Ernest R. Lindsay, 75, teacher and sports coach at city schools

October 31, 2004|By Mary Gale Hare | Mary Gale Hare,SUN STAFF

Ernest R. Lindsay, a retired Baltimore schoolteacher and football coach, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson. The Parkville resident was 75.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Lindsay graduated from Dunbar High School and later returned to the school as a teacher and coach.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree from what is now Morgan State University, Mr. Lindsay found a job as a lab assistant at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. But within a year, he joined the city school system.

FOR THE RECORD - Ernest R. Lindsay: An obituary for Ernest R. Lindsay published in Sunday's editions incorrectly reported the date of the funeral. It will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 501 N. Caroline St. The Sun regrets the error.

"He was very personable and liked interacting with people," said daughter Charvel McCraw of Randallstown. "When he was given the opportunity to teach, he took it."

He taught many science courses, primarily biology, for 27 years at Dunbar, and later at Robert Poole Middle School, from which he retired in 1983.

"He was always interested in biology and how the body functioned because he was so athletic," said his wife of 49 years, the former Virginia Ann Howard.

The couple had met as teenagers at St. Philip's Lutheran Church on Caroline Street. They and their extended families are lifelong members of the parish.

"They both grew up in that church, and it was always their first priority," said Ms. McCraw. "It really is the central point for our whole family on both sides."

Mr. Lindsay served as president of the church council, sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. He also worked with the church's Boy Scout troop.

During his teaching career, Mr. Lindsay coached track and field and football at Dunbar, and was the assistant football coach at City College. His former students often recognized him and greeted him.

"He would be walking down the street, and someone would call out, `Mr. Lindsay, Mr. Lindsay' because he had taught or coached them," said Ms. McCraw, a speech therapist in the city school system. "He would always wave back."

In his retirement, Mr. Lindsay volunteered at the Maryland Science Center, where he conducted demonstrations and led tours for children.

"He had a lifelong passion for his church, for teaching, for science and for sports," said Ms. McCraw. "That is a wonderful legacy that he has instilled in his children and grandchildren."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Philip's, 501 N. Caroline St.

In addition to his wife and daughter, other survivors include daughters Arlette Lindsay of Parkville and Karen Lindsay of Peru, Ind.; a brother, James H. Lindsay of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

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