STEPHEN C. LUCE, JR. 1890-1982
Senior Grand Warden, 1924
Stephen Carey Luce, Jr. was born at the Town of Tisbury Village of Vineyard Haven on the Island of Martha's Vineyard, November 25, 1890. The son of Stephen C. Luce and Mary J. Luce, he was educated at the Vineyard Haven Public Schools and graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business College in 1909. He was appointed Cashier of the Martha's Vineyard National Bank on his twenty-first birthday, November 25, 1911, and was elected President of the bank in 1933.
Elected County Treasurer of Dukes County in 1916, he did not seek re-election, but served for more than twenty-five years as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, Dukes County with various terms as Chairman of the Board. He served as an Elector in the 1952 Electoral College Presidential election; Vice President and Director, Martha's Vineyard Co-operative Bank, Vineyard Haven; Trustee and Member of the Corporation, Wareham Savings Bank, Wareham; President, Trustee and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Martha's Vineyard Hospital; Trustee and Member of the Corporation New England Deacons Hospital, Boston; Trustee and Member of the Corporation of the Children's Hospital, Boston; Member of the Corporation of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Boston, Treasurer and Director, Mayhew-Nevin Memorial Fund, Treasurer and Director, Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, Vineyard Haven. For more than 60 years, Carey Luce had a unique place on the Island. It was to him that many people turned for counsel - businessmen with problems, politicians asking his influence; parties to family feuds or disputes, anyone with most any kind of problem- This was a measure of his place in personal and community relationships.
He held many public offices, Trusteeships and Administrative posts without end, yet it was his personal qualities and particularly his shrewdness exercised from his office in the Martha's Vineyard National Bank, rather than any special incumbency, that accounted for his influence. His mind was always in a state of readiness, his natural cordiality ever present, and he was quick to balance alternatives and to act on his knowledge of people, character and circumstance. He told good stories, nicely apropos, which helped in handling a wide range of situations.
In 1919 he married the former Bertha Tillon of Vineyard Haven, whose death occurred on August 12, 1960; there were no children.
Except for business or pleasure trips, his entire life was spent on Martha's Vineyard.
- Raised in Martha's Vineyard Lodge on February 6, 1912
- Worshipful Master, Martha's Vineyard Lodge, 1920
- District Deputy Grand Master, Nantucket 31st Masonic District, 1921-1922
- Senior Grand Warden 1924
- Henry Price Medal 1925
- Grand Representative Ontario Canada 1973-1982
- Meritorious Service Certificate 1982
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