Founder, with Wife Helen, of Indian River Medical Center’s Post Chapel
Encouraging, compassionate and endearing, Richard "Dick" Post was determined to make this a better world. Dick, who passed away Nov. 10, 2013, and his wife Helen have supported hundreds of worthwhile causes, from scholarships to the arts, contributing to projects and programs too numerous to count.
But Dick said it was the Post Chapel at Indian River Medical Center that gave him and Helen the "greatest philanthropic joy.” Inspired by a beautiful little hospital chapel in New York City where, in 1961, Dick and Helen received devastating news that their 4-year-old son had leukemia and would only survive a few months, the Post Chapel has provided solace to thousands of patients, family members, visitors and staff since opening in 1996.
Unassuming in his dedication to philanthropy, Dick’s philosophy was to identify a need and quietly provide the necessary seed support, with the intention of motivating and urging organizations to pursue their goals and grow. In 2000, IRMC Foundation was considering the possibility of bringing the Boston Pops to Vero Beach for an inaugural concert, including financial implications. To ensure success, Dick and Helen stepped forward as lead sponsors, a role they also played in 2003. Additionally, the Posts have been presenting sponsors for our annual May Pops concerts since its inception nearly 25 years ago.
Nominated by IRMC, Dick and Helen were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2003.
Even to the end, Dick inspired others. His personal adaptation of a poem entitled “The Dash” was included in his funeral program. The dash—between date of birth and date of passing—represents our time on earth. Dick urged us to live and love and spend our dash well, so we, like Dick, can be proud of how we spent our “dash.”