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Martin Douglas Bellis
Service: October 20, 2018 (Saturday) at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Congressional Cemetery


It is with great sorrow that the family of Martin Douglass "Doug" Bellis of Washington, DC announces his passing on Monday, October 15, 2018. Doug was born in Penn Yan, New York on March 25, 1947. He graduated with Honors from Cornell University in 1968 with a double major in Government and Greek and Latin Classics, Language and Literature, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1971. Since 1971, Doug worked at the Office of Legislative Counsel, United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC, rising from Assistant Counsel to Deputy Legislative Counsel and then Senior Counsel. He was universally recognized by legislative experts for his intellectually rigorous approach to legislative drafting and for his encyclopedic knowledge of court cases related to the Congress and its powers.

For almost 30 years, Doug also served as Advisor to the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel, consulting with foreign parliamentary bodies regarding strengthening of their parliamentary institutions in the context of increased democratic participation in government. Since 2008, Doug also served as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University. Throughout his life, he pursued his passionate intellectual curiosity about science, religion, philosophy, law, history and music.Doug is survived by his beloved wife Suzanne Bellis, his daughters Margaret (Andrew) English and Elizabeth (Josh) Wolfe, Matthew (Sara) English and Bradley English, and six grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel of the Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE, Washington, DC.In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Martin Douglass Bellis may be made to Medstar Washington Hospitals Center's heart transplant program. Please send your gift to Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Office of Philanthropy, 11 Irving St. NW, East Building Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20010

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