Thursday, March 03, 2005

Lindsay Wright (1943-2005)

This obituary is being published in Salient this week.

Lindsay Gemmell Wright was born in Central Otago July 6 1943 into an Open Brethren family. Lindsay attended Dunedin Teachers College, Otago University, and Canterbury University (where he served on the student association executive), before graduating with a Masters of Philosophy in 1969. He was a dominant figure of the Christchurch gay subculture at a time long before the homosexual law reform bill. Soon after graduating, he moved to Wellington as Educational Research Officer for the New Zealand University Students Association (of which he was voted life membership in the 1970s). Lindsay was heavily involved in anti-Vietnam War movement, the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Halt All Racist Tours, and the Aids Foundation. After NZUSA, Lindsay held several posts, including public relations officer for the Historic Places Trust, and Public Relations Officer for Victoria University. He also sat on the Victoria University council for one term. In 1989, he was appointed National Director of Student Job Search, a position he held for 15 years.

After a two year fight against cancer, Lindsay died on Friday 25 February.

He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
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