March 23, 2018
Dr. Edward Stormont Lindsey died peacefully at home on Friday, March 23 at age 87. He was predeceased by his parents, the Rev. Edward Austin Lindsey and Jane Stormont Lindsey, and his sister Jane Austin Lindsey Gilcoat (Bill) and brother Homer MacMillan Lindsey (Joan). He is survived by Margaret Ann Turfitt Lindsey, the love of his life, two children, Ann Lindsey Wilhelm (Jack) of Austin, TX, and M. T. Dean Lindsey (Peggy) of State College, PA, and four grandchildren: Edward Morton Wilhelm of Austin, TX; Caroline Ann Lindsey Meneau (Mitchell) of Chicago, IL; David Austin Lindsey (Dhvani) of New York, NY; and Julia Bowler Lindsey of Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Lindsey was born in West Palm Beach, FL where his father was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. In 1939, the family moved to McAllen, TX and he graduated from McAllen High School in 1947. He attended Edinburg (TX) Junior College for one year. Since childhood, he had wanted to become a physician and hoped to attend Tulane Medical School. A Naval ROTC scholarship enabled him to enter Tulane as a sophomore undergraduate in 1948. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1951. With a final year of NROTC remaining, he enrolled in the Medical School, but with the advent of the Korean Conflict, he was called into active duty after his first year there. He received orders to report to the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE 119) as a line officer assigned to the Communications Division. The ship spent one year in the Far East, principally in the Yellow Sea, returning to San Diego following the armistice on the Korean Penninsula. Margaret Ann and Ed were married in 1953; and they began their married life at Naval Air Station, Millington, TN. In 1955, Dr. Lindsey resumed medical school, graduating in 1958. He trained in general and thoracic surgery on the Tulane Service at Charity Hospital. In 1964-65, he received a fellowship to further his studies in transplantation biology at the University of Edinburgh Scotland with Professor Sir Michael Woodruff. Following his return to the U.S., Dr. Lindsey was appointed to the Surgical Faculty at Tulane. He was an author of numerous scientific papers and an early leader in the field of kidney transplantation. He held fellowships in the Southern Surgical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Société Internationale de Chirurgie and the Transplantation Society. In 1975 Dr. Lindsey entered private practice, working principally at Southern Baptist Hospital and Touro Infirmary. He retired in 1996 as Tulane Clinical Professor Emeritus of Surgery and continued to assist as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anatomy for many years. He also enjoyed serving on the admissions committee of the medical school. Dr. Lindsey served as president of the Tulane Medical Alumni Association, the Alton Ochsner Surgical Association, the Orleans Parish Surgical Association, the Louisiana Surgical Association, and was a longtime board member of the Medical Benevolence Foundation. He was a lifelong Presbyterian and elder of the of St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church where he also sang in the choir for many decades.