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Who Was William Hiram Wood?

Right Worshipful William Hiram Wood, Jr. was born on March 24, 1891. His father, William Hiram Wood, Sr. was a machinist in Alexandria who died in 1933.  William Jr., known to his friends as “Chief” according to “Ancestry.com”, married Mary Cecelia Bailey.  They had three sons, William E., Kenneth O, and Earl R..  He was an outstanding Mason and prominent citizen of Alexandria, well known and well loved by a great many. 

He was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 120 in 1927, served as Worshipful Master of that Lodge in 1935 and as Treasurer of that Lodge for 25 years from 1937 until his death from a heart attack, July 20th 1962.  He was made an Honorary Member of Alexandria–Washington Lodge No. 22 on August 25, 1938 and unanimously selected for Honorary Membership in Andrew Jackson Lodge in 1957.  He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1951/1952.  He was a member of the Grand Lodge Committee on Work, serving as the Division Lecturer for Division No. 8 from 1954 to 1957 and for Division No. 6 from 1958 until his death.  He was named President of the John T. Cochrane Memorial Masonic School No. 1, located at Ft. Defiance, VA.  

The Grand Lodge Proceedings of 1963 carried the following necrology on page 40: 

“During the early morning hours of June 20, 1962 death invaded the ranks of the Committee on Work and removed therefrom our beloved friend and brother, Rt. Wor. William Hiram Wood, Jr. Lecturer of Division 6.  Rt. Wor. Brother Wood served the Craft as a member of this Committee more than nine years and endeared himself to every member of it, as well as a host of brethren from Chincoteague on the East to Pennington Gap on the West, and from the Potomac River on the North to the North Carolina line on the South.  He also served as President of The John T. Cochran Memorial School No. 1 for two years prior to his death.  We extend to his widow and other members of his family our sincere sympathy.  The Committee on Memorials will prepare and present to Grand Lodge a memorial to this distinguished servant of the Craft.”