The Passing Of ECHO's Founder - Dick Dugger

It is especially gratifying and a blessing to look back on the history of ECHO and see how God has brought together many talents into a cohesive union that touches lives around the World.
— Dick Dugger, ECHO Founder

Dr. Martin Price, left, and Dick Dugger, right, at ECHO's 20th Anniversary in 2001. 

Dr. Martin Price, left, and Dick Dugger, right, at ECHO's 20th Anniversary in 2001. 

After a long illness, we are saddened to share the news that Dick Dugger, Founder of ECHO, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. 

We are so grateful for Dick’s life of service which extends to all of the 5.8 million people that ECHO has served around the world. Truly, ECHO would not exist without Dick Dugger.

ECHO was founded through the extraordinary efforts and vision of this Indiana businessman named Richard (Dick) Dugger. In the early 1970's Dick led a group of high school students on a visit to Haiti and was deeply moved by the plight of people in this developing country. After that trip, he worked, prayed, dreamed, and mobilized others to personally commit their time and resources to help respond to the needs that they had encountered. As other Christian laymen and clergy from Indiana and Florida caught the vision, ECHO (Educational Concerns for Haiti Organization) was born. Through a series of timely events, Dick and the newly formed ECHO Board were led to meet Dr. Martin and Bonnie Price, resulting in Dr. Price leading ECHO for over 20 years.

L-R Mr. and Mrs. Dick and Jo Dugger with Dr. and Mrs. Martin and Bonnie Price celebrating the Price's retirement from ECHO in 2008.

L-R Mr. and Mrs. Dick and Jo Dugger with Dr. and Mrs. Martin and Bonnie Price celebrating the Price's retirement from ECHO in 2008.

Over the 35-plus years of ECHO’s existence, Dick remained engaged as both an active promoter and supporter of ECHO. Dick continued to champion the cause of ECHO from his home in Indiana. Dick also worked closely with Africa University in Zimbabwe in researching the sustainability of Moringa and grain Amaranth, as well as promoting their nutritional benefits for many HIV/AIDS sufferers and malnourished children. 

His family contacted ECHO and shared that in recent years, “even though his health was frail, he never lost his desire to help the ‘hungry children’ of the world. ECHO was his dream and he was so proud of what it has become with God's blessings and through the dedicated work of so many wonderfully like-minded people.” 

"Dick was a man of great vision and has been the conduit of blessing to many around the world. His legacy has been felt by millions and will continue to grow through ECHO's mission," shared President/CEO David Erickson

In an interview with ECHO staff in 2015, Dick was asked what it was like to look at almost 35 years of ECHO's mission. He shared the following: 

It is especially gratifying and a blessing to look back on the history of ECHO and see how God has brought together many talents into a cohesive union that touches lives around the World.
— Dick Dugger, ECHO Founder