We are sad to announce the passing of Commander Robert “Bob” Mann, USN, Retired of Monrovia, MD. Bob died peacefully with his family on Monday, April 24, 2023 at the age of 73. Bob was an incredible and loving father, grandfather, brother, father-in-law, husband, uncle, and friend. He will be forever missed.
Bob was born on January 3, 1950 in Hinton, West Virginia to the late Herndon and Zelma Mann. He fell in love with and married Margaret Worsham on November 12, 1972. Bob graduated from Concord College with a degree in Medical Technology and subsequently joined the United States Navy as an Officer in the Medical Service Corps. While in the Navy, Bob worked in and managed the laboratories and blood banks at Naval hospitals in San Diego, CA; Charleston, SC; Naples, Italy; Portsmouth, VA; and Camp Pendleton Marine Base in CA. He also managed the laboratory at Fleet Hospital #5 in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. During Operation Desert Storm, Bob spent nearly a year serving in Fleet Hospital #5 and on the hospital ships USNS Mercy and Comfort.
Once retired from the US Navy at the rank of Commander, Bob joined the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan as the Director of Laboratory Services for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In that capacity, he managed and oversaw all Kaiser labs in the Mid-Atlantic region. During this time he was also elected as a member of the COLA Board of Directors. Because two careers just weren’t enough, once retired from Kaiser, Bob became the National Enforcement Officer of Laboratory Medicine Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bob finally fully retired in 2014 in order to spend more time with his loving wife, children, grandchildren, and dog, Ginger.
In his spare time, Bob enjoyed spending time with his family, riding his Harley, driving his Minicooper, walking Ginger, and tinkering with his computers. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Mann, daughter, Liz Mann, Liz’s partner, Jim Brinson, son, Corey Mann, granddaughter, Katie Mann, daughter-in-law, Stephanie Mann, Stephanie’s parents, Les and Cherie Dorfman, grandsons, Alex and Oliver Mann, and an army of friends.
Bob’s impact on this world cannot be measured. As a father and grandfather, he doted on his children and grandchildren. As a husband, he dedicated his life to his wife. As a friend, he was always there with a helping hand or kind word. As a military service member, he sacrificed precious time with his family to protect the country he loved. The world truly is a better place because of him.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, April 29 at the Stauffer funeral home in Mt. Airy, MD.