Elliott John Bayly died Jan. 20, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. He died doing one of the many things he loved, playing tennis.
Elliott was born Feb. 10, 1940, in Duluth, Minn., to Jane and Millen Bayly. His grandfather, Hiram Elliott, founded Elliott Packing Co., a prominent Duluth business for nearly a century. After Hiram’s death, his wife, Catherine Elliott, ran the business for many years. Elliott was greatly influenced throughout his life by his admiration for his grandparents’ entrepreneurial spirit. He inherited his father’s twinkling smile and love of people, and his mother’s strength, love of learning and independent spirit.
Elliott grew up in Duluth, where he graduated from East High School. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T., a master’s degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In 1968, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University, where he taught for four years.
As a boy, Elliott was fascinated by the 32-volt generator used to electrify his grandfather’s cabin at Sunshine Lake. As a result, he developed a life-long interest in wind-generated electricity, and in 1972, he moved to Oak Creek, where he created the world’s first wind-powered radio station, KFMU, “The Sound of the Wind.” Several years later he sold the station and moved to Denver to found Whirlwind Power Co., a manufacturer of wind turbines.
Elliott had a deep commitment to the Duluth community and in 1982 he returned there, bringing his company with him. Subsequently, he purchased and restored several historic buildings in downtown Duluth to house his business. He continued to operate alternative energy enterprises in Duluth until his retirement in 2012.
In 1986, Elliott married Anne Lewis, an attorney who practiced at Fryberger, Buchanan and subsequently became associate general counsel for Essentia Health.
Elliott was a man of many interests. For years he collected antique 32-volt appliances, and in recent years he restored an old farm in northwestern Wisconsin that, with his collection, he transformed into a functioning farm museum. He also collected and restored (with his dear friend William Piggott, of Chicago) classic automobiles, and was active in Packard Automobile Classics, the Classic Car Club of America and the Studebaker Drivers’ Club.
Elliott had an innate curiosity and creativity, a wicked sense of humor and an infectious love of life. He loved the outdoors, his many treasured friends, and any opportunity for a new adventure. He loved his family, including his wife, Anne Lewis; his sister Patty DeLano (Richard), of Duluth; his brother Bob Bayly (Janette), of Portland, Ore.; and five nieces and nephews.
As Elliott would want, a party will be held in the spring for his friends and family at the Kitchi Gammi Club, where he was a longtime member.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Duluth Building for Women, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International or any other organization supporting Elliott’s passions, which included the advancement of women, the protection of children and the elimination of discrimination and inequality.