Student, Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1917-1918; Bachelor of Arts, University of California, 1921.
Student security salesman, Blair & Company, 1922; advancing to vice president, later vice president successor, Bancamerica-Blair Corporation president, Bankamerica Company, 1930-1932; president, Vultee Aircraft, 1939-1943; chairman, Avion, Inc. member board, also vice Chairman of the Board, Northrop Corporation, from 1947; Chairman of the Board, Northrop Corporation, 1947-1949, 75-76; past vice chairman, Glore, Forgan, William R. Staats, Inc. Director Quotron Systems, Inc.
Honorary trustee Occidental College, Webb School California military instructor, later Central Infantry, Officers Training Camp World War I, Waco, Texas. Member Owl and Key (Occidental College), Phi Kappa Psi. Clubs: California (Los Angeles).
Valley Hunt (Pasadena). Bohemian (San Francisco).
Married Catherine Claiborne Armes, February 25, 1934. Children– Richard W. Junior, Roger James.