Robert F. Lindsey, 53

Businessman, coach

November 29, 2007

Robert Francis Lindsey Sr., a Baltimore businessman who had been a star athlete at McDonogh School and Washington and Lee University, died Tuesday of lung cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 53.

Mr. Lindsey who was born in Easton, came to Baltimore in 1968 to attend McDonogh School, then a military school, in Owings Mills.

"He was the school's last lieutenant colonel and first student body president. He also won every athletic award at McDonogh," said a son, Robert F. Lindsey Jr. of New York City.

At Washington and Lee, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1976, Mr. Lindsey played lacrosse and football.

In 1999, he was inducted into the university's Hall of Fame as one of the top two-sport athletes in the school's history.

He led the football team in rushing and touchdowns. He was a four-year starter and two-time lacrosse team captain.

He was a three-time All American selection on the lacrosse team and twice earned first-team All-American honors. During his four years at Washington and Lee, the lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Division 1 semifinals three times.

From 1976 to 1977, Mr. Lindsey taught math and coached football and lacrosse at McDonogh.

In 1977, he joined Warner Fruehauf Trailer Co. as a salesman and later was promoted to vice president. In the early 1990s, he left the company and established Transtar International, a trucking company.

"He then moved into the technology field when he founded ecipient Technologies, a Baltimore business consulting firm specializing in technology, in 2001," his son said.

He was the company's president at his death.

A resident of Circle Road in Ruxton, Mr. Lindsey was a past trustee of McDonogh School and a former president of its alumni association. He was also a longtime youth lacrosse coach and had coached with the Towsontowne Recreation Council.

An avid skier, he enjoyed vacationing at Jackson Hole, Wyo., and at Stratton and Stowe in Vermont. He also liked camping, hiking and waterfowl hunting.

"But skiing was his primary passion," his son said.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave.

Also surviving are his wife of 29 years, the former Stacy Curran; another son, Davis Van Lennep Lindsey of New Haven, Conn.; a daughter, Ardith Valentine Lindsey of New York City; and two brothers, Richard A. Lindsey of Hopedale, Mass., and Jeffrey W. Lindsey of Potomac.

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