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If we work upon marble, it will perish; if on brass,
time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust;
but if we work upon immortal minds,
and imbue them with principles,
with the just fear of God and love of our fellow men,
we engrave on those tablets something that will brighten to all eternity.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Right Worshipful Brother Roscoe Pound, Dean of Harvard Law School

Roscoe Pound was born in 1870 in Lincoln Nebraska. He studied at Harvard law school from 1889-1890, but never received a law degree. Pound was a prominent botanist as well as a jurist, and spent his early years in Nebraska practicing and teaching law, simultaneously serving as director of the state botanical survey (1892–1903). Pound was then professor of law at Harvard (1910–37) and dean of the law school (1916–36), where he introduced many reforms. He advanced the "theory of social interests" in law, asserting that law must recognize the needs of humanity, and take contemporary social conditions into account. Pound's work inspired Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal program of the 1930s.

Pound served as the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. He was a member of Harvard's Square and Compass Club, The Harvard Masonic Club, and the Acacia Fraternity, all of which played a role in the formation of The Harvard Lodge. Pound however, was the driving force in the creation of the Lodge.

A prolific writer, Pound's professional publications on jurisprudence include Introduction to the Philosophy of Law, Criminal Justice in America, Contemporary Juristic Theory, and Social Control through Law. Pound also produced many essays, articles and several books on the subject of Freemasonry including, Masonic Jurisprudence, Masonic Addresses and Writings, The Philosophy of Freemasonry, and Lectures on the Philosophy of Freemasonry.

Brother Henry Pennypacker, Dean of Admissions, Harvard College

Henry Pennypacker, served as Headmaster of the Boston Latin School where it is said he brought to that office not only the mind of a scholar but also the rugged personality of an athlete. He resigned Boston Latin in 1920 to become chairman of the Committee on Admissions at Harvard. Dean Pennypacker became a member of The Harvard Lodge in 1927. His work at the University made him a figure of national importance, until his death in 1934.

Brother Kirsopp Lake, Professor, Harvard Divinity School

Professor Lake, along with Dean Pound co-founded The Harvard Lodge in 1922. Lake was born in 1872 and lived until 1946. He was a noted English biblical scholar, and curate of St. Mary the Virgin (Oxford) until 1904, when he became a professor at the Univ. of Leiden (until 1913). After 1914 he was at Harvard, first as professor of early Christian literature, from 1919 to 1932, then as professor of ecclesiastical history, from 1932 to 1937 he served as professor of history. Lake's interests included archaeology and participated in many expeditions, periodically he would visit Mt. Sinai, Mt. Athos, and other centers of ancient culture, and in Greece he did valuable research work on old manuscripts. Among his many publications are Early Days of Monasticism on Mt. Athos (1909), The Beginnings of Christianity (5 vol., 1920–32), and Immortality and the Modern Mind (1922).

Additionally, Professor Lake was known for was his criticism of the New Testament. Lake was of the"view that the Resurrection could not possibly have occurred in the way in which it is recorded in the New Testament; therefore it must have occurred in some other way."

Brother George Chase, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, acting University President, first Dean of the University.

Dean Chase was born in 1874 in Lynn Massachusetts. He began his career at Harvard University as a Professor of classical art (primarily sculpture); principal excavator at the Argive Heraeum. Chase graduated from Harvard University class of 1896. He spent two years at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens where he excavated the Argive Heraeum, being awarded an 1897 A. M. from Harvard in the process. He continued working on his Ph.D. at Harvard, spending the 1900-01 year as a master of St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA. In 1900 he was awarded his Ph.D. from Harvard with a dissertation on Greek Shield iconography. He joined the faculty at Harvard as a lecturer in 1901, moving to assistant professor in 1906. In 1908 he married Freedrica Mark of Cambridge, MA; the same year he cataloged the James Loeb collection of classical (Arrentine) pottery with Loeb. He was associated with the excavations as Sardis in 1914. He was appointed the John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology in 1916. As a teacher, Chase was known as a fair but extremely harsh grader. The lectures he delivered in 1919 as a course offered by the Lowell Institute in Boston were published as Greek and Roman Sculpture in American Collections (1924). The following year he and R. Chandler Post (q.v.) published their History of Sculpture, for many years a stable in art history classes. G. M. A. Hanfmann (q.v.) assumed his publications of Lydian pottery from the Sardis excavations after Hanfmann became established at Harvard. In 1925 Chase became Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences until 1939 when he became Dean of the University, the first to hold that newly created office. In this capacity, he acted as president of the College when Harvard President James Bryant Conant (1893-1978) was serving in World War II and afterward when Conant served as U. S. high commissioner for western Germany. Chase issued fascicule 8 in the Corpus Vasorum Antiquarum (series) for the Fogg Museum (Galletin Collection). In 1945 he was names professor emeritus. Chase assumed the position of Acting Curator of Classical Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, replacing the late Lacy D. Caskey (q.v.). He wrote the first guide book to the Boston MFA's Classical Collection (1950). Dean Chase died suddenly at his home at the age of 77 in 1952.

