John B. Ellery, 81, Stoughton, a former acting chancellor and administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, died Monday, Oct. 15, at Nazarene House in Stoughton after a long illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Stoughton, with Monsignor Gerard Healy officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church until the services. Committal services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Viola Cemetery in Viola.
The family requests memorials to the Nazareth House in lieu of flowers.
Gunderson Funeral Home in Stoughton is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Ellery was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late William H. and Thea K. (Kavanaugh) Ellery.
He served four years in the 16th Infantry, First Division in World War II and was a twice-wounded, much-decorated veteran. His decorations included the Silver Star and several citations from foreign governments, including the French Croix de Guerre. In tribute to his service and valor demonstrated, the government of the Netherlands named him to the Orange Lanyard of The Netherlands, Military Order of William, Degree of Knight 4th Class.
He was married to Ellen Savacool.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., his master’s degree at the University of Colorado and his doctorate in communications at UW-Madison.
He taught at universities in Colorado, Iowa, Alabama, Michigan and Tennessee and in Sierra Leone, West Africa before coming to UW-SP in 1968.
He held a number of administrative and teaching positions at UW-SP until 1982,
including a period of more than a year as acting chancellor from April 1978 when Lee S. Dreyfus went on leave to run for governor until September 1979 when Philip Marshall became chancellor.
He came to UW-SP to be the chief assistant to Dreyfus, whom he had been associated with since 1950 when they shared an office at UW-Madison. He was also acting dean of the College of Applied Arts and Sciences, the first dean of the College of Natural Resources and vice chancellor from 1974 to 1980.
Mr. Ellery left UW-SP in 1982 to become secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, a post he held until retiring in 1985.
He also served as president of the Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners of the Americas and was one of the pioneers nationally in educational television.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Thea (Joseph) Bruce, Martha (Andrew) Ellery, Sarah (Odom) Williams, and Jessica (David) Ritter; one son, John B. Jr. (Elizabeth Jones); one brother, William (Rosemary); and 10 grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, James, one sister, Ellen; and one granddaughter.