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Robie L. Reid
[Robie L. Reid]
Cascade Lodge photo.
November 3, 1866 - February 6, 1945
Robie Lewis Reid was born in Cornwallis, King's County, Nova Scotia, and educated in the common schools, Pictou Academy, and for a short time, in Dalhousie College at Halifax. In 1884 he obtained a license to teach in the public schools of that province.
He came to British Columbia in 1885 and taught at Clover Valley, now Cloverdale, from 1885 to 1887, then studied law at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he graduated L.L.B. in 1889. He practised law at Fairhaven, now a part of the city of Bellingham, from 1890 to 1893 then returned to B.C. in 1893 where he was called to the bar that year. He partnered with the late Judge Howay until 1895 when he came to Vancouver and later became a partner in the firm of which Hon. W. J. Bowser was the head. Made a King's Council in 1907, upon the retirement of Mr. Bowser he became head of the firm of Reid, Wallbridge, Gibson and Sutton until 1941, when he retired owing to ill health.
In 1898-99 he was alderman in New Westminster. A member of the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia from its inception to 1935, he was given the honourary degree of LLD at a special convocation May 4, 1936. He was first president of the Vancouver Little Theatre Association, bencher of the Law Society for many years and a member of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Author's Association, the Canadian Historical Association and the B.C. Historical Association. Mount Robie Reid in Golden Ears Provincial Park is named after him.
His hobby was collecting books relating to Canada. W. Bro. J.B. Alexander in his History of Cascade Lodge says that his place in the affections of the brethren was summed up by quoting an obscure brother, "Robie Reid, why he's just folks." MW Bro. Reid said in his Historical Notes : "That is the most appreciated praise he ever received."
Initiated February 28, 1899
Raised: March 19, 1901
King Solomon Lodge No. 17
Affiliated: November 20, 1916
Worshipful Master: 1924-1925
Cascade Lodge No. 12
Affiliated: March 9, 1931
Western Gate Lodge No. 48
Grand Historian: 1930 - 1945

Source: Grand Lodge records, Historical Notes and Biographical Sketches. Robie L. Reid. Vancouver: Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 1945. p. 365.


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