Beaver in 1975, the highest honor awarded by the Association of Alumni and Alumnae.
Beyond MIT, Robert Mann’s contributions to other organizations and communities are almost too numerous to mention. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Braille Authority and a member of the National Research Council Committee on the Skeletal System and Prosthetics Research and Development and founder and chair of the Subcommittee on Sensory Aids. He was also director and president of the Carroll Center for the Blind, trustee and president of the National Braille Press, and a consultant on engineering science at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Robert Mann was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine—one of fewer than 10 people who are members of all three of the National Academies. He was also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IEEE, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering.
Robert Mann met and married Margaret Florencourt, a researcher at MIT on the Whirlwind Computer Project, in 1950. Margaret died in 2002. He is survived by a son, Robert Jr. (S.B. 1975, S.M. 1977), and daughter-in-law, Susan, of Port Washington, New York; a daughter, Catherine, and son-in-law, Randy Hartnett, of Great Falls, Virginia; two sisters, Virginia Swartz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Helene Madigan of St. Paul, Minnesota; a brother, Kenneth, of Burlington, Vermont; and four grandchildren.