A Tribute to Joanne Rogers

This month’s newsletter is a tribute to our very special “neighbor,” Joanne Rogers, who died Thursday, January 14.

As the Fred Rogers Center wrote –

We are heartbroken to share the news of the passing of Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers. She was a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose laughter and kindness will be deeply missed. Instrumental in the development of the Fred Rogers Center, Joanne served as the honorary chairperson of the Fred Rogers Center’s Advisory Board and was a trusted anchor whose heart and wisdom have guided our work in service of Fred’s enduring legacy.

To those of us who worked with Fred on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Joanne was more than Mrs. Rogers.  We were a small group, only 12 or 14 on staff, and we worked together for decades. Joanne was so very appreciative of each of us…

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