Lloyd Morrisett, Co-Founder and Lifetime Honorary Trustee (1929-2023)

Lloyd Morrisett

(1929-2023) Co-Founder and Lifetime Honorary Trustee

Lloyd N. Morrisett was co-founder of Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street) and over 50 years’ of award-winning television programs and other educational media for children.

After thirty years as Chairman of the Workshop’s Board of Trustees, he became a Lifetime Honorary Trustee.

From 1969 to 1998, Morrisett served as President of the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, where he initiated the Foundation’s program in communications and information technology. Before going to Markle, Morrisett was Vice President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Morrisett was a Director of Tucows (an international Internet services provider) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Public Agenda (a public opinion research and engagement organization dealing with public policy issues). He was also a board member of the RAND Corporation (a research institute dealing with domestic public policy and national security issues) for thirty years and Chairman of the Board from 1986-1995. He was a trustee for many years of Oberlin College and was Chairman of the Board from 1975 to 1981.

Dr. Morrisett received his B.A. at Oberlin College, did graduate work in psychology at U.C.L.A., and earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Yale University. He passed away in January, 2023 at the age of 93.

Rosita at a picnic with a family.

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