Rupert von Trapp
|Rupert Georg von Trapp|
1 November 1911|
Pola, Istria, Austria-Hungary (present-day Pula, Croatia)
|Died||22 February 1992
Stowe, Vermont, U.S.
|Children||Francoise von Trapp
George von Trapp
Monique von Trapp
Elizabeth "Tizzy" von Trapp
Christopher von Trapp
Stephanie von Trapp
|Parents||Georg and Agatha (née Whitehead) von Trapp|
Rupert Georg von Trapp (1 November 1911 – 22 February 1992) 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".
He was born on 1 November 1911. His parents married in January 1911. His father was Georg von Trapp and his mother was Agatha (née Whitehead) von Trapp (1891–1922). He grew up in Zell am See during World War I with his siblings, Agathe von Trapp (1913–2010), Maria Franziska von Trapp (1914-2014), 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. In 1922, von Trapp's mother died of scarlet fever and was buried in Klosterneuburg when Rupert was almost 11 years old. In 1925, the family moved to Salzburg-Aigen. Rupert entered a public school, together with Werner; his sisters went to the Ursuline covent.
In 1927, his father, a widower, married Maria Augusta Kutschera, the teacher of von Trapp's sisters, Maria Franziska and Johanna. Georg and Maria Augusta had three children together: Rosmarie (1928 or 1929), Eleonore (1931), and Johannes (1939). Rupert studied medicine and became an Austrian citizen. Later, in the family chorus, he sang bass. In 1938 he had a possibility of a job in Vienna but refused because the job was being taken away from a Jewish physician by the Nazis. The family left Austria in summer of this year and went to America. Rupert was now in his mid 20s and went on tour with his siblings and his stepmother, and entered the army, together with Werner in 1942. Rupert and Werner eventually served in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division.
In 1947 he married Henriette Lajoie (died 13 April 2013), with whom he later had six children, and left the family chorus. In the same year, he graduated from the University of Vermont. Rupert von Trapp became a naturalized United States citizen in 1948.
Rupert von Trapp died in 1992, aged 80, and was buried at the Lodge in Vermont, next to his father, his stepmother, and his siblings: Werner, Hedwig, and Martina. He was survived by his six children.
- Nash, Margo (17 July 2005). "'The Sound of Music' Never Ends". New York Times. Retrieved 21 January 2009. "Besides Ms. Karath, Greenwich has another Sound of Music connection. Sara Jane von Trapp, an administrator at Greenwich Academy, was once married to Christopher von Trapp, the son of the late Rupert von Trapp, one of the original brood. Kate von Trapp, 23, her daughter, grew up in Vermont, but in the 2003–04 school year was a teaching intern at the Greenwich Academy. She is now an account executive for Clear Channel Communications and lives in Burlington, Vt."
- Von Trapp, Georg. To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander. ISBN 0-8032-4667-6. "Not long after that Agathe, the oldest daughter, came down with scarlet fever. Her siblings also contracted the disease, and their mother nursed them. ... They were married on January 10, 1911, and lived in the Trapp villa in Pola, Austria. Their first child, Rupert Georg von Trapp, was born November 1, 1911, ..."
- Gearin, Joan. "The Real Story of the von Trapp Family". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 5 January 2009. "Georg married Agatha Whitehead, the granddaughter of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo, in 1912."
- Catalogue. The University of Vermont. 1946. "Rupert Von Trapp, '47"
- Trapp Family homepage
- Information about the Trapp Family at the National Archives
- Rupert von Trapp at Findagrave
- Dr. Rupert von Trapp sign stolen in Hadley, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 5 October 2005.