William B. Ellis
Rear Admiral, United States Coast Guard
Born January 26, 1914, in Albany, Georgia, he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1936. He served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Champlain, Coast guard Cutter Portchartrain and Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk in the North Atlantic, and commanded the USS Pettit and later Escort Division 20.
After World War II, he served in the 7th District, at the Academy, and commanded destroyer Lowe (WDE-425) and Coast Guard Cutter Coos Bay. He also served at Headquarters and in the 3rd District. He was promoted to flag rank in 1966, and his final assignment was as Commander, 1st District in Boston.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; five children, Richard, Lynne, Thomas, Loraine and Kathryn. A funeral service was held at Fort Myer, Virginia, on March 6, 2001, and interment followed at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to
The American Cancer Society, 767 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052
or to The American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150-1160.