With his many talents as a community leader and attorney, Worshipful Onion was indeed one of the shinning stars in the history of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22. He always looked out for the best interest of the lodge in his many leadership capacities being devoted from the 1940's through the 1990's. The lodge records reflect he always remained active in the most important committees of the lodge. During this period, he met several US Presidents, including Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Ford.
As GWMMA Representative and member of the Executive Committee of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, he jealously guarded the lodge's autonomy and rights as stated between the lodge and the Memorial Association in the 1942 Agreement. He always kept copies of the agreement, distributing them to newly appointed officers of the lodge and mentoring them on the lodge's importance within the Memorial.
As Archives Committee Chairman, he helped guide the improvements of the museums rooms, the creation of the Past Master's Gallery, and the preservation of our historic Washington museum collections, thereby serving to perpetuate the memory of Masonry's most Illustrious Brother.
An abbreviated list of affiliations and other contributions include:
Grand Representative to the U.G.L.E for the Grand Lodge of Va., Alexandria Valley of Scottish Rite, KCCH, Old Dominion Commandery No. 11, PC and PDDGC, Kena Shrine Center-Director's Staff, Mt. Vernon Royal Arch Chapter No. 14, Royal Order of Scotland, and many community and civic organizations.
We, the members of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, feel a deep loss with his passing and hope his achievements and advice will be perpetuated for many years to come. So mote it be.