A native of Flint, Michigan, Richard “Dick” Sher was born on January 21, 1939 and obtained his mathematics degrees from The Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Technological University) in 1960. After one year of graduate work at the University of Utah, he served for two years in the United States Army. Returning to the University of Utah, he received the M.S. in mathematics in 1964 and the Ph.D. in mathematics in 1966. After graduation from the University of Utah, Dick joined the faculty at the University of Georgia (1966-1974). He joined the Department of Mathematics at UNCG in 1974. He served as Department Head from 1980-1986, and retired in 1996.