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John G. Pence

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Educated in the public schools of Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana. A. B. in Political Science and Economics from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1958. Commissioned Naval Officer (Ensign through Lieutenant commander) from 1958 - 1967. Various administrative assignments aboard ships, with Admiral's staffs, and, from 1965 - 1967, served as a White House Social Aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, Washington, D.C. Taught at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD and earned a Masters Degree from American University in the field of Government.

From 1967 to 1974 served as an Economist and International Negotiator for Trans World Airlines in New York and the International Air Transport Association in Geneva, Switzerland. Named High commissioner for Commercial Coordination of IATA for an eighteen month stint living in Geneva.

In 1975, founded the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California. The gallery is one of the nation's premier galleries for American Realism: past and present. The gallery represents important American realist painters and sculptors from across the country whose works are acquired by a cadre of high-end collectors internationally and from all fifty states. Served frequently on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and, from 1997 through 1999, served as its Board President.

John Pence and the John Pence Gallery have been active in San Francisco's non-profit community as host for numerous fundraising events: including Project Open Hand, the AIDS Emergency Fund, Junior League of San Francisco, San Francisco's New Main Library, Project Read, San Francisco's Gay Men's Chorus, GLSEN, and numerous others.

Education

  • AB in Political Science and Economics from Wabash College, 1958
  • MS Government, American University

In his own words . . .

"As a member of the Board for The Point Foundation, I hope to contribute to providing college educations to outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students who are deserving but are unable to attend college due to financial need or having been abandoned by their families. These scholarships will enable potential leaders to join the mainstream and serve as active spokespeople in their collegiate environments — openly out and proud to be gay and/or trans and willing to speak out in an eloquent manner about the contributions gay and trans men and women are making every day in every way."

Point offers mentorship, leadership development and community service training to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students.

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