Dr. Manzer taught economics from 1981 until his accidental death on August 15, 2005. He was the first director of the Northeastern Indiana Center for Economic Education from 1981-1995. Dr. Manzer was active in the Fort Wayne area Junion Achievement program. He died from injuries in an automobile accident. Dr. Manzer was a native of Chicago, and received degrees from Northern Illinois University (B.S., 1968, M.S., 1975; Ed.D., 1979).