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Richard Nelson Bolles, American author, clergyman. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946. Member American Society for Training and Development, Mensa.


His paternal grandfather, Stephen Bolles, was a U.S. member of Congress from Wisconsin (died 1941), and his father was for many years an editor with the Associated Press (died 1972). He grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and graduated from Teaneck High School in 1945, where his yearbook described him stating "Dick's future will be scientific / But in which field he's not specific." After a brief stint in the United States Navy, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying chemical engineering, and Harvard University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Physics, cum laude.


Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1946-1948;Bachelor cum laude, Harvard University, 1950;STB, General Theological Seminary, 1953;Master of Sacred Theology, General Theological Seminary, 1957.


Richard Nelson Bolles is the brother of investigative journalist Don Bolles, and Ann Bolles Johnson. After ordination, Bolles served as a Fellow and Tutor at the Seminary, and then served churches in New Jersey. Following this, he served as Canon Pastor of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

He also served on the National Staff of United Ministries in Higher Education for a number of years. Bolles makes public speaking appearances and used to lead workshops around the United States. He releases an updated edition of his main Parachute book every year, as well as working on new titles.

The latest title is "The Job-Hunter's Survival Guide", a short 100 page book. Mark is the principal author of their book Job Hunting on the Internet.


  • Bolles was the 2006 recipient of the National Samaritan award, joining such prestigious company as Karl Menninger, Peter Drucker, Norman Vincent Peale, Betty Ford, and Sir John Templeton. The Library of Congress in 1996 named his book as one of 25 that have shaped readers' lives. His book has appeared on The New York Times best-seller list (paperback non-fiction) a total of 288 weeks.



Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946. Member American Society for Training and Development, Mensa.


Married Janet Lorraine Price, December 30, 1949 (divorced 1971). Children: Stephen, Mark, Gary, Sharon. Married Carol Christen, May 19, 1984.

Donald Clinton Bolles

Frances Fethers (Fifield) Bolles

Janet Lorraine Price

Carol Christen

Stephen Bolles

Mark Bolles

Gary Bolles

Sharon Bolles