Benjamin R. Ellsberry, a retired Internal Revenue Service auditor who had a keen interest in politics, died Saturday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center following a short illness. He was 76.
Services for Mr. Ellsberry, a longtime resident of Anneslie, are to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Towson Methodist Church, Hampton Lane and Dulaney Valley Road.
The son of a furniture salesman, Mr. Ellsberry was born in Geneva, Ala., but spent most of his childhood in the town of West, Texas, and in North Carolina.
In his late teens, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a caddy. He served in the Army during World War II and saw duty in the South Pacific.
Following the war, Mr. Ellsberry settled in Baltimore. In 1952, he graduated from the University of Baltimore with a law degree. He later earned his license to be a certified public accountant.
In 1953, he married the former Mildred Tryzno. The couple settled in the Northwood section of the city.
Mr. Ellsberry worked for 30 years as a tax auditor, the majority of the time with the IRS, specializing in corporate cases.
He also worked a few years auditing tax forms for the state treasurer's office.
Mr. Ellsberry was a member of the BYKOTA Senior Center in Towson, the Towson United Methodist Church and the Phi Delta Zeta fraternity.
He often espoused liberal political causes, donating money to many environmental organizations.
Mr. Ellsberry undertook many weekend trips to Harper's Ferry, W.Va., and the Charlestown Race Track in that state.
He is survived by two sons, John Benjamin Ellsberry and Richard T. Ellsberry, both of Baltimore; and a brother, Michael Ellsberry, of Dallas.