La Trobe loses David Mann

La Trobe University is mourning the recent passing of Dr David Mann, a community leader in Albury-Wodonga who pressed for post-school education facilities in the region.

David MannDr Mann was a member of the Regional Advisory Board of the Albury-Wodonga Campus since its inception in 1991. In 1998 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (LLD) and in 2002, the Campus named the new library after him in recognition of his contribution to the region and to La Trobe University.

‘Many of David Mann's community interests have proved to be important links in the development of the University's programs in the region’ says La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar.

‘Dr Mann’s unwavering support of higher education in the region and, in particular, of La Trobe University will be remembered by his colleagues throughout the community.’

With his family, Dr Mann endowed the annual Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture series in 1993. The public lecture series at La Trobe is in honour of his grandfather, a local pioneer and businessman who recognised the importance of the Murray River. 

These lectures are always on the theme ‘the Murray and its people’ as Dr Mann saw the Murray River as a touchstone for education and research in the community says Director of the Albury-Wodonga Campus, Professor Lin Crase.

‘David’s promotion of the development of tertiary education in the region has been of profound importance to the Campus.

‘He recognised the need for higher education in the region and the way that research and education has the ability to transform people’s lives,’ says Professor Crase.

‘Dr Mann was a stalwart in the area although we are deeply saddened by his passing, his contribution will continue to impact the community as his long relationship with the campus will continue through the programs he helped establish.’


For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Meghan Lodwick

La Trobe University Communications Officer

T:  03 9479 5353 M:  0418 495 941 E: M.Lodwick@latrobe.edu.au