At the last meeting, the Board passed a resolution establishing The Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis ’38 Distinguished Teaching Professorship, funded with an unrestricted distribution from the estate of Mrs. Ellis. Carol’s gift says so much about her, her husband and the Hamilton community.
Many of you know and had the pleasure of taking a course taught by Professor Ellis, believed by many to be one of the foremost authorities on New York State history. Beyond his excellence in the classroom, he and Carol were supportive of extra-curricular activities on the Hill and were welcoming to students and alumni in their home. Prior to their marriage in 1953, Carol was a professor at Cornell.
Upon retirement, David, whose unbroken streak of Annual Fund gifts began in 1938, became one of Hamilton’s best volunteers, visiting the alumni office several times each week to solicit or thank classmates and contemporaries. He was the largest donor to his 50th reunion and, during personal visits, asked several classmates to make generous contributions.
During their lifetimes, David and Carol established a book fund, made contributions to each of Hamilton’s three pooled income funds, became the first charitable gift annuity donors and were charter Joel Bristol Associates.
After they moved to the Albany area to be near David’s sisters, including Margaret Blabey and her son David ’65, one of six Blabeys in two generations to graduate from Hamilton, good friends, Hermine Williams, Trudy Hawley and Barbara Carovano continued to visit the Ellises and then Carol regularly.
The son of Welch immigrants and a “first gen” college graduate, David remained dedicated throughout his lifetime to the Utica community, the Oneida County Historical Society, his Church and Welch cultural organizations, as well as his beloved Hamilton, a marvelous example for all to emulate.
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