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Alan M. Mann, MD CM MRC (Psych)
Physician, Scholar and Athlete
Death came to Dr. Alan M. Mann on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at his home in Mount Royal, after a period of failing health.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he was the son of Alan James Mann and Lillian Grace (Cole) Mann. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary Evelyn (Coffey) Mann; their children Debra (Bill Rodgers), Mary Ann, and Robert; grandchildren James and Lyndsay Mann, Terilyn Rodgers, Nathan and Julia Rogers. He was predeceased by his son Alan John Mann (Tim), and grandchildren Mary Alanna Rogers and Silas Rogers.
Dr. Mann spent his early childhood in Nova Scotia before moving to Montreal, where he lived the rest of his life. For many years he returned to Nova Scotia to enjoy summers at Camp Aldercliff, where he formed enduring friendships and excelled at athletics. His high school years were spent at Huntingdon Academy, where many more lasting friendships were made, and his love of football was born. He then began what would become a lifelong association with McGill University.
Dr. Mann was a student at McGill University when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy to serve in the Second World War as a sub-lieutenant. After the war, he returned to McGill and enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine. During his years as a medical student, he played football for the McGill Redmen, and was named team captain in 1946. He continued to support the team throughout his life, serving as President of Friends of McGill Football for many years. He graduated from medical school in 1949, and went on to specialize in Psychiatry. He held numerous positions within the medical community over the years, including professor of Psychiatry and Associate Dean of Medicine at McGill.
Dr. Mann enjoyed a long and distinguished career at the Montreal General Hospital and was appointed Psychiatrist-in-Chief in 1971, a position he held until 1990. After over four decades at the Montreal General, Dr. Mann continued to see patients in private practice for another twenty years.
Dr. Mann was a keen tennis player, playing with friends and colleagues on a regular basis over the years. He could be counted on to be in the stands cheering on the Redmen every fall. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Montreal Expos, always happy to head to the ballpark with friends and family, starting with the first game played at Jarry Park, and later as a season ticket holder. He loved Montreal, and was particularly fond of Westmount Park, where he spent much time as a youngster.
Dr. Mann was a lover of books and music. He was noble in the art of friendship, and a thoughtful and faithful correspondent. He was a gifted doctor, a witty and delightful conversationalist, and a wise advisor. He shared his wit and wisdom both personally and professionally, and was generous with his time for patients, colleagues, friends and family.
His family feels honoured and blessed to have known and loved him as a husband, father, grandfather and friend: "Here and there, and now and then, God makes a giant among men."
The family acknowledges in warmest terms the compassionate care and skillful assistance of Dr. Georges Lévesque, Karen Cassini, Daniel Fournier, Odessa Louison and Monique Lalonde, with deepest gratitude especially to Maureen Haggerty, Rosanne Samuel and Ophelia Mascoll.
A family memorial service was held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont ( www.mountroyalcem.com ). Memorial donations may be made to the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, 1650 Cedar Ave, Room E6-129, Montreal, QC, H3G 1A4 at :
( www.mghfoundation.com ),
or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Published in Montreal Gazette on Oct. 22, 2011
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