Lawrence Thompson Mann, 101, of Seville, died Friday, April 24, 2009 at the Apostolic Christian Home in Rittman. He was born October 4, 1907 to Paul Dennis and Martha Seale Mann in Ruggles, the second of two sons.
He graduated from Ruggles Ohio High School in 1925 and from Ashland College in 1929. He received an MA in Education from Ohio State University in 1932, did additional graduate work at the University of Michigan and at Kent State University. He was a General Electric Fellow in Physics at Case Institute of Technology in the summer of 1948.
Lawrence taught science and mathematics at Doylestown Ohio High School from 1929 to 1932 and served there as principal from 1932 to 1945. He was superintendent of West Salem Ohio Public School from 1945 to 1947. He was principal of Sterling Ohio High Public School from 1947 to 1953. Following consolidation of the high school with Norwayne High School, he served as principal of Milton Township School from 1953 to 1968. He also taught Industrial Arts, coached basketball, and drove school bus. He retired in 1968. He received a service award from the North Central Education Association in 1968, and a citation for 39 years of service from the Wayne County School Executives in 1969.
Lawrence was a member of the Wayne County Educational Association, the Ohio Educational Association, and the National Education Association. He was a delegate to the National Education Association convention in Portland, Oregon in 1956.
He worked summers as a draftsman during World War II at Babcock & Wilcox and Goodyear. He also worked at Westinghouse in Mansfield, and as an insurance inspector for Lightening Rod Mutual. After his retirement, he worked as a draftsman at Diebold in Wooster.
He was a charter member of the Doylestown Lions Club in 1934 and was president from 1938 to 1939. He was a delegate to Lions International Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1939.
He joined the Seville Presbyterian Church in 1949, and was a member there until his death. He served as a Sunday school teacher, member of the Session, Clerk of the Session and member of the Presbytery Committee. He was a delegate to the Presbyterian Church General Assembly in Davenport, Iowa in 1973.
Lawrence was elected to the Seville School Board in 1953. He served as counselor and tutor at Buckhorn Children’s Center in Kentucky during the summer of 1966. He was a volunteer at the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital snack bar from 1973 to 1993. He assisted with Meals on Wheels and Seville Cares for over 10 years in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He was a member of the Seville Historical Society, and served as president from 1992 to 1996. He tutored in the Medina County adult literacy program from 1986 to 1987.
Lawrence received the Guilford Township (Medina County) Grange, Community Citizen Award in 1988.
He was an accomplished woodworker, making a grandfather’s clock for each of his children. He made craft items for the Seville Presbyterian Church Bazaar for several years. After his retirement, Lawrence and Charlotte traveled extensively, visiting most of the lower 48 states and Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Africa.
He married Charlotte Jameson in June, 1934. They had five children, who survive him, Marcia (Albert) Davis of Diamond City, Arkansas, Bruce (Janet) of Millersburg, Neal (Deborah Edge) of Washington, D.C., Paul (Lorraine) of Caldwell, Idaho and Marita (Neil) Poulson of American Falls, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, Gregory Davis, Mark Davis, Marcia Ann Davis Wolf, Christopher Mann, Rebecca Mann, Sarah Mann, Kenneth Mann, Brenda Mann Thorpe, Allen Mann, Teresa Poulson and Eric Poulson; two step-children, Lauren Kerr and Matthew Adams; five great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; brother, Vernal Mann; and his grandsons, Gregory Davis and Kenneth Mann.
Viewing will be from 2 to 4 P.M. and from 6 to 8 P.M., Friday May 1, 2009 at the Seville Presbyterian Church, 101 Center St., Seville. Funeral service will be at 10 A.M., Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the church.
Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Wayne County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 201, Wooster, OH 44691 for the SHS/MANN Scholarship Fund.