Rick grew up with his grandparents and mother, who worked as a housekeeper. He grew to admire the US soldiers who were stationed near his hometown. He decided that he wanted to become one someday.
Rick married Betsy Nathan 10 Jun 1972 in Dallas, Texas.
Rick married a second time to Susan Jane Greer 20 Feb 1999 in St. John's, Florida.
Rick served in the British Armed Forces beginning in 1956. Upon returning to life in Great Britain following service in Rhodesia, Rick worked for the Metropolitan Police. Soon after he resigned and moved to the US.
He moved to the United States, living in Brooklyn, New York, and enlisting in the US Army in 1963. He later served in the US Army at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He filed for naturalization as a US citizen in 1966. Rick served with the US Army in Vietnam, notably in the Battle of Ia Drang which was immortalized in the book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young". Rick is the soldier pictured on the book's cover. Later Mel Gibson adapted the book for film in "We Were Soldiers."
Following his service, Rick took advantage of the GI Bill and attended university in Oklahoma, earning law degrees. He went on to teach at the University of South Carolina and published a textbook on law.
Later Rick became the vice president of security at Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter in New York City. He wanted something that paid better than teaching. He was working the day the attacks on New York City happened, in the second tower of the World Trade Center.
Rick is credited with directly or indirectly saving at least 2,700 people that day. As a security professional at Morgan Stanley he had predicted as early as 1990 that the World Trade Center was a likely target for terrorism.
His fears were realized in 1993 when the towers were bombed, and he urged Morgan Stanley to relocate their offices. The company did not move, so Rick continued to analyze the threats and how best to address them. He predicted that terrorists could try to fly a plane into the towers and relentlessly drilled employees for an emergency evacuation.  That evacuation happened on September 11, 2001. To try to keep people calm as they saw their practice turn into a real emergency, Rick sang, including a song from his native Cornwall, "Men of Harlech; which is a Welsh song".
Nearly all the Morgan Stanley employees (all but 13) made it out due to his diligence, including Rick, but he feared someone had been left behind and re-entered the building to look for them. He never came back out.
Rick's last words to his wife, as quoted by Amanda Ripley:
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