Raymond Joseph Bier
1932-April 18, 2014
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Former Palo Alto resident Raymond Bier died recently at his home in Austin, Texas.
Ray came to the area in 1962 after accepting a job at Lockheed Missiles and Space Division, driving his family across country in a Volkswagen bug with the family cat looking out the back window.
Laid off in 1970, Ray took the advice of friend and mentor Max Ratner and became a realtor. He invested in Bay Area real estate with various business partners, most notably Stuart ("Stu") Brolly, with whom he founded Lincoln Enterprises.
Ray's marriage to artist Bevery prompted him to open an art gallery and to become involved in the Palo Alto art club. When the marriage ended in 1970, he became custodial parent to his children David and Lorraine. During the '70s, Ray and Stu formed Introdata, a small data entry company, with second wife Karol Smith.
Ray enjoyed collecting and driving a variety of cars and motorcycles and made many long-distance trips to all parts of the United States, returning frequently to visit friends and family on the East Coast.
After retiring, Ray moved to Austin, where he enjoyed the Texas lifestyle and more open space to park his cars, boats and motorcycles.