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.
Eshaana Sheth ’10 describes her short film, "The Butter Knife" as "a snapshot of modern, intercultural dating." It has won Best Romantic Comedy at the Los Angeles Film Awards and Top Shorts online film festival so far.
In this fascinating article in The Atlantic, writer Jeffrey Selingo dives into the argument many economists, educators, and work-force development professionals are making today--our education in early life does not seem sufficient for the needs of our 21st century economy. The third wave, as he describes, will be one of continual training and education and retraining. Read more in The Atlantic.
Alumni, family and friends are invited to join Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and special guests for three events this April in New York City (April 11), Philadelphia (April 12) and London, England (April 14).
Once again, Webb athletes had a strong showing across the board during the 2018 winter season. Led by WSC soccer, which finished the season League Champions and with a deep run into CIF, both VWS and WSC athletics posted very positive results. VWS Water Polo also finished its league play in second place.
“It is always great each season to not only see our athletes and teams be successful on the field of play, but to see them learn and grow as individuals and part of a community,” said Director of Athletics Steve Wishek.