Thomas C. Mann, Sr. M.D., 92, husband of Margaret Ann Whitley Mann, died Saturday, February 19, 2022.
Born in Greenville, SC, he was the son of the late Alfred C. Mann (attorney and former mayor of Greenville) and Nina Griffin Mann.
He attended Greenville County Schools, graduating from Greenville High School in 1947, where he was Vice President of his Senior Class. He graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University in 1951 and earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston in 1955, where he ranked third in his class. He served his internship at hospitals associated with the Medical College from 1955-1956.
A U.S. Air Force veteran and Captain, he was a Flight Surgeon from 1956-1958, and Commander of the USAF Dispensary, Itami AFB, Japan, from 1956-1957.
Dr. Mann served his residency at the Medical College of Georgia Hospitals in Augusta, GA from 1959-1963, where he was Chief Resident of Surgery 1962-1963. He practiced General and Thoracic Surgery with Carolina Surgical Associates in Greenville from 1963 until 1994. Dr. Mann received certification from the American Board of Surgery in 1964, was President of Greenville Hospital System Medical Staff 1976, President of Greenville Medical Society 1982, and President of SC Chapter of American College of Surgeons 1984. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Greenville Hospital System. He was the first medical doctor ever to be appointed to this board and served as its chairman in 2001. He was Director of Perioperative Services at Greenville Hospital System 1994-1995.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Mann served on the Clemson Board of Visitors, 1984-1986, was on the Military Heritage Plaza Project Committee, a member of the Clemson Corps and on the Corp’s Board of Directors. He was also on the Scroll Honor project committee and was a proud member of the Senior Platoon and Alumni Senior Platoon.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Clemson University in 2006. In 2007, he received the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Mark Sanford.
In addition to his wife of 65 years; he is survived by five children, Thomas C. Mann, Jr. M.D. and wife Lisa, Deborah J. Chini and husband Marc, Stephen F. Mann, Carol Leaphart and husband Mark, and Lisa W. Carpenter and husband David, all of Greenville; thirteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Alfred C. Mann, Jr., former Congressman James R. Mann, Esquire, Joseph G. Mann, and John P. Mann, Esquire, and Betty Jackson Newton.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Downtown.
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