John Marks Templeton, Jr.
(born February 19, 1940 in New York City
) is the elder son of the stock investor, businessman and philanthropist John Templeton
and serves as the President of the Templeton Foundation
and organizes its day-to-day operations.
Templeton graduated from Yale University
, where he was a member of Elihu
senior society, as was his father, and then went to Harvard Medical School
where he earned an MD degree. Afterward, he served in the U.S. Navy
. In 1977 he went to work at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
as a pediatric surgeon and trauma program director. He retired in 1995 to become head of the Templeton Foundation
Templeton, Jr. is an evangelical Christian
In 2010, Politics Magazine
named him one of the most influential Republicans in Pennsylvania.
Some have voiced concern that John M. Templeton, Jr supported California constitutional amendment proposition
8 with two donations totaling $900,000. The Templeton Foundation has made clear that that these were private, personal contributions, unrelated to the activities of the Foundation.