Brother Gordon Maskew Fair, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering

Gordon Maskew Fair, the son of Charles and Maria (Maskew) Fair, was born on July 27, 1894, in Burghersdorp, Union of South Africa. He graduated in 1913 from Werner Siemens Gymnasium, Technische Hochschule, Berlin. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received the S.B. degree in 1916. He also received the S.B. degree from Harvard University in 1916. He studied at Tufts College an graduated with the degree of Hon. Master of Science in 1934. In the year of 1951, he received the Dr. Ing. degree from Technische Hochschule, Stuttgart, West Germany, and became an Hon. Fellow from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He received Dr. honoris causa from Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima, Peru, in 1960; Doctor of Science from Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1963, and Doctor of Science from The State University, Rutgers, in 1965. At the time of his death he was Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.

He began his professional career as a sanitary engineer in 1917 working in research on water disinfection with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. From 1918-1935 he held progressive ranks from Instructor to Professor at Harvard University. From 1935 to 1965 he was Gordon McKay Professor of Sanitary Engineering and from 1938 to 1965 Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering. He was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1946 to 1949, and was Master of Dunster House from 1948 to 1961.

He worked as consultant on sanitary engineering for many government agencies, industries, and foundations, including the National Military Establishment 1946-1953; International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, 1945-1948. From 1949-1954 as Commissioner on Environmental Hygiene, from 1946-1954 on the Army Epidemiological Board. In 1921 he was on a foreign assignment and held the position as Asst. Dir. of Sanitation, League of Red Cross Society, Geneva, Switzerland. In 1922 Professor Fair became Director of Statistics & Research, Cleveland Health Council.

He received his Masonic degrees at Amicable Lodge, and affiliated with The Harvard in 1923. Professionally, he was an internationally known leader in Sanitary Engineering, he was the recipient of honors not only in his country, but also England, Germany, Peru and others. In 1968 he was the first to receive the medal established in his honor (The Gordon Maskew Fair Medal) by the Water Pollution Control Federation (now the American Academy of Environmental Engineers) and was awarded the nation's Certificate of Merit for his service in World War II as a member of the National Research Council.

Most Worshipful Albert A. Schaefer, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts

Professor Albert Adam Schaefer was the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts between the years of 1941 – 1943. He was born in Middletown, Connecticut on February 25th, 1884, the son of Elizabeth Margaret and John Jacob Schaefer. He began his education in the public schools of Middletown before attending Phillips Exeter Academy, where he completed his studies in 1902. He then attended Harvard College, Class of 1906 followed by Harvard Law School Class of 1909.

In 1905 he earned his Masonic Degrees in St. John’s Lodge #2 in Middletown Connecticut. In 1906 Mr. Schaefer was a Charter member of the Harvard Chapter of the Acacia Fraternity. He then became President of the Harvard Masonic Club (which later became the Harvard Square & Compass Club).

In 1913 he became associated with the law firm Ropes, Gray, Boyden and Perkins where he stayed until 1935. In 1922 Mr. Schaefer was one of the Charter members of The Harvard Lodge, serving as the first Senior Steward of the Lodge in 1922, and then becoming the Master of the Lodge in 1929.

In 1930 he was appointed a Special Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Business and Engineering Law. Mr. Schaeffer held successively positions of Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and became a Full Professor in 1940. Mr. Schaeffer became an affiliate of the Richard C. Maclaurin Lodge in 1930.

Most Worshipful Whitfield Whitemore Johnson, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts

Whit Johnson was also one of the founding members of The Harvard Lodge. A graduate of both Harvard College and Law School, Whit was a prominent attorney in the Boston area. Despite his professional obligations, Whit took his personal obligations to the Craft rather seriously, becoming Grand Master of Masons in the State of Massachusetts. Worshipful Whitfield W. Johnson who was Master of the Harvard Lodge in 1933, Grand Master in 1954-56 and again Master of the Harvard Lodge in 1978 - almost 50 years later.

