Masonic lodges and the Shrine Club in the Colorado Springs area, provided considerable money to Al Kaly’s Transportation Fund and Shriners Hospitals for Children, and has purchased several $100 Million certificates.” He also had a mini handcrafted tractor-trailer and truck built, which he drives in parades promoting Shriners International membership and Shriners Hospitals. “And…,” said Ill. Sir Guthrie, “a few thousand steaks have met their fate on a barbeque grill with Chef Hathaway serving them up for Shrine and lodge functions.”
This year, Noble Hathaway’s Lady Jo Anne will be installed for the second time as Queen of Ruhamah #71, Daughters of the Nile. Noble Hathaway donates his time to assist the local and supreme sessions, doing anything that is asked of him. In May, he was honored with a 50 years of Masonic service certificate and pin.
“The phrase, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant,’ can have a line added, ‘Thanks Doc, you’ve done it all!’ Noble and Worshipful Brother Ralph E. “Doc” Hathaway is truly an outstanding citizen and deserves the recognition of the Shriner of the Month Award,” said Ill. Sir Guthrie.
Ill. Sir J.D. Potter, Potentate of Al Kaly Shriners, confirms, “Al Kaly proudly nominates Noble Hathaway for the Shriner of the Month Award.”
Congratulations to Noble Hathaway for his achievements and for being chosen as Shriner of the Month.