The author will discuss his close relation to Dick Bolt, starting with their first meeting in 1938. This will include Bolt’s doctoral years at the University of California, his National Research Fellowship in Physics at MIT, his contributions to the World War II effort, his tenured appointment, guidance of students and formation of the Acoustical Laboratory at MIT, and his co‐founding of and subsequent participation in Bolt Beranek and Newman. Dick’s principal contributions to the field of acoustics, to education and to the Acoustical Society of America will be presented up until 1957, after which his talents were largely taken over by national missions, which are mentioned. Richard H. Bolt was an inspiring educator, researcher and organizer. He truly was a national treasure.