R.W. Donald B. Scott (1929-2021)

By Robert Huke |

The roll of the workmen has been called and one Master Mason has not answered to his name.

R.W. Donald B. Scott passed to the celestial lodge above on May 31, 2021. He was 91.

Brother Scott, a native of Springfield, was raised in Mechanic’s Lodge (now Harmony Lodge) in Turners Falls on October 17, 1970. He served as Master in 1975 and 1976.

He began serving Grand Lodge in 1982 when he was appointed a Grand Steward by M.W. J. Philip Berquist, Grand Master. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Greenfield 14th in 1986-1987. In 1989, he was named Grand Representative for the Grand Lodge of Arizona.

In 1994, he served as Junior Grand Warden, the third highest elected position in the jurisdiction. That same year he received the Henry Price Medal, the highest award that can be bestowed.

At the conclusion of his year as Junior Grand Warden, Brother Scott was named a Grand Lecturer. He held the position until 2012 when he was named Grand Lecturer Emeritus, along with R.W. Robert Johnston.

In addition to Harmony Lodge, Brother Scott was a member of Mount Horeb Lodge, Dennis; Mount Sugar Lodge, Greenfield; an honorary member of Joel H. Prouty Lodge, Auburn; an honorary member of Mount Holyoke Lodge, Holyoke; and an honorary member of Republican Lodge, Greenfield.

Active in many Masonic bodies, Brother Scott took his York Rite degrees in Amherst Royal Arch Chapter, William Parsons Council, Royal and Select Master Masons, and Northampton Commandery, No. 30 Knights Templar.

He joined the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Valley of Greenfield, in 1984. He also received his 32° in Springfield Consistory, Valley of Springfield that same year. He served as Thrice Potent Master of Lodge of Perfection and Most Wise Master of Rose Croix. For his contributions to the Valley he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation in 1992, the highest honor the state can bestow. He was subsequently coronated a 33° in 1995 at the Annual Session held in Milwaukee, WI. He held the position of Valley Secretary from 2006-2014.

Brother Scott also belonged to Melha Shriners Temple.

He retired from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the Director of Engineering Technical Support Services in the College of Engineering.

Don was married to the former Judith Milner and was the father of five children.

Well done, good and faithful servant.