Louis Mann, salesman with a passion for golf

November 20, 1993|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Staff Writer

Louis S. Mann Sr., a retired marketing and sales executive and passionate golfer, died Tuesday of a brain hemorrhage at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Ruxton resident was 83.

Known as "Rip," he retired in 1975 as a vice president in charge of eastern markets and sales for the Hollymatic Corp., manufacturers of meat portion control equipment. He joined the company in 1961. Earlier he had worked in sales for the Daubert Chemical Co. in Chicago and the Davidson Chemical Co.

Born in Flint, Mich., he moved to Baltimore with his family in 1918 after his father was killed in an accident. He attended the McDonogh School on an athletic scholarship and graduated in 1929. During his days at McDonogh, he starred in football, basketball and baseball and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1986.

He began his business career in the early 1930s, working at the Chevrolet assembly plant in Baltimore where he met his first wife, the former Ann L. Barker of Baltimore in 1939. She died in 1983.

His great passion was golf.

"When I started to slow down on the basketball court, I looked for an easier form of exercise and turned to golf," he said in a 1941 interview.

Mr. Mann began golfing when he was 30 and won various Baltimore amateur tournaments. He qualified for the U.S. Publinx competitions, held for golfers who played on public courses.

Carol A. Mann, his daughter, a Ladies Professional Golf Association Hall of Famer who retired in 1977 from tournament play, said: "He got me interested indirectly in golf when I was 9. Being in sales, he was always traveling and when he came home, he played at the Country Club of Maryland or the Baltimore Country Club.

"I decided if I played golf, he'd play with me -- so that was my motive. To be able to spend more time with him."

A southpaw, Ms. Mann, of Houston, recalls that her father refused to buy her left-handed clubs and made her into a right-handed golfer. Ms. Mann dedicated her autobiography, "The Nineteenth Hole," published in 1992, "To my Dad -- Who taught me about honor and sportsmanship."

Dr. Charles Carr of Lutherville, a friend for 40 years, said: "Rip was an excellent golfer and a very ebullient one. An interesting chap that everyone liked."

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, York Road and Beltway Exit 26A. Interment will be in Moreland Memorial Cemetery.

Other survivors include his wife, the former Katherine Moore Maglidt of Ruxton whom he married in 1989; four sons, Stephen B. Mann of Lancaster, Pa., Gale E. Mann of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Gary L. Mann of Longwood, Fla., and Louis S. Mann Jr. of Los Angeles; a stepson, Richard Maglidt of San Diego; and four grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to McDonogh School, Athletic Department, 8600 McDonogh Road, P.O. Box 380, Pikesville, Md. 21117-0380.

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