Richard Celeste was born November 11, 1937 in Lakewood, Ohio. His father served two terms as Mayor the city of Lakewood. In 1955 he entered Yale University majoring in American and African History. In 1961, Celeste attended in Oxford University in England where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From 1963 through 1967, Celeste worked in Washington, D.C. as liaison for the Peace Corp., and in 1970 was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. He was the candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1974 (the last independent Lieutenant Governor's race in the state). In 1978, Celeste lost a close election for the Governorship against Jim Rhodes, and in 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed him Director of the Peace Corp. In 1982 Celeste triumphed in the fall election against Clarence J. Brown and became the 64th Governor of Ohio. Celeste served two terms and left office in 1991. His administration is noted for financial advances within the state, and good leadership from the top.
Treaster is a sculptor and a portraitist. He was educated in art at the Murray State University where he received his B.A. in 1961. He then went on to attend the University of Indiana where he received his M.A. in 1965. He has exhibited at the Cranbrook Art Center near Detroit among other venues.