Dick Brown has been recognised for his lifelong commitment to advancing political and economic development around the world. He graduated from Woodstock School in 1958, and received his BA in Political Science from Muskingum College, Ohio. After graduation he joined the Peace Corps, working in poultry development in Uttar Pradesh, India. He returned to the US to earn a MA degree in Asian Studies and a Doctorate in International Relations from the American University in Washington DC. Upon receiving his last degree, he returned to the Peace Corps in India to direct training programmes in poultry development, farm management, applied nutrition and livestock development. After the Peace Corps, he joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) working in Korea, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. In 1980 Dick joined USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, where he served with distinction for twenty years, with postings in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Egypt.
In 2000 his work for USAID was recognised with its Distinguished Career Service Award, and in 2002 he was awarded Presidential Distinguished Rank, the highest US Government award. After retiring from USAID in 2000, Dick became Vice-President of Winrock International, an NGO specialising in rural development, renewable energy, and environment. He currently works at Advanced Engineering Associates International, an energy consultancy.