Most Worshipful Albert Neil Osgood, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts

Albert Neil Osgood was Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts between the years 1963-1965. He was born in Calais, Maine on June 11th 1898, the son of Charles Edward Osgood and Blanche Potter Osgood. He prepared for Harvard at Phillips Exeter Academy where he graduated in the Class of 1917 and he received his Bachelor’s degree at Harvard in the Class of 1921, after serving in World War I as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.

In December of 1920, prior to his graduation at Harvard, he became affiliated with the C.E. Osgood Company, a family retail furniture business in Boston, as Secretary to the President. He was elected President in 1925 and his business interests were centered there for many years until his retirement.

Mr. Osgood earned his Masonic Degrees in Aberdour Lodge, where he served as Master in 1933. In 1934 he became the Treasurer of the Lodge, and held the position for twenty-six years. Also in 1933, he became an affiliate member of The Harvard Lodge.
Mr. Osgood earned the reputation as being the most devout member of the Masonic Fraternity, being offered 16 honorary memberships. It is said that his kindness, consideration, and sincere thoughtfulness as a man and Mason were exceeded by none and equaled by few.

Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts

Joseph Earl Perry was Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts between the years 1938-1940. A direct descendent of Francis Cook of the Mayflower. He was born in Shelburne Falls Massachusetts on December 30, 1884, and dies at Shelburne Falls on November 3, 1983 in his ninety-ninth year, after a long and outstanding career as an educator, banker, and attorney.
He was graduated from Arms Academy at Shelburne Falls in 1902, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in 1906, the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Harvard Law in 1909 and the Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Boston University in 1922.
Admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar in 1908, he became a member of Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations. As a resident of Belmont, Massachusetts for many years, he continued his active association with the legal profession in the Boston area until 1977 when he retired from the firm Perry, Saunders and Cheney.
In addition to his practice of law, Dr. Perry took an active interest in the field of education, particularly with reference to law, banking and taxation. He served as a member of the faculty at Boston University, Northeastern University, Rutgers University Graduate School of Banking and as a member of the Council of the Harvard Law School Association. In 1943 he declined the offer of the presidency of Middlesex University.

Most Worshipful Arthur W. Coolidge, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Lieutenant Governor of Massachussetts

Arthur William Coolidge was Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts from December 27, 1943, until December 27, 1944. Normally, our Grand Masters accepts election for three consecutive years, and it is with great regret on behalf of the Fraternity that he only served one term. A critical situation had arisen politically in Massachusetts and there was an urgent demand that he become a candidate for the State Senate, to which he was elected. Later, he yielded to a call to public service and was elected Lieutenant Governor, serving the years 1947 to 1949. He declined re-election as Grand Master in the belief that it would be unwise to hold that office while a candidate in a state-wide campaign for the Lieutenant Governorship.

Mr. Coolidge was born at Woodfords, Maine October 13, 1881, being a ninth generation descendent of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony and of John and Mary Coolidge, who helped found Watertown, in 1630. He traced his ancestry back to the Mayflower, in addition to a sister of Charles Bulfinch, who designed our present State House. He was the fifth cousin of President Calvin Coolidge, and resembled him in many ways; both had a rugged character and sense of duty to serve their fellows.
Mr. Coolidge was educated in the public schools of Deering Maine; Westbrook Seminary; Tufts College (A.B.1903); and the Law School of Harvard University (LL.B. 1906). Thereafter practicing law.

In 1907 he earned his Masonic Degrees at Zetland Lodge in Boston. He later affiliated with The Harvard Lodge in 1927.
Thereafter he practiced law all his life, but devoted much of his time to altruistic and public services. These included being a Representative of the Massachusetts Legislature, 1937-1940 ; Senator, Massachusetts Senate 1945-1946 (elected on the first ballot, an unprecedented distinction); Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1947-1948; and Candidate for Republican Governor in 1950, but defeated. Mr. Coolidge died in Reading Massachusetts in 1952.

Worshipful Harry Lee Cowles, Squash coach, Harvard University; first in the world.

Harry Cowles, was born in 1889. He earned his Master Mason Degree at The Harvard Lodge in 1924, and became the Master of the Lodge in 1932.

