Obituary: Lucy Rowan Mann, Naumburg Foundation head who helped to build careers of emerging classical artists, 100

Posted on: January 31, 2022

“Lucy Rowan Mann, whose guidance of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation and its influential awards helped propel a raft of major classical music careers for 50 years, died on Jan. 16 at her home in Manhattan. She was 100,” writes Annabelle Williams in Friday’s (1/28) New York Times. “The cause was Covid-19, her daughter, Lisa Mann Marotta, said. Ms. Mann was the executive director of the foundation, which she ran with her husband, Robert Mann, who was its president and the founding first violinist of the renowned Juilliard String Quartet. She handled administration and fund-raising, while Mr. Mann, who died in 2018 at 97, focused on the musical aspects of the competition…. Ms. Mann, who started at the Naumburg Foundation in 1972 and continued until this year, did more than office work. She scheduled performances for the young Naumburg winners, did publicity for them and even arranged travel…. Lucille Ida Zeitlin was born on June 20, 1921, in Brooklyn…. In 1947 [she] became the manager for concerts at the Juilliard School. She met Mr. Mann while also managing the Juilliard String Quartet. They married in 1949…. Ms. Mann was also an artist … culminating in retrospectives of her bright abstract works … in 2017 and 2019. In addition to her two children, she is survived by five grandchildren.”