James Lotz Mann Sr., 76, chief of purchasing bureau...

May 19, 2000

James Lotz Mann Sr., 76, chief of purchasing bureau

James Lotz Mann Sr., former chief of the Maryland State Purchasing Bureau, died Sunday of a heart attack at his Sparks residence. He was 76.

Mr. Mann had lived on Kent Island for 12 years before he moved to Sparks in 1993.

For 22 years, until he retired in 1985, he was responsible for purchasing materials used by prisons, universities, colleges and other state agencies. He owned Annex Laundry in East Baltimore before he began working for the state in 1963.

Born in Northeast Baltimore, he was a 1941 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington and earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1944.

During World War II, he served with the Marine Corps, training troops at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was discharged at war's end as a lieutenant.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and boater, and enjoyed listening to big band music and jazz.

He was a member of the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Ruth Moran; three sons, James L. Mann Jr. of Northeast Baltimore, Jeffrey M. Mann of Cockeysville and Michael B. Mann of Sparks; a daughter, Deborah Mann Harvey of Ellicott City; a brother, Joseph L. Mann of Towson; a sister, Virginia Lee Mann of Hillendale; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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