Theodore J. (Eliopoulos) Ellis


ALAMOSA —Theodore J. (Eliopoulos) Ellis was born in the remote Greek village of Kardaritsi 40 miles north of the ancient town of Olympia. He attended the village grade school, where in one room, one teacher (Theodore Anastopoulos), taught 72 kids, all sic grades, all subjects. His first three years were partial because the teacher was escaping death by the Greek Communists, who were fighting the Greek army, trained and equipped by the U.S. To go beyond grade school, one was tested orally and in writing. As a passing student, he needed to move to a larger village or town that had schools beyond elementary school.

He came to the U.S. on a student visa to Colorado College (admitted by Dean Fletcher) but didn’t know English yet. He graduated from CC in 1964, in three years and three summer sessions. In 1966, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Denver, and in 1972, he earned a doctorate from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. In 1967, he was hired (by Dr. Wick) at Adams State University in Alamosa, where he taught economics, statistics and computer science, until retiring in May 2005.

Ted was very grateful to his uncle Nick Ellis for paying his Greek education and his fare to the U.S. Also, he was grateful to come to the U.S., to be admitted to Colorado College, and to participate in classes at Cheyenne Mountain High School (acting principal Rose E. Hamman) to learn English. Grateful was he for employment at the Broadmoor Hotel, while at school, and for the El Pomar Foundation (Mr. Tutt) scholarship to CC. Above all, he was grateful and honored by all his colleagues, staff, administrators and students of Adams State University.  We are all grateful for the exceptional care of Dr. Jeffery Ferguson, for that of Memorial Hospital Central, the staff of Bear Creek Senior Living, and Compassus Hospice.

In his retirement, Ted enjoyed colleague golf “buddies” Alberta and Carl Coolbaugh of Alamosa, as he did Dr. Harry Keefe, Colonel John Fowler, and others. Since moving to Colorado Springs, he daily enjoyed the staff, counter friends, and food at Sheldon’s Luncheonette on 8th Street. He was a lifelong and very devoted Denver Broncos fan and thoroughly enjoyed watching the games with Mark, Davis, and sister-in-law Agnes, during family Sunday gatherings. 

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Margaret, and his older brother George. Ted is survived by his brother Alex of Colorado Springs, sister Evgenia in Athens, Greece, nieces Niki Ellis and Suzie Emeis (Mark), nephews John Ellis (Jennifer), John (Jenine) and Harry (Teresa) Manesiotis of Alamosa, and Ilias Manesiotis of Athens, Greece, and great nephews and nieces Derek, Davis, Nia, Melina and Orestes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Adams State University Scholarships, Alamosa, CO 81101 or Archangel Michael Church, 2215 Paseo Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907 or Compassus Hospice, 5475 Tech Center Dr., #105, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

Funeral will be at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., with burial at Evergreen Cemetery. A reception will follow at Archangel Michael Church.

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