He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School. At Princeton he majored in politics, graduating cum laude, and was a member of Key and Seal Club. Dick earned a law degree from Yale University in 1957.
He enjoyed a career in labor and industrial relations at Westinghouse Electric, Philco-Ford and Ford Motor Co., American Motors, and Creative Industries Group. He retired in 1997 after nine years as the senior vice president at Masco Industries.
He held leadership roles in a number of professional organizations, serving as a trustee of the Michigan Colleges Foundation, chairman of the Business Advisory Council of Madonna College, vice chair of the Michigan Personnel and Industrial Relations Association, and chairman of the Michigan Traffic Safety Association. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan School of Business and taught at several academic institutions in the Detroit area.
Dick always put the needs of others before his own. He had a passion for animals, especially miniature horses and a host of other animals at his Peaceable Kingdom Farms.
Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy (Stone) Calmes; children Carolyn ’81 and Bruce; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister.