Ralph Burton Rogers Biography

Ralph Burton Rogers

businessman and philanthropist
Born: 1909
Birthplace: Boston, Mass.

Rogers was one of the founders of PBS and its chairman from 1973 to 1979. He led the effort to join more than 200 public TV stations in one organization. He was also a founding trustee of the Children's Television Workshop, which produced the award-winning series Sesame Street. After recovering from an attack of rheumatic fever, he funded research that led to improved treatment for the affliction. Rogers headed and built up businesses including the construction company Texas Industries. He gave generously to civic organizations as well.

Died: 11/4/1997