Robert Helmut Kayser died suddenly and unexpectedly in his home in Mashpee, MA, on June 23, 2018. He was 69 years old. The cause of death was cardiomyopathy.
Robert, or “Bob” to his friends, was born in Orange, New Jersey, on August 21st, 1948, to the late Eleanore and Helmut Kayser. Bob graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1970 and went on to receive his doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Georgetown University in 1975. He married Julie Vellutello from Secane, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1972, and the newlyweds settled in Columbia, Maryland.
After working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, for several years, Bob got a job as a Chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC and Virginia. After working as a Branch Chief for a few years, he became a trouble-shooter for several branches in the Solid Waste Division. After 32 years at EPA, he retired in 2012. In 2015, he and his wife relocated to Cape Cod to be closer to their children.
Bob’s hobbies included Chess and Reading, especially Science Fiction and Fantasy. After dabbling in Finances and Cooking, he became quite accomplished in both. He enjoyed playing Bocce and Shuffleboard. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Julie, his children: Kristi (Eric) Bader and Michael (Kristen Stelljes), and his five grandchildren: Jake, Danny, Anna, Alex and Clara; his sister in law Peggy Lewis; and 5 nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as a quiet, loving man with a dry wit who treasured his family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill .
Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice, Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee or The Southport Scholarship Fund.