William Corson Ellis (1924 - 2002) MP

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Birthplace: New York, New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in Glens Falls, Warren, New York, United States
Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer
Occupation: Surgeon, medical director, and medical surveyor
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About William Corson Ellis

Obituary from St. Paul's School publication Alumni Horae, Volume 83, Issue 1, Page 55, Obituaries 115, Spring 2003:

William Corson Ellis formerly of Rumson, N.J., whose medical career included service as a Navy Pharmacist's Mate in World War 11, a Navy Flight Surgeon in the Korean War, a "bag-carrying pediatrician," and later as a medical director and medical surveyor, died at Glens Falls (N.Y.) Hospital of pancreatic cancer on August 22, 2002. He was 78 years old.

Dr. Ellis wrote: "I am convinced that the future of quality health care delivery will hinge upon the increasing involvement in and cooperation of physicians in the management control systems of hospitals and health care delivery. To this end, physicians must become more knowledgeable in management techniques in order to be better prepared to participate in group dynamics and creative problem solving."

He was born in New York City, a son of Dorothy Corson Ellis and John M. Ellis and brother of the late John Corson Ellis '40. He attended The Harvey School, Hawthorne, N.Y., and entered the 111 Form in 1938.

As VI Former, he was an Acolyte; a Supervisor; chairman of the Dance Committee; and a member of the Missionary Society, the Chest Committee, and the Old Hundred first football team.

In July 1942, he entered Yale as a member of the Class of 1945W, with prospective majors in sociology and pre-med. In July 1943 he joined the Navy V-12 program, and was assigned as a Hospital Corpsman to the U.S. Naval Training Center, Sampson, N.Y, and later to the Syracuse University College of Medicine, from which he received his M.D. degree in 1948.

Dr. Ellis held a variety of pediatric posts at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J., between 1949 and 1975, and was also a professor of Pediatrics at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.

In 1975, he became vice president for Professional Affairs at Glens Falls Hospital, serving also as a consultant in medical management for hospitals in Lake Placid and Corinth, N.Y.

He became medical director and senior consultant for Medical Staff Affairs of the Bureau of Hospital Services at the New York State Department of Health in Albany, N.Y. He later worked for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), surveying over 100 healthcare facilities in 26 states during four years.

Dr. Ellis was a member of a number of professional organizations, and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Executives. In 1994, he received the "Physician of the Year" award of the National Association for Medical Staff Services. He served as a trustee for the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls from 1998 to 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Jaffer Abernathy Ellis, whom he married on July 28, 1973; two daughters, Charlotte Ellis Wylie and Roberta C. Foley; a son, Brewster Ellis; five stepchildren; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Ann Ellis Powel; and a nephew, John Randolph Beardsley '59.

Last residence per SSDI was Queensbury, New York.

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Dr. William C. Ellis's Timeline

1924
February 7, 1924
New York, New York, New York, United States
1973
July 28, 1973
Age 49
2002
August 22, 2002
Age 78
Glens Falls, Warren, New York, United States