Emeritus Professor Athol Mann CMG died suddenly at home yesterday. He was aged 86. Athol’s funeral service will be held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on Monday 20 November 2017 at 1.30pm. Clergy and Lay Canons are invited to robe and process – clergy in alb and white stole please.
Athol had a distinguished academic career as well as an outstanding record of community service. At the young age of 21 he became a partner in the accountancy firm that underwent several mergers to eventually become KPMG. During this time he was President of the New Zealand Society of Accountants, he was the first New Zealander on the Council of the International Federation of Accountants, was a member of the New Zealand Securities Commission for seven years and a Life Member of the Medical Research Council. While Athol was working in New York in 1987, he was approached to become Dean of Commerce at Victoria University of Wellington, a position he held for 10 years.
Along with his academic achievements, Athol had an outstanding record of community service. He was the inaugural Chairman of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a founding Director of Te Papa Museum. He has served on company boards and was also a Director of Barnardos NZ. Athol was awarded the CMG, Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, for service to the accountancy profession, the arts and the community.
Athol was a Warden, along with Barrie Gimson, at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul from 1985 to 2002 during the term of Dean Michael Brown. In 1993, he was the leader of the team who approached the 400 members of the Cathedral family to raise funds for the completion of the new Cathedral of St Paul – raising $440,000 of the pledged $500,000 in just a few months. He also fronted the congregational campaign to raise the $3,000,000 needed by December 1997 to complete the final stage of the Cathedral. Athol was made a Lay Canon Emeritus of the Cathedral in 1997.
Athol also served on the Diocesan Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2014, was a member of the Audit Committee until 2016 and a member of the Investment Committee until 2017. He was also a member of the Cathedral Finance Committee until his death.
Please uphold Athol’s wife Ngaire and their family in your thoughts and prayers at their time of loss.
Well done good and faithful servant
May he rest in peace and rise in glory