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Acting Grand Master 1947-1948; Grand Master 1948-1949


Ernest Lapham Lockwood, of King Solomon's Lodge, No. 11, East Greenwich, was elected and installed the ninety-third Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, at the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh Annual Communication held in Providence on Monday, May 17, A. L. 5948, A. D. 1948.

M. W. Brother Lockwood was born in the City of Warwick, Rhode Island, March 29, 1889, the elder son of James Thomas Lockwood and Alice Knowies (Smith) Lockwood. He obtained his early education in the public schools of that City.

After graduating from Warwick High School, he entered business for a short time as a salesman of dental and medical supplies with the Smith-Holden Company of Providence which was founded in 1850 by his grandfather Andrew Jackson Smith. He has for several years served as a meml>er on the Board of Directors of this Company. He entered Harvard University in the year 1911, graduating in the class of 1913, with the degree of Doctor of Medical Dentistry.

Following his graduation he was appointed by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, instructor in Operative Dentistry.

In October of 1913 he opened his own office and started practice. His practice has greatly increased over the years and still continues with a large clientele.

On April 12, 1916, he was married to Grace Christine Burlingame, of Providence, and the union has been blessed with four daughters, Alice Kristinc (Mrs. John Arthur Leach, Jr.), Virginia Evelyn (Mrs. Richard W. Goodby) and twins, Joan Knowies (Mrs. Frederick H. Maynard) and Nancy Burlingame Lockwood. There are four grandchildren, Virginia Stewart Leach, Robert Alden Leach, Richard Lockwood Goodby and Susan Virginia Goodby.

M . W. Brother Lockwood is a descendant of a long line of Lockwoods in Rhode Island.

His father, James Thomas Lockwood, was a graduate of Brown University in the class of 1876. He studied law and became associated with tlic lute Samuel P. Colt as an attorney-at-law. He later became Judge of Probate for the city of Warwick.

Dr. Lockwood attends (he Episcopal Church, as does his family.

He served with the Rhode Island Naval Militia and the Rhode Island Naval Aviation Corps in Narragansett Bay under the command of Richard Evelyn Byrd, now Admiral Byrd, and for a long time has been a member of the Varnum Continentals of East Greenwich, with the rank of Captain of Company A.

He is a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution. Pierre Fauchard Academy—an honorary Society devoted to Dental Research, the Warwick Historical Society, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the East Greenwich Yacht Club, the British Empire Club, the Royal Order of Jesters, Masonic Veterans Association of Rhode Island and recently, on May 22, 1948, was made a member at sight of Moslem Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R., of Providence.

M. W. Brother Lockwood's Masonic record began on June 28, 1910, when he was initiated in Harmony Lodge, No. 9, of Pawtuxet. On October 25, 1910 he was raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason. On February 10. 1914 he demitted from Harmony Lodge, No. 9 and affiliated with King Solomon's Lodge No. 11, of East Greenwich, and was elected its Worshipful Master on October 3, 1928.

He is also a member of Nathanael Greene Lodge, No. 45, of Warwick, having affiliated with that lodge on February 9, 1929.

He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master on May 16, 1938 and assigned to the Seventh District and served seven years in the seven Masonic Districts and was elected R. W. Junior Grand Warden in 1945, R. W. Senior Grand Warden in 1946, Deputy Grand Master in 1947.

The late Grand Master James B. Littlefield passed away in December, 1947, which caused Brother Lockwood to act as Grand Master for six months previous to the Annual Communication of May 17, 1948, at which Communication he was elected and installed M. W. Grand Master.

He holds membership in Landmark Chapter, No. 10, R. A. M., of Riverpoint, R. I. He is a member of Providence Council, No. 1, R. & S. M., in the Cryptic Rite. In Christian Knighthood, he is a member of Calvary Commandery, No. 13, K. T. He is a member of Palestine Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Providence, R. I.

In the A. A. S. Rite, N. M. J., in the Valley of Providence, he holds membership in the four bodies of that rite, having served as Most Wise Master of the Chapter of Rose Croix.

On September 25, 1940, Grand Master Lockwood was crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Thirty-third and Last Degree at Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brother Lockwood's gracious and friendly manner in his association witli the brethren of not only this Grand Jurisdietion, but of all Sister Grand Jurisdictions which he visited, has endeared him to each and everyone. He has spread the message of good will and fraternal friendship wherever he has gone and is beloved by all with whom he came in contact.

Rhode Island People