Robert Pree Lindsay, 81, Air Force master sergeant

May 28, 2002

Robert Pree Lindsay, who spent much of his life in uniform, died May 21 at McGuire Air Force Base Hospital in New Jersey after surgery for a broken leg. He was 81 and lived in Newport News, Va.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Lindsay graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1939 and attended Morgan State College. He was known as "Big Bob" and played on the Morgan football team.

He was in the merchant marine for several years. He spent time as a Baltimore City police officer. He then was in the Air Force, serving in such places as Thailand and at the Strategic Air Command base in Rome, N.Y. He retired with the rank of master sergeant.

After retiring, he moved to Newport News, where he was a guard at the city jail. His colleagues called him "Baltimore." He retired from that position in 1983.

Services will be held today at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Newport News.

Mr. Lindsay is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Ruth Pickett; a daughter, Brenda Gail Lindsay of Newport News; and a grandson, Robert Pree Lindsay of Newport News.

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