Clyde William Kayser II was born on April 26, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio to Clyde Hartman Kayser Jr. and Viola Berger Kayser. He graduated from Stivers High School in June 1965 and enrolled in Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, graduating in 1969, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree with a dual Chemistry/Mathematics major. In 1972 he enrolled at Wright State University in Dayton for post-graduate work, receiving a Master of Science Degree with emphasis in Analytical Chemistry in 1974. He also earned an Associate Degree in Electronics from Sinclair Community College in Dayton. Later he pursued advanced studies toward a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering for the University of New Haven.
Upon graduation he was employed as a laboratory chemist at Bowser-Morner Testing Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio. This laboratory provided analytical support for many small foundries and pattern shops in southwest Ohio. It also served as an adjunct laboratory assistant to the Air Force Institute of Technology stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn. In 1976, Clyde relocated to Connecticut to take a position as a Materials Engineer in the Process and Technology Laboratory at Avco Lycoming, later known as Textron Lycoming, in Stratford. Initially he worked in the Process Control Laboratory, analyzing incoming materials for specification compliance. While in this position he helped develop analytical parameters for the proto-type of Perkin-Elmer's first Graphite-Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. Three years later he transferred to the Material and Process Technology Laboratory. In this position he was responsible for using Electron Microscopy to analyze atomic structures of high-temperature alloys and Scanning Electron Microscopy to characterize failures in turbine blades. He also assisted Cameca Corporation in writing a translation of the French operations manual for their new Electron Microscope. He remained at Lycoming for nineteen years until the company closed in 1995. For the next three years he worked as a plating laboratory chemist at the Whyco Chromium Company in Thomaston and in August 1999, he accepted the position of Laboratory Manager at the Ansonia Copper and Brass Company. One of his first duties in this position was to make sure that the software operating the laboratory analysis and foundry casting operations was Y2K compliant. When this company decided to cease operation in June 2009, he finally retired.
While living in Ohio, Sir Knight Kayser was active in Boy Scouting. As a boy he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was presented with the Pro Deo et Patria religious award of the Lutheran Church. All four of his brothers did the same. As an adult he served as an Assistant Scout Master, Neighborhood Commissioner, District Commissioner and District Executive. Which serving as Commissioner of Pioneer District, Miami Valley Council, he helped establish the first Scout Troop in America dedicated solely to serve disabled boys. He completed the Scouter's Key training and advanced Wood Badge Training and led an expedition to Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico. For two summers he was on the staff of Woodland Trails Scout Camp working on the lake front staff and serving as councilor for the Canoeing and the Rowing merit badges. In honor of his service to Scouting, in 1974 he was presented with the Miami Valley Council "Scouter of the Year" Award. He was also admitted to the Order of the Arrow camping honorary, where he attained the rank of Vigil Member, and where he presided as Chief of the Fire for three years and performed as Methu, the witch doctor, for the initiation ceremony. Upon moving to Connecticut, Scouting was replaced with Masonry.
His other interests include stamp collecting, model railroading and sports.
Brother Kayser is a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Dayton, Ohio. On June 27, 1982 he married Alvina West. They currently reside in Waterbury CT with their several cats.
Brother Kayser was raised a Master Mason in Federal Lodge No. 17 in Watertown, Connecticut on June 4, 1984. His father, a Past Master of Aero Lodge No. 648 of Dayton, Ohio, was a surprise visitor for his Master Mason Degree. The next year he was installed as Senior Steward, and progressed through the officer line, serving as Worshipful Master in 1990, the 200th Anniversary year of Federal Lodge. He has served as Secretary since 1991. In 1994 he affiliated as a dual member of Harmony Lodge No. 42 in Waterbury. In recognition of his service to the Lodge, in 2008 Most Worshipful Grand Master Robert Stika presented him with the Pierpont Edwards Medal.
Royal Arch Masonry:
Companion Kayser was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Granite Chapter No. 36 in Thomaston on September 18, 1986. He served as an officer in various stations, eventually being installed as Most Excellent High Priest in 1993, an office he held until 1998, when Granite Chapter consolidated with Cyrus Chapter No. 45 in Torrington. He affiliated with Franklin Chapter No. 2 in New Haven on May 2, 1992, and served as Most Excellent High Priest in 1999 and 2000. In 1992 Most Excellent Grand High Priest Steven Piner appointed him Right Excellent Grand Custodian of Capitular District Two, an office he held for four years. He was consecrated an Anointed High Priest in 1993 and Served as Excellent President in 1999. At the 1999 Grand Chapter session, Most Excellent Grand High Priest Donald Murray presented him the Ephraim Kirby Citation for Distinguished Masonic Service, and in 2003 he was appointed Grand Representative to the Grand Chapter of Indiana. Since 2012 he has served as Secretary of Franklin Chapter.
