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Charles Meyer VIEW PROFILE

May 11, 1944 – Jan 26, 2007



C. Richard Meyer FAIA


Captain USNR Ret.


To our sorrow, C. Richard “Rick” Meyer, left this life Friday, January 26, at the young age of 62. 


Rick was born in Schenectady, NY on May 11, 1944 to Charles F. and Alice L. Meyer. He spent his childhood in New Mexico and Arizona finally moving to Los Altos, CA where he graduated from high school. He attended UC Berkeley where he obtained a degree in Architecture. During that time he met his loving wife, Peggy H. Anderson, and they were married on July 15, 1967 in Sausalito, CA. In 1968, he received a commission in the US Navy serving 3 years at the Naval Communications Station in Yokosuka, Japan. He continued as a Naval reserve officer for 23 years in Seattle and retired as a Captain serving as the Commanding Officer for the Naval Control of Shipping unit.


He and Peggy came to the Pacific Northwest in 1972 for Rick’s post-graduate studies at the University of Washington, and they lived in the Seattle area for the next 35 years.


In 1976 Rick joined Callison Architecture retiring 30 years later as Principal-in-Charge of Callison's Program Management, overseeing the firm's Quality Assurance and Risk Management programs. He traveled extensively for the firm working with clients in Korea, Brazil and India among other places. He was founder and supporting member of the UW College of Architecture and Urban Planning Professionals Advisory Council where he helped initiate the model Student Practicum Program in Architecture that has become one of the leading practice oriented programs of its type in the nation. He served as Chair of the AIA National Risk Management Committee and was President of the Seattle Chapter of the AIA. In 2000, he was inducted into the AIA College of Fellows in recognition of the significance of his achievements to advance the profession in the area of design practice.


Rick was a man of wide interests and he truly never wasted a minute of his life. He was a builder, craftsman, and wood worker and loved art and music. He had vision, imagination, boundless energy and curiosity: a true life-long learner. He guided his family in building a timber frame cabin from the ground up--through clearing the land to shingling to roof. He and Peggy enjoyed traveling the world together. Above anything he may have accomplished he was most proud of his children, son Chris and daughter Sharlyn; his son-in-law Jon Engstrom; and the joy of his life, granddaughter Isabelle Engstrom.


Rick also leaves behind his mother Alice; brother Lee Meyer Linda of Snohomish; sister Barbara Meyer of Lake Stevens; and a much-loved extended family.

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12/31/14 10:07 PM #1    

Virginia Small (Chambers)

Thanks so much for letting us know...  The last time I saw Rick was on the beach at Waikiki in June of 1966, I think... We were good friends at school and I've wondered whatever happened to him.  Wish I had known him better.  Another big loss to our class.  My very belated sympathy to his loved ones.  Ginni Small Chambers

01/01/15 09:28 AM #2    

Lynne Stanton (Boardman)

What sadness.  I too had wondered what happened to Rick -- I went to the prom with him!  I guess you could say we had a little "thing" going there for a brief time.  It is terrible that he died so young, he had so much more life to live.  Thank you for the update, and we'll hold good thoughts for Rick's family.

01/01/15 01:49 PM #3    

Pamela Henry (Lund)

I'm so sorry to hear that Rick died so young and I wish I'd known he was living in Seattle, all the years I was living there. I knew and worked with several people at the Callison Partnership but was unaware Rick worked for them as well. Sad news.

01/01/15 02:11 PM #4    

Susan Mack (Sugden)

I think it's wonderful that we have a tech-way to stay in touch for the good, bad, happy & sad happenings in the lives of most of our LAHS classmates. Whether we were
close friends of Rick, or had mutual friends who knew him better than us, we feel a
sadness for his family & friends who had the privilege. Remember fondly those who
made an impression on you way back in the 60s! It should bring a smile. :) Sue

01/05/15 09:28 AM #5    

James Wooldridge

I am overwhelmed with sadness at the news of Rick Meyer's passing.  Rick was my best friend in our neighborhood, at Covington Jr. Hi. and Los Altos Hi.  The last time I was with Rick was at the 1964 Stanford Cal Football Game at Stanford Stadium.  I was hoping to see him at the our 50th Reunion.  As in too many cases we lose track of our friends in our younger, busier lives only to regret our negligence now.

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