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Richard Edward Byrd, American minister, psychologist. Recipient Professional Excellence award American Society for Training and Development, 1984, 89, Organization Development Practitioner of Century award OD Network, 1994.


Byrd, Richard Edward was born on January 23, 1931 in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. Son of Eldo Lawton and Louise (Parker) Byrd.


Bachelor of Arts, University Florida, 1952;Master of Sacred Theology, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, 1956;Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, 1970.


Ordained priest Episcopal Church, 1956. Priest-in-charge St. Paul's Church, Waldo, Florida, also. 1St. Anne's Church, Keystone Heights, Florida, 1956-1957.

Vicar, then rector Grace Episcopalian Church, West Palm Beach, 1957-1960. Assistant Trinity Church, 1957-1958. Founder Church of Holy Communion, Hawthorne, Florida, 1957.

President The Richard E. Byrd Company, Faribault, Minnesota, from 1966. Executive vice president Wilson Center for Education and Psychiatry, 1977-1979, also group therapist, individual therapist, supervisor group therapy, 1971-1975. Director E.W. Cook School Psychotherapy, 1972-1977.

Past chief executive Jones & Byrd Inc. (Training Consultant International). Adjunct faculty department psychology Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, since 1973, adjunct faculty, Columbia, Maryland, 1976.

Adjunct faculty American University, Washington. Associate secretary adult education and leadership training Executive Council Episcopalian Church, 1961-1964. Inventor Creative Risk Taking Laboratory.

Consultant training Church Action Program, St. Martins-by-the Lake, Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota, 1964-1966. Visiting lecturer Hamline University. Instructor Cornell School Industrial Relations.



Co-founder Greenwich (Connecticut) Fair Housing Association, 1963. 1st chairman Human Rights Commission, Edina, Minnesota, 1971. District chairman United Fund, 1971.

Member American, Minnesota psychological associations, Association for Creative Change (1st president), International Association Applied Social Scientists, NTL Institute, American Psychological Association, 3M Meeting Management Institute (board directors).


Married Helen Mandeville Penn, August 31, 1950. Children: Jacqueline Louise, Richard Edward.

Eldo Lawton Byrd

Louise (Parker) Byrd

Helen Mandeville Penn

Jacqueline Louise Byrd

Richard Edward Byrd