Milestones in the Life of Sir John Templeton
1912: Born in Winchester, Tennessee.
1934: Graduated from Yale University.
1936: Received M.A. from Balliol College, Oxford.
1937: Went to work on Wall Street.
1937: Married Judith Folk; their three children are John
Jr., Anne, and Christopher.
1940: Opened his own fund management company.
1940: Son John Jr. is born.
1942: Daughter Anne is born.
1947: Son Christopher is born.
1951: Wife Judith dies.
1954: Started Templeton Growth Fund.
1958: Married Irene Butler on New Year's Eve.
1968: Moved his permanent residence to Lyford Cay, Nassau,
the British Bahamas. In the same year he renounced his U.S.
citizenship and became a subject of the British Crown.
1972: Established the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward
Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities.
1973: Mother Teresa of Calcutta is the first to win the prize.
1987: Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1987: Founded the John Templeton Foundation.
1992: Sold Templeton Growth Funds to Franklin Group.
1993: Irene, his wife of 35 years, dies.
1994: Retired from the board of Princetons Theological Seminary
after 42 years and 12 years as its chairman.
1995: His son, Dr. John Templeton, Jr. becomes President
of the John Templeton Foundation.
2001: John Templeton Foundation funds more than 245 initiatives
in the areas of science, religion, character development and
2002: Sir John celebrates his 90th birthday.
2004: Anne Templeton Zimmerman, daughter of Sir John, dies
December 16, 2004
2005: Spiritual Information, a collection of one hundred
essays, is published in honor of Sir John.
2006: Sir John appoints his son, John M. Templeton Jr., M.D. to be Chairman of the John Templeton Foundation.
2008: Sir John dies at age 95 on July 8, 2008, at Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, of pneumonia