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David A. Ellis Dies; Former Law Partner of Brandeis

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David Abram Ellis, former law partner of Justice Louis D. Brandeis of the United States Supreme Court, died at the Beth Israel Hospital, Brookline, on Saturday, following three weeks’ illness.

Mr. Ellis was born in Buffalo, N. Y., on February 20. 1873. He served on the Boston School Committee from 1903 to 1913, the last years as chairman. He a member of the Boston Transit Commission from 1913 to 1918, and became a commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in 1919, when he was appointed by former-Governor Calvin Coolidge, serving until 1926, when he resigned.

During the World War, Mr. Ellis served on the Federal Fuel Administration.

Chief Rabbi Wilhelm Reich, who died at Badenbeiwein, Austria, was the father of Dr. Nathaniel J. Reich, Professor of Egyptology, in the Dropsie College, Philadelphia. The deceased was the author of many books, among them a book on Isaiah.

The family traces its origin to the scholar and statesman Isaac Abarbanel (1437-1509) who came of one of the oldest and most distinguished families of Spain.

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