Aloha Amigos! Richard H. Dillon, Author, Librarian, Historian
Richard H. “Dick” Dillon (1924-2016) was a world-famous western historian, librarian, teacher, and public speaker. He enjoyed a very long (60+ year) and tremendously productive association with the Book Club of California. Between 1951 and 2012 Dick Dillon published more than 90 articles and book reviews in the Book Club’s Quarterly News-Letter and more than another two dozen stand-alone publications, mostly fine-printed keepsakes, but also full-length books, including Texas Argonauts (1987: Book Club Publication No. 186) and Napa Valley Heyday (2004: Book Club Publication No. 218). Dillon served as President of the Book Club of California for two consecutive terms, from 1977 to 1979.
Dillon was the head librarian at the Sutro Library for nearly 30 years, and also taught librarianship and history at many institutions, including U.C. Berkeley, the University of Hawaii and UCLA, but for the longest uninterrupted period (40 years) at the University of San Francisco. No other California writer of recent vintage was as widely published: he was the author of more than two dozen prize-winning full-length books at major commercial and university presses, of hundreds of articles and more than a thousand book reviews in scholarly journals, in popular magazines, and in more than a dozen different newspapers. First published at age 10, Dick Dillon was a 4th generation Californian and a decorated WWII WIA combat veteran. His 40 academic and literary awards, including the Book Club’s Oscar Lewis Award (1997) and the Laura Bride Powers Award from the City of San Francisco (1970), spanned a 73-year period. His life and remarkable literary output have just been celebrated in a brand-new book, Aloha, Amigos! The Richard H. Dillon Memorial Volume, published as Brand Book 24 (2020) by the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners International.
This is a live, online presentation by Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D., editor and author