Charlie Mann

   Charlie was born in Kansas City on December 23, 1927. After he was graduated from High School in 1946, he moved to California. There he enlisted in the Navy and served in Japan for two years during the occupation. He got his degree from Pasadena City College in 1951. He got married the same year, and had one son. He worked as a journeyman machinist for the Bertea Company for 23 years. He then went on to work for several other firms, becoming the director of manufacturing for the Loud Company. His first wife passed away in 1985 and Charlie remarried Elaine Niemann in 1987.

   Charlie first became interested in lapidary in 1954. He made his own equipment and worked at his hobby off and on until he retired in 1992. He then entered into the Saddleback College Emeritus class for Jewelry, which was held in Leisure World. In 1993, he entered the lapidary class and started to make intarsia jewelry under the tutelage of Connie Grundke.

Previous - Next

back to top

Back to Biographies G - M