Sunday, February 10, 2008

Obituary: John H. Ellestad - Class of 1935

John H. Ellestad,
Magazine Editor, Dies

John Howard Ellestad, 46, New York City, and editor of House Beautiful magazine, and University of Wisconsin graduate, died Wednesday (May 3, 1965) in New York City after a long illness.

His mother, Mrs. Ellestad Fluck, for many years ran a student apartment building and rooming house at 126 Langdon st., the old Tenney mansion.

Mr. Ellestad attended Central High School and the University of Wisconsin, from which he received the bachelor's degree in 1938 and the master's degree in 1939. While in school, he won several awards for his paintings.

The current issue of House Beautiful carries an article by Mr. Ellestad about the architect Ero Saarinen.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Fluck, 1 Langdon st., and a brother, Robert, Pine Bluff.

New York services for Mr. Ellestad will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Frank Campbell funeral home.

Funeral services in Madison will be announced.

Note: The above was originally published in the Obituaries section of the Wisconsin State Journal on March 5, 1965. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

John H. Ellestad's class year is based on information in the 1935 Orange and Black yearbook, where his senior photo is included among those of the June graduates.

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