Dr. Richard Leonard Lindsey, Jr (Dick), 70
Dr. Richard Leonard Lindsey, Jr (Dick) died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday Aug. 8 at the age of 70 from complications of Lewy Body Dementia.
He was born Feb. 7, 1949 in Wareham, to the late Richard Leonard Lindsey and Marion Lovell Belden. He grew up in the charming sailing town of Marion, where he attended high school at Tabor Academy. While at Tabor, Dick wrestled on the varsity team and in his sophomore year was the New England junior champion. He also excelled in academics, earning him a full scholarship to Princeton University where he studied sociology hoping to transform the world for good at a time of social unrest.
Before attending Princeton (class of '71), Dick spent a year abroad at St. Lawrence College in Ramsgate, England studying English literature. While at a party with fellow students who were discussing future career plans, Dick spontaneously decided, "I'm going to be a doctor, that is how I can do good in the world." From that point on his focus was pursuing a professional life in medicine, spending his last two Princeton summers at Harvard summer school fulfilling science prerequisites. He attended The University of Rochester ('75) and a Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian University Hospital. Dick practiced interventional cardiology for almost 30 years between Pittsburgh and Colorado Springs.
Dick was an exceptional human being. He was a kind, brilliant, adventurous, brave and gentle soul with a heart for social justice. His interests were varied: an ever-hopeful Red Sox fan, a Grateful Dead-head and a voracious reader of various subjects such as cosmology. He loved the outdoors, which brought the family to Colorado from Pittsburgh. Some of his passions included: marathons, mountain biking, skiing, climbing fourteeners, camping and sailing, but his primary passion, after his wife Lisa, was fly-fishing. He considered the art of interventional cardiology and the art of fly fishing similar beauties.
Dick is survived by his wife, Lisa Manolakis Lindsey, their son, Christopher Michael Lindsey, wife, Jacqueline of Colorado Springs, son, John Hathaway Lindsey Jr., significant other, Carolyn, grandson, Kash of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, daughter, Sarah Lindsey Pakenham, husband, Ned, grandchildren, Julia, Tom and Ferdy of East Sussex, England, sister, Ann Lindsey Davis, husband, Roger of Mattapoisett, extended family and many, many cherished friends.
Dick will be buried in his hometown of Marion next summer. A celebration of his life was held on September 7.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick's memory may be made to "Compassion and Choices."