RAYMOND E. NEAL 1896-1964
Junior Grand Warden, 1949
From Proceedings, Page 1964-69:
Right Worshipful Raymond Elwood Neal was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on October 21, 1896, the son of Edward J. and L. Edna Neal and died in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on Friday, January 3, 1964.
Our Brother was educated at Lynn English High School and was graduated from Harvard University in 1920 as of the Class of 1919 with a degree of Bachelor of Science. He commenced teaching at Simmons College in 1920 and later became Professor of Chemistry. He served Simmons College in this department for forty-two years retiring in 1962. Right Worshipful Brother Neal was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1963. He was the author of Chemistry in Nursing published in 1948, and the book was republished in 1962 as Chemistry; with Selected Principles of Physics. He also collaborated with Dr. Timm on a Chemistry Laboratory Manual.
He was united in marriage to Helen Porter Low on March 19, 1921. Mrs. Neal survives him, also one son, Raymond E. Neal, Jr., as well as three grandchildren.
Right Worshipful Brother Neal served in the A.E.F. as Sergeant 1st Class in the 30th Field Signal Battalion. He was a member of East Lynn Post #291 American Legion, serving as Adjutant for three years. He was Director and Treasurer of East Lynn Post (1) Credit Union from 1928 to 1943. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and also a member of the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers, serving as Secretary 1942-1944.
He was a member of Wyman Memorial Church of Saint Andrew (Episcogal), Marblehead, and held several important offices in this church during his life.
His Masonic record is as follows: Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Golden Fleece Lodge, Lynn, Massachusetts, on June 7, 1920 and served as Worshipful Master in 1938 and 1939. In the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts he served as District Deputy Grand Marshal of the Lynn Eighth District in 1943 and 1944 and, as District Deputy Grand Master of the same District in 1945 and 1946 by appointment of Most Worshipful Samuel Holmes Wragg. He served as Junior Grand Warden in 1949 and shortly afterward received the Henry Price Medal. Right Worshipful Brother Neal was an Honorary Member of Mount Sinai Lodge of Lynn, and was a Committee Member of the Grand Lodge Board of Education representing the 29th Lodge of Instruction. In our Grand Lodge he was a Grand Representative for the Grand Lodge of Oregon. He was made a Capitular Mason in Sutton Royal Arch Chapter on December 10, 1925.
In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Brother Neal received the degrees in Sutton Lodge of Perfection on March 1, 1946, and in 1960 served as Thrice Potent Master; Jubilee Council Princes of Jerusalem March 8, 1946; Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix March 22, 1946; and Massachusetts Consistory April 26, 1946. He was coroneted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council 33rd Degree in 1962 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On June 7, 1920, the Worshipful Master of Golden Fleece Lodge said, "You there stand a just and upright Mason", and all through life he exemplified this charge. Right Worshipful Brother Neal asked us "to walk tall, self-reliant, free." He walked that way himself, all through our destiny, and we hear his steps now.
Funeral services were conducted by the Reverend Roy M. Grindy in the Wyman Memorial Church of Saint Andrew of Marblehead. Interment at Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead.
Thus endeth the record of a devoted husband, father, a beloved Professor and a "just and upright Mason."
Raymond E. Smith
Robert A. Miller