Remembering ENC's "Master Builder" - Edward S. Mann
Friday, August 26, 2005
Quincy, Massachusetts
Funeral services were held at the Waterville, Vermont Church of the Nazarene after a visitation in Quincy, Massachusetts for Eastern Nazarene College's (ENC) longtime president, Edward Stebbins Mann.

Mann came to ENC in 1925 as a 16 year-old freshman and remained to become president, died August 18 at the age of 96, after a long illness.

He has been called ENC's Master Builder. As a student, he helped build the school's first baseball field, and then raised money for and personally helped dig out the foundation for the school's first gymnasium. As president, a position he held from 1948 to 1970, he was involved in the construction of seven major buildings including a library, three residence halls, a science building, a religion building, and a campus center/student union building.

He graduated from ENC with a degree in Mathematics in 1929 and immediately joined the faculty. He earned his MA in Mathematics at Boston University in 1932. While serving at ENC he taught Mathematics and Physics, was dean of men, business manager, assistant to the president, and vice president. After he was elected president of ENC in 1948, he was awarded a doctor of laws degree by Northwest Nazarene College in 1949, and a doctor of divinity degree by the University of Vermont in 1966.

Later in his career, Mann served the International Church of the Nazarene. He was elected president of the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene in 1966. In 1970, he was appointed executive secretary of the denomination's Department of Education in Kansas City, with oversight of eight colleges in the U.S., one in Canada, and one in Great Britain. In 1983, he returned to Quincy and was given the title of president emeritus of ENC.

He was active in the City of Quincy, serving as an elected member of the Quincy School Board for ten years. Beyond this, Mann's long list of community involvements includes membership in the Quincy Rotary Club, the Quincy Historical Society, and directorship of the Evangelistic Association of New England, among many others. He received community service awards in recognition of his contribution to the public good.

Mann was born in Waterville, Vermont in 1908. In 1932, he married his college sweetheart, Cora Herrschaft (1906 - 1988) of Brooklyn, New York. Following her death, he married Katherine Angell, of Quincy, in 1989. An avid sports fan, he often attended college sporting events at ENC and faithfully followed the Boston Red Sox. He loved to vacation at his beloved cottage, Hearthside, on the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont.

Among those surviving Mann are his wife, Katherine, his children, Edward, Merritt, Robert, and Richard, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Edward S. Mann may be made to the Edward and Cora Mann Scholarship Fund, Eastern Nazarene College, 23 East Elm Ave., Quincy MA, 02170.
--ENC, Quincy MA, 02170.