Veteran, teacher & community leader
LBCC alumnus and longtime supporter, Bob Ellis, passed away on February 6 at the age of 92. Bob attended LBCC for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served during WWII. Following the war, Bob re-enrolled at LBCC and completed his AA degree. He earned his BA degree at the University of Missouri, Columbia and his secondary teaching credential at USC. Upon his return from the Korean War, Bob enrolled at CSULB and received his general administration credential and his Master’s degree. In 2014 Bob was inducted into the LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame, the most prestigious award given by LBCC.
During his illustrious career in education in Long Beach, Bob served as a teacher and counselor and was principal at Catalina Schools in Avalon, Fremont Elementary, Newcomb, Hughes Junior High, Wilson High School, Poly High School and Jordan High School. He retired in 1987 after 37 years with the LBUSD. Bob served the community in many organizations including Avalon Rotary, East Long Beach Kiwanis Club, and North Long Beach Lions Club. He served on the LBUSD Personnel Commission for five years and on the Long Beach City Human Relations Commission for nine years.
He was active in the Long Beach Fire Ambassadors, Bixby Village Community Association, California Retired Teachers Association, Dramatic Results Board of Directors, LBCC Foundation Board of Governors and is an election volunteer. Bob was a member of the CSULB College of Educations Dean’s Development Committee, Legacy Society, Director’s Circle of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Medici Society College of the Arts and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.