CHAMPAIGN – Lawrence “Larry” Mann, 74, of Champaign died on Tuesday December 21, 2021 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Born and raised in Springfield, he was the son of the late Elwood Mann and Lorena (McGavic) Mann and graduated in 1965 from Griffith High School.
Larry received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in higher education and a doctorate. in Higher Education and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
Larry is survived by his beloved daughter, Erin Mann of Minneapolis; his longtime partner, Jon Proctor of Champaign; his dear friend and former wife, Mary Mann of Penfield; his sister, Catherine Roseberry (Mann) of Shiloh; several nieces and nephews; and an extensive network of friends and former colleagues. Larry also leaves behind his beloved dog and sidekick, Ella, and three adorable cats – Irene, Simone and Elwood.
Larry had a remarkable career at the University of Illinois. In several roles over the past 35 years, he has served as a trusted advisor to university presidents, vice presidents, chancellors and many more. He was an expert in problem solving and was instrumental in the management and resolution of major and difficult problems in college.
He left a truly meaningful legacy upon his retirement in 2009. Despite his demanding career, he always took the time to chat quickly over the phone and have regular lunch on campus with his daughter. In his professional roles, he was known for his extensive knowledge of higher education, integrity, thoughtfulness, diplomacy, quick wit and great sense of humor.
Larry was a wonderful father, partner and friend who took great care of his loved ones. He loved animals, especially dogs. He was a source of wisdom, practical advice and stability for his family and fiercely protective of those he loved. Larry was a fantastic storyteller and the memories of these stories are a source of comfort to those he leaves behind. He will be sorely missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29 at the Owens Funeral Home in Champaign. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations from the Champaign County Humane Society.
Condolences can be presented at owensfuneralhomes.com.