Greater Washington
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Richard Sheer

Richard Sheer

Sport: Track and Field
Category: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2023

Richard began running track at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. Following graduation in 1961, Richard attended the University of Maryland and was a member of Maryland’s varsity track team.

Notable accomplishments include: record setting 1st place finishes in high hurdles at South Carolina and V.M.I. Relays (1964, 1965); 1st place finishes in high hurdles at ACC and DCAAU Track and Field Championships (1965); and 2nd place finish in 60yd. high hurdles at IC4A Track and Field Championships (1965), where Richard’s time of 7.3 seconds tied the meet record.

Richard won a gold wristwatch with Maryland’s 1963 Penn Relay Shuttle Hurdle Relay Team; qualified for 1965 NCAA Track and Field Championships; and represented USA at the 1965 World Maccabiah Games, winning two gold medals – record setting 1st place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.8 sec.), and as a member of the record setting 1st place 400-meter relay team (42.2 sec.). Richard’s best collegiate time in the 120yd. high hurdles was 14.1 seconds.

After graduating from Maryland with a B.S. in Engineering, Richard earned a J.D. in law from the University of Maryland. Richard resides in Potomac with his wife Beth, and practices patent law. He loves to travel and avidly supports his local sports teams. He has instilled his love for the D.C. area in his children and grandchildren.