Robert Richards Midkiff was born on September 24, 1920, in Honolulu.
Midkiff was the vice president of Amfac, Inc. between 1964 and 1968. Midkiff later became president of American Security Bank. Midkiff became known as the “Father of Profit Sharing in Hawai‘i.” Before retiring, Midkiff was president and chief executive officer of American Financial Services of Hawai‘i, parent company of American Trust Co. of Hawai‘i, Inc. and Bishop Trust Company, Ltd. 
"Midkiff is president of the Atherton Family Foundation and has served as an officer and director of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, an organization he helped establish in 1987. He is a leader in the Good Beginnings Alliance, a non-profit organization that coordinates early childhood education and care services for Hawai‘i." 
Active in Honolulu planning
"He helped found the Downtown Improvement Association, Waikiki Improvement Association, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, and Friends of ‘Iolani Palace. Midkiff was also involved in planning the Honolulu Civic Center, selecting the Hawai‘i State Capitol architect, building the Financial Plaza of the Pacific, and restoring the Hawai‘i Theatre." 
- An Oral History of Robert Richards Midkiff University of Hawaii -- Center for Oral History