Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Delaware
Ephraim Kirby Award
The General Grand Chapter desires to recognize certain individual Royal Arch Masons who have attained high rank, performed great service and yet, continue their strong commitment and dedication to our Royal Craft while in office or long after they have fulfilled their official responsibilities.
As we reflected upon this plan, we debated on an appropriate name and unanimously concluded that this was an opportunity to honor our first General Grand High Priest, Most Excellent Ephraim Kirby. Companion Kirby assumed this office at the organization of General Grand Chapter on October 24, 1797 and performed exemplary service throughout his short life passing away at age 47 in 1804. Kirby was born in Woodbury, CT and served valiantly in the Revolutionary War. He was afterwards appointed a judge by President Jefferson and fulfilled this obligation in Alabama where he died. The following was said of him by a contemporary:
'Colonel Kirby was a man of the highest moral as well as physical courage, devoted in his feelings and aspirations, warm, generous, and constant in his attachments, and of indomitable energy. He was withal gentle and winning in his manners, kindly in his disposition, and naturally of an ardent and cheerful temperament.’
Sheldon L. Edwards. Sr.
Mark E. Irwin
*C. Granville McVey
Fred M. Palmer
Wayne M. Schutz
*Lionel D. Hunter