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Robert L. Lindsey

Enshrined: 1995

Country: United States

Category: Leader

Biography (Current at time of Induction)

Robert Lindsay, inducted posthumously, will be missed for steadfast devotion to the game. His athletics prowess had been demonstrated from an early age in several sports including football, track, boxing and basketball. He claimed the rare honor of having fought with Joe Lewis in a Golden Gloves bout and having raced against Jesse Owens in a championship meet. However, volleyball was the sport that captured Lindsay’s lifelong involvement.

He began playing intramural volleyball at Heidelberg College and noon games at the YMCA in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he began working as a drilling contractor for oil and gas. It wasn't long before he became involved in all facets of the game as a player, referee, sponsor, and official of the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA).

Lindsay continued to play for the YMCA team until it disbanded in 1973, was a regional commissioner of the USVBA (1969-1979), Executive Vice President (1976-1980), President (1980-1984), a USVBA national referee (1968-1981) and the USVBA representative to the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Junior Men's World Championships (1981). He was also a major supporter of volleyball, sponsoring the USVBA Open Championships in 1981 and providing support for the USA Women's Volleyball Team (1973-1985).

Lindsay was awarded many of the USVBA's top honors: Leader in Volleyball (1970), Referee Emeritus Award (1981), Dr. Neville Booth's Commissioners Award (1981), William G. Morgan Award (1985) and the Frier Award (1989).

Volleyball's "Beloved Longhorn" was the owner of Lin-Mour Drilling Co. (1953-1988) and a member of the Wichita Falls "Smokers", a national level Bar-B-Que competition group.