Of his many accomplishments in acoustics, perhaps one of Richard H. Bolt’s greatest legacies will prove to be his contribution, both directly and through his teaching, to everyday hearing conditions in buildings. In a discipline that attempts to bridge the technical and cultural gap between a pure science and the pragmatic and often‐haphazard process of building design, he combined a deep understanding of both professions with an ability to communicate complex ideas that is reminiscent of Wallace Clement Sabine. His welcoming enthusiasm and humility enabled him to attract and to work well with people of complementary talents, in both theoretical research and the gritty details of a consulting practice, as well as to envision the potential of still‐unexplored subjects. A logical outcome of this combination was the profoundly influential technical group known as BBN, whose pioneering integration of acoustics with building technology is echoed by many consulting groups throughout the world.