W. Wallace Kent
Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1960-1961
W. Wallace Kent was born in Galesburg, Michigan near Kalamazoo on May 1, 1916. He began his school days at the campus school of Western Michigan College (Now Western Michigan University) and completed the eighth grade. He attended Kalamazoo Central High School from which he graduated in 1933. He enrolled at Western Michigan and received his A.B. Degree in 1937, following which he attended Law School at the University of Michigan and graduated with high honors, receiving a juris doctor degree in 1940. During his senior year, he was elected to membership in the Order of Coif, the highest scholastic honor that can come to a law student. He began the practice of law in Kalamazoo and was appointed Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Kalamazoo County. He held this office until 1944 when he resigned to enter private practice as a partner of the law firm of Mason, Stratton, Kent, and Wise. During 1945 and 1946, he served as Prosecuting Attorney of Kalamazoo County, following which he again returned to private practice. He was a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, and the American Judicature Society. He was sworn in as Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
He married LaVerne A. Fredlund in 1940. They were blessed with six children.
He was raised as a Master Mason in Anchor Lodge of Strict Observance No. 87 of Kalamazoo on September 15, 1945. He became a Steward in 1946 and in 1952 served as Worshipful Master. He was also a member of Kalamazoo Chapter No. 13, R.A.M.; Kalamazoo Council No. 63, R. & S.M.; Peninsular Commandery No. 8; K.T.; DeWitt Clinton Consistory of Grand Rapids; and St. Vincent Conclave No. 33, Red Cross of Constantine. He was appointed a member of the Committee on Masonic service and Education in May 1952. In May 1954, he was elected Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge. Since then, he was regularly advanced and, on Wednesday, May 25, 1960 was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master.
During his term of office, there were 177,000 Masons in Michigan.
He died on May 28, 1973.