John M. Templeton, Jr. (Jack) has been actively involved in the Foundation since its inception in 1987. He retired from his medical practice in 1995. He directs all of the Foundation's activities and works closely with the Foundation's staff, Trustees, and Board of Advisors.
A graduate of Yale University, he earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and subsequently trained in pediatric surgery under Dr. C. Everett Koop at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After serving two years in the U.S. Navy, he returned to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1977, where he served on the staff as pediatric surgeon and trauma program director. He also served as professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Templeton was board certified in pediatric surgery and surgical critical care and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He serves as Vice Chairman of the American Trauma Society and as a president of its Pennsylvania division. He has published numerous papers in medical and professional journals, in addition to two books, Thrift and Generosity: The Joy of Giving (2004) and A Searcher's Life (2008).