H. WENDELL PROUT 1889-1945
Senior Grand Deacon
Deputy Grand Master, 1935
Grand Treasurer, 1941-1944
From Proceedings, Page 1945-50:
Born at Quincy, Mass., May 7, 1889
Died at Cambridge, Mass., January 5, 1945
Right Worshipful Brother Prout was raised in Bethesda Lodge February 11, 1913. He was Worshipful Master of Bethesda Lodge in 1927; Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge in 1930; District Deputy Grand Master for the 5th Masonic District (Brighton) during the years 1931 and 1932 and Deputy Grand Master in 1935, receiving ghe Henry Price Medal in that year. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Charters and By-Laws from 1934 to 1939 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Lodge during 1935 and 1937. From September 10, 1941, to December 27, 1944, he was Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge. He became a member of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection April 7, 1939; Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, April 14, 1939; Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, April 21, 1939, and Massachusetts Consistory December 22, 1939, and was Treasurer of the Trustees of the Permanent and Reserve Funds of Giles F. Yates Council from 1939 to 1945.
Right Worshipful Brother Prout was a graduate of the Brighton High School and received the degree of Bachelor of Commercial Science from Northeastern University and later was elected a member of the Corporation.
During most of his life he was a resident of Brighton, where he took a leading part in many of its community activities. On June 2, 1914, he married Mildred Nesmith, who survives him. There were no children.
He was a member of Brighton Congregational Church, Boston City Club, Brae Burn Country Club, Savings Bank Officers' Club, Bank Officers' Association and Boston Chapter, American Institute of Banking.
He had a fine baritone voice and for many years he sang in the choir and quartet of the Brighton Congregational Church. At the age of twenty-one, he entered the employ of the Home Savings Bank, where his fine personality, deep interest in his work, sound judgment and splendid integrity won him rapid promotions until he became treasurer of the Bank in 1923, a position which he ably filled during the rest of his life.
He was an efficient person and did everything well, whether it be in line of his duties as a banker or in the enjoyment of his hobbies, which were Masonry and golf, or in any of his numerous other activities. He was a friendly person, quiet, unassuming, always cheerful and possessing a rare faculty of making friends of all with whom he came in contact. Especially through his varied Grand Lodge activities he made hosts of friends who held him in the highest esteem and affection and by whom his memory will long be cherished. Of him it can truly be said, he lived his Masonry every day.
"How brief this drama of our life appears,
The good die not. This heritage they leave -
The record of a life in virtue spent;
For our own loss at parting we may grieve
Lives such as his build their own monuments;"
FEAST OF ST. JOHN, DECEMBER 1934
From Proceedings, Page 1934-374:
Thank you, Brethren, for your cordial greeting. I assure you I am going to stick strictly to my instructions. Those were the exact words that the Grand Master used, when he wrote me a short letter, saying I would be called on for a few words tonight, but I would not be expected, requested, or permitted to make any extended remarks. So with those few remarks, I will just stand for a moment as Exhibit No. 1— and take my seat. (Applause)