Mann of Philadelphia Dead at 83

Fredric Mann, a diplomat, international patron of music, businessman and civic and communal leader, died here February 26 at age 83.

Mann served as U.S. ambassador to Barbados and U.S. special representative to Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis, Anguilla and St. Lucia from 1967 to 1969. In 1966, he was a delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

A native of Gomel, Russia, his efforts led to the Mann Music Center here and the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv. His business interests were in the paper industry. His paper box manufacturing company expanded to include ownership in forests, pulp mills, paper plants and box factories.

In the Jewish community, Mann was a past general campaign chairman of the Federation Allied Jewish Appeal and an honorary member of the board of trustees of the Federation of Jewish Agencies. He had also served as a treasurer of FJA.

In addition, he was a former general chairman of the Philadelphia Committee of State of Israel Bonds, an honorary president of HIAS and Council Migration Service and honorary vice president of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Inc.

He served on the boards of the American Committee for Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv University, the Albert Einstein Medical Center, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and United HIAS Service.

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