Madeleine Blanche Ellis Ph.D.
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OBITUARY MADELEINE BLANCHE ELLIS Ph.D. 1915 - 2008 Peacefully at Fulford Residence in Montreal, Quebec, on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. Beloved daughter of Lilian Fitzmaurice and George Porter Ellis, predeceased by her brother Clifford Fitzmaurice Ellis. World-recognized J.J. Rousseau Scholar, author and critic all her professional life; well loved professor of French Literature and Art History at Marianopolis college for thirty-four years, she inspired her students to aspire to their goals; she loved them all. Survived by her nieces Susan Ellis Burpee (Thomas) and Madeleine Ellis; three great-nieces Wendy Burpee Boutros (Boutros), Stephanie Burpee Barker (Christopher) and Jessica Burpee; three great-grand-nieces Alexander Barker, Caroline Wei-Wei Barker and Isabelle Boutros; and two great-grand-nephews Max Zhou Hao Barker and Oliver Dong Young Boutros. We her family, wish to thank all the many professional and volunteer members of Fulford Residence for their kindness, care and encouragement of Dr. Ellis during her time there. We also thank many professional staff of NOVA-Montreal and the volunteers of meals-on-wheels at The Church of The Ascension of Our Lord and St. Matthias parish who enabled her to remain at home as long as possible. Funeral Mass at The Ascension of Our Lord Church 375 Kitchener (Corner of Clarke and Sherbrooke St. W.) Westmount, Qc at 1:30 p.m. No visitation at her request. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lilian Fitzmaurice Foundation Scholarship Fund c/o Registrar University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. M5S 1A1, or the Fulford Residence 1221 Guy St., Mtl, Qc. H3H 2K5, or NOVA-Montreal 310 Victoria Ave. #403 Westmount, Qc H3Z 2M9, would be greatly appreciated.

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Published in The Gazette from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2008.
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September 16, 2008
On behalf of all at University College in the University of Toronto, where Dr. Ellis taught after she completed her doctorate, I express our profound regret at her passing. She was a dedicated champion of the value of literature and the arts for all humanity, as well as a fine scholar of French literature. Students at UC who have benefited from her generous scholarship appreciate all she has done to assist them with their education.
Glenn Loney
September 3, 2008
We wish to send our profound sympathies to Madeleine's family. Those of us who taught with Madeleine remember her passion for excellence, her scholarship and her commitment to students. She set an example to us all—and we will always remember her.
The Marianopolis Retirees Association
September 1, 2008
My condolences to the family of Dr. M.B. Ellis.

Dr. Ellis has impacted my life as a friend and mentor.

My gratitude and prayers are with her always.
Carol Adamakos
September 1, 2008
The only thing I regret about my university studies at Marianopolis was not taking Dr Ellis's History of Art course. Her French course was excellent, and it was only in later years that I realised what I'd missed by not taking her History of Art. She was special person and a scholar and those of us who graduated in 1958 were lucky to have had her at our 50th reunion in May of this year.
My sincere condolences to her family. She will be remembered by all who knew her.
Judy Ayer Giannakopoulou
August 30, 2008
I shall always remember Dr. Ellis as a person truly interested in her students. I saw her last in Ottawa in the fall of 1999 at Chapters where she was promoting her book "A Song of Lilia". Dr. Ellis recognized me immediately and wanted to know all about me since 1954. She has made a lasting impression.
My deepest sympathy to her family.
Anita Nevins
Anita Nevins
August 29, 2008
I have fond memories of Dr.Ellis's French courses.
My condolences to all the members of her family.
Constance O'Donnell
August 29, 2008
I remember Dr. Ellis as a truly devoted professor who enriched our lives. With grace and passion she inspired us with her love of Art History and French Literature. My sincere condolences to family and friends.
Marguerite Hall Sarrazin
August 29, 2008
It is with affection and gratitude that I remember Dr Ellis. Not only did she impart her knowledge of French literature and art to her students with great enthusiasm and personal warmth, but her method of teaching encouraged her anglophone students to learn to speak and write French, an invaluable asset. I have long known that I owe her a great deal.
Sue Tritschler Debanne(1958)
August 28, 2008
Marie Letourneau
August 28, 2008
Dr Ellis is the one of the best memories of my college years. Her passion for visual arts and French literature was transmitted with such grace .
My sincere condolences to family and friends
Louise Baillargeon
August 28, 2008
It was a thrill and great pleasure to see Dr. Ellis again at the 50th Reunion event of our Marianopolis College Class of '58, in May of this year.
My deepest sympathy to Dr. Ellis' family. She was a special person.
Carol Calder
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