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Profile: Paul L. Lindsay Jr.

Paul L. Lindsay Jr. | Bachelor of Arts in English literature, 1956 | Volunteer, Office of Development, Xavier University

Campus Career | Lindsay recently retired after a 34-year career at the University. He served as alumni director from 1970-1977, then moved on to be associate vice president for university relations and director of planned giving from 1977-1989. He gave up the reins of planned giving in 1989, but remained until this year. But his roots at Xavier stretch back to his undergraduate days in the early 1950s, when 60 percent of the students commuted and most of the faculty were Jesuits.

A World Away | When Lindsay arrived at Xavier in 1952, the campus had a very different look. “We had one dormitory: Elet Hall,” he says. “Then we had the wooden Army barracks along Herald Avenue, where the academic mall is today. They had pot-bellied stoves and housed eight people.”

A Song of Friendship | At the University, Lindsay joined the Clef Club and uncovered a talent for singing. He now sings in his church choir and in the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick glee club, and does some volunteer performances. “The other great memory is the camraderie of our class,” he says. “We only had about 250. Those friendships have lasted a lifetime.”

Coming Home | After graduation, Lindsay spent two years in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division before starting a career in business. But he kept close to Xavier as a volunteer for the annual fund drives before taking over as head of the fledgling alumni association.

A Grassroots Effort | As alumni director, Lindsay played a key role in the annual fund drives, which then focused largely on Cincinnati. “We would designate one Sunday in spring as Xavier Sunday, announce it by mail and in the University magazine, and have 300-400 volunteers going door-to-door seeking pledges.”

Keep on Giving | Today, Lindsay continues to volunteer at the University. Looking back at past accomplishments, he is particularly proud of helping establish the Downing Scholars Program—the first $1 million scholarship not funded by a bequest—as well as the continued development and strength of the national alumni association, the growth in the generosity of alumni and his 34-year parallel role as volunteer spokesman for the class of 1956. “Then, seeing their sons and daughters come to Xavier—that was great stuff,” he says.

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