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Professor Emeritus/Judge Robert Mann Dies at 77

Published: March 11th, 2002

Category: News

Former judge, state legislator and UF law professor Robert Trask Mann suffered a heart attack and died Feb. 26. He was 77. “All of us are saddened by our colleague Bob Mann’s death,” said Dean Jon Mills, “I clerked for Judge Mann when he was at the 2nd DCA. He was a great mentor and role model. He loved this law school. We will miss him.” All who knew and worked with Mann remarked on his intellectual prowess — he earned degrees from UF, George Washington, Harvard, Yale and Stetson — high ethical standards and quick wit. He was a talented debater, and strong supporter of civil rights and desegregation. Judge Mann began his public career in 1956 when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as a Democrat representing Hillsborough County. He spent 12 years in the Legislature, where he had tremendous impact on the future of Florida, and was awarded the St. Petersburg Times most valuable legislator award for 1967. From 1968 to 1974, he served on the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland and was chief judge his last two years there. He taught law at UF from 1974 to 1986, during which time he was appointed to the Public Service Commission. Judge Mann retired to his native Tarpon Springs, then lived in recent years in Belleair. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Brown Mann, a former professor of library science; son Robert T. Mann Jr. of Stone Ridge, N.Y.; and daughter Margaret Elizabeth Mann of Brussels, Belgium. The family requests that memorials in Judge Mann’s honor be made to the UF College of Law or Florida Methodist Foundation in Lakeland.

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