F. Hueter, Sonics: Techniques for the Use of Sound and Ultrasound in Engineering and Science (John Wiley & Sons, 1955). From 1944 to 1947, while serving on the Executive Council of the Acoustical Society of America, he undertook to rewrite the society’s constitution. The following year he became the first person to serve as president-elect of the society under one of the newly written bylaws; in 1949, he served a term as the society’s president. On the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1979, the Acoustical Society honored him with its Gold Medal Award. The citation reads: “For outstanding contributions to acoustics through research, teaching, and professional leadership, and for distinguished administrative and advisory service to science, engineering, and government.” He was also an active member or fellow of several other prestigious professional societies, including the American Physical Society, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, IEEE, and Institute of Noise Control Engineering. When the International Congress on Acoustics was founded in 1953, Dick was chosen to be its first president.
Dick was chairman of the BBN Board of Directors from 1953 to 1976 and continued to be a member of the board until 1981. He maintained an office at BBN until well into the 1990s and acted as a consultant on various projects.
Bill Cavanaugh, an MIT architectural student who later became a division leader at BBN, says, “I resumed my training in acoustics amidst the remarkable group of individuals assembled at BBN to work on acoustical problems of all types. I will never forget the enormous influence Dick Bolt had on me personally during my professional career. His charisma and enthusiasm were infectious. At BBN, he was involved in countless architectural acoustics projects.”
Dick was an avid pianist who loved to play classical music and write songs. Jogging was another favorite pastime. Always upbeat, he enjoyed parties and telling jokes. In his younger days he was a fine water colorist and throughout his life he designed logos.