Raymond L. Ellis, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Coppin State College, died yesterday at University Hospital after a stroke a day earlier. He was 46 and lived on the Alameda.
Services for Dr. Ellis was being held today at the March funeral establishment, 4300 Wabash Ave.
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.
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 also was 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.