Otto Nothhacksberger Endowed Chair

PictureClara Flora (Lieber) Nothhacksberger was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 10, 1902. Her parents were Robert Lieber and Clara Louise (Becker) Lieber. At the time of her birth, Clara's father was the proprietor of an artwork store who later figured prominently in photography and movie production. Clara was educated through her high school years in Indianapolis. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Smith College in North Hampton, Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelor's degree in science. She later spent time studying abroad and established herself as a scientist.

Clara F. Lieber married Otto Josef Alois Nothhacksberger on November 18, 1948, in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Paris, France. There were no children born of the marriage, although Clara's husband, Otto, had a daughter, Ulla Nothhacksberger, by a previous marriage. Miss Nothhacksberger resided in Stockholm, Sweden, until the time of her death in 1996.

Otto Nothhacksberger was born in Vienna, Austria in 1905. After his formal education was completed, he became a Lutheran minister and served a congregation in Paris, France where the Nothhacksbergers lived a great part of their lives. While not considered an accomplished pianist, Mr. Nothhacksberger did play the piano and that, combined with his upbringing in Vienna, contributed to his keen interest in music and in the development of young musicians. Mr. Nothhacksberger died in Paris in 1975.

At the time of her death in December of 1982, Clara Lieber Nothhacksberger was a resident of Indianapolis. Through her estate, she established two endowed funds to benefit Indiana University School of Music in memory of her husband. The Otto Nothhacksberger Memorial Fund, created in 1983, has been used to purchase equipment and other educational materials. The Otto Nothhacksberger Endowed Chair was created in 1997 to support a prominent faculty member at IU School of Music.