Dr. Karen Virginia Mann

November 17, 1942November 28, 2016

Karen Virginia Mann (née Price) 1942-2016

We are terribly sad to announce that Karen died on the morning of November 28th in Halifax. She was surrounded by her family, and had a chance to say goodbye to us all. It is very hard to lose her, but the joy, thought and care she brought to the world for her 74 years makes it a little easier. She was a wonderful wife to Ian, whom she adored. As a mother, she was unmatched. Her unconditional love and unwavering support for her children Geoff, Peter and Gillian, and their spouses Michelle, Sarah and Andrew, never flagged, and never will. All her grandchildren revelled in their time with Nan, just as she did her time with them. She was also a great but humble scholar, a leading light in the field of medical education, and a valued colleague to many educators all over the world.

All those who knew Karen will remember her for her laughter, her intellect, her extraordinary kindness and her gentle fearlessness. She broke many molds, but called so little attention to herself that sometimes it was hard to notice. She was endlessly curious about the world and our place in it, stood up to injustice, and valued each and every person she met, striving at all times to be the best friend and colleague to many. She put her heart into her life, and it was a very big heart. She brought out the best in all of us and we are lucky to have had her in our lives. We miss her so much, and will never forget her.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday 2 December at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane, in Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations to Pancreatic Cancer Canada or Save the Children will be gratefully received.


  • Funeral Service Friday, December 2, 2016

Dr. Karen Virginia Mann

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Mohamud Verjee

August 26, 2017

Deeply honored to have been taught by Karen in Boston for Harvard Macy courses. My sincerest condolences to all in her family. She will be missed but always remembered.

Erika Tanner

February 6, 2017

Dear Ian and Family,
What sad and shocking news I received lately. I am so sad for your loss and that the wonderful, talented, gentle and caring Karen has passed. I learned from a friend about her health struggles and am sorry this life has taken her so soon. I will always remember the dinners, the book suggestions, the sailing, the time with Casey and of course, the music. She will live in my choir memories forever.
Her memory will be honored in the little Wheaton terrier puppy we have arranged to adopt in April. I have already requested that it's name be Casey. Hugs and love and strength to you Mobbs. xo

Carol Ann Courneya

January 20, 2017

Dear Ian, Geoff, Peter and Gillian
I am just hearing about this now. Such an amazing light has been lost.
I am a colleague and friend of Karen's. We met every year at the CCME meeting. I also had the joy of teaching with her several times over the years. Karen was always 100% present in any conversation we had. So many people wanted to see her and talk with her at meetings, but she had that rare ability to focus completely on whoever she was with. I also knew that she was overjoyed to be a grandmother and talked with such love about her family. I will greatly miss her as a friend and as a colleague.

Tunde Gondocz

January 4, 2017

I met Karen early in my career and was impressed with her depth of knowledge, patient manner, and spirit of sharing. She will be truly missed by all of us.

Subha Ramani

December 19, 2016

Karen was not just a professional mentor, but very much a personal mentor too. She was instrumental in my joining a PhD programme and guided me through a new phase in my professional growth. Karen was always gently but firmly challenging my thinking, pushing me to the next level and all with a smile. Her humility, kindness and grace will stay with me forever. Heartfelt sympathies to family and friends.

Olle ten Cate

December 16, 2016

Dear Ian, and dear colleagues of Karen
I appreciate to have a place to share grief. Karen has been a good friend and collaborator ever since we met in a conference on Magnetic Island, Australia in 1999. She has mentored two of our PhD candidates who graduated in Utrecht, the Netherlands, one of which stayed at her home for months, and was a wonderful collaborator and host for our international educators' exchange program. Also on behalf of participants in that program, I appreciate to say that we will all miss her deeply.

Mindi McKenna

December 16, 2016

Karen's scholarship was one of the most valuable factors in my professional development, back when I began working in the field of continuing medical education. She had an ability to illuminate powerful, practical insights and support them with credible research and theory. Her contributions to the field were quite influential for me, and undoubtedly for many others like me. I didn't know Karen's family, but am not at all to discover that she had a positive impact in her personal life that was at least as compelling, if not even more so, than the positive impact she had in her professional life. May she go with God and rest in peace. And may her loved ones be comforted by their memories of that amazing woman.

Deb Cooper

December 14, 2016

Dear Geoff, Peter and Gillian, I am so sorry for your loss. When I babysat you three, when you lived in Clayton Park, I always thought that your Mom was so much fun and so cool. She is now keeping Becket (the basset hound) company and smiling down on you three with much pride.
Deb Cooper (Bud and Barb Cooper on Northcliffe Lane, Halifax)

Jordan Holmes

December 6, 2016

Dear Ian and family - please know that Karen had an enormous impact on so many of us in healthcare education. She will be greatly missed.

Erin Demmings

December 6, 2016

I was so sad to hear of the news of Karen's death. She was a valued teacher to me during my Masters in Medical Education. She taught me more than educational theory. She was an example of intellect, dedication and kindness. She was always so respectful and encouraging. She will be missed.