"We were all deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sir Doug this morning and our thoughts are with his family and close friends.
"Doug was a great friend, not only to Aston University, but to all the universities in Birmingham. His philanthropic leadership and engagement with students in Birmingham will be greatly missed.
"He left a huge legacy at Aston University. Through his support over 200 students from schools in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands have already been prepared for studying medicine or other health-related courses through the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare programme and we are due to take a further intake of 120 students this November.
"Many of these students would never have considered that such professions were for them, and yet some have now started studying medicine at Aston and other universities through having their aspirations raised by Sir Doug’s programme.
"It was thanks to his generous support that the historic Woodcock Street Baths were refurbished and now form part of the Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre which is exceptionally popular with students and those who live and work in this area of the city.
"He was a true friend who will be greatly missed."
- Professor Alec Cameron
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