Rupert von Trapp
Austrian-American singer
Rupert von Trapp
Rupert Georg von Trapp was a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration for the play and film The Sound of Music. He was portrayed as the character "Friedrich".
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  • 1992
    Age 80
    Von Trapp died in 1992 at the age of 80 and was buried at the Lodge in Vermont, next to his father, his stepmother, and his siblings: Werner, Hedwig, and Martina.
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  • 1980
    Age 68
    For a period of time circa 1980, he practiced medicine in Hadley, Massachusetts.
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  • 1948
    Age 36
    Von Trapp became a naturalized United States citizen in 1948.
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  • 1947
    Age 35
    In 1947 he married Henriette Lajoie, with whom he later had six children, and left the family chorus.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he graduated from The University of Vermont.
  • 1942
    Age 30
    He went on tour with his siblings and his stepmother, and entered the army, together with Werner in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details Rupert and Werner eventually served in Italy with the renowned 10th Mountain Division.
  • 1938
    Age 26
    In 1938 he had a possibility of a job in Vienna but refused because the job was being taken away from a Jewish doctor by the Nazis.
    More Details Hide Details The family left Austria in summer of this year and went to America. Rupert was now in his middle-twenties.
  • 1927
    Age 15
    In 1927, his father, Georg Ludwig von Trapp, married Maria Augusta Kutschera, the teacher of von Trapp's sisters Maria Franziska and Johanna.
    More Details Hide Details Georg and Maria Augusta had three children together: Rosemarie von Trapp (1928), Eleonore von Trapp (1931), and Johannes von Trapp (1939). Rupert studied medicine and became an Austrian citizen. His hobby was to play the accordion and the piano. Later, in the family chorus, he sang bass.
  • 1925
    Age 13
    In 1925, the von Trapp family moved to Salzburg-Aigen.
    More Details Hide Details Von Trapp entered a public school, together with Werner; his sisters went to the Ursuline covent.
  • 1922
    Age 10
    In 1922, von Trapp's mother died of scarlet fever and was buried in Klosterneuburg.
    More Details Hide Details Von Trapp was nearly eleven years old.
  • 1911
    His parents married either in January 1911 or January 1912.
    More Details Hide Details His father was Georg Ludwig von Trapp, his mother Agathe Whitehead (1891–1922). Von Trapp grew up in Zell am See during World War I with his siblings, Agathe von Trapp (1913–2010), Maria Franziska von Trapp (1914), Werner von Trapp (1915–2007), Hedwig von Trapp (1917–1972), and Johanna von Trapp (1919–1994). The youngest sister, Martina von Trapp (1921–1951), was born in Klosterneuburg (Austria), whither the Trapp Family had moved from Zell-am-See because their home (a "lake hotel" called "Kitzsteinhorn") had been flooded. Before living in the hotel, the von Trapp Family lived on a farm called "Erlhof" near Agathe Whitehead, von Trapp's mother, and her sisters.
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