Edwin Lee Ellis Resident of San Ramon Edwin Lee Ellis, longtime high school educator and former dean of students at The Athenian School in Danville, California, passed away early Friday, June 15. He was 90 years old. The cause was a combination of complications from stroke, prostate cancer, and pneumonia. As a former wrestler, it took three heavyweights to pin him down. His passing was as he wished: Peacefully, naturally, in his own home, and surrounded by his friends and loved ones. Mr. Ellis was born to Dr. Wilder P. Ellis and Jessie Ellis in 1916 in Urumia, Persia. He came to live in the United States at 15 and attended the Stony Brook School in Long Island, New York. He earned his bachelors degree from Davidson College in 1939. He taught at the Chadwick School on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California from 1939 to 1942, went back to teach at the Western Reserve Academy to coach wrestling in Hudson, Ohio from 1942 to 1949, and returned to Chadwick to be the dean of students and director of athletics there from 1949 to 1966.In 1966, Mr. Ellis was invited by Dyke Brown to be dean of students at the newly founded Athenian School, nestled in the foothills of Mount Diablo. He and Mr. Brown built the school from the ground up, and Mr. Ellis particularly contributed to the development of Athenian's facilities and sports programs.In his retirement, Mr. Ellis remained very active with the alumni associations for all the schools that he taught at and attended, and was very highly regarded by the students whose lives he touched over his 68-year career. Mr. Ellis was always an example of strong moral character, loyalty, trust, dedication, and perseverance. He was a pillar in his community, and will always be remembered lovingly by his family, friends, students, and colleagues. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 20 from 1-4 p.m. at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley, 825 Hartz Way, Danville. Burial will be on Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to the Ed Ellis Scholarship at the Athenian School, 2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd., Danville, CA 94526 or to the Chadwick School Scholarship Fund, 26800 South Academy Dr., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274. Wilson & Kratzer - Danville (925) 820-2999
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Published in Contra Costa Times on June 18, 2007