Donald Trump SiblingsMr. Trump is the fourth of five children in the Trump family. He has two older sisters (Maryanne and Elizabeth), an older brother (the late Frederick) and a younger brother (Robert).
Maryanne Barry (b. April 5, 1937) is the eldest of the five Trump siblings. Despite earning an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1958, it took her another 16 years to earn her law degree from Hofstra University as she shelved her career in favor of her family and son, Dr. David William Desmond (b. 1960). However, as it turned out, her late start proved to be of no hindrance to her professional career. She served as the District Judge for New Jersey (Newark) for sixteen years after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. In 1999, President Bill Clinton nominated her to a seat on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where she served as Circuit Judge until her retirement in 2011. She currently resides in New York with her husband, John J. Barry, a retired attorney.
Frederick Christ Trump Jr. (1938-1981) passed away from alcohol-related complications at the age of 43. The death of the airline pilot had a profound impact on Mr. Trump, and is the reason why he’s been a teetotaler over the past three decades. In his book, Trump: The Art of the Deal
, Mr. Trump believed that his brother crumbled under the weight of expectations.
My older brother, Freddy, the first son, had perhaps the hardest time in our family. My father is a wonderful man, but he is also very much a business guy and strong and tough as hell. My brother was just the opposite. Handsome as could be, he loved parties and had a great, warm personality and a real zest for life. He didn’t have an enemy in the world. Naturally, my father very much wanted his oldest son in the business, but unfortunately, business just wasn’t for Freddy. He went to work with my father reluctantly, and he never had a feel for real estate. He wasn’t the kind of guy who could stand up to a killer contractor or negotiate with a rough supplier. Because my father was so strong, there were inevitably confrontations between the two of them. In most cases, Freddy came out on the short end.
Eventually, it became clear to all of us that it wasn’t working, and Freddy went off to pursue what he loved most—flying airplanes. He moved to Florida, became a professional pilot, and flew for TWA. He also loved fishing and boating. Freddy was probably happiest during that period in his life, and yet I can remember saying to him, even though I was eight years younger, “Come on, Freddy, what are you doing? You’re wasting your time.” I regret now that I ever said that.
Perhaps I was just too young to realize that it was irrelevant what my father or I thought about what Freddy was doing. What mattered was that he enjoyed it. Along the way, I think Freddy became discouraged, and he started to drink, and that led to a downward spiral. At the age of forty-three, he died. It’s very sad, because he was a wonderful guy who never quite found himself. In many ways he had it all, but the pressures of our particular family were not for him. I only wish I had realized this sooner.
Elizabeth Joan Trump (b. 1942), the third oldest of the Trump brood, was the quiet one of the bunch. After graduating from, at the time, the all-girls Southern Seminary College (now renamed Southern Virginia University), she worked as an administrative assistant for Chase Manhattan Bank. She married film producer James Walter Grau in 1989. Mr. Trump was an usher at the wedding.
Robert Trump (b. 1948) is a retired Long Island-based business. In a recent interview, Robert was enthusiastically in favor of his brother’s run for the presidency.
“I support Donald one thousand percent.” […] “I think he’s doing a great job. I think he’s got a great message.” […] “If he were to need me in any way, I’d be there.” […] “Anything I could do to help.”