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In Memory

Willard Lyman Lindsay, retired professor of soil chemistry, died Sept. 27

September 30, 2010

Willard Lyman Lindsay was born April 7, 1926, in Dingle, Idaho, to William Henry Lindsay Jr. and Phoebe May Humpherys.

World War II began while he was attending Montpelier High School. After graduating he joined the Navy, where he served as an Electronic Technician, Petty Officer Second Class for 18 months until the end of World War II.

Willard served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Texas-Louisiana Mission from 1946 to 1948. The LDS Church has always been an important influence in Willard & Lorna's family. Willard has served in many callings including Bishop, counselor in a Stake Presidency & Temple Ordinance Worker.

Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry from Cornell

He graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in 1952 and an M.S. degree in Soil Science in 1953. While there, he met and married Lorna Lance, his wife of 59 years, in 1951. In 1956 he received a Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry from Cornell University with minors in Chemistry and Plant Physiology.

Upon completion of his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1956, Dr. Lindsay worked as a Soil and Fertilizer Chemist for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Florence, Ala., before becoming a professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., where he became an internationally known scientist.

Gifted author, scientist, teacher

He served as major professor for 30 Ph.D. graduates, 11 M.S. graduates and 20 post doctoral fellows. One of Dr. Lindsay's most significant contributions was his text book "Chemical Equilibria in Soil" used in many universities around the world.

He was named Centennial Professor on the 100th Anniversary of Colorado State University. In 1989, he was recognized as one of 12 CSU Distinguished Professors and in 2009 was named a Legend in the Department.

He and his wife Lorna have four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral Oct. 1 in Provo, Utah

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 1, 2010, at the Edgemont Stake Center, 303 West 3700 North, Provo. Family and friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Interment will be held at Orem City Cemetery.

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Originally published in the Coloradoan, Sept. 30, 2010.