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April 21, 1990 | From United Press International
The leader of the Rosicrucian Order as been ousted as imperator and president of the mystic organization and is suspected of embezzling $3.5 million, a spokesman at world headquarters said this week. Gary L. Stewart, installed in 1987 as head of the group that claims roots in ancient Egypt and about 250,000 members worldwide, left late Monday after police were summoned to enforce a restraining order, spokesman Carl La Flamm said.
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April 21, 1990 | From United Press International
The leader of the Rosicrucian Order as been ousted as imperator and president of the mystic organization and is suspected of embezzling $3.5 million, a spokesman at world headquarters said this week. Gary L. Stewart, installed in 1987 as head of the group that claims roots in ancient Egypt and about 250,000 members worldwide, left late Monday after police were summoned to enforce a restraining order, spokesman Carl La Flamm said.
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January 24, 1987
Ralph M. Lewis, son of the founder and head of the 250,000-member Rosicrucian order, has died, it was reported Tuesday. Lewis, head of the order for nearly 50 years, was 82 and died Jan. 12 in San Jose, although his death had gone unreported. His father, H. Spencer Lewis, a New York advertising executive who started the Ancient and Mystic Order of Rosae Crusis in 1909, moved the headquarters to San Jose in 1927. Lewis took over the organization after his father's death in 1938.
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November 12, 1989 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms are Laguna Beach free-lance writers/photographers and authors of the updated "Away for a Weekend."
Mysteries of ancient Egypt and a turn-of-the-century spiritualist should continue to intrigue visitors to this Silicon Valley city, despite the recent earthquake centering in the San Jose area. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum offers the largest private collection of Egyptian and Babylonian artifacts on the West Coast. Tours also can be taken in the Winchester Mystery House, a bizarre Victorian mansion built to appease the ghosts of people killed by the famed Winchester rifle.
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February 23, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
With eyes closed, Elizabeth Clare Prophet stood stylishly dressed in a white silky jacket and dress and white boots, intoning with drawn-out syllables, "Let the walls of doctrine come tumbling down. . . . I have come to make you whole, resist not your wholeness. . . . Truly, the Divine Mother does weep over the Middle East. . . ."
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