The founder of intercollegiate squash, Harry Cowles coached more national champions than any college coach in history. A court tennis pro from Newport, Cowles taught squash at the Harvard Club in Boston and was reputed, in an era without professional tournaments, to be a leading player.

In 1922 Harvard University hired him to be the first college squash coach in the country. Before he retired in 1937, he had generated a squash boom around the U.S. and launched what remains today the world's largest and highest-quality university squash league.

If squash were more of a spectator sport, the name Harry Lee Cowles would rank with Haughton, Camp, and Rockne in football, or Bolles in crew. Since it is not, few even among loyal Harvard men appreciate his greatness. During his reign, Harvard almost completely dominated intercollegiate play. Harvard men coached by Cowles won thirteen National Singles championships, a host of other titles and five National Team titles (no other college ever won one until Yale in 1959). His tenure stretched fifteen years, from 1922 through 1937. There will never be another period like it.

Unfortunately Harry was struck down by illness in early 1937. He remained, unable to work, until a few years after the last war, when surgery restored his health allowing him to enjoy about a decade of normal existence at a rest home before he died in December, 1960.

It is a tribute to Cowles and his pupils, and a credit to Harvard, that as soon as his illness was made known, a large number of his proteges rallied round and created a fund that was maintained as needed until his death. It should be added that the H.A.A. also did its full share in this regard.

What sort of man was Harry? Above all, he was upright. He stood very straight, he had a penetrating blue eye, and an uncompromising sense of right and wrong which admitted to no gray areas. If something was at all gray, then it was pure black to Harry.

A single example will suffice to remove any doubts the reader may have about these sweeping statements. All during his youth Harry worked hard as pro, stringer and player. A prevalent custom in the old days was for a member to demand a handicap, then play for money, knowing all along that the pro could pretty well control the affair. The idea was to let the fellow make a few dollars. After all, stringers got fifty cents an hour, and the members paid no income tax. All the pros did this, except Harry Cowles. The fact that he was very poor made not the slightest difference; gambling was wrong. Harry's character was truly "rock-ribbed."

Lots of people have sterling qualities of character. Cowles had these and much more: the ability to think originally; the ability to analyze the most subtle situation; the patience, persistence and clarity that characterize all good teachers; and a touch of genius in his ability to understand both the potentialities of each individual and his limitations, adn to be guided by them. His champions were never "molded," they grew. They played not his
game, but their own games, and they played them so well that they defeated all opponents. There was no "Cowles system" or secret formula. There was rather that uncanny understanding of the pupil coupled with an imagination that enabled Cowles to envision this particular person, in his own particular way, playing championship squash. Coupled with complete sobriety, no smoking or drinking, and with unflagging industry, these talents produced an almost uninterrupted row of phenomenal champions.

His Harvard teams never lost a single match, going undefeated for fifteen seasons. Four of his players won six of the first seven national intercollegiate titles. Harvard captured the national five-man team tournament six times, a record that remained unbroken for sixty years. The enthusiasm for squash at Harvard was seen in the fact that by the time Cowles retired there were fifty courts on campus. Most of all, he mentored seven national champions in an unmatched period of success, with Palmer Dixon, Myles Baker, Herby Rawlins, Larry Pool, Beek Pool, Germain Glidden and Willing Patterson winning thirteen out of sixteen straight titles. The illustrious Harry Cowles Invitational, played at the Harvard Club in New York from 1947 to 1996, was named in his honor.

Combining suberb technical advice, psychology and a strict demand for sportsmanship, Harry Cowles set the standard for all future college coaches.

Brother Jack Barnably, Squash Coach, Harvard University

John Morton Barnaby II or "Jack" as he was known was probably the one most important influence on squash in the United States over the past 100 years. He became a member of The Harvard Lodge in 1936, and was recommended by Harry Lee Cowles, mentioned above, and also a squash coach at Harvard. From his laboratory, the Harvard Squash Courts, he hatched many of the most important squash champions in the hardball game.

Barnaby coached Benjamin Heckscher, Charles Ufford, Henry Foster, Anil Nayar, Jay Nelson, Dinny Adams, Victor Niederhoffer, Larry Terrell, Dave Fish, Peter Briggs, Bill Kaplan, and Michael Desaulniers. Barnaby coached Men's Squash and Tennis at Harvard from 1937 to 1976. During those 39 years, Barnaby's teams won 745 matches, 17 National Squash Championships and 16 Ivy league titles. His squash teams had a winning percentage of 346-95 (.785) ! After retiring as men's coach, Barnaby coached women's squash at Harvard from 1979-1982.

