OBITUARY

John W. Lind

August 2, 1942December 22, 2020
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John W. Lind, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away December 22, 2020 at St. David’s Hospital in Georgetown, TX. He bravely and stubbornly fought pulmonary fibrosis for 11 years.

John was born August 2, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Elmer and Myrtle (Schlicker) Lind. Upon graduating from Arlington High School in 1960, he was scouted for baseball as a shortstop. He decided to go to college rather than pursue a baseball career. He enrolled at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

While at Beloit College, John continued to play baseball on the college team. In his Senior year, John met fellow student, Barbara Meyer. He graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology. John went on to graduate study at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated in 1967 with a Master of Arts degree in Sociology.

Later that same year, John married Barbara Meyer on August 26 and the couple moved to Plymouth, Wisconsin. There, he taught Sociology and was chair of the department at Lakeland College. He eventually moved into administration as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, beginning a focus of work in admission that marked his career.

In 1973, Barb and John returned to Beloit, Wisconsin, where John accepted a position as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Beloit College. It was there that the two started a family.

In late 1982, John was offered and accepted a position at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Working with the people at SU was a highlight and joy for John. John immersed himself into his new role as Vice President for Enrollment Management and the college admission profession. He served as President of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) . He retired in 2004 after a distinguished 22 year career.

After flunking retirement, John joined a consulting firm dedicated to enrollment services for colleges around the United States. He retired from admission work altogether in 2009 when he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.

Their first son, Richard John, was born on August 25, 1978 while Barb and John were living in Beloit. James Meyer, followed on November 6, 1980. Both boys brought great happiness to John, particularly when they enjoyed sports as much as he did. The boys became as strongly passionate for the Chicago Cubs as he was. Go Cubs!!! John’s love for family was instilled in the boys, which they carry with them today.

John believed strongly in leaving the world a better place than he found it and lived his life accordingly. He strove to find positive solutions that were in the best interest of those he served. He thought of others before himself. These were defining characteristics of his life, both personally and professionally, and recognized by those who knew him.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Myrtle Lind. His memory and legacy will be carried on by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Lind of Georgetown, TX; son, Richard Lind of La Junta, CO; son, James and wife Allison, and grandchildren Charlotte and Joseph Lind of La Junta, CO; his sister, Barbara Rabe and her children of Mesa, AZ; sister-in-law, Nancy Cooper (Bob), their children and grandchildren of Stevens Point, WI; sister-in-law, Mary Rasmussen (Herb), their children and grandchild of Delafield, WI.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: ● Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas - www.southwestern.edu/makeagift ; designate the Southwestern Fund for Student Scholarships ● First United Methodist Church, Georgetown, Texas - www.fumcgt.org/give ; designate Church Ministries ● Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation - www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/ways-to-give/donate-now ● Beloit College - www.beloit.edu/giving/ways-to-give/

No services will be held until the threat of COVID has passed. A video and the option to leave a comment/memory is available on the Cook-Walden-Davis website at: www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/georgetown-tx/john-lind-9962812

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David Mc Donald

February 18, 2021

To the Lind family:

Excuse my tardiness in expressing my condolences on John's passing. He was the reason I wound up in Beloit, and while he was not the reason I joined Phi Kappa Psi (you having decamped to Texas), it was a bond that we retained through the years. I am grateful for his friendship, and for his affection for Warner Mills who became a beloved mentor to me and countless other Phi Psis after you had moved south.

My condolences on his passing and my gratitude for the journey.

David Mc Donald
Beloit '86

Mary Jane and Ralph Ibbotson

January 26, 2021

Barb, Richard, and Jamie:

Our deepest condolences on John's passing to you and the kids..

John and I were best friends through grade school in Prospect Heights and Arlington High School. After our schooling years, we may have moved in different directions geographically, but I always considered John to be a great friend. We always enjoyed visiting you in Wisconsin, and your stopping by our house on your trips back north for your family vacations.

I remember John for his athletic talents. He would always strike me out when we were in Pony League, we had long hard games of ping pong which he would eventually win; however, he could never beat me at golf. I consider that one of my few claims to fame.

Mary Jane and I send our sincere sympathy to the Lind family and we will treasure the many good memories that we had with you and John.

