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LAVC Founding Faculty Member Joseph Nordmann's Estate Donates $840,000 in Stock to LAVC Foundation

The LAVC Foundation recently received a gift of stock totaling $840,000 from the estate of Joseph Nordmann. Nordmann, a former department chair and professor in Chemistry and one of the founding members of the LAVC faculty in 1949, was a long-time supporter of the LAVC Foundation.

LAVC Founding Faculty Member Joseph Nordmann's Estate Donates $840,000 in Stock to LAVC Foundation

The Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Foundation, the non-profit organization of LAVC, announced that it received a generous gift of $840,000 stock from the estate of Joseph Nordmann on November 6, 2015. The gift will be earmarked for the Joseph Nordmann Endowed Assistantship with the LAVC Foundation.

Joseph Nordmann, who was one of the forty-nine founding members of the LAVC faculty in 1949, passed away in August 2015. He was a former department chair and Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at LAVC, and he taught Chemistry at LAVC until his retirement in 1978.

Nordmann was also the founding member of the LAVC Running Club and was the Assistant Coach on the 1955 Football team, which won the Orange Show Bowl that year. During summers in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Nordmann was a coach’s assistant for the Los Angeles Rams and co-authored a book on football formations.

He co-owned an environmental laboratory and also won a national award in excellence in college chemistry teaching (as a LAVC Professor) from Manufacturing Chemists’ Association ‒ recognition usually reserved for Ivy League professors.

When he retired from LAVC, Nordmann moved to the Monterey Peninsula and found a couple of passions as a writer and a professional artist. His paintings have been showcased often in the Carmel area. 

Nordmann was a very generous supporter of the LAVC Foundation.  He loved the Chemistry Department, so he established the Joseph Nordmann Endowed Assistantship in Chemistry in 2005.  He has donated over $230,000 to the endowment and later expanded the Assistantship (or stipend) to Biology.  The Assistantship has provided $38,000 to students since it was established.

He expressed great appreciation to Valley College for giving him the opportunity to work in a wonderful environment with wonderful people. He says his donations to the LAVC Foundation are just a small token of his appreciation.

The LAVC Foundation thanks the Nordmann estate for its generosity.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 12/10/2015 5:00:05 PM