One of his most important coaching successes was the development of Victor Niederhoffer. Niederhoffer, who had not played squash prior to entering Harvard, won the National Intercollegiate Championship in 1964 and went on to challenge Sharif Khan for preeminence in the North American Game in the 1970s.

A key to Barnaby's brilliance as a coach was his ability to adapt his coaching advice to take advantage of the particular physical and intellectual talents of individual players.

Jack Lambert wrote in Harvard Magazine in 1976: "A recurrent theme [of Barnaby] is the importance of identifying the specific talents of each individual and then building a winning game on those strengths--in Barnaby's words, getting each player "to be himself to a very high degree of excellence." Men's tennis coach Dave Fish '72, who has played and coached under Barnaby, observes that the nine athletes on Barnaby's varsity team might call for nine different styles of coaching."

Barnaby was famous for his fascination with the details of the game --- and for his ability to convey those details to his students. Victor Niederhoffer said, "Jack was like a piano teacher, breaking the game down into exercises."

Barnaby also had a strong emphasis on character. Dave Fish, one of his players and his successor as Harvard Squash Coach told the Boston Globe today that he saw Barnaby as the "John Wooden of racquet sports" for his emphasis on good sportsmanship and good character --- though he was also a strong proponent of gamesmanship, which he covers in depth in his books on squash.

Barnaby, for all of his close ties to the amateur world of squash exemplified by the Ivy Leagues, was right there when the Game went "open" in the mid 1970s in the USA. It was Barnaby's most famous student, Victor Niederhoffer, who was a driving force behind the opening up of the game in the mid 70s and the formation of the World Professional Squash Association (WPSA). Barnaby was an enthusiastic supporter of the WPSA, and was very actively involved in the organization of the teaching pro side of the WPSA. Barnaby largely developed from scratch (drawing on similar approaches in Tennis) the methodology for certifying squash professionals to teach the game.

Barnaby, for all his legendary status, was completely down to earth and loved by most of his players. In 1979, when I was up for WPSA teaching certification, Jack got out on court with me, gave me my test, and while hitting a few balls with me, gave me some tips on coaching.

Jack Barnaby did so many little things that made it clear that he cared about his players as people as well as competitors. Peter Briggs, one of his star players in the 70s, was especially moved when Jack Barnaby made a point of coming, from retirement, to the Intercollegiates Championships dinner in 1994, when Briggs was inducted into the NISRA College Squash Hall of Fame. "It made such an impact on me at that time," Peter recently recalled, "to know that Jack cared about me so much that he drove all the way to the dinner to see me get that honor."

Barnaby wrote a book on the game, "Winning Squash Racquets" in 1979, which summed up his knowledge of the game. Although written for the hardball game, many aspects of the book covered the mental approach to the game --- just as relevant to today's players.

In addition to being a great coach, Barnaby was a fine player. He was a member of the 1932 Harvard Team that won the Intercollegiate Championship and reached the semi-finals of the individual Intercollegiate Tournament that year. Barnaby recalls in his book his practice sessions with the great champion Germain Glidden:

"When Germain Glidden was peaking to win his first Nationals in 1936, we played each other several times a week in a rivalry I have always cherished. We usually began in a friendly way, but always quickly developed into a serious match. So totally did we focus on each point that we continually forgot the score. At the end of a prolonged exchange, neither of us could remember it. We developed the habit of asking a spectator to keep track. Each separate point was a match in itself, requiring every atom of our attention and effort. At the end of each of these practice matches, I always felt fatigued mentally as well as physically."

Jack Barnaby was honored as a charter member of the NISRA College Squash Hall of Fame in 1990. The new Harvard Squash complex is named in Barnaby's honor. In addition to playing a key role in the fledgling WPSA, he had also served as president of the US Professional Tennis Association and the Youth Tennis Foundation of New England.

But more than any of those, the place that Jack Barnaby, the coach and mentor, retains in the thoughts and hearts of generations of Harvard Squash and Tennis players, was far more meaningful to him than any other honor.

Brother Bancroft Beatley, President of Simmons College

A founding member of The Harvard Lodge, Bancroft Beatley was President of Simmons College from 1933-1955. A period of both the lean war years and the booming post-war period. Under his guidance the College was able to effectively meet the financial challenges of the times, as well as changing to meet the times by allowing men to enroll in technical classes as part of the G.I. Bill.



