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Richard Stoker '56

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.
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    Danielle Gordon & Jessica Rice
    From high school sweethearts to alumni who were married in Vivian Webb Chapel, Webb has been the site of many romances over the years. Here are a few stories from alumni who met on Webb’s beautiful campus.
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    The Week @ Webb is a periodic photojournal of events on and off Webb's campus. Did it feel like January lasted 31,000 days instead of just 31? I know that for me, it's important to spend as much time as I can with other people when life gets really busy. We all do better when we surround ourselves with friends and family and that's what I tried to capture in this latest gallery.
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    Taylor Stockdale
    Taking stock. This is how it begins—simply though completely. After more than a year of planning, gathering data, meeting, discussing, writing and rewriting—and after a four-day campus stay by our CAIS/WASC visiting committee (California Association of Independent Schools / Western Association of Schools and Colleges)—the evaluation work is done. 
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