Mary Jane and Ralph Ibbotson

Joseph Chichurka

January 6, 2021

Barb, Richard, James, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of memories and grief. Our families were brought together initially with Serenada child care exchange. I fondly recall one evening John and I standing together behind Tippit middle school proudly watching our sons little league baseball team practice and him offering our boys words of encouragement. Your kindness to me in the loss of my wife Anne, then son Colin is treasured, most especially James very thoughtful forward of requiem service. Thank You for your friendship, Blessings!

Anita Nelson

January 5, 2021

Dearest Barb:
My love and prayers across the miles.
Your strong faith will be with you as you walk this new path.
Lovingly,
Anita

Trudy Mohre

January 3, 2021

Dear Barb, Richard, and James,
John Lind was a rare and remarkable individual who was devoted to the three of you, always, and - as the family expanded in recent years - to his daughter-in-law, Allison, and his two very special grandchildren, Charlotte and Joseph. His devotion assuredly included the family schnauzers, as well. Our hearts are with all of you at this time of painful loss.

For those of us fortunate enough to have known and learned from and worked in higher education with John for many years, we know his generous and unending friendship and support and his gift for creating family-like community and long-lasting bonds among colleagues, too.

As a highly successful and people-centered leader, John led by example with integrity, expertise, and humor, and he modeled dedication and ethical decision-making and the use of best practices in his Enrollment Management work. Reflecting on my professionally-formative and life-shaping years at Southwestern University, former colleagues and I still refer to that era of teamwork-among -friends, professional growth, and University thriving under John's tutelage and enrollment leadership as, "The Golden Years."

John's mentorship elevated us all. He believed in people's best, and he encouraged and guided me, and so many others, along career paths and life's journey, even through his extended illness. He always fulfilled what he set out to do.

John was a shining example of a true and loyal friend with a heart as big as Texas, and he certainly was one-of-a-kind. As I have shared with colleagues since learning of John's passing, John was a guardian angel to so many here on planet Earth, that I know his work in that realm continues from afar. His presence among us will be so sorely missed, but his impressive legacy lives on. His indomitable spirit and our bountiful memories of him remain to help sustain us.

With deepest gratitude and great love for John and the entire Lind family,
Trudy Mohre

Adrianne Jones

January 3, 2021

Dear John,
My heart is broken to hear of your passing, but no more suffering! Thank you for many years of flight instructions, course corrections, and assured landings. I will miss checking in with you from air traffic control in Georgetown. You directed a lot of flight paths over the years. I am so appreciative and grateful for your support.
The band America has a song, and the lyric goes...”But Oz, never did give nothing to the Tin man that he didn’t, didn’t already have...” Like Oz, early on you recognized things I could not see and you taught me self-sufficiency and to just to be me. We did some amazing work Sir!

Barb, Richard, and James, thank you for sharing John. Many a late night in the office, and phone calls for feedback. Thank you for giving me his time. God bless you and keep you during this tough time. I want you to know he was a good man, who touched many lives. And his legacy continues in me.

I am sad and deeply impacted and it pales in comparison to your pain. As a former boss, trusted friend and mentor, John stands in a category by himself. To my amazing colleagues who served with me, thank you too for all the love, support, and memories. I will treasure them.

With much love,
Adrianne “AJ”Jones
King of Prussia, PA

Thomas Oliver

January 1, 2021

Barb and Family,

I am deeply sadden to learn of John's passing. He was such a pivotal figure in my life, from recruiting me to Southwestern as a high school student, to hiring me to work in the admission office as a student, to recommending me for my first position in college admission at SMU, to mentoring me throughout my early career including getting me involved in TACAC, to nominating me as a candidate for his position at SU when he retired. He has had a profound impact on my life and I will always cherish the time and guidance he gave to me throughout my career. He was a giant in our profession but also one of the most humble and respectful persons I have ever known. My story is not unique, as there is a legion of enrollment professionals whose careers John helped launch and nurture. He was a great man whose legacy is one of which to be very proud. I will miss him, as I continue to follow his example in my work. Tom

Craig Heiser

December 31, 2020

Barb, Richard, and James:

Maggi and I share the sorrow which you are enduring on the loss of your husband/father. John has been a constant inspiration to us with his love of people and determination to always do the right thing without seeking the limelight. He was extremely successful in all that he undertook and did exceed his objective of leaving the world a much better place. The instances of his leadership by example and from the front is verified in his relationships with: Wisconsin Gamma of Phi Kappa Psi; the varsity baseball team of Beloit College, and his career at Beloit College and Southwestern University. All of us that enjoyed his friendship are better because of it. And those that he mentored received a truly special gift from John. They all know how fortunate they were to have this freely given gift without conditions.
We all will miss him, but never forget him. He was special.

