Looking Back 75 Years to Barristers Lodge No. 48 In the year that World War II ended, on December 5, 1945, Brother Kennedy C. Watkins ascended to the East to assume his place in the Oriental chair of Barristers Lodge No. 48 ofthe Free and Accepted Masons ofthe District of Columbia for the 1946 Masonic year. As explained in the minutes, "[t]he newly elected Worshipful Master and Senior Warden were impressively installed by the first Master of Barristers Lodge, Worshipful Brother Warren W. Grimes, our faithful installing officer."
Barristers Lodge had a busy Masonic year. It held numerous Special Communications to confer degrees upon Brethren--ultimately raising five Master Masons. It also provided a number of programs for the Brethren, including an address by Admiral O.S. Coclough, Judge Advocate General ofthe Navy, on National Security and an address by General Paul R. Hawlye, Chief Medical Officer ofthe Veteran's Administration (VA), on medical activities ofthe VA.
After a successful year, the Most Worshipful Grand Master ofthe District of Columbia, William E. Schooley, "commented very favorably on the activities ofthe Lodge and on its status as ofthe end ofthe Masonic Year."