Louis G. Clarke, 33° was the 6th Commander of the Multnomah Council of Kadosh. Brother Clarke, 33° was later crowned the 6th S.G.I.G. for Oregon. He donated the altar lights and officers' chairs currently used in the Scottish Rite Blue Lodge.
Louis Gaylord Clarke was born in Zanesville, Ohio on July 31, 1855. He was the great-grandson of Abraham Clarke — a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Clarke graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1876. Clarke was a founder of the Oregon State Pharmaceutical Society and first president of the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy, Clarke became a partner in Charles H. Woodard's Portland drugstore (renamed Woodard, Clarke & Company) in 1880. He and another partner, William F. Woodward, purchased the firm in 1904. In 1906, the two established the Clarke, Woodward Drug Company, a drug wholesaling and manufacturing firm. Clarke sold his interests in both businesses in 1924. He died December 4, 1943
The Louis G. Clarke Trust #1 was established by the last Will and Testament of Louis Gaylord Clarke, who served as an active member of the Supreme Council and the 6th S.G.I G of the Orient of Oregon from 1929 until 1941. The corpus of this trust is invested to provide income to be used for hospital treatment or medical expenses of worthy Master Masons, their widows or daughters in any of the hospitals in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties.
The other part of Bro. Clarke's estate was left in trust for the benefit of his widow, Elizabeth. Upon her death, the trust passed to the Scottish Rite as Clarke Trust #2 and allows assistance for medical benefits providing bodily rehabilitation of Oregon residents and does not require Masonic affiliation.