University of Texas
Marion Lawrence Ellzey
April 3, 1939–

 

 

Marion L. Ellzey Jr.

 

 

Marion Lawrence Ellzey, Jr. was born April 13, 1939 in Shattuck, Oklahoma, the son of Mary Frances Scogin Ellzey and Marion Lawrence Ellzey. His father was a stock farmer. He attended the public school system in Perryton, Texas, and graduated from Perryton High School in 1957. In that year he received a National Merit Scholarship and entered Rice University. During the summers of 1958, 1959, and 1960, he worked as a student employee in the Research and Development Division of Texas Instruments, Inc., Dallas, Texas. In June, 1961, he graduated from Rice University with a BA in physics, and entered the University of Texas in September, 1961. He had several assistantships at the University of Texas, including Teaching Assistant in physics during the 1965-66 term. He held a R. A. Welch Fellowship in 1964-65, and 1965-66. He was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma physics honorary society.

Marion L. Ellzey received his PhD in physics in 1966. The title of his dissertation was "Finite Group Algebra with Examples." His supervising professor was Albert Matsen who was in both the chemistry and phyics departments. Marion's office was in the chemistry building. Following his PhD he stayed at UT for a couple of years as a postdoc. In 1968, he went to the University of Texas at El Paso with an appointment in chemistry and math. UTEP was just beginning to become a quality regional university. His research interest was group theoretic methods for problems in physics and chemistry.

In 1969, Marion married Joanne Charlotte Tontz in Travis County, Texas.

Marion retired in 2014 and he became an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry.

           

 

Marion Lawremce "Larry" Ellzey, Perryton High School yearbook, 1955, Sopohmores


Marion Lawremce "Larry" Ellzey, Rice University yearbook, 1960, Sopohmores


Sigma Pi Sigma Students 1966

Front: L to R: Vade G. Forrester Jr. (SB 1966), Covington, Rob Clarkson, David Tannich, Richard L. Freeman, Bobby Thompson, Philip Brown Scheps, Bill Rienstra, Dr. Darrel Hughes
Middle: Lewis Alvin Duncan (BS 1966, oncologist in Longview, Texas), John R. Porter (1940–2010), Reynaldo Morales (worked at Los Alamos), William H. Holt (1939–2015), Charles H. Turner, Leslie Joe Parish (MA 1966), Bobby Wheatley, James Simpson Dyer (BA 1965, later professor in UT Business School), Fred Sawin (1934-2005)
Back: John Lohr, Charles Riese, George A. Lock, James Lee Gilchrist, Bobby N. Turman, Marion L. Ellzey


Professor Frederick Albert Matsen’s Theoretical Chemistry Group,
August 11, 1964, Rm 204, Chemistry Bldg. L eft to Right
Back Row: Charles Carlisle, Ronald D. “Ron” Poshusta, Matsen, Don Scott (post-doctoral student, PhD with Ralph S. Becker, U. Houston), Bill Plummer, M. Lawrence “Larry” Ellezy.
Middle Row: Antonio A “Tony” Cantu (U. S. Secret Service), Conrad Hinckley (PhD with Tom Morgan, later became Professor at Southern Illinois U.), Donald Zetik, Ed Rodriguez, Angus Pearson
Front Row: Charlyne Cooper (Sec.), Brenda Patterson (Sec.), Judy Hempel (did PhD with Tom Morgan), Patricia Moore (later married Bill Plummer).
(Larry Ellezy and Tony Cantu kindly provided these identifications. Tony took picture with tripod)
Professor Frederick Albert Matsen’s Group,
Back Row: ?, Patrick Ned Reagan, F. A. Matsen, ?, ?.
Middle Row: ?, Ron Poshusta, Oscar Platas, ?, Angus Pearson, James C. Browne, Robert E. Reynolds,
Front Row: ? possibly Joe Stuart, ?, maybe includes M. Lawrence “Larry” Ellezy, ?, Dixie Platas, ?, ?
Comments from Robert Reynolds, “Reagan did an MA in Math with H.V. Craig, I assume completed the PhD with Matsen (needs to be verified), went to medical school (Galveston, I think), and practiced medicine in (I think) Conroe, TX, and died in about 2002.
Ron Poshusta did the PhD with Matsen and has only recently (I think) retired from Chemistry at Washington State U. in Pullman. Oscar Platas and Dixie (who was a clerical assistant in the lab) were married. She later married Joe Stuart, if memory serves.”
Matsen’s Group Summer 1968, Left to Right:
Back Row: Ronald Poshusta (Now Chemistry Faculty Washington State U.), Larry Ellzey, F. A. Matsen, Douglas J. Klein, Mike Greenwalt
Front Row: Donald Zetik (postdoc, later worked at Cit-Go), ? Undergrad secretary, Bob Junker, (later at U. Georgia and then ONR), Mary Watson.
Others in the group but not the photo were Lanny Miller and Lewis Ford (IDs by Larry Ellzey and Doug Klein)
Matsen’s Group Summer 1968, Left to Right:
Back Row: Ronald Poshusta (Now Chemistry Faculty Washington State U., Larry Ellzey, F. A. Matsen, Douglas J. Klein, Mike Greenwalt
Front Row:, Donald Zetik (post-doc, later worked at Cit-Go), ? Undergrad secretary, Bob Junker, later at U. Georgia and then ONR, Mary Watson.
Others in the group but not the photo were Lanny Miller & Lewis Ford (IDs by Larry Ellzey and Doug Klein)

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