Essayist, Educator And Veteran Perry Mann Serving As Grand Marshal For Concord University Homecoming Parade

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 27 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - Perry Mann of Hinton, W.Va. has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal for Concord University’s 2012 Homecoming Parade. Mann, 91, is an educator, philosopher, naturalist, lawyer and author. He is a U.S. veteran who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

The annual parade will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. on Vermillion Street in Athens.

Mann is author of the book “Mann & Nature.” In the collection of essays, he talks about his experiences growing up through the Great Depression, living on a farm, respecting nature and his time as a soldier during the war. He is also featured in the book “Americans Who Tell the Truth” alongside such well known names as Henry David Thoreau, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks.

He received both an undergraduate and a law degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master in Education from the University of Virginia. An educator in Virginia and West Virginia, Mann taught English at Concord from the fall of 1962 until the spring of 1964.

Mann continues to garden and to practice law in Hinton with his daughter Amy.

Area businesses, clubs and other organizations interested in placing entries in the parade should email or call 304-384-6286.


Kylie Kirn, a student in Concord University’s Special Events Office, assisted in writing this press release. A senior majoring in sports management, Kirn is from Newark, Delaware.

22-year-old Perry Mann in 1943 on leave from the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II

Front cover of “Mann & Nature” featuring a portrait of Perry Mann by artist Robert Shetterly