ROBERT BLACKWELL DOCKING was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 9, 1925. He received a B.S. from the University of Kansas in 1948, and a graduation certificate from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. Docking served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-1951 during World War II, and as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1946-1951. He was mayor and ciity commissioner of Arkansas City. He was elected Governor of Kansas in 1966 and reelected in 1968, 1970 and 1972. During his tenure, he chaired the Midwestern Governors' Conference. He was the son of former Kansas Governor George Docking (1957-1961). Governor Robert Docking passed away October 8, 1983, and he is buried at Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.