Bachelor, Pennsylvania State University, 1950. Doctor of Public Services (honorary), Temple University, 1970. Honorary Doctor of Science, Georgetown University, 1981.
Business executive, 1950-1960. Member United States Congress from 13th Pennsylvania District, 1961—1969. United States Senator from Pennsylvania, 1969-1980.
Member appropriations committee, ranking member Labor-Department of Health, Education and Welfare subcommittee, ranking member health and human resources committee, ranking member health subcommittee. Secretary United States Department Health & Human Services, Washington, 1981—1983. President American Council Life Insurance, 1983-1994.
Chairman Partnership for Prevention, 1991—1997.
Alternate delegate National Republican Convention, 1952, 56, delegate, 1972, 80. Designated vice president candidate with Reagan for President of the United States, 1976. Served with United States Naval Reserve, World World War World War II.
Member Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Claire Joan Coleman, September 10, 1955. Children: Malcolm C., Lani, Kyle, Richard S. Junior, Lara Kristi.