Brother Victor J. Stone was born in Wendell, Idaho, the son of Edwin R. and Christina K. Stone, on May 5, 1951. He and his sisters, Debra and Mary, grew up in several communities in south central Idaho and Northern Nevada; enjoying the numerous outdoor activities available in the forests, mountains, and basins of the intermountain west. He graduated from Twin Falls Sr. High School, Twin Falls, Idaho in 1969 and the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1973. Later he studied for a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organization and Management from Capella University. Victor was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He also competed in wrestling in both high school and college. He was an Idaho State High School wrestling champion in his weight class and he earned a letter in wrestling at the Univ. of Idaho.
Victor was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1973. After attending flight school, he served as a Naval Flight Officer in Patrol Squadron 23, an Air Antisubmarine Warfare and Patrol Squadron. He was a P-3 Orion aircraft mission commander, Nuclear Safety Officer, an Avionics Branch Officer, and an Officer Programs Recruiting Officer. He attained the rank of Lieutenant before his tours of duty ended in 1979.
After completing his MBA studies, Victor moved to Vermont to work for International Business Machines, Corp. in Essex Junction. During his twenty five years of IBM employment, Victor held a variety of management positions in IBM's Microelectronics semiconductor manufacturing and development division. He has had leadership experience in production and operations management, pricing and competitive analysis, plans and controls, strategy development, software project implementation, and software and systems management.
Following his retirement from IBM in 2007, Dr. Stone joined Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont as a Professor of Management. He served the institution for several years as Assistant Dean of the Stiller School of Business, Director of the MBA Program, and as Director of Operations for the David L. Coorperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. He retired from Champlain College in December, 2015.
Victor and Jane Henley of Centerville, Utah have been married for 38 years. They have one daughter, Hollyjean, who is a graduate of Mt. Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont and Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.
Brother Victor was raised a Master Mason in MacDonough (now Mt. Mansfield) Lodge #26 in Jericho in October 1992. In 2000 he was elected the charter Master of the newly formed Mt. Mansfield Lodge. He served as president of the District 5 Past Master's Association in 2005 and as District Deputy Grand Master of District # 5 from 2006 to 2008. He has served as High Priest of Burlington Chapter #3 of Royal Arch Masons, Thrice Illustrious Master of Burlington Council # 5 of Royal and Select Masters. He has been a member of Burlington Commandery # 2 Knights Templar and of the Valley of Burlington Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. He is a member in perpetuity of Green Mountain Chapter of the National Sojourners. As a charter member, Victor enjoys the fellowship and adventures of the Vermont Masonic Motorcycle Riders Association, the Widows Sons.
In 2011, Victor was appointed Grand Lecturer by Brother Phil Morton, Most Worshipful Past Grand Master. He subsequently was elected to serve as Grand Junior Warden in 2013, Grand Senior Warden in 2014, Deputy Grand Master in June 2015 and on June 14, 2017 was elected as the 87th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont. He was awarded the John Barney Medal in 2013.
Victor and Jane have resided in Vermont for the past 35 years enjoying the rural community life of Jericho and Underhill.