Obituary: Thomas Lindeman, Former Minister on Campus

Thomas Lindeman
Thomas Lindeman

Thomas Henry Lindeman, 84, of Amherst, minister, former staff member of the United Christian Foundation on campus, and the only person ever named an honorary member of the Faculty Senate, died Feb. 11.

Born in Duluth, Minn., he graduated from the University of Montana in 1954. He attended seminary at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, graduating magna cum laude.

Ordained as a United Methodist minister in 1958, he began a long career in campus and parish ministry that included serving as a staff member of the United Christian Foundation at UMass Amherst from 1966 to 1974. In 1972, he earned an M.A. in history, with emphasis on the interaction of religion and culture. 

He also served as senior pastor of Westfield United Methodist Church from 1981 to 1988.

He retired from ordained ministry in 1995 and returned to Amherst, where he resumed friendships and activities with university faculty, staff and administrators. He regularly attended Faculty Senate meetings, and in 2014 in a “motion of thanks” the Faculty Senate conferred upon him “Honorary Membership (non-voting) with such rights and privileges as having the right to address the Faculty Senate, being included in the attendance roster, [and] having his picture added to the PowerPoint slide show at the beginning of Faculty Senate meetings.”

He is survived by his wife Joan (Wright) Lindeman; his sisters and their husbands, Kathryn and Gilbert T. Bremicker Jr. of Toledo, Ohio, and Dorothy and Lauris Eek Jr. of Vienna, Va.; his three sons and their wives, Robert and Teresa Lindeman of Glenshaw, Penn.; David Lindeman and Jennifer Werth of Columbus, Ohio; and Mark Lindeman and Lucy Miller of Kingston, N.Y.; Joan’s children, Susan Baust, Janet Stevens and her husband William, and Britt Godsell and his wife Stephanie; and Joan’s brother Kenneth Wright and his wife Pamela. His first wife Margaret died in 1992.

A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church in Amherst Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m., with a reception following. His body is to be cremated and buried at Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Peace Development Fund, P.O. Box 40250, San Francisco, CA 94140.