Following Princeton he earned a master’s degree in biochemistry and a medical degree from Tulane Medical School, and interned and was a resident at the University of Missouri Medical Center. After stints at the U.S. Public Health Service and at Massachusetts General in oncology, he practiced internal medicine and oncology at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas until 1985, followed by service with Vitas Health Care as hospice medical director and then as national medical director. He retired in 2004 to Glenville, N.C., where he was active in the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd until his passing.
Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois; sons J. Richard III, Gary, and Kirk; daughter Elizabeth Rogers; and his children’s families, which include eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Douglas.