Dick Dunlap was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating from Penn State, Dick went to work for the General Dynamics Corporation as an engineer in San Diego, California, and Cape Canaveral, Florida, where he worked on Air Force and NASA projects. While at Cape Canaveral, he was on the launch team that launched the world's first soft landing on the moon (unmanned).
While working for General Dynamics, Dick continued his education, receiving a Masters of Business Management degree from the Florida State University and his Juris Doctor law degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law.
After receiving his law degree in 1971, Dick returned to Pennsylvania where he joined the downtown law firm of Dickie, McCamey and Chilcote, where he spent his entire legal career practicing in the field of commercial litigation.
Dick became involved with local government when he was elected to Hampton Township Council, taking office in January of 1996. He remained on Council until January of 2004, when his employment necessitated that he discontinue his service. While on Council, he served as President of Council for seven years, and also served as the President of the Allegheny County Association of Township Officials, the Secretary-Treasurer of the North Hills Council of Governments, the Vice President of NEWCOM, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Allegheny League of Municipalities. Dick has also served as the Executive Director of the Allegheny League of Municipalities, and as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of City County Government (Report issued in 2008). He also has been a member of the University of Pittsburgh's Institute of Politics, the Three Rivers Labor Management Council, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Local Government Academy. In addition, Dick served on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Township Municipal Authority until it was merged with the Shaler Township Water Department in January of 2012, and since then he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the newly formed Hampton-Shaler Water Authority.
Since leaving Dickie, McCamey and Chilcote, Dick has focused his practice on serving as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. In January of 2012, Dick returned to Hampton Township Council.
Dick has been married to his wife, Nona, for many years. They have 2 children, Chuck, who now lives in Indianapolis, and Mitzi, who lives in Philadelphia. Both are Hampton High School graduates.