Sesame Street co-founder Lloyd Morrisett passes away at 93


The co-creator of the iconic children’s television show ‘Sesame Street’ Lloyd Morrisett has passed away at the age of 93. Sesame Workshop shared the news in a series of tweets praising his ‘outsized and indelible legacy’. The cause of death ha not yet been disclosed.

“Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of our esteemed and beloved co-founder Lloyd N. Morrisett,” the organization wrote along with a photo of Mr Morrisett posing with a Muppet. “Lloyd leaves an outsized and indelible legacy among generations of children the world over, with ‘Sesame Street’ only the most visible tribute to a lifetime of good work and lasting impact,” the statement wrote.

“A wise, thoughtful, and above all kind leader of the Workshop for decades, Lloyd was fascinated by the power of technology and constantly thinking about new ways it could be used to educate,” the statement added.

Sharing a quote from Morrisett’s co-founder and close friend Joan Ganz Cooney, it added: “Without Lloyd Morrisett, there would be no Sesame Street. It was he who first came up with the notion of using television to teach preschoolers basic skills, such as letters and numbers. He was a trusted partner and loyal friend to me for over fifty years, and he will be sorely missed.”

Lloyd N. Morrisett Jr. was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 2, 1929, and graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in philosophy in 1951 before going on to receive a PhD in experimental psychology from Yale University. He created ‘Sesame Street’ in 1969 in the middle of the Civil Rights movement alongside Joan Ganz Cooney.


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