Walter and Virginia Nord


For almost half a century the unique contributions of the Nord family—Walter and Virginia Nord, their daughter, Mary Nord Ignat, and their sons Eric and Evan, and their families—the communities of Lorain County Ohio, and beyond have won appreciation from employees, friends, neighbors, nonprofit agencies and their clients, leaders in the world of business, industry and philanthropy, and citizens throughout the area.

The Nordson Corporation Foundation and The Nord Family Foundations both stem from the original small charitable trust began by Walter G. Nord in 1952. Both are expressions of his magnanimous philosophy and that of his wife Virginia, passed down to their children and grandchildren of sharing whatever wealth might come their way. And both the company and the foundations are expressions of a lifework seen as filling a need, as devising or inventing solutions that work. Throughout the Nord story is a sturdy tradition of altruism, curiosity and realism, of meeting difficulties and surmounting them, of investing in community.

Read more about the Foundation history at History of Nordson Philanthropy.