Donald A. Ramsey, Associate Producer on ‘Roots,’ Dies at 86

Donald A. Ramsey, who worked on Sid and Marty Krofft’s children’s shows and was an assistant producer on the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries Roots, has died aged 86.

Ramsey died on December 30 in Santa Barbara due to complications from congestive heart failure.

Ramsey began her career in 1969 as a production coordinator, assistant producer, and associate director on the Kroffts’ series H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, and Lidsville, in that order. 

Ramsey also scripted an episode of the brothers’ other series, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, in 1973.

Donald Allen Ramsey Jr. was born in Seattle on April 17, 1935, and graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He subsequently served in the United States Army for five years. Navy.

In 1987,  Ramsey went to Santa Barbara with Hansen and seven years later obtained a B.S. He received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects for his efforts while earning a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Ramsey’s designs for high-profile clientele were featured in Architectural Digest, and he was part of the team that created Seaside Gardens, a three-acre floral wonderland in Carpinteria.


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