Richard Lindsay, 84, of Damariscotta, passed away peacefully on the morning of Feb. 3 at Riverside at Chase Point, with Janice, his wife of 49 years, by his side. His death ended his long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dick was born on Jan. 16, 1934, in Marlborough, Mass., to Edelbert and Irene (Mosso) Lindsay. He lived in Marlborough for most of his life, including the first 35 years of their marriage; he and Janice moved to Damariscotta in 2003.
Dick had a distinguished career as a research engineer in the industrial process of metal removal, doing most of his research at Norton Company (now Saint-Gobain Abrasives) in Worcester, Mass. He wrote dozens of technical papers and presented his work at technical conferences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. He was a member of the prestigious International Academy for Production Engineering headquartered in Paris, whose members are elected based on the quality and significance of their research.
He held a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston, where he met Janice; they both graduated in 1965. He earned a master’s degree from MIT, and a doctorate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. All of his degrees were in mechanical engineering.
He had begun his career as a draftsman, graduating from Worcester Trade School. Then he spent two years in the Army, assigned for most of that time as a draftsman and illustrator for training aids. He worked at Heald Machine Company in Worcester (which became Cincinnati Milacron) as a draftsman, then in research there, before deciding, at age 26, to attend college.
Dick loved to hike, and the couple took many hiking vacations – in the U.S., Canada, the British Isles, Costa Rica, and Peru.
He is survived by wife, Janice (Campbell) Lindsay; son, Christopher of Sherman Oaks, Cal., wife Jeanne-Marie, and their daughters Gracie and Violet; brother, Norman Lindsay of Northboro, Mass. and his family; and sister, Carol Fallon of Westborough, Mass. and her family.
Services will be private, with a memorial gathering later this year.
Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting www.StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.