WICHITA - Docking, Thomas Robert was born on August 10, 1954, in Lawrence, Kansas, and died Thursday, August 24, in Wichita. He is survived by the love of his life, Jill Sadowsky Docking; son, Brian (Emily) Docking; daughter, Margery Docking; two granddaughters, Charlotte and Jane Docking; and brother William (Judy) Docking of Arkansas City. He was preceded in death by his parents, Governor Robert and Meredith Gear Docking; and his grandparents, Governor George R. and Virginia Docking and George and Irene Gear. Tom grew up in Arkansas City, moving to Topeka when his father was elected Governor. He graduated from Topeka West High School and the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration. Tom was a partner at the Law Offices of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chtd., where he specialized in taxation, business and estate planning, and banking and commercial law. In April of this year, Tom was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Citation from the University of Kansas School of Law. Tom was a fourth-generation Kansan and demonstrated his love for Wichita and Kansas through his commitment to service. He was elected Lieutenant Governor and served one term from 1983-1987 with Governor John Carlin. He served as Chairman of the United Way of the Plains and on various Boards, including the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and the Wichita Water Conservation Task Force. Tom also served on the Board of Union State Bank of Arkansas City, KS and City Bank and Trust of Guymon, OK, two family owned banks that have been in the Docking and Gear families for generations. Tom and Jill were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year in 2008 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Wichita Chapter. He recently co-chaired the successful billion-dollar Far Above Campaign for the University of Kansas Endowment Association. Tom’s legacy will live on through the family, friends, clients and University that he loved so dearly. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, August 29, at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens, at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Tom’s name to The United Way of the Plains: 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202, or The Wichita Community Foundation: 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Share tributes online at: www.dlwichita.com.