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Eugene Joseph Ellis M.D.


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Eugene Joseph Ellis M.D. Obituary
February 23, 1919 - February 13, 2016 Gene spent his entire life striving for the best in all that he did. Fortunately, he was able to do this right up until his sudden but peaceful death. He has left this world a better place and he will be missed by all who knew him. Gene married the love of his life, Ruth Nugent, on July 31, 1943 and they enjoyed 69 wonderful years together before her passing in 2012. They loved the outdoors and enjoyed deep-sea marlin fishing, golfing, fly fishing, swimming, snorkeling and traveling the world. Their best times were simply the times they were together. Gene graduated from USC in 3 years with a BS in 1941 and he earned his MD in 1944. He was a Lieutenant in the Navy Medical Corps from 1944-1946 and he spent a year at USC/Los Angeles County Hospital following World War ll. He was accepted to the Mayo Clinic where he trained for 4 1/2 years in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He received an MS in Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1950. At age 33, Gene and his family returned to Los Angeles where he passed his Cardiology Board Review. At age 35, he developed the Good Samaritan Hospital's Coronary Care Unit where he served as Director of Cardiology for 30 years. He proudly established a Fellowship Program to train cardiac specialists as well as a Continuing Medical Education Program for the hospital staff. He was an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at USC Medical School. He was a Diplomate Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Cardiovascular Disease. Gene loved his career as a pioneer and leader in the field of Cardiology. With a strong work ethic, he achieved excellence and the American Dream for his family and himself. His quest for learning extended well into his retirement when he studied Astronomy and Theoretical Physics. Directly upon Gene's retirement he was asked by the Governor of California to serve on The Medical Board of California, a position he enjoyed for the next eight years serving as president for seven of those years. Moving to Montecito in 1992, Gene and Ruth enjoyed their home in Birnam Wood where they shared good times on the golf courses of Birnam Wood and the Valley Club before moving to Casa Dorinda. Always a gentleman and a class act, he drew on his keen wit and intelligence to share many life lessons. He will be missed and remain in the hearts of Joe Ellis, Susan Renwick, Amy, Michael & Andrew Miller, Sara, Stephan & Nasen Alm, and Linda & Tony Ellis. A private family service will be held to celebrate the life of Eugene J. Ellis, M.D., our father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle. He had a spectacular life and is once again with his forever love, our mom. Look up and enjoy the clouds, our Dad always did.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2016
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