George was born in Germany in 1910 but spent the first years of his life living in Kobe, Japan, because of his father's steel brokering business. The family left Japan in 1914 when Japan declared war on Germany.
Annemarie was born in Vienna in 1918 where her mother, Gertrud Bondy, was a medical student and studying with Sigmund Freud. Her father was serving with the German Army in WWI at the time.
George at Marienau, where camping was a frequent activity.
George and Annemarie on the beach in Atlantic City, May 1940. Annemarie arrived in the US with her family on April 6, 1939. She and George were married at New York City Hall on April 20, 1939.
A family portrait at Windsor Mountain School, Lenox, MA in the 1940s. From left: George Roeper, Annemarie Bondy Roeper, Gertrud Bondy, Max Bondy, Heinz Bondy, Ursula "Ulla" Bondy, Curt Bondy (Max's brother).
An early photo of George and Annemarie in George's second floor Hill House office soon after purchasing the campus in 1946. At the time, Annemarie was 28 and George was 36.
Annemarie was Director of the Nursery program, shown here in one of the Hill House classrooms in the 1960s.
The school instituted its own bus fleet when it moved to Bloomfield Hills to ensure that families from Detroit, where the school had been previously, could get there easily.
The school commissioned portraits in December 1951 for its expanding promotional campaigns.
George and Annemarie in the Domes at the opening assembly in September 1969. The photo was taken by Bob Benyas, a parent and professional photographer who documented the early years of the school.
George and Annemarie were photographed in their home in Oakland in 1991. These were the last photos before their house was destroyed in the Oakland Fire in October 1991 and before George died on August 24, 1992. The photographer was Carolyn Caddes.
A photo of Annemarie in her home in Oakland, California, just months before the home was destroyed by the Oakland Fire in October 1991. Photo by Carolyn Caddes.
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