Dr. Wallace Edmond McLeod, a distinguished professor and Freemasonry expert, made significant contributions to the study of both Ancient Greek Language and Literature and Freemasonry. Born in East Toronto, he laid the foundation for his academic journey at Victoria College, University of Toronto, where he graduated in 1953 with a degree in Classics, focusing on Greek and Latin. His pursuit of knowledge led him to Harvard University, where he earned both his master’s degree and doctorate.

During his tenure at Victoria College from 1962 until his retirement in 1996, Dr. McLeod established himself as a respected researcher, writer, and lecturer, particularly in the field of Freemasonry. His expertise and dedication to this area were recognized internationally, earning him prestigious positions such as the Prestonian Lecturer for the United Grand Lodge of England in 1986. He also served as the master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 ER in 1983 and as president of the Philalethes Society in 1992.

Dr. McLeod’s literary contributions to Freemasonry are substantial, including eleven books and numerous pamphlets, articles, and book reviews. Among his notable works are three publications for his Grand Lodge: “Beyond the Pillars” (1973), “Meeting the Challenge” (1980), and “Whence Come We” (1980). These works reflect his deep understanding and extensive research in Freemasonry.

His involvement with the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario was significant, serving on the Board of General Purposes from 1972 to 1982, and later as an honorary member from 1989 to 1993. He was also bestowed the rank of Honorary Past Grand Senior Warden in recognition of his contributions. For 15 years, from 1980 to 1995, he held the position of Grand Historian, further showcasing his commitment to the study and dissemination of Masonic knowledge.

Dr. McLeod’s impact on Freemasonry extended beyond Canada, with his influence reaching across the Atlantic, as well as to Australia, New Zealand, and India. His reputation as a Masonic academic was well acknowledged, with the Philalethes magazine describing him as “one of the most important Masonic academics in the history of Freemasonry in Canada.” His legacy continues to inspire and inform those interested in the intersection of classical studies and Masonic history and principles.

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