Richard Bashir was the father of Starfleet officer and Doctor Julian Bashir. He was also the husband of Amsha Bashir. Bashir was also once a third-class steward on a shuttle run, but he resigned from the position after a mere six months. Richard eventually found a more successful career in landscape architecture, designing parks and public spaces. He took pride in doing such projects, because he knew they would be enjoyed by thousands of people long after he was gone. He said that it was his legacy and his gift to succeeding generations.
During Julian's early childhood, his parents became quite concerned about Julian's development, Julian was developing quite slowly compared to other children his age. In approximately 2348, Richard and Amsha had Julian subjected to genetic engineering which involved the resequencing of his DNA and the accelerated growth of neural pathways. This was however highly illegal and would've resulted in Bashir being barred from Starfleet service or practicing medicine if the truth was known. (DS9 episode: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")
Richard was a former Federation diplomat to Invernia II in 2351. He and Julian were once trapped in a cave by a storm with an injured Invernian girl. After the storm passed, Richard left to get help while Julian stayed with the girl. Unfortunately he did not return in time and the girl died. (DS9 episode: "Melora")
In 2373, the truth of what they had done was finally revealed. Richard Bashir reached a deal with Admiral Bennett which allowed Julian to retain his medical practice and remain in Starfleet. Bashir pleaded guilty to illegal genetic engineering, and was sentenced to serve two years in the New Zealand Penal Settlement. Bashir was later released in mid-2375. (DS9 episode: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?")