Royal and Select Masters:
Companion Kayser was received and greeted a Select Master on October 26, 1991 in Buel Council No. 20 in Litchfield Connecticut. He served as Recorder of the Council from 1992-1998. On April 14, 1992 he affiliated with Harmony Council No. 8 in New Haven and served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1993 and 1996. Since 2012 he has served as Recorder of the Council. In 1993 he was admitted to the Council of Anointed Kings, and he was appointed Grand Representative of the Grand Council of Indiana in 1998. At the 1998 Grand Council Session, Most Puissant Grand Master Thurman Shaples presented him with the Knight of Ish Sodi Meritorious Service Award. In 1999 Most Puissant Grand Master Richard Eppler appointed him Grand Marshal, and in 2011 Most Puissant Grand Master Bruce Bellmore appointed him to the officer line of The Most Puissant Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Connecticut as Grand Sentinel. At the 2014 Grand Council Session Most Puissant Grand Master Charles McCollum presented him with the Phillip J. Jones Distinguished Service Award.
Commandery of Knights Templar:
Sir Knight Kayser was knighted on January 17, 1992 in New Haven Commandery No. 2 in New Haven. The next year he served as Assistant Recorder, and the following year joined the officer line as Junior Warden, and he was installed as Eminent Commander in 1997. Since serving as Commander, he has been a director of the Order of the Temple. In 1998 he was received into the Knight Crusaders of the Cross, where he presided as Knight Commander of the East in 2014. In 2002 he affiliated as a plural member of St. Elmo Commandery No. 9 in Meriden where in 2006-2007 he presided as Eminent Commander. He currently serves as Recorder of both Commanderies. He is also Grand Representative of the Grand Commandery of South Dakota. At the 2006 Grand Commandery Session Right Eminent Sir Knight Edward Ham presented him with the Knight Templar Cross of Honor. In 2008 Right Eminent Grand Commander Bruce Bellmore appointed him as Grand Warder of the Grand Commandery of Connecticut, which he served as Right Eminent Grand Commander in 2016.
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite:
Brother Kayser became a member of the Valley of Waterbury and Lafayette Consistory on May 5, 1986. In the Valley of Waterbury he presided as Thrice Potent Master of Doric Lodge of Perfection in 1995; Sovereign Prince of Ionic Council, Princes of Jerusalem in 1994; and Most Wise Master of Corinthian Chapter of Rose Croix in 1993. He served as Secretary of the Valley from 1996 until 2015. For his service to the Scottish Rite, Brother Kayser was presented the Ill. Arthur M. Brown, 33o, Meritorious service Award at the June 9, 1995 Council of Deliberation session. He was further honored on August 27, 1996 when he was coroneted an Honorary Member of Supreme Council, 33o Mason, at the Supreme Council Session in Boston. In 1996 Brother Kayser was appointed Orator of Lafayette Consistory, and in May of 2004-2006 he presided as Commander-in-Chief of the Consistory. He is also a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Waterbury 32o Masonic Learning Centers for Children.
Other Masonic Affiliations:
Sir Knight Kayser was initiated in Connecticut York Rite College No. 17 on June 19, 1993, served as Preeminent Governor in 2004, and on July 25, 1998 he was honored with the Order of the Purple Cross. On March 10, 1969, Brother Kayser was initiated in Connecticut Priory No. 28, Knight of the York Cross of Honour, and served as Eminent Prior in 2008. He is also a member of the Royal Order of Scotland; Novum Aboracum Chapel No. 7, Order of Saint Thomas of Acon; Mohawk Council No. 28, Knight Masons; Apostle's Tabernacle No. XXVII, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; Connecticut College S.R.I.C.F.; Nathan Hale Council No. 78, Allied Mason Degrees; and Good Will Chapter No. 112, Order of the Eastern Star, where he has served as Worthy Patron several times.