Grand Master Richard L. Smith graduated from Normandy High School in St. Louis. After serving in the U.S. Navy he attended Missouri University Columbia and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Most Worshipful Brother Smith is a member of Gateway #40 and St. Louis Missouri #1. He served as Master of Rose Hill #550 in 1981 and 1992 and was Chairman of the Missouri Committee on Masonic Education and President of the Mid-West Conference on Masonic Education.
By virtue of his office as Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Smith presently serves as Honorary Chairman of the Masonic Home of Missouri Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic in St. Louis.
In 2005 he was coroneted a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason and served as Master of Kadosh in the Consistory. He recently held the position of President of St. Louis Chapter #22 National Sojourners, Inc. and a term as Commander of Albert Pike Camp, Heroes of ‘76. He was Associate Guardian of Bethel #4 Job’s Daughters, and Chairman of St. Louis’ Grand Masters Breakfast Committee.
In his teen years MWB Smith joined the Order of DeMolay. His Masonic Memberships include Moolah Shrine, Fenton Chapter #152 Order of Eastern Star, St. Charles Missouri Chapter #1 Royal Arch Masons, Square Club of St. Louis, NEMO Scottish Rite Club, Missouri Lodge of Research, the Truman Club and Ransom A. Breuer Masonic Association. During the 2005 Grand Lodge Communication, Most Worshipful Elmer E. Revelle presented MWB Smith the Truman Medal in recognition of service to the Fraternity.
In his career years, MWB Smith was Past President of the Sales and Marketing Council of St. Louis, and a member of the Missouri Association of Mortgage Professionals. He presently serves the Missouri Division of Finance in Jefferson City as a Gubernatorial Appointment to the Residential Mortgage Board of the State of Missouri.
Most Worshipful Brother Smith and his wife June, live in Chesterfield. They have a son, Benjamin, a Master Mason, a daughter Holly Ann Day, two grandchildren and a great granddaughter.