Winston Franklin, a former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences died in 2004.
"Under his leadership, the institute grew from an organization of 2,000 members based in Sausalito to an organization with 55,000 members in 15 countries. In 2000, Mr. Franklin engineered the purchase of a 200-acre campus, formerly home of the defunct World College West, for the institute in the hills near Petaluma.
"Mr. Franklin had a long career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist before he joined the Institute of Noetic Sciences, first as executive vice president and chief executive and since 1998 as president. He retired" in 2003.
"Earlier in his career, he was vice president of the Charles Kettering Foundation in Kettering, Ohio, and led programs designed to encourage interracial dialogue. Mr. Franklin, who was called "Wink" by his friends and colleagues, was active in communications and was executive producer for a number of television and radio documentaries featuring healing capacities of the connection between the mind and body. One of his documentaries, "The Heart of Healing," released in 1993 on the Turner Broadcasting System Inc., was seen around the world.
"In 1973, he organized a gathering of cultural leaders, including Joseph Campbell and Margaret Mead, for a Stanford Research Institute project on transformational social change...Under his leadership, the institute ' s membership swelled to more than 50,000 worldwide and its budget grew from $300,000 to $4.5 million. Much of the money went to grants for holistic health care pioneers, including Deepak Chopra and Dr. Dean Ornish, to help further their research."