It was in the month of December 1959 that John Dockendorf was born into the world. Despite the fact that he spent his early years growing up in the Baltimore area, Dockendorf would later find himself making a greater impact elsewhere. Education was essential to him, as it was to many other children growing up in the Mid-Atlantic states, and after completing a hard education at a friend's school, he packed his skis and travelled to Vermont to study at the University of Vermont.