A Mass celebrating the life of Joseph Eugene Manno will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2010 at The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. Officiating will be Monsignor Earl Provenza. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Ave. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Osborn Funeral Home.
Joseph Eugene Manno, 67, died peacefully at home on May 4, 2010 from pancreatic cancer. He was born to Joseph and Ellen Scalise Manno on May 5, 1942 in Warren, Pa.
Preceding Joe in death were his parents, grandparents, an infant sister, and several aunts and uncles, all of Pennsylvania. Surviving Joe is his wife and colleague of 42 years, Barbara Reynolds Manno; his sons Mark Kenneth Manno and Michael Joseph Manno and wife, Laurie; a sister, Rosemarie Manno McFadden and husband, Paul, of Erie, Pa; and a brother, William, of Waterford, Pa. He also leaves to cherish his memory, his grandchildren, Michael J Manno Jr., Christian A. Manno, Aidan W. Manno, Barbara A. Manno and Terrell Dedeaux, all of Shreveport, La. Joe is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, all of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Manno (Dr. Joe) retired as Professor and Director, Section of Clinical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport after 40 years of service in 2008. He continued to serve as a Gratis Clinical Professor after retirement. Joe received a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) degree and a Master of Science (Toxicology) degree from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and his Doctor of Philosophy (Toxicology/ Pharmacology) from Indiana University (Medical School Campus; Indianapolis, Ind.).
Joe was a registered pharmacist in both Louisiana and Pennsylvania. He was Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and Consultant to the Louisiana Poison Control Center. Before joining the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, he was on the faculty of the School of Pharmacy at Auburn University.
Joe was a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; Society of Forensic Toxicologists; American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, Southwestern Association of Toxicologists (president, 19831984), and the American Association of Clinical Chemistry. He was an active member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and the Board of Directors of the National Registry for Certified Chemists. In 2006, Joe received the R.N. Harger Award from the American Academy of Forensic Scientists Toxicology, Toxicology Section, for his "Outstanding Contributions to The Field and Profession of Forensic Toxicology".
Dr. Manno always found time for family and friends, especially if he could cook for them. He also loved teaching and participated in the education of physicians, graduate students, nuclear technologists, medical technologists and physician assistants. Joe taught numerous continuing education programs for health professionals and the legal community over the years. He felt that "physicians are the fingers of God".
He authored over 150 scientific articles and several book chapters. Dr. Manno was internationally known for his research investigations of drug effects on human psychomotor performance, especially alcohol and marijuana, and the correlation of these effects to the concentration of drug in biological fluids.
The family extends its gratitude to Dr. Marion Cash, Dr. David Deis, Dr. Brian Dockendorf, Dr Glen Mills, Dr. Jay Marion, and the staff of the FeistWeiller Cancer Center and the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport Department of Radiology for their superb care of Joe. Dr. Shantan Reddy has our special gratitude for his excellent care, professionalism and compassion throughout Joe's illness, as well as the staff of Compassus Hospice. Sincere gratitude and thanks is also extended to Maxine Frazier, Andrea Turks and Denise Venious for their kind care of Joe and the family.
Pallbearers will be Dr. John J. Stewart, Dr. Steve Conrad, Dr. Tom Arnold, Dr. Marc Colon, Dr. Mark Middlebrooks, Dr. Christopher Shelby and Charles Mominee.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles D. Wood, Dr. R. Don Brown, Dr. Fred Fochtman, Dr. Kenneth Ferslew, Dr. Philip Kemp, Dr. Gary Kunsman, Dr. Austin Tucker, Mr. Dempsey Alford and the members of the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Department of Emergency Medicine.
The family requests that memorials be made in lieu of flowers to Providence House, the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library, or charity of the donor's choice.