Richard Stoker '56 began his investment career as a wholesaler and was an integral member of the team that oversaw four decades of growth for the Franklin Templeton Company. He was a senior vice president and motivational speaker when he retired from the company in 1998.
While at Webb, Stoker was a co-captain of the varsity football team, a student government leader, and a participant in the choir, orchestra and debating society. He went onto attend the University of North Carolina where he majored in Spanish. In 1960, fresh out of college, Stoker was parlaying his love of music and the Spanish language into an entertainment career, starting as an usher at CBS studios in Los Angeles when a visit from his uncle, Rupert H. Johnson, Sr. founder of the Franklin Group of Funds, changed everything. Johnson encouraged Stoker to take a psychological exam to see if he was suited to a career in sales and marketing. Stoker passed and within months he packed up his family and moved across the country to New York and joined the firm.
For nearly 40 years, Stoker helped grow Franklin Resources from a multi-million dollar company with six employees to one of the country's leading global investment management organizations, now Franklin Templeton Investments, with more than $500 billion in assets.
Stoker's interests are not limited to the world of high finance. He and his wife Jane have made a deep connection in their community through their long association with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami; in 2001, they were among the first inductees to the agency's Hall of Fame, along with syndicated columnist Dave Barry.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”