Urbana native Richard L. Bowser Sr. was elected a member of the Knights of the York Cross of Honour, Alpha Priory No. 1 for the state of Ohio in recognition of his service and dedication to the Prince Hall York Rite Masons.
A member of Miami Consistory No. 26 of Dayton and a 33rd Degree Mason, Bowser is a Past Master of Golden Square Lodge 23 in Urbana and Past Potentate of Akbar Temple No. 41 in Springfield. He joins nine other Prince Hall Masons afforded this appointment.
Membership in the Knights of the York Cross of Honour is extended to those who have served as a Worshipful Master of a Prince Hall Lodge, a High Priest of a Royal Arch Mason Chapter, Thrice Illustrious Master of a Council of Royal & Select Masters and Eminent Commander of a Commandery of Knights Templar.