Fred Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers (1928 - 2003)

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Fred McFeely "Mister Rogers" Rogers
Born in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of [private wife (1920s - unknown)]
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Died in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 Oct 2015
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Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was a children's educational program pioneer, American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, composer, producer, head writer, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001).

Fred McFeely Rogers was born 20 Mar 1928 in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States of America to James Rogers and Nancy McFeely.[1][2]

Fred began to learn to play the piano at the age of 5 and used to sing along with his mother when she played. While attending Latrobe High School Fred served as the president of the student council, earned his pilot's license, was a member of the National Honor Society and was editor-in-chief of the yearbook before he graduated in 1946. He then went on to study at Dartmouth College from 1946 until 1948 when he went on at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida to earn a BA in music composition in 1951.

While attending Rollins College he met Oakland, Florida native Sara Joanne Byrd and the two got married on June 9, 1952. They had two sons. After graduating Fred attended and graduated from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained a minister of the United Presbyterian Church in 1963.

Rogers was red–green color blind. He swam every morning and neither smoked nor drank. He became a vegetarian in his mid–40s, stating "I don't want to eat anything that has a mother." Contrary to rumor, he never served in the military. He worked on several TV shows both in the United States and Canada before finding his calling on what would become PBS and creating "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" in 1966.


2 sons

  • James Rogers (1959)
  • John Rogers (1961)


July 2002, presented with the Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

Died aged 74 years old

Burial:

Unity_Cemetery,
Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Given Family Mausoleum
Find A Grave: Memorial #7216800

Sources

  1. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHHG-KVP : accessed 28 September 2018), Fred M Rodgers in household of James H Rodgers, Latrobe, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 74, sheet 13A, line 28, family 314, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2157; FHL microfilm 2,341,891.
  2. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQ7B-LW1 : accessed 31 October 2015), Fred Rogers in household of James H Rogers, Ward 2, Latrobe, Latrobe Borough, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 65-95, sheet 9B, family 179, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 3632.

See also:

  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVT5-4HJF : accessed 31 October 2015), Mr Fred - Mister Rogers, Pennsylvania, United States, 14 Feb 2013; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, born-digital text.
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKWL-3SJB : accessed 31 October 2015), Fred Rogers, Massachusetts, United States, 28 Feb 2003; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Worcester Telegram & Gazette, born-digital text.
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK4W-MB6D : accessed 31 October 2015), Fred Mcfeely Rogers, Longview, Washington, United States, 28 Feb 2003; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Daily News, The, born-digital text.
  • "Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3B-FGK2 : accessed 31 October 2015), Fred Mcfeely Rogers, 1952; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 632, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 2,155,402.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VS2R-VN5 : accessed 31 October 2015), Fred M Rogers, 27 Feb 2003; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).


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