Services for Raymond L. Ellis, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Coppin State College, will be held at noon today at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.
Dr. Ellis, who was 46 and lived on The Alameda, died Thursday at University Hospital after a stroke a day earlier.
Before his 15 years on the Coppin faculty, he directed a program at the Community College of Baltimore, was a District Court commissioner in Baltimore from 1971 until 1975 and was a Municipal Court clerk for three years before that. Earlier, he was a clerk for the Workmen's Compensation Commission.
He also was deputy director of a legal services program of the National Bar Association in Washington and director of a Baltimore training program for security guards.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College. He served in the Air Force from 1962 until 1964.
In the 1970s he earned an associate's degree at the Community College of Baltimore, a bachelor's degree at the University of Baltimore and a master's degree at Coppin State.
He was awarded his doctorate in 1987 after studies at the Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland College Park.
He later headed a committee for the institute alumni association.
He was a member of many professional organizations including the Academy of Criminal Justice Science, the American Corrections Association, the American Society of Criminology, the Correctional Education Association, the American Criminal Justice Association, the National Association for Court Management, the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice and the National African-American Brain Trust on Criminal Justice and Criminology.
A member of the Baltimore Area Consortium for Writing Across the Curriculum and the National Writing Project, Dr. Ellis also belonged to the American Association of University Professors.
He did volunteer work with Offender Aid and Restoration and programs at the Maryland Penitentiary.
He was also a member of the Oliver Community Association, the Black/Jewish Forum, the American Legion and other organizations.
He is survived by his stepmother, Edna Ellis of Baltimore; three sisters, Ada Ellis of Salt Lake City, and Barbara and Beverly Ellis, both of Baltimore; a brother, William A. Ellis of Baltimore; and a stepbrother, Charles McDonald of Baltimore.