Louis and Louise Nippert
Philanthropists Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert have been quite generous, especially in their donations to further cultural arts in Greater Cincinnati, which is one of Mrs. Nippert's passions. In fact, Mrs. Nippert prefers 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.
Mrs. Nippert is a fourth-generation Cincinnatian and graduate of the University of Cincinnati, from which she received a bachelor of arts degree with honors in French. Mrs. Nippert is also 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.
Her lifelong love of music and the arts has been 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 has also been a long-time supporter of Music Hall, an angel whose gifts funded the Memory Plaque, the refurnishing of the Green Room, the House Curtain for the stage in Springer Auditorium, and the creation and installation of the Timeline in the Central Parkway Entrance Corridor.
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 remains 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.