Obituary: Warren George “Skip” Mang

A service will be held for Warren George “Skip” Mang on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield.

Warren George “Skip” Mang, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, May 16 in his home in Haddonfield. A native of Baltimore, Warren moved with his family to Larchmont, N.Y. for his senior year of high school, where he met his wife of 66 years, Nancy Ostrom.

A service will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church at 20 Kings Highway East.

Mang served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1953 from the University of Maryland. He was awarded The Centennial Medal from the university in 1994. Warren and Nancy maintained residences in both Haddonfield and Naples, Fla. for the past three decades. Warren is survived by his children: Cynthia and her husband Kim Reynolds, Jeffrey and his wife, Janice and his four grandchildren: Ryan Mang and his wife Alyson, Cody Mang and his wife Christine, Devon Reynolds and Leigh Reynolds — as well as one great-grandson, Connor Warren Mang.

In 1983, Warren and his partner, Bob Williams, acquired The Markel Corporation, a specialty plastics processor in Norristown, Pa. He served as president and acquired full ownership in 1993. As board chairman, Warren helped guide the firm to become a successful global supplier to the automotive industry until its sale to a private equity firm in 2013. In addition to top management oversight, Warren was a significant contributor to the company’s technical strengths holding multiple patents for proprietary materials and products. While Chairman of Markel, Warren founded the start-up company Contrologic, a manufacturer of computer-based electronic measurement systems.

Prior to the acquisition of The Markel Corporation, Warren was President and CEO of Exide Electronics Corporation, an international manufacturer of high technology uninterruptable power systems. Warren had previously served as Chairman and CEO of Medcor Corporation, a publicly owned manufacturer of cardiac pacemakers and other related products. Warren served for five years as vice president of corporate planning and development for ESB, Inc., then the world’s largest manufacturer of batteries with 75 operations in 20 countries. Prior to that, his early experience included acting as the director of marketing for the electro dynamic division of the General Dynamics Corporation from 1958 through 1973, qualifying him for the significant positions he assumed going forward in his illustrious career.

Over the years Warren served as a Director of the F. Schumacher Company, the Sebring-Vanguard Corporation, Hittman Nuclear Battery, Fessenden Hall Incorporated, Medalert Inc. and the Bancroft School.

Warren and Nancy have enjoyed the many friends they have made over the years as members of the Union League of Philadelphia, Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield and The Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Fla. Ever the consummate gentleman, Warren remained engaged in life in every way, reading constantly, attending lectures, overseeing renovation projects, landscaping, playing golf, working with his trainer a couple days each week, watching sports, trying to keep up with technology and always able to offer a word of advice or encouragement.