W. Howard Mann, 87, Law School Professor Emeritus

Release Date: June 19, 1998 This content is archived.


A memorial service was held in Missoula, Mont., for W. Howard Mann, who served as a professor of constitutional law in the UB law school from 1967-85 and was a former law clerk in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mann, 87, died June 4 in his home in Missoula. He retired from UB 13 years ago, moving to Montana in 1993.

Mann, who earned national recognition as an outstanding constitutional law scholar, was known for his encouragement of excellence and for his high standards in the field of law.

R. Nils Olsen, Jr., who will become dean of the UB School of Law on Aug. 1, noted in the Buffalo News that Mann "was a respected member of the UB law faculty. He dedicated his professional life from his Supreme Court clerkship...to his many years at UB to the intellectual study of law. His many colleagues will miss him and send condolences to his family."

A graduate of Monmouth (Ill.) College, Mann did graduate work at the University of Iowa. He received a juris doctorate magna cum laude from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Mann served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1943, retiring as a lieutenant commander.

He was law clerk for Justice Harold H. Burton of the Supreme Court in 1945-46. Before coming to UB in 1967, he taught constitutional law at Indiana University School of Law. He was a visiting Fulbright Research Professor to the Supreme Court of India in 1965-66.

Mann was a member of the Order of the Coif and the American Academy of Sciences.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Ellen; two daughters, Karen Allen of Missoula and Susan of Kamloops, B.C.; a son, Eric, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; a brother, J. Keith of Stanford, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

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