Richard A. Graeter resides with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of Miami University in 1986, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1989, he serves as the president and CEO of Graeter’s Manufacturing Company, a fourth generation family business renowned for making handcrafted artisanal ice cream. Proclaimed by Oprah Winfrey as the best ice cream that she has ever tasted, Graeter’s Ice Cream enjoys a national reputation as the finest ice cream in the world among connoisseurs and celebrities alike.
Brother Graeter was initiated into the Order of DeMolay in 1977 in Western Hills Chapter, and served as Master Councilor in 1981. He also served as the 7th District State Representative. He is an Active Member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.
He was regularly initiated an Entered Apprentice by Mariemont Lodge #707, F&AM, beholden to the Grand Lodge of Ohio, Free and Accepted Masons, on March 7, 1996, passed to Fellow Craft on April 22, 1996, and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on June 28, 1996.
Brother Graeter joined with 11 other Master Masons to form the first new lodge in Ohio in over 20 years. The Grand Lodge of Ohio granted a charter to Caliburn Lodge #785 on October 18, 2002. Brother Graeter went on to serve as that lodge’s Worshipful Master in 2004, and continues to serve Caliburn as its Lodge Education Officer. Today, Caliburn Lodge is thriving with a growing membership of young professional men.
On April 26, 1997, Brother Graeter joined the Valley of Cincinnati, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and served that body as Commander-in-Chief of Ohio Consistory. On August 31, 2010, he was made an Honorary Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 33rd and Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction at the Supreme Council session in Philadelphia. He currently serves on the Valley’s investment advisory committee. In 2003, he chaired the Valley’s 150th Anniversary Committee that successfully scheduled a yearlong series of events celebrating the Valley’s sesquicentennial.
From June of 2002 until October of 2005, Brother Graeter served as the Chairman of the Masonic Education and Information Committee of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. During his brief tenure, he sought to liberalize masonic education in Ohio and embrace the technology of the Internet.
In addition to his masonic involvement, Brother Graeter is also active in his community having served on several professional, social, and charitable boards. He is recently served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cincinnati Public Radio, Inc., which broadcasts WGUC, WVXU and WMUB. He is a member of the investment advisory committee for The Cure Starts Now Foundation, which is searching for a cure to pediatric brain cancer as a key to the cure for all cancers. He also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Ryland Lakes Country Club.