It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Joanne Rogers, musician extraordinaire and wife of Fred Rogers for more than 50 years. Joanne was the honorary chairperson of the advisory board for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College.
Joanne and Fred Rogers envisioned the Center as host to a child-study center, a resource for college students interested in media and child development, and site that would carry forward the legacy of Fred Rogers and his many contributions to children’s television programming and to children, families, and their helpers. Although Fred Rogers died before the Fred Rogers Center was complete, he and Joanne designed the center and made plans for its role at Saint Vincent College as a resource to teachers, researchers, and other professionals in western Pennsylvania and from around the country and world. Joanne helped guide the development of the Center’s mission and vision statements and gave inspiration to our Fred Rogers Scholars and children’s studies minor students. Everyone at the Fred Rogers Center celebrates her life and her work as a pianist, a vivacious and energetic collaborator and inspiration to all of us. We will miss you, Joanne… as we still very much miss your loving spouse, Fred Rogers.
– Roberta L. Schomburg, Ph.D., Executive Director, Fred Rogers Center
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