115th Grand Master of Masons in Virginia

Most Worshipful Samuel Dexter Forbes

Samuel Dexter Forbes was born in Purcellville, Virginia and received his education in the elementary schools there. He attended the George School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and later was graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D, C., with the Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

In early manhood he came to Alexandria and made his home in that City for some time. He began his career of business in the merchandizing of feed and grain at a location just across the street from the City Hall.

While a resident of Alexandria he petitioned Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 and was duly initiated, passed and raised by that Lodge, becoming a Master Mason and member of the Lodge in November 1915. Although he was never a Worshipful Master of his Mother Lodge, he was the fifth member of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 to become the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in 1959. He became a Royal Arch Mason in Mount Vernon Chapter No. 14, in Alexandria.

Later in life he moved to Warren, Virginia and affiliated with Scottsville Lodge No. 45. He was placed in line by his brethren of that Lodge and became Worshipful Master of the Lodge.

He later became a resident of the City of Charlottesville and affiliated with Charlottesville Lodge No. 55. He served as Worshipful Master of this Lodge and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Eighteenth Masonic District In 1949.

He affiliated with Keystone Chapter No. 58, in Charlottesville, serving as its High Priest, and later as District Deputy Grand High Priest for the 14th Capitular District.

He was knighted In Charlottesville Commandery No. 3 and in due time was elected as its Commander. He served as District Commander of the Fifth District of the Grand Commandery. He was also a member of the Lynchburg Scottish Rite Bodies and Acca Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. and presided over the Piedmont Shrine Club.

Brother Forbes served as a member of the Masonic Relief Foundation and as Chairman of a sub-committee of the Grand Lodge to study the problems of the aged and indigent Masons.

Brother Forbes displayed a great interest in the affairs of the youth of his community. He was a past chairman of the Charlottesville District Boy Scouts of America and had been President of the Stonewall Jackson Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter, Order of DeMolay.

Active in the religious life of Charlottesville, he was a member of the First Methodist Church and a member of the Board of Stewards. He headed some of the working committees of this church.

His community interests were many and varied. He served as a member of the City Council from 1954 to 1958. He was a past president of the Charlottesville Kiwanis Club and helped to organize the Optimist Club of Charlottesville. He was also a past president of the Albemarle Chapter of the Isaac Walton League. Brother Forbes was one of the organizers of the Charlottesville Community Chest and had served as chairman of its campaign committee.

In business, he was the President and Treasurer of the Forbes Garden Supply, Inc., operating a successful nursery business on Route 29 just north of the City.

Brother Forbes was married to the former Anna Mamie Angstadt for over fifty years, a charming native of Pennsylvania. The couple did not have any children.

Samuel Dexter Forbes died in Charlottesville, Virginia on February1, 1966 and was buried in Lincoln Quaker Cemetery in Loudon County, Virginia on Saturday, February 4, 1966.

(Proceedings, G.L.V. 1966, page 36-37)

Revised July 22, 2003