Maggi and Craig Heiser

Karen Franta Love

December 28, 2020

Dear Barb and Family—
My heart goes out to all of you, as I know you will miss John. I was so sad to hear the news, and John has been in my thoughts over the years. I learned so much from him while in my early career roles in the Admission/Enrollment office at Southwestern. He was an outstanding leader, coach and mentor, and from him I learned much that I would later teach others, and learned to set stretch goals, and accept and master challenges. He also made all of us colleagues laugh, even when under a challenging situation, and built a family-like team of his staff. He gave us great professional growth opportunities, led great planning retreats even on a budget, and I remember the half days off in December he’d offer staff to get get our shopping finished. It was those small and thoughtful gestures that were the finishing touch on his leadership style. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sharon and Larry Hehman

December 27, 2020

Barb and family,

We are so sorry to learn of John's passing. I have many wonderful memories working with him in the Admission Office many years ago.

Please accept our condolences and prayers for peace and comfort in the coming days.

Larry and Sharon Hehman

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Biography

John W. Lind, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away December 22, 2020 at St.
David’s Hospital in Georgetown, TX. He bravely and stubbornly fought pulmonary fibrosis for 11 years.

John was born August 2, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Elmer and Myrtle (Schlicker) Lind. Upon
graduating from Arlington High School in 1960, he was scouted for baseball as a shortstop. He
decided to go to college rather than pursue a baseball career. He enrolled at Beloit College in
Wisconsin.

While at Beloit College, John continued to play baseball on the college team. In his Senior year,
John met fellow student, Barbara Meyer. He graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Economics and Sociology. John went on to graduate study at Roosevelt University in Chicago,
Illinois. He graduated in 1967 with a Master of Arts degree in Sociology.

Later that same year, John married Barbara Meyer on August 26 and the couple moved to
Plymouth, Wisconsin. There, he taught Sociology and was chair of the department at Lakeland
College. He eventually moved into administration as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid,
beginning a focus of work in admission that marked his career.

In 1973, Barb and John returned to Beloit, Wisconsin, where John accepted a position as
Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Beloit College. It was there that the two started a
family.

In late 1982, John was offered and accepted a position at Southwestern University in
Georgetown, Texas. Working with the people at SU was a highlight and joy for John. John
immersed himself into his new role as Vice President for Enrollment Management and the
college admission profession. He served as President of the Texas Association for College
Admission Counseling (TACAC) . He retired in 2004 after a distinguished 22 year career.

After flunking retirement, John joined a consulting firm dedicated to enrollment services for
colleges around the United States. He retired from admission work altogether in 2009 when he
was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.

Their first son, Richard John, was born on August 25, 1978 while Barb and John were living in
Beloit. James Meyer, followed on November 6, 1980. Both boys brought great happiness to
John, particularly when they enjoyed sports as much as he did. The boys became as strongly
passionate for the Chicago Cubs as he was. Go Cubs!!! John’s love for family was instilled in
the boys, which they carry with them today.

John believed strongly in leaving the world a better place than he found it and lived his life
accordingly. He strove to find positive solutions that were in the best interest of those he
served. He thought of others before himself. These were defining characteristics of his life,
both personally and professionally, and recognized by those who knew him.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Myrtle Lind. His memory and legacy will be
carried on by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Lind of Georgetown, TX; son, Richard Lind of La Junta,
CO; son, James and wife Allison, and grandchildren Charlotte and Joseph Lind of La Junta, CO;
his sister, Barbara Rabe and her children of Mesa, AZ; sister-in-law, Nancy Cooper (Bob), their
children and grandchildren of Stevens Point, WI; sister-in-law, Mary Rasmussen (Herb), their
children and grandchild of Delafield, WI.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:
● Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas - www.southwestern.edu/makeagift ;
designate the Southwestern Fund for Student Scholarships
● First United Methodist Church, Georgetown, Texas - www.fumcgt.org/give ; designate
Church Ministries
● Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation - www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/ways-to-give/donate-now
● Beloit College - www.beloit.edu/giving/ways-to-give/

No services will be held until the threat of COVID has passed. A video and the option to leave a comment/memory is available on the Cook-Walden-Davis website at:
www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/georgetown-tx/john-lind-9962812