Louis and Louise Nippert

Philanthropists Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert were quite generous, especially in their donations to further cultural arts in Greater Cincinnati, one of Mrs. Nippert's passions. In fact, Mrs. Nippert preferred to remain behind the scenes, even giving anonymously to some causes.

Louis Nippert was the great-grandson of Procter & Gamble founder James N. Gamble and, during the era of the Big Red Machine, owned the Cincinnati Reds. Mr. Nippert was one of our community's leading philanthropists, responsible for funding projects at The Christ Hospital, the YMCA, and directed campaigns for the development of parks in Hamilton County.

Louise Dieterle Nippert

Mrs. Nippert, a fourth-generation Cincinnatian, was a professionally-trained singer who was a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Thor Johnson, in Mahler's Fourth Symphony. She also graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in French.

Her lifelong love of music and the arts was behind her generous support to the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati May Festival and the Matinee Musical. In 1996, she funded the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

In 1997, Mrs. Nippert provided a substantial gift to the CSO for perpetual endowment of the Symphony's Music Director and Pops Conductor positions. The positions are known as The Louise Dieterle Nippert and Louis Nippert Chair.

Mrs. Nippert was a long-time supporter of Music Hall and SPMH, an angel many gifts included the Memory Plaque, refurnishing of the Green Room, the House Curtain for the stage in Springer Auditorium, the creation and installation of the Timeline in the Central Parkway Entrance Corridor, the CSO's acoustical shell, and the Pops live, nationally-telecast July Fourth broadcast from Riverbend in 2000.

She has been recognized by the Ohio Arts Council and received the 1998 Governor's Award as a long-time Arts Patron. She also has received the Post-Corbett Award for Lifetime Achievement for her contributions to the arts and she was honored as a Great Living Cincinnatian in 1995, 20 years after her husband received the same distinction.

Mrs. Nippert remained modest about her generosity to the arts, to education and to the environment. Yet through her gifts to SPMH and Music Hall, and to all arts organizations, her actions speak volumes about the importance of the arts to our community.


Read Janelle Gelfand's biographical tribute to Louise Dieterle Nippert.

Read Janelle Gelfand's feature on Louise Nippert, written after the announcement of the gift from The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund to several arts organizations.

''Arts patron Louise Dieterle Nippert turns 100 today''

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