Carl C. Worfel

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Carl Calhoun Worfel, PGM,
Carl Calhoun Worfel, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1981-1982

Carl Calhoun Worfel was born in Grand Rapids on March 7, 1918. He began his education in a one-room school. He later lived in North Park, Grand Rapids and attended North Park School and Creston High School. After graduation he pursued his interest in the field of die-casting and intended to own his own business. He was employed by Borman Castings Corporation in St. Joseph, Michigan. While working there he attended classes at Notre Dame to further his knowledge in metallurgy and in mechanical engineering. He later went to Burnette Castings Co. in Keeler, Michigan as an engineer. In 1945 he moved back to his hometown of Grand Rapids and began the first die-casting plant in the area, Kent Castings Corporation. This business kept him busy as President and owner-manager until his retirement in 1973 at the age of 54. Following retirement he accepted three foreign assignments for the International Executive Service Corporation of New York City. He worked in assignments that sent him to Chihuahua, Mexico and in San Salvador, El Salvador. As a boy he was active in Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout and later he was the Financial Chairman for the South Grand Rapids District, Boy Scouts of America. He was also active in the Greater Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, the Engineers Club, the American Die Casting Institute, the American Society of Die Casting Engineers, the Credit Mens’ Association, Kiwanis, Lions, Peninsular Club and Greenridge Country Club. In March 1939 he married Dorothy Jean Waltz. They were blessed with three children, two sons and one daughter.

His Masonic career really began as a boy in DeMolay and in 1979 he was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor Award. He was raised as a Master Mason on July 14, 1944 in St. Joseph Lodge No. 437, transferring to Doric Lodge No. 342 in 1946 after moving back to Grand Rapids. He served on the Finance Committee and became Worshipful Master in 1962. He was Worthy Patron of the Peninsular Chapter No. 65 in 1952-1953. He was exalted in Grand Rapids Chapter No. 7, R.A.M., greeted in Tyre Council No. 10, R. & S. M. and Knighted in DeMolai Commandery No. 5, K.T. in Grand Rapids in 1976. He was a member of Western Michigan York Rite College No. 10 and Past Sovereign Master of Allied Masonic Degrees, Mt. Moriah Council No. 128. He held membership in the A.A.O.N.M.S. in Saladin Temple Club of Grand Rapids and he regularly attended Furniture City Hi-12 serving his club as Masonic Representative. He received his Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of Grand Rapids in May 1952. He worked actively in the degrees and was a Trustee of Grand Rapids Scottish Rite Bodies for many years. He was a Past Sovereign Prince of Cyrus Council Princes of Jerusalem. He was Coronetted an Honorary 33° Mason in Detroit, Michigan on September 26, 1973. He was named to Active Membership in the Supreme Council Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States in Cincinnati in 1979. He was a member of St. Vincent Conclave No. 33, Red Cross of Constantine and received the Order of the Purple Cross in the York Rite Sovereign College of North America in July 1982. He was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Michigan Masons on May 28, 1981. He died on January 21, 1998.

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