John W. McDevitt

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John W. McDevitt
Born (1906-12-28)December 28, 1906
Died December 6, 1994(1994-12-06) (aged 87)
Title Supreme Knight
of the Knights of Columbus
1964 – 1977
Predecessor Luke E. Hart
Successor Virgil Dechant
Spouse(s) Mary Cecilia Kelley
Children 2

John W. McDevitt (December 28, 1906 – December 6, 1994) was the eleventh Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus from 1964 to 1977.[1]

Originally from Malden, Massachusetts,[2] McDevitt was the Superintendent of Schools in Waltham, Massachusetts from 1942 to 1960. The School Street Middle School was named after him in Waltham.

He was elected the eleventh Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus in 1964 and in 1971 was honored by Pope Paul VI with the Order of Pius IX, the highest papal honor which can be conferred on a Catholic layman who is not a head of state. He also won the 1966 Brotherhood Award from B'Nai B'rith.[2]

With his wife Mary Cecilia Kelley McDevitt, he had two sons, John Kelley McDevitt and W. Paul McDevitt.[3] In 1998 after his death the Delegates at the Supreme Council meeting established a scholarship fund in his name.


  1. ^ Jordan, Robert (March 1, 1964). "New Chief of Knights Led Waltham Schools". The Boston Globe. p. 54. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Polish Prelate Visit to Hub Up in Air". The Boston Globe. February 25, 1966. p. 30.
  3. ^ "Attorney John McDevitt Obituary". Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service, Inc. Retrieved February 5, 2016.

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