Richard McCallister Obituary (2021) – Chicago, Illinois


Richard A. McCallister. Beloved husband of Trina, née Gordon; father of Mark (Sue) McCallister and Todd (Barbara) McCallister; grandfather of four children; beloved brother of the late Sally (late David) Edwards and of the late Ward (Bobbe) McCallister; beloved uncle of Jane (Joe) Banser; dear great-uncle of Brian (Bridget) Banser and Jack (Sarah) Banser; daddy of our amazing dog, Tai.

– Managing Partner of the Chicago office, Boyden 1989-2021

– Member, Board of Directors, Boyden World Corporation 1996-2000

During his distinguished tenure at Boyden and as a member of the global board of directors, Dick was an influential force in shaping the company as it is known today and set the tone for the evolution de Boyden as one of the world’s largest talent consulting firms. He was passionate about customer service, professional development and lifelong learning as well as identifying and mentoring the next generation of talent. Highlights of his many accomplishments include the creation of the industry-unique Boyden-Northwestern Kellogg Advanced Development Program, the creation of a highly successful onboarding program in the Americas for new talent, the influence of best practices in corporate governance and the promotion of investments for strategic growth.

His other career highlights include: President, WHCA Partners 1986-2021; President, William H. Clark Associates, 1975-1989; Director, Price Waterhouse Chicago, 1968-1975.

Dick was a major proponent of guiding public and private companies to the next stage of growth and embracing best practices in governance. He has served competently as a board member of the following companies and organizations: House of Vision, Inc. Member: Executive Committee; Fiduciary Management, Inc .; Lionheart Trust Company; Systems Advancement Group; Member of Grant Hospital: executive committee;. Chairman of the District 113 School Board, Deerfield.

Prior to Dick’s commercial career, he was a cross country and distance coach for Proviso West High School for six years, leading the program to achieve numerous national accolades, including holding five simultaneous national track and field records. and cross country, several Illinois state championships, as well as individual state event champions.

Through his training and mentorship, Dick touched many lives, elevating the Proviso West program to national distinction, creating opportunities for young track and field and cross country athletes to receive scholarships that were the foundation of their future career.

Prior to his training, Dick was a distinguished track and field athlete in college, winning an NCAA gold medal and competing successfully around the world. Dick was also a member of the United States Olympic track team in 1960.

Dick was also a member of the following associations: The Racquet Club of Chicago; the Chicago club; Glenview Club where he was an avid golfer and enjoyed every game he played; Mid-America Club where he was former chairman of the board.

A life partner and his wife’s best friend for 42 years, Dick was passionate about life to the fullest. His enthusiasm was imbued with a shrewd sense of humor as well as gratitude for being present in this world and a constant optimism for the future. Dick was a firm believer in maximizing our talents and interests in life, and through that belief he had a positive and often profound impact on the lives of so many. This remarkable and generous man will be indelibly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. He is forever in our hearts.

Celebration of the Life on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, Illinois 60610.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of the life of Richard A. McCallister, the family requested that memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to friends of Prentice, Where [email protected]

For more information, please call 312-421-0936 or

Posted by Chicago Tribune on October 3, 2021.

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