Gordon Kenneth Mann passed away peacefully on July 1, 2021, at the Goldenview Health Care Center in Meredith, N.H.

Gordon Kenneth Mann

Gordon was born on Dec. 3, 1926, in Newton, Mass., to Ruth Thomas Mann and Kenneth Elmer Mann.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Shirley Nelson.

He has a nephew, Eric Nelson of Cheshire, Conn.; and a niece, Amy Saunier of St. Peter, Minn.

Gordon graduated from Milton High School, received a bachelor's from Dartmouth College and an M.Ed. from Boston University. He also studied mathematics at the University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont and Louisiana State University. He served in the Army in 1945 and 1946.

Gordon came to Conway in April 1950 and taught mathematics and was Department Head at Kennett High School for almost 30 years. He also coached baseball, football, basketball and softball.

Gordon was inducted into the New Hampshire Coaching Hall of Fame, as well as the Kennett High Sports Hall of Fame. He always felt that he was very fortunate to have the privilege of working with so many fine students, athletes and staff during that time. Gordon enjoyed sharing his love of western mountain climbing with students and friends from the valley.

Hiking, travel and photography became his hobbies. In addition to the White Mountains, these activities led him to many places in the world on hiking and/or cultural trips. His favorite places included the Colorado Rockies, Glacier National Park, Arizona in the winter, Switzerland, New Zealand and mountains of India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Over his lifetime he traveled to 73 countries. He was thrilled to reach the top of two of Colorado’s 14,000 footers at the age of 85.

The many close friends he made in education and travel meant a great deal to him. They were wonderful to share his experiences with over the years. He was always willing to share the pictures and memories of all his many travels when invited by community groups.

In Gordon’s last years he lived at Meredith Bay Colony Club and enjoyed the staff and other residents. He encouraged all to go hiking with him, especially on the Castle in The Clouds trails and the conservation lands in the Lakes Region, which he enjoyed well into his nineties.

There will be no services at Gordon’s request. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Gary Millen Foundation (P.O. Box 627, Conway NH 03818), or the Bartlett Historical Society (P.O. Box 514, Bartlett, NH. 03812).

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Gordon was my teacher, my coach, and my friend for over 40 years. When we were together, he spent most of the time telling stories that shared the best attributes of the many people he admired, playing a mean game of Cribbage, explaining basketball fundamentals, and discussing the broad themes of history. We played games, watched college basketball, and hiked and hiked...and hiked. He spoke so highly of many people, including their families when he knew them; to name a few: Carl Seidenstucker, Sut Marshall, Peter Ames, Gary Millen, Red Auerbach and The Boston Celtics, Coach K...and it goes on and on. He loved Kennett High School, all its sports, and revered the incredible responsibility of being an educator and a coach.

Gordon and I climbed every summer for years in his beloved Colorado (as he did with many others). We were fortunate to summit 40 of the 50 so-called “14ers” (https://www.14ers.com/). (Tom Geiger and Rich Galvin often completing the foursome). We also were lucky to have travelled extensively in the early 90s to Eastern Europe visiting Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Soviet Union/Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Switzerland, and The United Kingdom. He visited me in college and every place my family and I ever lived. My sons remember him well.

He was serious and kind, and he spoke directly with few adjectives or embellishments: just the facts. He retained high admiration for good efforts and the consistent pursuit of excellence, which he exemplified in everything he did. I’m very grateful for Gordon for so many reasons...mostly that everyone should have a friend and mentor like him. And if we can’t have a friend like Gordon, hopefully we can all strive to be one. RIP Gordon K Mann

Merle Burke

Gordon was my mentor, coach and most importantly a very dear friend to me. We spent many days fishing together, hiking in the White Mountains and along the Bear Notch Road in Bartlett. We dined together often. As a teacher and coach, he was demanding and always strived to get the best out of his students. He was a gentleman who earned the respect of everyone for his fine qualities as a human being. I will miss him. R.I.P. dear friend. Merle Burke

Captain D

Gordon Mann is one of the greatest people I have ever known. He taught so many of us so many things about hiking, nature and of course basketball. Thank you Mr. Mann for all you did for me.

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