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Fred Rogers
Birth: Mar. 20, 1928
Latrobe
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 2003
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Educator, Television Show Host. He hosted the educational children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" from 1968 to 2000. His show was watched by millions of children over the years, and was repeatedly hailed by parents and critics for his simple, positive, educational messages. Born Fred McFeely Rogers in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, he was a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He attended the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and was ordained into the Presbyterian Church in 1963. He began his work in children's television programs in 1953, with "The Children's Corner" for WQED TV in Pittsburgh, where he was the show's producer, as well as its puppeteer and musician. Continuing his work, in 1968, he began "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" to help children learn how to cope with such issues as anger, fear, jealousy, and other emotions. Each show would include adults, children, and puppets, each interacting with each other to convey the universal theme of accepting and loving each other as individuals. Fred Rogers often composed his own songs for the show, including his trade mark song "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood". He was also noted for beginning each show by going into his living room, putting on sneakers and a cardigan sweater. One of his cardigan sweaters now hangs in the Smithsonian Institution. In 1999, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. In addition, he has received two George Foster Peabody Awards, several Emmys, and over 35 honorary degrees. In July 2002, President Bush presented him with the Medal of Freedom, the highest possible award for a civilian. Shortly after being diagnosed with incurable stomach cancer, he made his last appearance as the Grand Marshal at the 2003 Tournament of Roses parade. He passed away quietly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 2003. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 

Cause of death: Stomach Cancer
 
Burial:
Unity Cemetery
Latrobe
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Given Family Mausoleum
 
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Record added: Feb 27, 2003
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- Brenda
 Added: Apr. 8, 2014
Thank you Fred Rogers for giving me a machination in my art and see the real beauty in the world in you are one of America's favorite sons and someone I looked up to the first time I saw all you want TV when I am was a new person. And here is my high scho...(Read more)
- Rodney J. Long
 Added: Apr. 7, 2014

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 Added: Apr. 1, 2014
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