Robert Weare Ellis ’41 died on March 10, 2005, in Cape Neddick, Maine.
Born in York Beach on June 20, 1920, he prepared for college at York High School and became a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1937 to 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1940 to 1945, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander and being awarded the Bronze Star. After the war, he returned to Bowdoin and graduated in 1947 as a member of the Class of 1941. For nine years he owned and operated York Dry Cleaners and was for several years with the Aetna Insurance Company in Hartford, CT. In 1956, he joined the Ellis Agency in York Beach, managing its real estate department, which he did until his retirement in 1975. He was a selectman in York for 18 years, was a member of the York Planning Board, and was treasurer of the York School District. He was also chief of the York Beach Fire Department, a member of the York Golf and Tennis Club, a trustee of the York Library, and a director of the York Chamber of Commerce. He was married in 1947 to Margaret Burdon, who died in 1997, and is survived by a son, Peter B. Ellis of Cape Neddick, and two granddaughters.