Dick has been an outdoor educator his entire life. He began working for the Colorado Outward Bound School in the 1960s. In 1971, he became the founding director of the Texas Outward Bound School. He operated a wilderness adventure business in California with his wife, Annie Callaway, from 1976 until 1983. During that time, he served on the Board of Marin Adventures, an outdoor education program associated with the College of Marin, where he was an instructor.
Dick founded and operated Clearwater House on Hat Creek from 1982 to 2005, a fly fishers’ inn, school, and outfitting service. Clearwater became the principal fly fishing school on the West Coast. He was West Coast Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine during that time, writing extensively about Northern California fisheries and fishing techniques.
Dick became a member of CalTrout in 1980 and served in various volunteer capacities. He has been on the board since 2011. He received a BA in Literature from the University of Dallas. Dick is married to Annie and has three children and six grandchildren.