Lloyd Morrisett, co-founder of the popular children’s TV show Sesame Street, has died aged 93.
The psychologist was praised for leaving a “great and indelible legacy” for generations of children around the world.
Dr. Morrisett was one of the pioneers of using technology for education and is believed to have been the first to consider using television to teach young children basic skills.
His death was announced via Sesame Workshop on Tuesday, though no further details were released.
“Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of our respected and beloved co-founder, Dr Lloyd N Morrisett, who has passed away aged 93,” read a statement on the organization’s Twitter page.
“As a Lifetime Honorary Trustee, Lloyd leaves an immense and indelible legacy on generations of children around the world, with Sesame Street being just the most visible tribute to a lifetime of work. good deeds and lasting impact.”
The statement continued: “As a wise, caring, and above all kind leader of the Workshop for decades, Lloyd is fascinated by the power of technology and constantly thinks about new ways it can be used. use this technology for education.”
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.
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“It was he who first came up with the idea of using television to teach preschoolers basic skills, such as letters and numbers.
“He was a trusted partner and loyal friend of mine for over 50 years, and he will be greatly missed.”
Sesame Street first premiered on public television stations on November 10, 1969, and is still broadcast to this day.
The news comes less than two months after the death of Bob McGrath, one of the first non-Muppet regular characters on the show, who has passed away at the age of 90.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/sesame-street-co-founder-lloyd-morrisett-dies-at-the-age-of-93-42311957.html Sesame Street co-founder Lloyd Morrisett dies aged 93