Cincinnati arts patron, Reds owner Nippert dies

LISA CORNWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Louise Nippert, a major financial contributor to the Cincinnati arts and a minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, has died at the age of 100.

Nippert donated $85 million in 2009 for a fund to maintain Cincinnati's symphony orchestra and its collaboration with other musical arts.

Nippert's husband, Louis Nippert, who died in 1992, was a great-grandson of James A. Gamble, a founder of the Procter & Gamble Co.

Family spokesman Carter Randolph says Louise Nippert died peacefully at her home in the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill on Monday after a brief illness.

Louis Nippert bought majority control in the Reds in 1973 and owned the team during the Big Red Machine era that produced World Series championships in 1975 and 1976.