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Floyd C. Mann

Aspen, CO Colorado

Floyd C. Mann, 92, died Dec. 30, 2009.

Floyd was born in Washington, Iowa, and raised to adulthood in Iowa City, Iowa, where he attended and graduated from the University of Iowa.

In 1940, Floyd and Josephine were married having been friends since high school. Soon after their marriage they went to Washington, D.C., where Floyd supported the war effort by working at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1943 to 1947.

Then they moved with children, Christine and Gregory to Ann Arbor, Mich., so that Floyd could complete his Ph.D. in social psychology. After that, Floyd became a researcher and later a professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Floyd was very interested in research on organizations and its use to improve those organizations.

In the 1960s, Floyd and Ronald Lippitt founded the Center for Research on the Utilization of Scientific Knowledge at the University of Michigan. He authored several books and publications. Two of the books were “The Community General Hospital,” which he wrote with Basil Georgopulos, and “Automation and the Worker,” which he wrote with Richard Hoffman. The hospital book dealt with problems with data management in the medical system, and the automation book was translated into Japanese and used to improve organizations there.

Floyd retired from the University of Michigan in the early 1970s and spent several years as director of the Colorado University Environmental Council and on the Governor’s Environmental Task Force.

At the age of 69, he retired to Aspen to enjoy his family and the outdoors.

He soon became a pro bono consultant for several Aspen organizations such as the Aspen Music Festival and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Floyd stopped skiing soon after his 80th birthday when he and Josephine moved to Classic Residence in Scottsdale, Ariz., where they made new friends and had frequent visits from friends and family members. Floyd and Josephine were married almost 70 years. Floyd was a devoted husband, and we miss him very much.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine; his three children, Christine, Gregory, and Jeffry; three grandchildren, Seth Bittker, Rachel Bittker, and Jessica Tarbet; and five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Zach, Esther, Sarah, and Zane.


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