Honoring the lives and legacies of the freedom movement's lives lost in 2015.
Thomas M. Lofton
The Atlas Network family mourns the loss of Thomas M. Lofton, chairman of the Lilly Endowment, who passed away June 19, 2015. During his 22-year tenure as chairman, the Endowment paid grants totaling more than $7 billion in support of education, community development and religion, it also became an important donor of Atlas Network. We express our deep sympathy to Mr. Lofton’s family, and in representation of all who continue his work to N. Clay Robbins, President and CEO, Ace Yakey, and Chuck Preston.
Borut Prah of Slovenia was a dear friend of Atlas Network and a member of Atlas Network’s Advisory Council. Prah passed away May 5, 2015. Atlas Network’s president, Dr. Alex Chafuen, met Prah almost 30 years ago through Atlas Network founder Antony Fisher, and they shared many passions: tennis, wine, simple Mediterranean food, computers, and wonderful spouses — but, above all, the passion for freedom.
No other country in the world has such a robust number of public policy think tanks than does the United States. When it comes to conservative free-market think tanks, most serious students have credited the special role played by lead funders. During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, several organizations were created, strengthened, and some rescued by the combined efforts of intellectual and business entrepreneurs. One of the most prominent of those was R. Randolph “Randy” Richardson (1926-2015). Read the full obituary by Dr. Alex Chafuen on Forbes.
Jesús Eduardo Rodriguez Armas
Like Antony Fisher, the founder of Atlas Network, Jesús Eduardo Rodriguez Armas (1940-2015) had talent for business as well as for ideas. He applied his entrepreneurial and social skills in both worlds. After receiving an engineering degree from the Catholic University Andrés Bello, in Caracas, Venezuela, he continued his studies at the University of Michigan, and at Stanford University, in California. Soon after he arrived to Stanford he met Antony Fisher.
Dr. Jack Templeton
Atlas Network has had a long relationship with the John Templeton Foundation, which has sponsored the annual Templeton Freedom Award every year since 2004, honoring think tanks that have made an exceptional contribution to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition. At the center of this relationship for many years has been Dr. John “Jack” Marks Templeton, who helped lead the foundation bearing his father’s name to become “the largest supporter of innovative efforts to promote free enterprise around the globe,” in the words of Atlas Network President Alex Chafuen.