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.
Join the conversation. The Spring/Summer issue of WEBB Magazine is in the mail and on its way to you. In it we explore Webb’s new innovative curriculum—an educational experience being talked about across the country. From the newly invigorated core curriculum that includes The American Idea and Evolutionary Biology, to the ONLY AT WEBB series of Honors and Advanced Studies courses featuring Advanced Studies in Biotechnology and Honors Ethics & Modern Global Affairs—the Webb program is engaging students in field study and independent research work like never before.
The Webb Schools is pleased to offer a live stream for both the Vivian Webb School and Webb School of California Commencement Ceremonies on June 2, 2018. The events are available below, and will be concurrently streaming on Webb's Facebook page as well as the schools' Livestream.com page.