Monday, January 19, 2009

The Right Honorable Chevalier Sir Dr. Charles W. Swan

The Religious and Military Order Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Charles W. Swan was accolade into Knighthood in the Year of our Lord June 2000. Knights must have good moral character and spiritual insight; are productive members of their community; have an enduring interest in and practice of traditional chivalric virtues; have achieved success in their respective careers. The Order acknowledges the following ascending scale of established artistocratic precedence: countryman, page/damosel, squire/damsel, Knight, Baron, Viscount, Count, Marquis, Duke, Royal Duke, Prince, Sovereign Prince, King, and Emperor. Conferment of Knighthood in and admission to The Religious and Military Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, in and of itself, is a mark of distinction that raises one to the rank, dignity, and estate of Knighthood. The Religious and Military Order of Knights of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem The great devotion of Christians to the Holy Sepulchre has resulted in the founding of various Sepulchre Orders honoring the military valor of the Knights of old who defended Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre against their adversaries. Veneration of the Sacred Tomb of Christ dates back to ancient Christians who regarded the Sepulchre as the holiest of all holy places because the greatest of all great miracles occurred there-the conquering of death by Our Lord Jesus Christ. According to Tradition, St. James the Lesser, an Apostle and the first Bishop of Jerusalem established the first guards for the Holy Sepulchre. Historians commonly hold that Emperor Constantine the Great founded the first Sepulchre brotherhood after his mother, Helena, discovered the Holy Cross in her archaeological diggings in Jerusalem in 325 A.D. In celebration, the Emperor Constantine built a great Church on the site where Christ had been buried. The Church survives to this day. Some prominent Knights includes Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Muhammed Ali, Caspar Weinberger, John Paul Getty, Andre Previn, Count Lloyd Douglas, Alfred Welsh, Tom Foley, Peter Falk Charleston Heston, Admiral Leighton W. Smith, Mrs. Montalban and Richard Montalban, Roy and Mrs. Roy Disney. The Swan Film Institute presented by Swan and Associates

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Road to Knighthood

November 8, 1999

Office of the Grand MagistryThe Rt. Ex. Chev. Matthew Haines, G.Cd.H.S., H.G.H.S.Religious and Military Order of Knights of the Holy SepulcherDear Rt. Ex. Chev. Matthew Haines, G.Cd.H.S., H.G.H.S.:I have known Dr. Swan for approximately 3 years. We first met at a family reunion in ......, a city in where I was teaching at a University.Dr. Swan later invited me to his residence to view some theoretical papers I had written dealing with culture, health, and systems analyses. My statistical theory for using systems analyses to evaluate health outcomes on a cultural basis was an area of his intellectual and professional interest. Concerning my work, he was very affirming and supportive in its international potential. Charles was always willing to engage in discussion with me when I called. He was friendly, but to the point. He was instructive, but truthful and loyal. Having been recently appraised of the scope of his background I must admit that I find it an honor that such a rare individual with such an extensive profile would take the time to read, to critique and to continually maintain contact while conducting such a busy, pressing agenda. When I think of a gentleman, I think of courtesy, stamina, a willingness to be forthright with the truth, politeness, helpful and assisting. When I think of a gentleman I think of Charles and his noble qualities of honor, respect, courage, loyalty and willingness to serve as a dedicated scholar and mentor. When I think of character, I think of the various dialogs we have engaged in over a period of time that focused on my professional development as a research scientist. Today they have left me with an appreciation for him as a regal man of quest, a man of challenge and service. I have attempted to provide to you some guidance to a most remarkable character. And I am sure this only begins to tell the story of his passion for exactitude, bottomless curiosity for scientific understanding and inquiry. I believe that once you meet Charles you too will see what caliber of man he is, and will find all that I have described and perhaps another realm of talents yet unrevealed to me. If I can be of additional assistance please call.Sincerely,Al Killough, Ph.D.