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ROBERT LEE KING FAMILY PAPERS
MS 628  
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Description
This collection documents Robert Lee King's distinguished 38-year career with the Southern Pacific Company.
Background
Robert Lee King was born on December 15, 1923 in Auxvasse, Missouri. He joined SP in 1944 at El Paso, Texas as Secretary to the Rio Grande Division Superintendent and rose through positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. King’s occupations during 38 years of service for Southern Pacific Company also include: Trainmaster, Rio Grande Division (1948), Tucson Division (1949) and Sacramento Division (1954), Assistant Superintendent, Salt Lake Division (1959) and Sacramento Division (1962), Superintendent, Western Division, Oakland (1965), Assistant General Manager of the Operating Department, San Francisco headquarters (1967), General Manager, San Francisco headquarters (1969), Vice-President, Traffic, San Francisco headquarters (1978), and Senior Vice-President, Traffic (1982). While working for Southern Pacific, Mr. King completed Harvard Business School's program for management development in December, 1961. In 1945, Mr. King married Irma Ruth Rountree. The Kings had two children, Beverly and Bruce. The Kings were long-time members of the Park Boulevard Presbyterian church in Oakland, where Mrs. King was President of the Women’s Association. Mr. King died on November 27, 1982 at the age of 58.
Extent
2 boxes
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.