Board Beacon - Dick Schramm

Richard Schramm
Barclay Friends Board Chair Richard E. Schramm

The near-disaster in Copiapo, Chile — 33 miners were trapped underground for more than two months — made headlines in August 2010, not only as a result of every man’s safe rescue, but because of the impact of international collaboration.

West Chester’s own Schramm Inc. manufactured the drilling rigs used in the rescue effort, and although Richard E. Schramm “stepped aside” as CEO and Chairman of his family’s business in 2005, his altruism has clearly remained within with its ranks.

Richard — fondly known as Dick to friends and colleagues — graduated from Haverford College in 1958 and took business courses at the Wharton School and anthropology courses at the University of Chicago. What took this West-Chester native to Illinois? A Quaker since birth, Dick fulfilled his military draft obligation as a conscientious objector as a social worker in Chicago!

One of the founders of the United Way of Chester County, Dick continues to work for Schramm Inc. part time. He has remained active in the wider community as Board Chair at Barclay Friends since 2008 and a member of The Kendal Corporation Board since 2010.

Dick and his wife, Pat, are the advisers for the Schramm Foundation Scholarship Fund of the Chester County Community Foundation, established to support the educational pursuits of high school seniors in business and technology. He and Pat will move to Kendal-Crosslands Communities this summer.