Grand Master Patterson was born in Greenville, Texas on the 13th day of November 1950 and is the son of M. Boyd Patterson, Sr., a member of Greenville Lodge, and Mary Hollon Patterson Smaldino. His family moved to Richardson when he was six years old where he was educated in the public school system, graduating from Richardson High School in 1969. Most Worshipful Brother Patterson graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree Cum Laude in history and philosophy. While an undergraduate he was elected to membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society. Following the earning of his baccalaureate degree he attended the SMU School of Law, receiving the Degree of Juris Doctor in 1975. During his years on campus he was five times awarded the White Helmet for scholastic achievement.
He met his wife, Susan, while in high school at a DeMolay-Rainbow dance in 1966. They were married in 1974 and have two children, a daughter, Morgan Beth Patterson and a son, Marcus Boyd Patterson. Susan teaches senior English at Berkner High School in Richardson and will complete her thirtieth year in that profession in the spring of 2003. Morgan is employed in the investment industry in Dallas. Marcus is a freshman at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.
After receiving his license to practice law in 1975 our Grand Master opened his own solo law firm and was a trial attorney from 1975 until 1983. In April of that year he began his service as a Judge when he was appointed to the bench as a Magistrate for the Criminal District Courts of Dallas County. In 1987 he was named Chief Magistrate and still occupies that position. In addition to presiding over a busy trial docket hearing felony criminal cases he has also maintained an active role in legal circles, serving on the Texas Youth Council Advisory Conference, the Dallas County DWI Task Force, the Criminal Justice Management Committee, the Coalition for the Mentally Ill Work Group, the Drug Treatment Court Task Force, the Special Needs Offenders Program, Criminal Justice Forum, 1994 World Cup Soccer Committee and others.
In the community he has served as President of Marywood Adoptive Parents, Inc., President of the Diamond M Club, is a member of the Mustang Club, Dallas Zoological Association, Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Opera and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Marywood Foundation of Austin. In addition, he has served as a lecturer on Governmental Affairs and on Criminal Law in the Dallas County Community College system and a speaker on Criminal Justice in the Leadership Richardson Program. In 1983 he was elected as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America. As a youth the Grand Master was active in Boy Scouts, having achieved the rank of Star Scout, serving as Senior Patrol Leader and receiving the God and Country Award. His association with Scouting continued in his adult life when he served as Cubmaster for Pack 1001, Committee Chairman for Troop 1001 and was recognized over the years with the Tiger Cub Group Coach Award, the Den Leader Coach Award, Cub Scouter Award, Cubmaster Award, Exceptional Service Award, Boy Scout Leader Training Award and Outstanding Service Award.
Brother Patterson began his association with the Masonic family when he joined Richardson Chapter of the Order of DeMolay in 1966 where he served as Master Councilor in 1968. In addition, while an Active DeMolay, he was Illustrious Knight Commander of Auvergne Priory, District Deputy State Master Councilor and State Registrar of the State Priory. In 1970 the Grand Master was elected as State Master Councilor of the Texas DeMolay Association. He is the first person to have served as head of both the Masonic youth organization of DeMolay as State Master Councilor and the Grand Lodge of Texas as Grand Master. He has continued his work in Texas DeMolay to this day, having as an adult served as Priory Advisor, Chapter and Priory Advisory Council Chairman, Director on the State Knighthood Staff, District Governor, Director of Adult Leadership for Texas, Grand Commander of Geoffrey de Charnay Court of Chevaliers, Chairman of the 11th District Priory Association and is a Life Member of the Texas State Court of Chevaliers. On the national and international level, Grand Master Patterson is an Active Member of the International Supreme Council, Vice-Chairman of its Committee on Jurisprudence and Legislation, a member of the Board of Directors of DeMolay Canada and a Trustee and Vice-President of the DeMolay Foundation.
DeMolay has honored him with many distinctions. Before becoming a Senior DeMolay he received the Representative DeMolay Award, the Past Master Councilor’s Meritorious Service Award, the Past Illustrious Knight Commander’s Meritorious Service Award, the Grand Master’s Membership Excellence Award and the Degree of Chevalier. For adult service he has been recognized with both the Cross of Honor and the Legion of Honor and was named Priory Advisor of the Year. His activities within the Supreme Council have earned him both the Grand Master’s Certificate of Appreciation and Grand Master’s Service Award as well as the DeMolay Foundation Certificate of Appreciation. He is the only Texan to have ever been awarded an Eagle Trophy, that being the Visionary Award.
Since being raised as a Master Mason in 1972 our Grand Master has been active in many bodies, rites and organizations within Freemasonry. He served as Worshipful Master of Washington Lodge No. 1117 in 1981-1982 and then as Treasurer until being elected as Grand Junior Warden in 1999. In addition to being a Life Member of Washington Lodge, he is an Endowed Member of James Ladd Burgess Lodge No. 1305. In the York Rite he is a Past High Priest of George Washington Chapter No. 422 R.A.M., Past Thrice Illustrious Master of George Washington Council No. 408 R.&S.M. and has served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Grand Council of Texas. Other memberships include Dallas Commandery, Hella Temple Shrine, the Texas Lodge of Research, the Philalethes Society, and Quatuor Coronati Lodge of London, England. Additionally, he is a Past President of the Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Association of the 14th Masonic Districts and a Past President of the Dallas High Noon Club. The Grand Master is a member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies where he has served as Reunion Director and was Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection.
His offices within the Grand Lodge of Texas have included service as a District Deputy Grand Master in 1995, member of the Committee on Memorials and later the Committee on Purposes and Policies, as well as Grand Orator in 1997. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Together Against Drug Abuse, Representative to the Grand Lodge of Costa Rica and is especially proud to have served on the faculty of the Wardens’ Retreat Program for six years. Among the invitational bodies of Freemasonry Brother Patterson is a Past Governor of Lyle L. Cross York Rite College, a Past Master of Holy Grail Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees and is currently Junior Deacon of St. Mark Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine. Other memberships are held in the Rose of Sharon Council of Knight Masons, the Royal Order of Scotland, Grand College of Rites and the Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis. In 2002 he was elected to serve as Chairman of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America during its 2003 term and he is the first Texas Grand Master to have ever held this distinguished position.
Among the honors conferred he is very proud to have received the Meritorious Service Award from Washington Lodge and to have been presented by his brethren there with the Golden Trowel Award. Other recognitions with which Grand Master Patterson has been presented over the years include the Order of the Silver Trowel, the Order of the Purple Cross, the Red Branch of Eri and the 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary in the Scottish Rite. By his own statement, however, his greatest achievement and award has been the honor which the Masons of Texas have conferred upon him by electing him to serve as Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas in 2003.
“Suscipio Lecessum – I Take Up the Challenge. This motto for 2003 is taken very personally by our Grand Master, Most Worshipful M. Boyd Patterson Jr. Known as an outstanding speaker and communicator, he is also a meticulous planner. His positive ‘can-do’ attitude and far reaching vision will lead this Fraternity well into the 21st Century. The Grand Lodge of Texas is truly blessed to have a man of his capabilities as our leader.”