January 28, 2023
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‘Sesame Road’ Co-Creator Lloyd N. Morrisett Dies at 93

Sesame Road is bidding adieu to one in every of its personal, as the kids’s sequence co-creator Lloyd N. Morrisett has died. The artistic was 93 years previous.

In a statement from fellow Sesame Road co-creator Joan Ganz Cooney, she mentioned, “With out Lloyd Morrisett, there can be no Sesame Road. It was he who first got here up with the notion of utilizing tv to show preschoolers primary abilities, reminiscent of letters and numbers. He was a trusted associate and constant buddy to me for over fifty years, and he will probably be sorely missed.”

Together with co-creating one in every of tv’s longest-running youngsters’s packages, Morrisett was a Lifetime Honorary Trustee. He “leaves an outsized and indelible legacy amongst generations of kids the world over, with Sesame Road solely probably the most seen tribute to a lifetime of fine work and lasting impression.” Described as a “clever,” “considerate,” and “form” chief of the Sesame Workshop for many years, Morrisett was fascinated by the facility of expertise and was all the time considering of latest methods to coach the present’s viewers, in keeping with the Sesame Workshop’s social page.

Whereas he co-founded the Sesame Workshop, Morrisett additionally had his Ph.D. in experimental psychology, which he earned after attending Yale College following his time at Oberlin Faculty. From there, he served as Vice President of the Carnegie Company of New York and of the Carnegie Basis for the Development of Educating.

Finally, he served as President of the John and Mary R. Markle Basis, starting in 1969 and thru 1998. Throughout his years with the muse, Morrisett helped carry a communication and data expertise program to fruition.

In 2019, Morrisett was honored on the Kennedy Middle Honors alongside his Sesame Road coworkers as they rang in this system’s fiftieth anniversary.