Michael's father, Ned Nasser Bonheur, immigrated to America in
1950 from Tehran, Iran, where he was born in 1935. He began his
life in the U.S. with a few borrowed dollars and no knowledge
of English, but with a strong desire to work, learn, and succeed.
He simultaneously went to school, learned English, and worked
several jobs to support himself. Among these jobs, he was a maintenance
and sanitation worker at schools and summer camps, and a construction
worker and sandblaster at the Eisenhower Lock in upstate Massena,
After graduating from Wilkes College in Pennsylvania, he began
a job as night bookkeeper at Bank of America in New York City.
For the next 28 years he built his career at Bank of America,
rising to positions of significant responsibility.
Michael's mother, Edda Esther Bonheur, was born in the town of
Danli, Honduras. She went to school in Honduras and college in
Buenos Aires, Argentina. While still single she worked in public
relations. Once married, most of her time was devoted to raising
her children and managing family affairs. She has often been involved
with The International Women's Club in the cities where the family
lived, often as president of the organization.
Mr. and Mrs. Bonheur, both long-time U.S. citizens, met while
he was working for Bank of America in Latin America. They live
Michael's brother, James Andrew, was born in New York in 1971
and is a medical doctor.
His sister, Romina Marie, was born in New York in 1975 and works
in public relations.