05/14/2012 08:54 am ET

Roeper School Founder Annemarie Roeper Dies At Age 93

By Art Aisner

Annemarie Roeper, who with her husband, George, started The Roeper School more than seven decades ago, died Friday in Oakland, CA, the school announced in a news release. She was 93.

The school, recognized for its work with the gifted, serves more than 500 students from preschool to high school age on campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham. Quite a contrast from the school's humble beginnings in 1941 when the couple fled Nazi persecution and war-torn Europe, and were invited to Detroit to direct a psychoanalytically oriented nursery school. They also established a grade school starting with nine students.

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