Chris Ely serves as the Class Correspondent for the Class of 1970.
Chris graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (High School) in June 1966 and entered Washington College in September, 1966. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, a four year varsity lacrosse player and was back-up goalkeeper for the W.C. soccer team in 1969.
Following graduation, completed United States Army Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk Louisiana and returned to Chestertown to take a job as an 8th grade science and mathematics teacher at Colonel Richardson Middle School near Ridgely, Maryland. Chris completed 6 years reserve duty with the Maryland National Guard in February, 1976.
On April 3, 1971, Chris and Priscilla (Valliant) married in Salisbury, MD, then relocated to the Baltimore area for Chris to take a job with the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and Priscilla an elementary school teaching position. Chris’s 24 year career at DJS took him from Probation Officer to Intake Specialist in Baltimore County, MD, to a regional residential and non-residential care resource consultant for Baltimore and Harford Counties to a statewide administrative officer for residential, non-residential and community youth service center care and finally a statewide licensing and administrative officer contract monitor for residential and non-residential care. He earned a M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland in 1979. He retired from state service in 1996.
Chris and Priscilla are the parents of two girls, Janet Elizabeth Ely Weller (W.C. Class of 1999, Loyola College in Maryland, Guidance and Counseling 2009) and Claire Ely Ulman (Roanoke Class of 2002). Priscilla lost a courageous 6 year battle against breast cancer and passed away in January, 1994. For the next 10 years, Chris was an outspoken advocate for breast cancer prevention and research through his involvement with the Susan B. Komen “Race for the Cure,” the Breast Cancer “24 hour walk” throughout Maryland, the Fairway To Life Golf Tournament and the Hadassah “Check It Out” program for high school girls.
He married Patrice, an executive at T. Rowe Price, in November, 1996, and has two step-daughters, Deanna (Johns Hopkins University Class of 2006) and Marla (Johns Hopkins University Class of 2008).
In 1988, Chris won a nationwide competition to become weekend sports anchor at the ABC (later CBS) affiliate WJZ TV in Baltimore. In 1999 he moved to NBC affiliate WBAL TV in a similar capacity. Upon his retirement from broadcasting in 2004, Chris had had a 16-year run as a sports broadcaster in Baltimore. For three years, Chris was a columnist for e-lacrosse.com.
Chris also served as a Public Address Announcer for the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Bullets, Maryland Catholic League, Maryland Scholastic Association, Major Indoor Lacrosse League, Towson University, and three NCAA Final Four Men’s lacrosse weekends at M&T bank stadium, and is currently the voice of Johns Hopkins University football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse. He also is the official timer for Hopkins men’s lacrosse. He has performed public address announcing in football, baseball, lacrosse and basketball.
In addition, Chris was a high school and collegiate lacrosse official for 30 seasons. He served as secretary, vice president, president and past president of the Southern Lacrosse Officials Association, was honored as the 2003 Charles Ellinger Award winner for lifetime contributions to lacrosse officiating and is currently one of only 8 Hall of Honorary S.L.O.A. Members. Included in his officiating career were many State of Maryland title games, Maryland Scholastic Association (later Maryland Independent Athletic Association) championship contests, NCAA championship games and post collegiate club lacrosse title games. He currently is an NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Evaluator and the coordinator of a high school observation and evaluation program in Maryland.
Currently, along with his P.A. responsibilities at Johns Hopkins, Chris is employed part time at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home and enjoys golf at the Country Club of Maryland and a townhome in Ocean City, Maryland.