Brother Patrick Ellis, a member of the Christian Brothers who served as president of La Salle University and Catholic University of America, died Feb. 21 of leukemia at a Christian Brothers nursing home in Lincroft, N.J.
The Baltimore native was 84.
Born and raised Harry James Ellis Jr. in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School.
When he was 17, he worked in the library of The Baltimore Sun as a research clerk and won praise from H.L. Mencken, who was writing an obituary for the American novelist Theodore Dreiser in 1945.
He was 17 when he entered the Institute of the Christian Brothers and took the religious name of Brother Felician...