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Robert D. Ellis, Jr. to be Honored at Florissant Valley Alumni Association Hall of Fame Reception

November 04, 2009

Robert D. Ellis, Jr.

The Florissant Valley Alumni Association will induct a distinguished alumnus into the Florissant Valley Alumni Hall of Fame at a special award reception at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Lobby on the Florissant Valley campus located at 3400 Pershall Road. Robert D. Ellis, Jr. (01’) has been selected as this year’s Hall of Fame inductee. 

The Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 1982 to recognize the accomplishments of some of Florissant Valley’s most outstanding Alumni.  Forty-one individuals have been honored with the award since its inception, including Fox 2 News anchorman Dan Gray, former St. Louis mayor Vincent Schoemel and renowned sports artist Walt Spitzmiller.
This year’s inductee began at Florissant Valley and has gone on to be successful in his career. Robert D. Ellis, Jr.

Robert D. Ellis, Jr. accomplished what many people could not during his year-long deployment in Iraq, during which he was entrusted with the care of one of the most heinous characters of modern history: Saddam Hussein. Ellis, a nurse, a caregiver, in his chosen profession could do no less than give Saddam the best care within his ability. Those were his orders. But he went further than simply following orders: he treated the whole person, attending to Saddam's psychological well-being, as well as to his physical. He went beyond taking blood pressure readings and administering pills; he listened to Saddam read his poetry and he saw to it that Saddam had proper reading glasses so that the former dictator could pursue one of his several passions - reading.

With his collaborator, Marianna Riley, Ellis has recently written a book about his experience in Iraq. “Caring for Victor:  A U.S. Army Nurse and Saddam Hussein”, was published by Reedy Press in St. Louis. It has been positively reviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Tickets to the reception are $15 and can be purchased in the Florissant Valley Cashier’s office and Bookstore. For more information, contact Jada Irwin at 314-513-4263.