Obituary of Henry H. Lindsay, M.D.
of Philadelphia, PA
Henry Eugene Hill Lindsay M.D. peacefully departed this life for eternity at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, PA shortly before midnight on June 26, 2022, almost three months after celebrating his 89th birthday. Born on March 28, 1933 in Goldsboro, NC,
Dr. Henry H. Lindsay was the second of three children born to Crawford B. Lindsay Sr, PhD, LLB (former head of the Department of English at Tennessee State University and prominent Nashville attorney) and his devoted wife, Rachel Moye Darden Lindsay. Dr. Henry H. Lindsay was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Hettie J. (Sneed) McCants, Hettie’s young daughter, Juniece Sneed, his infant son, Reginald Lindsay, his brother-in-law, Jessie L. McCants PhD, and his older brother, Crawford B. Lindsay Jr.
Dr. Henry H. Lindsay graduated with honors from Pearl High School and from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in the 1950’s. He completed Meharry Medical College and later undertook graduate studies in alcohol and substance abuse issues at Rutgers University in NJ. From 1964 to 1974, he was medical director of PA State Dept. of Health’s Institute of Alcoholism and Narcotics Addiction, at 915 Corinthian Ave. in Phila., PA 19130. He was once mentioned as a medical officer in a dictionary of international scholars, and was also appointed as a drug czar for the Commonwealth of PA by then Gov. Milton Schapp.
Later, Dr. Henry H. Lindsay joined the US Public Health Service where he served underprivileged communities. He also served in the National Health Services Corp, while continuing his commitment to the military and where he attained the rank of captain in the US Army. He was also medical director of a medical center affiliated with Temple University Hospital, during which time he helped train resident physicians.
As a child, Dr. Henry H. Lindsay played on the campus of Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL alongside playmate William H. Gray 3rd, who would later become his pastor at Bright Hope Baptist Church in Phila., PA. At the time, Gray’s father was president of the university and Lindsay’s father was a member of the faculty. Dr. Henry H. Lindsay included as close associates Dr. James D. Nelson and Dr. Robert Clark of Phila., PA, as well as Dr. David Robinson of Wash., DC.
A great learner of life’s lessons, Dr. Henry H. Lindsay battled his own personal addiction in later life and emerged from these traumatic experiences stronger, wiser and with increased spirituality. He is survived by his widow, Rubye C. Lindsay, daughter, Traci Lindsay, sister-in-law, Helen Lindsay, brothers-in-law, James R. Chandler (Mary) and Charles H. Chandler (Gwendolyn), nieces, Sheree (Sneed) McCants Joyce, Jacinta L. (McCants) Anderson EdD, Janella L. McCants, Esq., nephews, Jesse L. McCants Jr., Jerel L. McCants, extended family members, church members, lifelong friends and associates.
Services are private with inurnment at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville, TN. The family wishes to thank all who have expressed their love and concern.