2014 Arbuckle Award Dinner

Arbuckle Award Dinner Honored Robert E. King, MBA '60

Founder: The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED)

About Robert E. King

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Robert King, graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1960, after receiving his BA in Economics from Dartmouth College in 1957. After twelve years with Shearson Hammill in New York and San Francisco, he established his own investment management company, R. Eliot King & Associates. There, he developed a highly successful investment approach, identifying long term investment opportunities by focusing on fundamental change forces at work in the world - political, social, economic, and technological.

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Robert King, along with his wife Dorothy King and their family, founded Thrive Foundation for Youth, which focuses on positive youth development. Thrive has developed tools to integrate the social science research they have supported, giving families and youth-serving organizations methods to help young people reach their potential. Their objective is to change the lives of 5 million youth, putting them on a thriving developmental pathway. Thrive is working with a number of major youth organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, World Vision, Camp Fire, Girl Scouts, and 4H.

In 2011, Robert and  Dorothy were founding donors partnering with the university to launch the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). Given his background in investment management, Robert is focused on results. SEED is designed to promote entrepreneurship in developing economies where extreme poverty exists. The objective is to change lives by helping create and scale businesses.

Mr. King has been active in his support of Stanford University, through the Athletic Department and the Business School. He is a former alumni investment manager for the Stanford Business School Trust and has been active as a business school reunion volunteer. For over 45 years Mr. and Mrs. King have hosted international students studying at Stanford University. He is a past active Elder of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a past board member of Village Enterprise Fund, and is a Trustee of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. 

About the Arbuckle Award

Sponsored annually by the Stanford GSB Alumni Association, the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award recognizes excellence in the field of management leadership. The award was created in 1968 in honor of the late Business School dean whose name it bears. Recipients demonstrate a commitment to both managerial excellence and to addressing the changing needs of society.

Complete List of Arbuckle Award Winners



Robert E. King, MBA '60, The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED)


John Gunn, MBA '72, Chairman Emeritus, Dodge and Cox

John Gunn Video (4:44 minutes)


Robert L. Joss, Sloan '66, MBA '67, PhD '70, former Dean of the Stanford University GSB

Rober L. Joss Video (39:33 minutes)

2011 Penny Pritzker, JD/MBA '84

Penny Pritzker Video (19:06 minutes)

2010 Richard E. Rainwater, MBA '68

"Richard's Art of the Deal" Video (5:10 minutes)

2009 Michael Shanahan, AB '60, MBA '65

Shanahan Video (11:05 minutes)

2008 Henry Segerstrom, MBA '48

Segerstrom Video (36:07 minutes)

2007 Henry A. McKinnell, Jr., MBA '67, PhD '69

McKinnell Video (43:04 minutes)

2006 Stephen "Steve" Adams, MBA '62

Adams Video (48:28 minutes)

2005 Robert M. Bass, MBA '74
2004 Dr. Andy S. Grove

Dr. Grove Video (42:04 minutes)

2003 Richard Kovacevich, MBA '67

Kovacevich Video (17:31 minutes)

2002 John H. Scully, MBA '68
2001 The Lord Browne of Madingley, MS '81

Lord Browne of Madingley Video(3:57 minutes)

2000 A. Michael Spence


1999 Becky Morgan, MBA '78
1998 Lorenzo Zambrano, MBA '68
1997 Frank Shrontz, MBA '70
1996 John Morgridge, MBA '57
1995 Charles R. Schwab, MBA '61
1994 John B. Mc Coy, MBA '67
1993 John W. Gardner
1992 Philip Knight, MBA '62
1991 David S. Tappan, MBA '48
1990 Robert K. Jaedicke


1989 John Lillie, MBA '64
1988 A. William Reynolds, MBA '57
1987 George Shultz
1986 John G. McCoy, MBA '37
1985 Donald E. Petersen, MBA '49
1984 Claude N. Rosenberg, Jr., MBA '52
1983 H. B. Atwater, Jr., MBA '54
1982 James F. Dickason, Jr., MBA '51
1981 No award given
1980 John Fery, MBA '55


1979 Roy A. Anderson, MBA '49
1978 John Young, MBA '58
1977 No award given
1976 Frederick G. Larkin Jr., MBA '36
1975 Arjay Miller, former Dean of the Stanford University GSB

Arjay Miller Video (10:01 minutes)

1974 Stephen D. Bechtel, MBA '48
1973 Frank T. Cary, MBA '48
1972 Douglas R. Fuller, MBA '30
1971 Malcolm MacNaughton, MBA '33
1970 Edmund W. Littlefield, MBA '38


1968 Ernest C. Arbuckle, MBA '36

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