Brian Campbell Ellis, 74, a resident of Baraboo, passed away on February 22, 2014 at St. Clare Hospice House following a valiant and courageous battle against cancer.
Brian was born on November 18, 1939, in Washington, DC, the only child of Frank and Marie Ellis. Following his family's move to Florida, he graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity and from which he received his B.A. degree in 1961. He went on to graduate second in his class from the University of Florida School of Law in 1965, where he also served as Editor of the school's Law Review. He was also captain of the moot court team there, which placed first in state-wide competition and went on to win the award for best brief at the national competitions that year. He was a member of Florida Blue Key Honor Society. Following graduation from the University of Florida School of Law, he continued his legal studies at New York University School of Law, where he received his L.L.M., or Masters in Taxation Law, degree in 1966. He practiced law in Tampa for over 30 years as a tax attorney and partner in the two law firms of Holland & Knight and Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, L.L.P.
Brian had two children: a daughter, Elizabeth Marie, and a son, Christopher Campbell. During retirement, his life-long passion for photography blossomed. Following a move to Bend, OR, with his wife, Sandy, he served as Vice-President and then President of the Cascade Camera Club in Bend. His photography, which focused on landscapes and architecture, was exhibited both in Tampa and Bend.
Brian's love of animals and commitment to their well-being spanned his entire life. He was an active and vocal advocate against factory farming and greyhound racing. In Tampa, he was a member of an organization that successfully fought for the passage of a law requiring humane crate sizes for gestating pigs. His children recall many a road trip interrupted when Brian pulled over to the side of the road to rescue an animal that had wandered into traffic. He cared for countless pets over his lifetime, many of which had been homeless or abused before he adopted them.
Brian was also an avid reader, golfer, downhill skier and hiker. He was a die-hard fan of the University of Florida Gators, and was a life-long Porsche 911 driver and enthusiast.
Brian is survived by his wife, Sandra Ellis of Baraboo; daughter, Elizabeth Ellis Mottur and son-in-law, Alfred Mottur both of Chevy Chase, MD; son, Christopher Campbell Ellis of Los Angeles, CA; step-son, Herbert Spradlin and daughter-in-law Cynthia Spradlin of Merrimac and grandchildren Thomas, Caroline, and Theodore Mottur of Chevy Chase, MD; and grandchildren, Walker Spradlin of Merrimac and Danielle Spradlin of Middleton.