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Northborough Remembers Dr. Anthony Ellis

Dr. Ellis was a professor of Renaissance literature at Western Michigan University.

Anthony Lester Ellis, 46, of Kalamazoo, Mich., formerly of Northborough, died following a two-year struggle with leukemia on Jan. 7, 2014.

Dr. Ellis was a professor of Renaissance literature at Western Michigan University.

He leaves his parents, Robert and Christine (Quaglia) Ellis, and a brother, Matthew Ellis, all of Northborough, a sister Dr. Kathryn Ellis and a sister-in-law Dr. Morana Lasic, nieces Phoebe and Mia, and nephew Ian, of Dover; an uncle, John Ellis of Delhi, N.Y.; and many devoted friends. He also leaves and will be missed by loving cousins in Roccadaspide, Italy, with whom he enjoyed regular happy visits.

Dr. Ellis held degrees from Stonehill College and the University of Richmond. He received his doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago. He taught courses in Shakespeare and the history of drama. He is the author of Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama. His articles on Renaissance drama have appeared in Forum Italicum, Studi veneziani, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and the Ben Jonson Journal. He received a Western Michigan University grant for research in early Venetian drama and a Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship. Until shortly before his death, he served as an associate editor of the journal Comparative Drama. Dr. Ellis lectured in Asia and in Europe.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to the Anthony Ellis Memorial Fund, Stonehill College, 320 Washington St., Easton, MA 02357. ATTN: Office of Development. Burial will be private. To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit: www.haysfuneralhome.com.

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