Richard Ellis, PSOM

Richard Ellis, former Perelman School of Medicine assistant professor of ophthalmology, died June 2 of respiratory failure. He was 94.

Dr. Ellis graduated from Overbrook High School and St. Joseph’s College before earning his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical School in 1949. After his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he spent four months performing cataract surgery for the disadvantaged in India and Pakistan. In 1949 he married Gilda Rand Mann, daughter of Fredric R. Mann for whom Philadelphia’s Mann Center is named.

From the mid-1950s until his retirement in 1999, he practiced ophthalmology in Center City and Bala Cynwyd, and he performed surgery at Wills Eye Hospital. He taught ophthalmology at PSOM 1961-1966, first as an associate professor and then as an assistant professor. He also did research relating to examination of the eye, which was published in the Journal of Workplace Health and Safety in 1964.

Dr. Ellis is survived by his wife, Gilda; daughters, Jane, Eve, Marsha, and Susan; and three grandchildren.