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In memoriam... John J. Mannix

John J. MannixJohn J. Mannix, associate executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards, died Wednesday, July 26, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Mannix, 57, joined the Association staff on May 6, 2002, after serving on the IASB Board of Directors for eight years as representative of the Illinois Association of School Trustees. He served as a school trustee for Worth Township in suburban Alsip, Ill.

During his tenure at IASB, Mannix supervised the Field Services staff and operations in both the Springfield and Lombard offices. In addition, he was the lead advocate for the Association's response to the No Child Left Behind Act, helping to create a NCLB toolkit of IASB services for districts.

He also started and supervised the Comiskey Room at the Joint Annual Conference, which showcased Association staff, products and services. Mannix also coordinated the annual IASB Job Fair for teachers, administrators and education majors.

Prior to joining the Association, Mannix worked for nine years as director at Evergreen Park, IL Community High School, beginning in 1993 as director of building and grounds and later as director of operations for the school district.

He held a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Xavier College and also had been an instructor at Chicago City College. He also authored numerous manuals and papers on school facilities management.

"Much of John's career was devoted to improving the education of Illinois' school children by fostering excellence in school governance," said Dr. Michael D. Johnson, executive director of IASB. "His intelligence, creativity and tenacity will be sorely missed."

Mannix was married and the father of three children and two stepchildren. Services were held Friday, Aug. 4, at Most Holy Redeemer Church. Donnellan Funeral Home handled arrangements.

The family suggests that memorials be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities-CNI, Attn: John Mannix Memorial Fund, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 310, Oak Brook, IL, 60523.

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