The co-creator of the beloved children’s television series ‘Sesame Street,’ Lloyd Morrisett has passed away. He was 93 years old. It was discovered he had passed away Monday after the nonprofit organization behind ‘Sesame Street,’ Sesame Workshop shared the news in a tweet. It was also confirmed to USA Today that he had indeed passed. His cause of death was not provided and remains unknown.
Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of our esteemed and beloved co-founder Lloyd N. Morrisett, PhD, who died at the age of 93. pic.twitter.com/I9cSez95Px
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) January 23, 2023
Lloyd was born in 1929 in Oklahoma City where he grew up and trained to be a teacher. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, he did graduate work at the University of California in psychology before getting his doctorate in experimental psychology from Yale University.
He then went on to co-found the nonprofit Children’s Television Workshop in 1968 which would later be the Sesame Workshop. There he, Joan Ganz Cooney, and Gerald Lesser developed the show that now reaches 120 million children. Cooney said in a statement Monday, that “without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no Sesame Street.”
Lloyd Morrisett is survived by his wife, Mary, his daughters Julie and Sarah, and his granddaughters Frances and Clara.
As Cooney stated, “he will be sorely missed.”
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