Randall E. Briscoe * - Grand Master 1959
Randall Eugene Briscoe was born in Houston, Harris County, Texas, on the second day of September, 1908, the only son of Dr. and Mrs. Sam Mason Briscoe.
He spent his childhood years with his parents at Houston, Texas, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Harlingen, Lovelady, and Trinity, Texas.
In 1934, he returned to Houston, where he was employed by The Hunt Tool Company until the latter part of 1959, serving as its Secretary and Treasurer, and Office Manager.
On November 1st, 1959, he moved his residence to El Paso, Texas, as Mrs. Briscoe's health required a drier climate. In El Paso, he accepted a position as Administrative Assistant to the County Judge and Commissioners' Court of El Paso County.
In 1936 he married the charming and gracious Elizabeth Sanders of Houston.
In addition to attending various grade and local high schools, he attended Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas, and Eastman College in Poughkeepsie; New York.
He is a member of the Episcopal Church, Texas State Historical Association, Harris County Historical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Houston Club, and Houston Turn-Verein.
His Masonic Record is as follows:
He received the Symbolic Degrees in Joe Werner Lodge No. 553, Trinity, Texas, in 1934, being Entered on January 23rd, Passed on February 22nd, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on March 24th. Each of the three degrees were conferred upon him by his dearly loved and highly respected father, Dr. Sam M. Briscoe, a Past Master of Lovelady Lodge No. 539, Lovelady, Texas.
On November 6th, 1934, he affiliated with Houston Lodge No. 1189, Houston, Texas, as a dual member, and served as its Master in 1943-44.
In 1948, as required by Masonic law at that time, he demitted from both Lodges, and became the first Master of Anson Jones Lodge, U. D., Houston, Texas, which he helped to organize. In December of that year, he was installed as Master of Anson Jones Lodge No. 1313, Houston, Texas.
In 1958, he re-affiliated with Joe Werner Lodge No. 553, Trinity, Texas, as a dual member.
He received the Capitular Degrees in Washington Chapter No. 2, R. A. M., Houston, Texas, in 1938, and served as its High Priest in 1946-47. He received the Order of High Priesthood in 1946.
He received the Cryptic Degrees in Houston Council No. 1, R. & S. M., Houston, Texas, in 1938, and served as its Thrice Illustrious Master in 1947-48. He received the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1955.
He received the Orders of Knighthood in Ruthven Commandery No. 2, K. T., Houston, Texas, in 1938 and served as its Commander in 1945. He is a member of Resurrection Tabernacle No. XXI, H. R. A. K. T. P., and was its first Preceptor in 1950.
He is a member of Texas Priory No. 23, Knights of the York Cross of Honour, and served as its Prior in 1950.
He served as Grand Orator of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas in 1948, and again in 1951, and is presently serving as the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of New York near the Grand Chapter of Texas.
He received the Ineffable Degrees in San Jacinto Lodge of Perfection, Houston, Texas, on April 15, 1944.
He received the Historical and Religious Degrees in Houston Chapter of Rose Croix, Houston, Texas, on October 22, 1944, and served as its Wise Master in 1950.
He received the Philosophical and Chivalric Degrees in Houston Council, Knights Kadosh, Houston, Texas, on October 22, 1944, and served as its Commander in 1955.
He received the Ceremonial and Official Degrees in Houston Consistory, Houston, Texas, on October 23, 1944, and served as its Master of Kadosh in 1952.
He was Invested with the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour on October 18th, 1949.
He was Coroneted a Thirty-third Degree Inspector General Honorary on December 14th, 1957.
He is a member of Arabia Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Houston, Texas, and served for several years as its Ceremonial Potentate.
He is a member of Chinar Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R., Houston, Texas.
He is a member of San Jacinto Conclave No. 93, Red Cross of Constantine, Houston, Texas.
He has received the DeMolay Legion of Honor Degree.
He is a member of Ransford Chapter No. 135, Order of the Eastern Star, Houston, Texas, and served as its Patron in 1946-47.
He served on the Committee on Foreign Correspondence in 1943-44, and two five-year terms on the Committee on Work from 1944 to 1954, being Chairman of the Committee for five years during this period. On May 9th, 1959, he was examined by the entire Committee on Work. The Committee proudly recommended a Life Certificate, this being his twenty-fifth year to hold a Certificate of Proficiency in the esoteric work.
He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Missouri near the Grand Lodge of Texas and has been elected an Honorary Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodges of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
He was elected Grand Junior Warden in 1955, Grand Senior Warden in 1956, Deputy Grand Master in 1957, and on December 4th, 1958, he was elected and installed Grand Master of Masons in Texas.
Through his untiring and unselfish efforts-walking down the sunny side of life's journey, has given this outstanding Mason a deep understanding of the truly great principles and teachings of Freemasonry. He has applied and exemplified his depth of knowledge and understanding through many long hours of devoted service to the Craft. To mention only one of his outstanding and worthwhile undertakings as Grand Master, he introduced to this great state "The Lodge System of Masonic Education." This achievement will ever serve as an inspiration for those who have already become Masons, as well as those thousands who will seek light in the future.