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RALPH LOWE, JR. 1885-1977


Deputy Grand Master, 1937


From Proceedings, Page 1977-195:

Our Brother Ralph Lowe, Jr. was born on August 6, 1885, in Boston, Massachusetts the son of Ralph and M. Gertrude (Cassidy) Lowe. He was educated in the Boston Public Schools and at fourteen years of age commenced work with the S.A. Woods Machine Company. He rose to Vice President and a director during his sixty years of association with the corporation. From 1925 through 1962 Brother Lowe served as Corporator, Trustee and Vice President of the Dorchester Savings Bank. He was also associated with the Equitable Life Assurance Society as an underwriter, assistant manager and manager from 1933 through 1962.

Brother Lowe was entered in Rabboni Lodge on October 18, 1906, passed on November 15, 1906 and raised on January 17, 1907. He served as Worshipful Master in 1924 and 1925 and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Dorchester Fourth Masonic District in 1927 and 1928. He was also a Charter Member of Milton Lodge. In 1934, Brother Lowe received the Henry Price Medal and in 1936 was appointed Grand Representative from the Grand Lodge of Quebec near the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. In 1937 he was appointed Deputy Grand Master and twenty years from that date in 1957, he received his Veteran's Medal. In January of this year he celebrated his seventieth anniversary as a Mason. His long service on the Education Committee of our Grand Lodge will be well-remembered.

In capitular Masonry he was exalted in Dorchester Chapter of Royal Arch Masons on December 23, 1907 and served as its High Priest in 1926. He was appointed Grand Steward, subsequently Grand Scribe and in the years 1934, 1935 and 1936, served as Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts. He held minor offices in Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters in which he was greeted on May 31, 1917. He was knighted in Boston Commandery No. 2 on June 18, 1919. Brother Lowe was a life member of these as well as of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Boston, which he joined in February of 1943. In Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix he served as a Guard for many years. He also was a life member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. He enjoyed long-time membership in Brae Burn Country Club of Newton.

Brother Lowe is survived by his widow, Hazel ( Moody) Lowe, a daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Davis of Vermont and two sisters, Lillian of Florida and Mrs. Sara Goldie of Vermont.

Right Worshipful Ralph Lowe, Jr. is quoted as having said of his ancestors, 'nothing special, just plain folks and good steady contributors to our Country and society for some time in past generations.' He entered the Celestial Lodge Above on October 18, 1977, from West Roxbury, Massachusetts and his epitaph could well read as a paraphrase of that which he said of his forbears. Right Worshipful Ralph Lowe, Jr. was a man who rose to great heights in the business world, in his community, and in Freemasonry. He was something 'special, but just plain folk and a good steady contributor to our Country, society and Masonry for some time.'

Respectfully submitted,
J. Philip Berquist
Charles E. Norton
Robert J. Jones, II

Distinguished Brothers