Henry Morgenthau III

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Born and raised on New York City’s Upper West Side, Henry Morgenthau III (1917-2018) attended Deerfield Academy and graduated from Princeton in 1939. He served in the US Army in Europe during World War II, rising to the rank of Captain, and receiving a Bronze Star.

From 1945, he worked in the television business as an author, producer and manager for large national institutions like NBC, CBS and ABC, and served as President of Gannaway-Morgenthau Productions, Inc. From 1955 until 1977, Morgenthau was a chief producer at WGBH in Boston. He produced several documentaries, including “The Negro and the American Promise” with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Baldwin; and “Prospects of Mankind” with Eleanor Roosevelt. His work won him national acclaim, including Emmy, Peabody, UPI, and other awards. He wrote for the
Boston Globe, the Providence Journal, and the Brandeis Review, among other publications.

In his 70s, Morgenthau published
Mostly Morgenthaus, a history of his family. At 95, he took up poetry as “a celebration of the evening of a long life,” and at 99 his first solo book of poetry, A Sunday in Purgatory, was published. On the eve of Morgenthau’s 100th birthday, Congressman Adam Schiff offered a tribute to his long career.

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