Matt was a respected and appreciated local colleague and his passing was a great loss. I hope that all who knew him have been able to find peace.
- Anonymous

Dr. Ellis was a valued member of our CVM community and the Class of 2001. His contributions to the college and the profession of veterinary medicine have made a lasting impact. He will continue to be remembered fondly and missed dearly.
- Anonymous


Matthew Ridgewell Ellis of Blacksburg, VA, died unexpectedly February 8, 2016. He was a dedicated and loving father to Mary and Charlotte Ellis; son of Elizabeth Dent Ellis and the late Jeffrey Ridgewell Ellis; brother to Christine (Peter) Hooper, Lisa (Chris) Puchalla, Katie (Brian) Dowling, and Michael (Jen) Ellis. He is also survived by his partner, Erin Ross; and former wife, Margaret O''Neil Ellis. Matt was adored by 13 nieces and nephews. Matt is at peace in heaven with his father, Jeffrey Ellis.Services will be held privately by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Matthew Ellis to the Waldron-Ricci Spay Neuter Clinic, 53 B West Main St., Christiansburg, VA 24073.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2016.