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ATS Mourns the Passing of Board Member & Vice-Chair Dr. Jack Templeton

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  
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It is with great sadness we share the news that our dear friend and tireless supporter of trauma prevention, Dr. John M. Templeton Jr., passed away on Saturday, May 16 at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  He was 75 years old.

Dr. Templeton (known as “Jack”) served the ATS and the ATS Pennsylvania Division as board member for 28 years, serving as vice chairman and divisional president, president of the John Templeton Foundation, worked with many national and international professional and scientific societies, and was very active within his local community.


He was a graduate of Yale University and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Templeton completed his medical internship and surgery residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., and received additional training in pediatric surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. After serving two years in the United States Navy, Dr. Templeton returned to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1977, where he was a pediatric surgeon and trauma program director. He was also a professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Templeton retired from his medical practice in 1995. Dr. Templeton was board certified in pediatric surgery and surgical critical care and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He published numerous papers in both medical and professional journals, and was the author of two books, Thrift and Generosity: The Joy of Giving (2004) and A Searcher's Life (2008).


In addition to his support of the ATS and trauma prevention, Dr. Templeton was also involved with the Boy Scouts of America, the National Recreation Foundation, the Melmark Foundation, the National Bible Association, the National Liberty Museum, the George H. Gallup International Institute, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Rotary International, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Operation Good Neighbor Foundation and the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, just to name a few.


“Dr. Templeton was the consummate advocate for the injured, and a person who exhibited unrivaled generosity.  His passion for the care of the injured led to the creation and success of many of the ATS’ signature programs, most notably the Trauma Survivors Network.  This is an incredible loss for the ATS and the trauma world at large.  He will truly be missed.” said ATS President Samir Fakhry, MD.


Condolences may be sent to 601 Pembroke Rd., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Additional information on Dr. Templeton's arrangements will be shared once finalized.


Dr. Templeton leaves behind his wife, Dr. Josephine Templeton, and two daughters and their families. 


We ask that you keep the Templeton family in your thoughts and prayers.

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