Columbian Lodge A.F. & A.M.

Located in Boston, MA - Instituted in 1795 by Paul Revere.

Most Worshipful Donald Warren Vose


"I bring to you the warm fraternal greetings of:
the 250th Anniversary Committee of the
Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts;
the Grand Commandery of Knight Templars and
Appendant Orders of Massachusetts and Rhode Island;
the Salvation Army;
Cushing Academy;
and, the Edgartown National Bank."

...MW Bro. Vose


The familiar greeting of M.W. Donald Warren Vose - the senior Past Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts – which he repeated numerous times throughout the years, and enjoyed by countless Brethren, will not be uttered again. This afternoon, M.W. Bro. Vose entered the Celestial Lodge Above. He was 96. 

Bro. Vose was the 74th Grand Master, serving from 1972 – 74. 

Raised in Columbian Lodge, Boston, on June 17, 1933, 2008 marked his 75th Anniversary as a Mason. Columbian Lodge, which dates to 1795, is one of 19 lodges that were chartered by M.W. Paul Revere. M.W. Bro. Vose is the sixth Grand Master from Columbian Lodge. 

In an interview conducted in September 2007, Bro. Vose cited his greatest challenge and his most important accomplishment as Grand Master was bringing the office of the Grand Master closer to the Craft:

"The thinking was the Grand Master should stay exclusive and be on a quiet offshore pedestal. I thought the people elected him and he should be seen, so I went on far more visitations to lodges than had been the rule at the time. So the Grand Master was accused of suffering from overexposure...It would be exemplifying Masonry the way it should be, everybody getting along with each other and meeting with each other."

Active in several bodies throughout his Masonic career, in addition to being the Grand Master he also served as: Commander-in-Chief of the Massachusetts Consistory from 1958-61; Potentate, Aleppo Shrine Center, 1976; and, Grand Commander of Knights Templar and Appendant Orders of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 1982. 

(Reprinted from www.MassFreemasonry.org) 

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