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The Nimick Forbesway Foundation was founded in 1989 by Thomas Marshall Howe Nimick, Jr. and is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Marshall Howe (1808-1877) and Charles Lockhart (1857-1923), both forebears of the Nimick Family who were deeply admired by Mr. Nimick for their values, leadership, accomplishments, and philanthropy. Mr. Nimick’s hope for the Foundation was that future generations would preserve the values of their ancestors and continue the tradition of philanthropy for the betterment of the human condition.
What We Contribute To
Our Foundation contributes to areas of need such as education, healthcare, the environment, the arts, emergency relief, community development, social change, literacy, preservation and clean water.
The mission of the Nimick Forbesway Foundation is to better the human condition in the fields of religion, education, healthcare, the arts and the environment, in a manner consistent with the philanthropic principles of two progenitors of the Nimick Family: Thomas Marshall Howe and Charles Lockhart.
Charles Lockhart was born at the Cairn Heads, near Whithorn, in Wigtownshire, Scotland, August 2, 1818. His father, John Lockhart, was the son of Charles Lockhart, of Ersock, a prosperous farmer and a prominent and influential man in his shire. His mother, Sarah Walker, was the daughter of James Walker, a linen manufacturer of Sorbie, a man of rare business and intellectual qualities. From this ancestry Mr. Lockhart inherited the abilities which made him a prominent factor in the business world. When seven years of age he went to live with an uncle, John Marshall, a merchant at Garliestown, a seaport on Wigtown Bay. He remained with him, with the exception of one year, until he was sixteen years of age, attending school and assisting in the store. Early in 1836 his parents decided to come to America, and, with their family of seven children, reached New York after a voyage of fifty-six days. They came direct to Pittsburgh (then spelled Pittsburg), but shortly after moved to a farm in Trumbull County, Ohio, where, however, they remained but a short time, returning to Pittsburg. Charles Lockhart did not go with his parents to Ohio, but remained in Pittsburg, where he found employment with James McCully, with whom he remained for nineteen years, and in 1855 he became one of the firm of James McCully & Co., the other partner, besides Mr. McCully, being the late Mr. William Frew, who was a nephew of Mr. McCully. This partnership was continued until April 1865, when it was dissolved. It was while a clerk in the store of Mr. McCully that Mr. Lockhart made his first venture in the oil business.
On June 24, 1862, Mr. Lockhart was married to Miss Jane Walker, also a native of Scotland. They had five children, namely: James Henry and John Marshall, who were in business with their father; Janet W., the wife of John R. McCune, of Pittsburg; Martha Frew, the wife of Lee Mason, of Pittsburg; and Sarah Eleanor. Mr. Lockhart cast his first vote with the Whigs in 1840, and had been a Republican since 1856. He belonged to one social organization, the Duquesne Club. He was a church member, connected for a great many years with the United Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh. Click here for reference
Thomas M. Howe
Thomas M. Howe was a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Williamstown, Orange County, Vt., April 20, 1808. In 1817 he moved with his parents to Bloomfield, Ohio where he attended private schools and was later graduated from Warren (Ohio) Academy. In 1829 Tom moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he served as clerk in a wholesale dry-goods establishment. In 1833 he went into business for himself and was a cashier and president of the Exchange National Bank of Pittsburgh from 1839 to 1859. Tom was engaged in business such as copper mining, copper and steel manufacturing, commercial pursuits, and banking. In 1851 he was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855). In 1855 Tom resumed his former business pursuits and served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860. He also served as assistant adjutant general on the staff of Governor Curtin and was chairman of the Allegheny County committee for recruiting Union soldiers during the Civil War. Tom was one of the organizers and the first president of the Pittsburgh chamber of commerce. He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 20, 1877 and is buried in the Allegheny Cemetery which he helped to create. Click here for reference
Thomas Marshall Howe Nimick, Jr.
Mr. Nimick was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1923 at Shadyside Hospital. He was the son of Thomas Nimick and Genevieve Murtland Nimick. He attended school at Shady Side Academy, then St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., graduating in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 then attended Princeton University graduating with a degree in chemistry in 1948 and received a master’s degree in business from Harvard Business School in 1950.
