Richard Sternoff Beyer July 26, 1926 - April 9, 2012
Rich was an American sculptor from Pateros, Washington. Between 1968 and 2006, he made over 90 sculptures. Beyer was most well known for his sculpture Waiting for the Interurban located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The sculpture, which is one of the most popular works of art in Seattle, was commissioned by the Fremont Arts Council and dedicated in 1978. It depicts six people and a dog waiting for the Seattle to Everett Interurban, a public transportation service that ended in the 1930s.
Other sculptures by Beyer include a statue of Ivar Haglund in Seattle, a statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus, Georgia, a sculpture of a bull sitting on a bench in Ellensburg, Washington, and a sculpture of a fisherman kissing a fish in Des Moines, Washington.
At age 75, in 2001, Beyer suffered a stroke, but he continued to create art.