Richard Plumb spent 26 years as a barber; 41 years in barber-connected activities. He was president of the barbers, Beauticians, and Allied Industries International Union for the state of Indiana and vice president and director of the Barbers & Cosmetologists Division of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union. He is author of the book, Ancient and Honorable Barber Profession.
For 10 years he was editor of the magazine, Journeyman Barber & Beauty Culture, and also served on the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He served in various positions with the National Cerebral Palsy Association, United Service Organizations (USO), and with the Community Services division of the AFL-CIO. Mr. Plumb was inducted into the Barber Hall of Fame in 1989.