In the 1950s Mr. Nimick worked for H.J. Heinz Co. and the Shenango Furnace Co. He later founded Norbatrol Electronics Corp. and Tyra Industries Inc., companies he eventually sold. He was also president of Nimick Co., a venture capital firm.
Mr. Nimick served as founder, director and vice president of the Shadyside Hospital Foundation and also served on the board of Shadyside Hospital, now UPMC Shadyside. Mr. Nimick also served on the executive committee of the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, the advisory council of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the executive committee of East Liberty Family Health Center and on various committees for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He also was a director emeritus and former committee chair for the Loyalhanna Watershed Association and a longtime member of the PA Environmental Council.
Mr. Nimick passed away on October 4, 2007 and was preceded in death by his wife, Florence who died in 1981. Tom provided funds to establish the Florence Lockhart Nimick Nature Center at Powdermill Nature Reserve.
Florence Lockhart Nimick
Mrs. Nimick was born on January 28, 1934. She was an officer and director of the Home for Crippled Children – now The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Nimick shared her passion for the mission of The Children’s Institute with her three children from their earliest ages, and helped to ensure that they would continue her legacy of making a difference at The Children’s Institute and beyond.
Mrs. Nimick was a graduate of Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. and also attended The Ellis School, the Broadmoor School in Arizona and Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
Mrs. Nimick was a founding member of Carnegie Museum’s Natural History Committee and president of the Ladies’ Association. She was also a member of the Social Service Board at Shadyside Hospital and a trustee of The Ellis School.
The Next Generation
Charles "Locky" Nimick, Chairman
Locky lives in the Washington D.C. area with his family and enjoys art, biking, and photography – some of his photos have even been used by our grantees in their publications. Locky is very involved with grantees local to him and in the Pittsburgh region and has attended numerous site-visits to see firsthand the work we're funding or have the opportunity to fund. Locky places particular emphasis on the Foundation’s mission of investing in projects that promote change for women and children and to better the circumstances of future generations.
Victoria "Vikki" Nimick Enright, vice-chair
Vikki and her husband Tim live in Madison, Wisconsin along with their teenage daughter and enjoy volunteering and supporting organizations both in their local area and throughout the U.S. Vikki worked for many years in the public sector and is now running her own company, Nimck Enright Consulting, while helping to support the operations of a local church and food-pantry. When Vikki isn't working or volunteering she frequents the museums, libraries and organizations that we actively support.
Cathleen "Kit" Lockhart Nimick, director
Kit lives in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA and enjoys being involved with many organizations in the region as well as taking a key role in the design and development of The Nimick Family Therapeutic Garden at The Children’s Institute. Kit enjoys spending time with her two adult children, Will and Natalie, both of whom are our foundation’s most recent board members. Kit was also integral in our support for Aspinwall Riverfront Park and believed in the vision and importance of preserving that space for future generations and protecting the property from development.
Jack J. Kessler, Esq., secretary treasuerer
Jack is a real estate and tax attorney with over 30 years of experience working with community organizations and foundations. Jack is the only non-family board member but has known and been with the family for many years and worked with Mr. Nimick helping to form the Foundation. Jack and his wife Ellen Perlow Kessler volunteer and are involved with many Pittsburgh charitable organizations.
William C. Austin, Trustee
Will Austin is a trustee and a third-generation descendant of Mr. Nimick who founded our foundation. Will lives in Boston and works for a leading provider of integrated financial service solutions and enjoys traveling, attending concerts and meeting our grantees. Will has been an integral part of our funding initiatives over the past four years helping to bring to fruition many new projects and initiatives. Will continues to provide wonderful insight and ideas and has worked hard to impact local communities.
Natalie L. Austin, Associate trustee
Natalie is an associate trustee and our newest third-generation member. Natalie lives in Pittsburgh and is a teacher who enjoys being active in our community and volunteering her time. Natalie has focused her initial projects on early childhood education, intervention and helping to ensure that every child in our community has the opportunity to attend our best schools by helping to promote scholarships for families who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford tuition.
Hayley Little, Executive Director
Hayley lives east of Pittsburgh with her three children and has been with the Foundation since 2012 managing our day-to-day operations. Hayley spends much of her time visiting with local and regional grantees helping to facilitate community connections and better her understanding of their needs. Hayley can be reached at email@example.com.