HEILBRONN, GERMANY--Shareholder and longtime managing director of beyerdynamic, Fred R. Beyer, passed away on June 5 in Heilbronn, Germany. He will be best remembered as a man who did not bow to convention yet still maintained a strong sense of traditionalism.
Despite a promising career with the U.S. Army, after his father's death in 1959 Beyer took over as managing director at the age of 26 of the still family-owned manufacturing business and held that position until his retirement in 2002. He led beyerdynamic for over 40 years and was instrumental in helping to make the headphones and microphones manufactured there world famous. Under his guidance beyerdynamic manufactured the first wireless microphone in 1962, and the classic DT100 headphone in 1965.
The company mourns the loss of an important figurehead, whose philosophy and approach will remain with company well into the future. He was much loved and even after his retirement in 2002, he maintained close personal contact with many of his long-serving employees, management, the advisory board and his co-shareholders. He is survived by two sisters, his wife, and his daughter.