The First DeMolay - Louis Lower

Louis Gordon Lower was born February 2, 1902. At the age of seventeen, Lower was first introduced to Frank S. Land. At that time, Louis was merely looking for a job to help out with family finances, but his demeanor piqued Land's interest. Land soon suggested that Lower could help him organize a young men's club—an organization to encourage and give direction to young men like Louis Lower.
Within a few weeks, the first unofficial meeting of the Order of DeMolay took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City. Lower was the first DeMolay—his patent, issued by Mother Chapter of Kansas City, Missouri is dated October 5, 1919 and bears the signature of Frank S. Land himself. Louis was also the first member of the Legion of Honor.
 
By 1943, Louis, a well regarded city official, was the Director of the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. On July 18, 1943, Louis Lower was murdered outside Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. He had stopped to question a drunken security guard who was directing traffic at a crowded intersection in the city street. When Lower reached out to inspect the guard's badge, he was deliberately shot in the chest. He was forty-one years of age. He was survived by his wife Mrs. Dazie B. Lower, his sisters Fredonia Lower and Mrs. J.E. Wasson, and his brother Elmer W. Lower.
 
Louis Lower was a man of ideals. He kept them to himself until the hour of fulfillment arrived. Some were the dreams of boyhood when he was an active DeMolay, from which he never departed.
 
His death was a deep loss to DeMolay, especially Frank S. Land, who had regarded him as a son.
 
"He was a symbol to millions of young men of the ideals and teachings of our Order. He wore the mantle of this stewardship with dignity and grace. He never forgot the responsibility that was his. The ethics of leadership taught him in DeMolay flowered in countless fields of endeavor. He was a man of ideals ... He loved God, his home, and his country. He was a knight errant in his daily life although he would never admit it—but it was there."
 
— Frank S. Land
 
 

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1975: The 55th Annual Session of the International Supreme Council (ISC) – Initial discussions with Bro. George A. Newbury, Chairman, International Relations Committee, ISC and Bro. Macario R.

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HON. RODEL RIEZL SJ. REYES, LOH, DGC
Grand Master, Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay
Republic of the Philippines
 

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