Ira A. Beck

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Ira A. Beck, PGM,
Ira A. Beck, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1920-1921

Ira A. Beck was born in Charlotte, Michigan, on September 28, 1878. He graduated from Charlotte High School in June 1893. He studied law under Judge Horace S. Maynard, and was admitted to the bar in October 1899. He was Register of Probate of Eaton County from 1897 to 1901, when he went to Chicago and was admitted to the Bar of Illinois, where he practiced until 1904, when he came to Battle Creek, Michigan, where he practiced law. He became one of the most distinguished members of the Bar in Battle Creek, and was the General Counsel for the Sanitarium and its allied interests. He married Miss Mildred Phillips on March 21, 1906. They were blessed with two daughters.

He was raised as a Master Mason on December 29, 1889 in Charlotte Lodge No. 120. He transferred to Battle Creek Lodge No. 12 on August 28, 1906, and was elected Worshipful Master on December 17, 1912, after having passed through the preceding offices. He was elected Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge, F. & A. M. of Michigan, at its annual communication in 1914, and was regularly promoted each year until his election as Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1920.

He received the York Rite Degrees in Charlotte Chapter No. 82 and transferred to Battle Creek Chapter No. 19. He received the Orders of Knighthood in Charlotte Commandery No. 37 and transferred to Battle Creek Commandery No. 33 and afterwards became Eminent Commander thereof. He was Worshipful Master of Battle Creek Lodge No. 12, Eminent Commander of Battle Creek Commandery No. 33, and President of the Athelstan Club at the same time. He was also a member of Zabud Council No. 9, R. & S. M., of Battle Creek, DeWitt Clinton Consistory and Cordinate bodies A & A.S.R. of Grand Rapids and was Coroneted an Honorary 33° Mason in September, 1915. He was also a member of St. Vincent Council Red Cross of Constantine of Grand Rapids, and a Noble of Saladin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Grand Rapids. He was a member of the Jurisprudence Committee of the Grand Commandery K.T. of Michigan for several years.

One of his most prized honors is the formation of Ira A. Beck Lodge, composed of two hundred of his intimate home friends, which was granted a dispensation by Grand Master Eddy.

He died on August 19, 1947.

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