Martha “Nickie” Orwick Leaves Long-Lasting Legacy at Mount Union

March 28, 2016

Martha (Nicholson) Orwick, also known as “Nickie,” has left a long-lasting legacy at Mount Union thanks to her involvement with the university over the years.

Orwick comes from a long line of family members who have attended Mount Union including her great-uncle Elmer Trott who was a professor at the university, her father Wilbur Nicholson ’12 and her brother John Nicholson ’39. In addition, her late husband Carl ’42 graduated from Mount Union and the couple’s two children are Mount graduates.   

Orwick is a long-standing member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, which she is still an active sister of today. Because of her husband, Carl Orwick ’42, who was the long-term advisor of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, she gained the nickname “Grandma Orwick” from many of the fraternity brothers over the years.  

Not only has Orwick been influential on Mount Union’s campus, she has also made a difference serving in the armed forces. She joined the United States Marine Corps during World War II, working in communications and sending Red Cross messages.

“I felt that I needed to do something and I have never regretted the decision,” she said. “I felt like I was doing something that was necessary.”

Orwick met her future husband Carl, who was also enlisted in the service, in San Francisco in 1945. The two had met previously at Mount Union when Nickie was a freshman and Carl a senior. The couple was married the next year and spent 65 years together before Carl passed away in 2011.

Nickie and Carl are known for their strong support of residential housing on campus. Orwick-Nicholson Court, which welcomed students at the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year, offers a more independent housing option for upperclass students.

“Mount Union is a wonderful place and I’m extremely happy to have been involved with it for all the years that I have,” Orwick said. “It’s been a part of my life for a long time.”


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