Faculty member Anthony Ellis dies, campus memorial service planned

Contact: Cheryl Roland
Photo of Dr. Anthony Ellis.

Dr. Anthony Ellis

Dr. Anthony Ellis, associate professor of English and an expert on Renaissance literature died Jan. 7 in Worcester, Mass. He was 46.

A private burial has taken place and a celebration of his life is being planned for Ellis, who battled leukemia for the past two years. A campus memorial service will be held later this semester.

Anthony Ellis

Ellis, who joined the WMU faculty in 2005, taught courses on Shakespeare and the history of drama. Until shortly before his death, he served as associate editor of the journal Comparative Drama. He is the author of the 2009 book "Old Age, Masculinity and Early Modern Drama," and he published and lectured internationally. He received a Folger Shakespeare Library Maccioli Fellowship and a WMU faculty research grant for his work on early Venetian drama.

Ellis earned a bachelor's degree from Stonehill College, a master's from the University of Richmond and a doctoral degree in English literature from Loyola University.


A campus memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at WMU's Kanley Chapel.