Winston Franklin, the former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a pioneer in the study of human consciousness and mind-body health, died of cancer Aug. 27. He was 63.
A native of Champaign, Ill., Mr. Franklin attended Ohio Wesleyan University and received a master ' s degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas.
His interest in urban issues took him to the Dayton, Ohio-based Charles F. Kettering Foundation, where he pioneered efforts to promote interracial dialogue and understanding. 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.
After several years as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Mr. Franklin joined the Petaluma-based Institute of Noetic Sciences, which spearheads research into the powers of consciousness, including perceptions, beliefs and intuition. He spent nearly 20 years at the institute, first as its vice president and CEO and later as its president, before retiring in 2003.
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.
Mr. Franklin ' s work on mind-body health led to two major television projects " The Heart of Healing, " a documentary produced by Turner Broadcasting, and " Healing and the Mind With Bill Moyers, " an Emmy Award-winning series.
He was also a founding trustee of the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Fetzer Institute, where he helped develop studies of the psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of human health.
Mr. Franklin was an accomplished sculptor and an avid ocean kayaker at his home at The Sea Ranch, north of San Francisco.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, two children, two grandchildren and two brothers.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Oct. 10, 2004.