Dave Thomas, (July 2, 1932 – January 8, 2002) was an American fast-food entrepreneur and philanthropist. Thomas was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy's, a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in hamburgers. Raised as a Master Mason in Sol. D. Bayless Lodge No. 359 Fort Wayne, Indiana. Although he joined Scottish Rite in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, he received the 33rd degree in 1995 from the Southern Jurisdiction.