Thomas J. Ellis III�’52 of Largo, Fla., died May 2, 2011. Born in Sarasota, Fla., in 1928, he attended Marion Military Institute and the University of Florida. At Mines he worked on the Oredigger and the Prospector, and was a member of the boxing team, glee club and talent show. He was also in the Sigma Gamma Epsilon honor society, the M Club, SSEG, and was elected to “Who’s Who.” Thomas earned a professional degree in geophysical engineering. He worked in the oil business before founding Ellis Exploration Research and Domino Mining, and later moved into electronics for Motorola, T.I. and Martin Marietta. He belonged to the American Legion, NRA, Flat Earth Society, Moose and Elks lodges, and Gourmet clubs. He was married in 1954 to Ethel Kromeich of Golden. He is survived by two daughters, Mercia Bailey and Marion Ellis; his long-time companion, Marge Slota; and his brother, Edward.