13 October 2007

RIP: Werner von Trapp

Werner von Trapp
21 Dec 1915 - 11 Oct 2007

ZUI this article from the Boston Globe:
Werner von Trapp, a member of the musical family made famous by the 1965 movie "The Sound of Music," has died, his family said. He was 91.

Von Trapp died Thursday at his home in Waitsfield. The cause of death was not announced. The family confirmed his death, but declined to comment further.


Born in 1915 in Zell am See, Austria, von Trapp was the fourth child and second son of Captain Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead. In the movie "The Sound of Music," Werner von Trapp was depicted by the character named Kurt.

Werner and his older brother Rupert (1911-1992) served with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.

I've seen The Sound of Music a few times (hasn't everybody?). I read Maria von Trapp's book many years ago, and actually had the pleasure of meeting her at a "Jesus rally" in Chicago back in '72 or '73. Nice lady. And I recently read Georg von Trapp's memoirs, To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander, which I recommend to anyone who's interested in the history of submarines

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