Richard H. Anthony was born in Providence, Rhode Island on June 20, 1903, son of Frank J. Anthony, a well-known architect, and Lilias Hall Anthony. He was educated at various grammar schools in Providence, graduating from Hope High School in 1921. Subsequently he graduated from Brown University in 1925, and from Georgetown Law School in 1933.
Soon after graduating from Brown, Anthony moved to New York and joined the staff of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, where he eventually became assistant literary editor. About a year later, in 1926, he traveled to Paris to join the staff of the New York Herald, the European edition of the New York Herald-Tribune. While in Paris, Anthony covered the landings of Charles E. Lindburgh and Richard E. Byrd on their historic transatlantic flights. Also, while in Paris, he met Beulah Brown of Detroit, Michigan, who was a member of the Paris Herald staff. They were married in Paris on February 4, 1928, and eventually moved to Providence, Rhode Island where Anthony joined the staff of the Providence Journal.
Anthony’s professional life continued to be both distinquished and multi-faceted. Most notably, he was secretary to United States Senator Felix Hebert, field representative of the Massachusetts Society for Social Hygiene, epidemiologist for the Massachusetts State Department of Health, and president of the Southern New York State Division of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.
Anthony died on March 1, 1995.