Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Rudolph Richard Trautmann, of Westport died on March 28 at his home. He was 86.
Born on May 9, 1923 in what was then Breslau, Germany, Rudi, as he was affectionately known by friends and family, attended the Breslau School of Art and after World War II moved to Paris, France where he met and married his wife of 58 years, Jacqueline Pierrot.
Rudi and Jacqueline immigrated to the United States in 1955, crossing the Atlantic on the SS Constitution, settling in Westport in 1959.
He had a long and rewarding career as a graphic artist in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, and eventually in Westport working with William Field Agency on a long list of local, national, and international blue chip accounts.
In retirement, he pursued his duel passions of the outdoors and fitness. Neighbors in the Cranbury area of Westport fondly remember his daily 10-mile walks pausing curbside at regular intervals to do pushups, sit-ups and various calisthenics.
Each year was capped off with a wilderness hiking excursion to remote parts of North America, usually his favorite, the Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies.
In addition to his wife, Jacqueline, he is survived by his two sons, Carl and his wife Irene of Darien, and Erik and his wife Tami of Stratford, along with three grandsons, Nicholas, William, and Andrew.
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