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date: 04 March 2021

Rogers, Fredlocked

(20 March 1928–27 February 2003)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Rogers, Fred (20 March 1928–27 February 2003), television host, was born Fred McFeely Rogers in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the son of James H. Rogers, a manufacturer of bricks used in steel furnaces, and his wife, the former Nancy McFeely. Fred and his sister grew up in comfortable circumstances, and he was popular with his peers. In Latrobe, a small city in southwestern Pennsylvania that is about forty miles east of Pittsburgh, Rogers attended a local elementary school and then went on to Latrobe High School, where he edited the yearbook and was elected president of the student council. As a teenager he also wrote feature stories for the local newspaper. Upon his graduation in 1946 he enrolled at Dartmouth College as a Romance languages major but soon withdrew; when asked later about this decision, he said only that he found the campus atmosphere “too rah‐rah” for his personality and interests. In the fall of 1947 Rogers entered Rollins College, located in Winter Park, Florida, where he majored in music composition and graduated in 1951....

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