Summary: Elliott Waters Montroll was a distinguished theoretical physicist, a
gentleman and a scholar. He had the talent to present ideas in an
extraordinarily interesting and clear fashion. He made breakthroughs in
every new area he entered and his papers were instructive and a delight to
read. Paul Meijer tells the story that he gave his secretary a Montroll paper
to Xerox. After a while when she did not return he found her at the copier
reading Elliott's paper. In part the work was about enzymes for blood
clotting and the role hemophilia played in the Romanov dynasty.
Elliott held high position at universities, industry, and government.
But in his heart, his home was the Institute for Physical Science and
Technology (IPST) at the University of Maryland. Elliott moved to the
Washington area in 1948 to head up the recently created Physics Division at
the Office of Naval Research. He got the job by happening to be in
Frederick Seitz's office, I believe at Carnegie Tech (later called Carnegie-
Mellon) when a phone call came asking Seitz if he knew anyone who might
be interested in the ONR job. In those days ONR was located in a Quonset
hut on the Smithsonian Mall. Elliott bought a large house in Chevy Chase
where he lived with his wife Shirley and ultimately their ten children. He
once remarked that he had to drive through a forest to get to work and
people were surprised that he moved so far out away from downtown DC.