George retired from the school in June 1979 and Annemarie retired in June 1980. The school spent the next decade exploring how to be Roeper without the Roepers – a not uncommon predicament for institutions when charismatic founders retire. As one part of that process, the school asked George and Annemarie to write a history of the school and to describe the development of the Philosophy, which were published in the school’s alumni magazine. These are some of the most complete surviving descriptions written by the Roepers. They wrote a history of the school that was published in two parts and is found here, and a history of the Philosophy that discusses both how they conceived it and how they implemented it.
Roeper Alumni News, Fall 1984
Note that at the top of page 3, the text says George and Annemarie taught at “Mt. Temple” school. This is a typo. They actually taught at Mt. Kemble School, which was located in Bernardsville, N.J., at the time. The school is now called Far Hills Country Day School and is located in Morrisville, NJ.
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Roeper Alumni News, Spring 1985
Note that on the first page, George and Annemarie have reversed the order in which Sally Booth and Mariann Hoag came to the school. Sally started first — in 1947 — and Mariann came a year later in 1948.
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