FRANCIS DEE TAYLOR 1894-1968
- MM 1910, Hiram
- WM 1930, Victory
- DDGM, Waltham 5, 1938-1939
- Deputy Grand Master 1944
- Grand Chaplain 1945-1962
From Proceedings, Page 1968-161:
The Right Worshipful Reverend Francis Dee Taylor, D.D., the son of William and Mary Ann Taylor, was born in Turney, Missouri, on March 1, 1884, and died in Needham, Massachusetts, on August 16, t968. His funeral Service was held in Carter Memorial Methodist Church, Needham, on Sunday, August 18, at 2:00 P.M., and the interment at Mount Auburn Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Lois, and by two daughters, Mrs. Fred Miller of Naples, Florida, and Mrs. A. B. Leighton of Holyoke, Massachusetts; also by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Right Worshipful Brother Taylor was raised in Hiram Lodge, Arlington, on May 19, 1910. He affiliated with Victory Lodge, Watertown, on February 3, 1928, and served as Worshipful Master of this Lodge in 1930. He was one of six Honorary Members of Victory Lodge since its organization in 1920. In April of this year, Victory Lodge named the current class of candidates "The Right Worshipful and Reverend Frank Dee Taylor Class."
He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Waltham Fifth District in 1938 and 1939. He was appointed Grand Chaplain of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge in 1943, and Deputy Grand Master in 1944. He was again appointed a Grand Chaplain in 1945 and served as such until 1962. He was Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Ecuador near the Grand Lodge in Massachusetts from 1940 to 1962. He received the Henry Price Medal in 1944 and the Veteran's Medal in 1960.
His interest in Freemasonry reached out to the Collateral Bodies. He received the Royal Arch Degree in Reading Chapter, Reading, on May 27,1914, and became a Charter Member of Watertown Chapter in 1922. He served as High Priest of this Chapter in 1927. He was District Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts in 1934 and 1935, and was Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter in 1936. He was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Chapter in 1940. He received the Super Excellent Degree in Cambridge Council in 1931, and was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Council from 1946 to 1957. ' He received the Order of the Temple in Beauseant Commandery, Malden, in 1919.
Right Worshipful Brother Taylor's Masonic interest found marked expression in the Scottish Rite. In 1922 he became a member of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, and Massachusetts Consistory. He was Orator of the Consistory from 1949 to 1955, and one of the Priors from 1955 until the time of his death. He was Prior of Massachusetts Council of Deliberation from 1946 to 1968. He was created an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, Thirty-Third Degree on September 29, 1948.
Right Worshipful Brother Taylor graduated from Missouri Wesleyan College, from which he had an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree, and had his work in theology in Boston University. All of his pastoral ministry was in Massachusetts where he served Churches in West Chelmsford, Arlington Heights, Wakefield, Medford, Watertown and Newton Upper Falls. He was appointed District Superintendent of the Methodist Churches in the Worcester District in 1949 and served six years. Since his retirement he has served several Churches in an interim capacity. He was a Chaplain in the United States Army in World War One.
He will be long remembered for his contribution to Massachusetts Freemasonry. He enriched every relationship with which he was associated. His fertile mind, his facility in apt expression and natural eloquence, his perceptiveness as to the realities in Freemasonry, and religion, and life, enabled him to give a new dimension to every occasion where he was called upon for public address or prayer. His warm personality and his kindling friendliness won men to him instinctively. Freemasonry found a strong and tireless worker, an ardent friend and an outstanding exemplar in Frank Taylor. With all sincerity we can say of him what was said of another in days long gone:
"His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, 'This was a man!' "
Thomas S. Roy
Howard E. Perry
Allen W. Stone