Brother S. Justus McKinley, President of Emerson College

S. Justus McKinley was the sixth president of Emerson College, serving from 1953 to 1967. The period immediately proceeding McKinley's tenure as president was a tumultuous one for the College. A leadership vacuum developed after Green's departure and a financial crisis threatened to push the college to merge with another institution or cease operations altogether. Instead, Emerson called McKinley, who had previously taught History at the College, to return to serve as the sixth president. McKinley's tenure was characterized by stability and by steady growth of the study body and the campus facilities

Right Worshipful Brother Robert Preston Beach

R.W. Bro Beach was a Past Grand Secretary and the senior Past Senior Grand Warden. Originally raised in Beth-horon Lodge on November 1, 1945, he was a 50-Year Member of The Harvard Lodge, where he served as Master in 1961, and Meridian Lodge. He was a charter member of Maugus Hills Lodge (merged with Meridian in 1999), The DeMolay Lodge, and The Masters Lodge.

Most well known for holding the position of Grand Secretary for 20 years (1969-88); upon his retirement, M.W. Albert T. Ames declared Bro. Beach Grand Secretary Emeritus. He first served the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as Grand Marshal for M.W. A. Neill Osgood, 1960-63. In 1966 he was the Senior Grand Warden under M.W. Thomas Booth.

A native of Portland, OR, and educated at Harvard, Bro. Beach served during World War II as a Naval officer in the Pacific Theater. A Certified Public Accountant, he maintained an office in Boston for many years

Right Worshipful Brother James Francis Farr

James Francis Farr was born on March 17, 1911 in Ludlow Massachusetts where he was raised on a farm. Following graduation from Ludlow High School as a top student, Bro. Farr went on to receive an A.B. Degree with honors from Harvard College in 1933. Bro, Farr was a member of the Harvard Square and Compass Club and then decided to pursue law, graduating from Harvard Law in 1936.
Not long after beginning the practice of law, World War II intervened and Bro. Farr spent four years on Active Duty with the United States Coast Guard with the rank of Lieutenant. Later he headed the Shield Club composed of Coast Guard Reserves.

Returning to his chosen profession, Bro. Farr eventually began a long career rising t be the Senior Partner of the highly-regarded Boston law firm of Haussermann., Davison & Shattuck. From 1989 to 1003, he was a consultant to the firm of Peabody & Arnold. He specialized in probate law, trusts and estate planning and authored two important volumes in his field, "Loring, A trustee's Handbook - Farr Revision" and "An Estate Planner's Handbook." He was a member of the Massachusetts and Federal Barr Associations, and of the Tax Court.

Bro. Farr began his Masonic career in 1944 when he became a Master Mason in 1944, becoming Master of the Lodge in 1949-51. He became the District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Grand Sword Bearer, Judge Advocate, Member of the Board of Trial Commissioners and, eventually Deputy Grand Master of Masons. In addition to the Masonic Blue Lodge, Bro. Farr was very active within the Scottish Rite receiving his 33rd degree in 1964.

The Henry Price Medal of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was presented to him in recognition of his many good works.

Bro. Farr was also known for both his community service and philanthropy. He served on the board of such organizations as the New England Deaconess Hospital, the Cambridge home for aged people, the Cambridge Y.M.C.A. the Cambridge Civic Association, and the Cambridge Community Services. He was also very dedicated to the Methodist Church where he served in various capacities. Bro. Farr’s philanthropies included the donation of several buildings to the New England Deaconess hospital, as well as his strong supporter of the Scottish Rite’s National Heritage Museum in Lexington, where he funded the construction of the Farr Conference Center.

Bro. Farr impacted many lives; one in particular was that of Thomas Culhane who founded the James Farr Academy. It was at the Cambridge YMCA that Tom first met Jim Farr, the man who became a significant long-term influence in his life, always willing to provide the guidance and encouragement that helped Tom not only establish goals but to dream just a bit. Through high school, the military, and college, Tom could always count on Jim Farr to remain steadfast in his support. In 1972 when Tom opened his school for troubled youngsters, he named the school James F. Farr Academy to honor Jim Farr.

The Farr Academy is located in Central Square, Cambridge, and is a junior and senior alternative high school for children at risk of dropping out of school - ; the Brookline Infant Toddler Center (BITC) of Newton, a child care center for children three months to six years old; and Agape Inn in Holbrook, a residential facility for children and young adults with developmental delays and multiple handicapping conditions.