R. CARTER TUCKER (1948-51) #61
As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.
Robert Carter Tucker (1893-1973) was born in Higginsville, Missouri. His father died when he was three years old and his mother moved Carter, his older brother and younger sister to Kansas City. Instead of using his first name of Robert he was known by his middle name from a young age, incorporating only the initial of his first name for most of his life, and known as R. Carter Tucker.
Carter graduated from Central High School in Kansas City and attended the University of Michigan where he was on the debate team. He graduated from the Kansas City School of Law in 1916 and was admitted to the bar. He married Irene Doyle in 1920. They had two daughters.
Along with his law practice, Mr. Tucker was involved with many organizations and charities over the years, often serving on the Board or as an officer of the organization. Some of the groups were the Shriners, the Kansas City Council of Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army, the American Legion, the Optimist Club and the Community Chest, among others. He was also deeply involved with the Broadway Methodist church where he taught classes from 1927 until his death in 1973. He was named Church Man of the Year by the Kansas City Council of Churches in 1951. He was much in demand as a speaker on behalf of his work, the organizations he represented, and his church.
In July 1948, Mr. Tucker replaced Harry Minty on the Park Board as President of the Board. He served until late December 1951 at which time he resigned to devote full time to his law practice.
He was active in the Kansas City and American Bar Associations and received a 50-year membership award in January 1973 from the American Bar Association. #KCParks #FromTheArchives
Kansas City, Missouri