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Michigan Blood Saddened by Dr. Mann's Passing

On December 27, 2012 we lost a very important member of our Michigan Blood family.  Dr. Joseph D. Mann was a highly respected pathologist, serving as Director of Laboratories for Butterworth Hospital (now known as Spectrum Health Downtown) for 37 years, and an additional 13 years as a Pathologist.  While with Butterworth, Dr. Mann met with other area hospital pathologists and was instrumental in the decision to close hospitals’ individual blood banks and rely on the expertise of Michigan Community Blood Centers for their hospitals’ blood needs.  Dr. Mann served on the board of directors for Michigan Blood, and he had a lifetime interest in research. He published numerous scientific papers in Hematology, Blood Banking and Genetics.  Nationally, Dr. Mann was known for the discovery of a new red cell antigen.  His impact on blood banking was tremendous and he will be greatly missed.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Michigan Blood, PO Box 1704, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-1704, or please consider donating blood in Dr. Mann’s memory.  Funeral services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 2 pm. 

For his full obituary, please see:  http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-d-mann&pid=162049345&eid=sp_shareobit#fbLoggedOut