Roger Fransecky's career reflected his varied interests.
He was a clinical psychologist, CEO and founder of a global consulting and leadership firm, university professor and mentor. He also could tell you how to get to “Sesame Street,” because he worked there, too.
Dr. Roger B. Fransecky died July 5 at his Omaha home from a brain tumor. He was 72.
Fransecky founded the Apogee Group Inc. in 1995, serving business leaders worldwide as an executive coach and CEO adviser. In 2003, Apogee moved from New York City to Omaha. Fransecky and his wife, Nancy Foreman Fransecky, a former Miss Nebraska and correspondent on NBC's “Today” show, also moved to Omaha then.
After she died in 2008, he established the Nancy Foreman Scholarship Fund at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his wife's alma mater. Fransecky had said that her death and his advancing age led to a desire to contribute to the community, which he did in many ways.
“He was a great advocate for Omaha and the people who lived here. And he shared that story with people around the world,” said Omahan Ryan Wade, one of the people Fransecky mentored.
He also became board chairman of the Halo Institute, a not-for-profit Omaha-based business incubator tied to Creighton.
In a 2010 interview with The World-Herald, Fransecky said: “I am passionate about ideas and translating them to the broadest possible audience.
“Our notion here (at the Halo Institute) is to get good people together and get them what they need when they need it. We're trying to link great people together and leverage our knowledge.”
Fransecky was a native New Yorker who received bachelor's and master's degrees from the State University of New York at Oswego. He received his doctoral degree at the University of Cincinnati.
He taught at the University of Rochester, Cincinnati and New York University. He directed NYU's Video Management and Technology Program.
He also was senior vice president of both HBO/Time Inc. and Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable; and chairman/CEO of Family Partners Inc. and the National Television Workshop (which produces “Sesame Street.”)
Fransecky's survivors include two stepsons and a grandson.
A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 13 at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak & Cutler West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road.