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alumni, recipient of 40Plus Outstanding Service Award, 2007
extemporaneous speaker winner, DC area - Toastmasters International
Richard (Dick) Scribner's name is on the Forty Plus list of outstanding
service awardees. About a decade ago, he was instrumental in working
(translate: hanging tough) with the IRS to get this chapter of Forty
Plus its charitable-educational organization tax exempt 501C3 status.
Dick has had an eclectic career punctuated by an enjoyable and
productive period in the mid 1990s with Forty Plus. He remembers fondly
his friends here and how they supported each other.
The small-town son of a truck driver father and a librarian mother,
Dick obtained a PhD in physics. He was at one time a bench physicist
and obtained fleeting fame for his scientific work near absolute zero.
Cutting his white lab coat career short, he then came to Washington
to work on energy and arms control public policy issues issues hed
been dabbling in since graduate student days. While working for the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) establishing
their public policy programs, Dick founded the Congressional Science
Fellow Program in 1972. He also founded environmental, diplomacy, and
arms control science fellow programs. They continue today, 36 years
later. Each fall, nearly 100 such fellows descend on DC for a year
one third of them stay. Dick has collaborated with and testified before
Congress. He remembers one very contentious field hearing held in
Hawaii where he thought he wore the white hat, but others disagreed. He
was then a special assistant to the Under Secretary of State working on
Arms Control, Nuclear Non Proliferation, and Global Environmental
Issues. Hes traveled over much of the northern hemisphere and parts of
the Atlantic and Pacific southern hemisphere. Living on a Pacific
island is one of his fantasies.
Dick was a professor at Georgetown University in their School of
Foreign Service, and has held appointments at American University,
George Washington University, Stanford University, and the University
of California at San Diego among others. Following Forty Plus, he
helped found and was the first director of a counter terrorism research
institute at Dartmouth College in which capacity he worked closely with
the Department of Justice (before Homeland Security was established).
After Dartmouth, Dick spent 4 years helping to design, develop, and run
Department of Homeland Security (1) national training exercises, (2)
tabletop exercises for cabinet-level officials and involving White
House staff, and (3) a new 24/7 situational awareness infrastructure
operations watch center. He has a top secret security clearance which
doesnt help a bit in getting through airport security.
Dick is a subcontractor with the Department of Homeland Security
(subcontracting through the successful company he and his wife started
4 years ago). Hell be quick to tell you that his wife is the real
entrepreneur with her agency that does catalogs for companies such as
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. As a subcontractor, he is now with the DHS
Office of Infrastructure Protection which leads the federal effort to
reduce the risk to the nations critical infrastructure and key
resources and strengthen related preparedness. Dick finds this
important, satisfying work.
Dick says, it is clear from his resume that he cant hold a job, but
nevertheless life is good.
Oh, one other thing about Dick, his home is
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