SHS Presents Maxwell King

The Speaker Series of the Sippican Historical Society presents Maxwell King on Thursday, July 8, at 7:00 pm via Zoom, presenting: “The Good Neighbor: The life and work of Fred Rogers – A focus on the qualities that made Mister Rogers successful as an educator and a trusted exemplar of society’s best values.”

            Maxwell King’s career has spanned more than five decades and has included time as an editor and writer for newspapers and magazines, leadership of two of the important institutions in the American philanthropic community, and service on numerous civic boards and committees. He served almost eight years as the editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1990s, nine years as the president of The Heinz Endowments, and six years on the board of the national Council on Foundations, including two years as chair. In addition, he served five years as president of The Pittsburgh Foundation and is the author of New York Times bestseller, “The Good Neighbor, the Life and Work of Fred Rogers.”

            King retired as president of The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh in 2008, and then spent two years as director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The Fred Rogers Center was established after Mister Rogers’ death to serve as a national and international resource for addressing emerging issues affecting children and families.

            King received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Harvard University in 1967 and attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He has published nearly two dozen poems in various literary periodicals and has had a small book of poetry, “Crossing Laurel Run,” published by Autumn House Press in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Margaret Ann, live in Vermont and on Nantucket Island.

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