Mayor [Theodore D. Mann] of Newton, the longest-serving mayor in Massachusetts, died of leukemia Saturday night at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, ending a 22-year era in city history dominated by his energetic presence. He was 71.
Mayor Mann's primary passion was politics. He served four terms as a Massachusetts state representative and eight years as a Newton alderman before being elected mayor.
He leaves his wife, Florence (Ober); two sons, Richard of Needham and Eric of Chelmsford; three daughters, [Leslie Mann Kaplan], Stacie Mann and Debra Mann, all of Newton; a sister, Thelma Barkin of Newton; a brother, Robert of San Diego; and five grandchildren.