Alfred O. Mann ’52

Alfred O. Mann ’52 died August 18, 2015, in Kingston, New York.

(The following appeared the Eagle Tribune, September 6, 2015):

HAVERHILL: Alfred O. Mann, Jr., 86, husband of the late Elizabeth (Esperian) Mann, passed away on Thursday, September 4, at Merrimack Valley Hospice, with his loving family, and his two granddogs, by his side.

Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Alfred O. and Viola E. (Juenger) Mann, born on December 9, 1928. He graduated from Rollins Grammar School in 1942 and Lawrence High School, Class of 1946. While in high school he was a member of the Grievance Committee, participating in issues with the school department and participating in various protests. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 occurred two days before his 13th birthday. He was a member of the Boy Scout Troop #2 at the German Presbyterian Church. During World War II, he was part of the Civilian Defense Corps, where he served as a messenger to the head of the program, John Rettle, who was the fire chief at that time. His duties included carrying messages during mock raids and participating in scrap metal drives. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Banks in Winthrop. Unfortunately, because of a medical condition he was not able to continue to serve. He then was employed for the next two years at Watts Regulator Company in Lawrence in the shipping department.

 In 1948, he was accepted to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, as a political science major. He enjoyed politics and followed current events, locally and nationally his entire life. While at Bowdoin he was on the volleyball team, and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1952, he became a member of the college’s Young Republicans Club and went to the state Republican Conference. After graduation in 1952, he held several jobs, most important was Robert Hall Clothes, of the Bronx, N.Y., in management. Alfred was also a graduate of Lee Real Estate Institute and held a broker’s license for many years in the Haverhill area. He was also a field representative for House Hold Corporation in the Lowell area, and a sales manager for Lawrence Wholesale Drug Company. In 1956, he joined Utica Mutual Insurance Company in Utica, N.Y. Alfred was a former member of the Salvation Army and was a board member of the Haverhill Preservation Board.

In 1953 he met the love of his life, Elizabeth. They were married November 24, 1956 and remained together for the next 53 years, until her passing in 2010. Alfred retired from Utica in 1989, after 33 years employed. He and his wife traveled, following big bands and jazz bands throughout New England. They enjoyed many vacations at Salisbury Beach. Being an expert in American history, he traveled to many battlefields throughout the United States. He enjoyed many rounds of spirited political conversations. He also enjoyed his beer, and sports, especially golf, and his favorite player, Tiger Woods.

Alfred is survived by his children, Alfred O. Mann, III, and his devoted, loving daughter, Stephanie E. Mann, and his granddogs, Hannah and Teddy, all of Haverhill. He also leaves nieces, nephews, and several cousins, all of whom will miss him dearly.