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Henry C. B. Lindh

Henry Colwell Beadleston Lindh, 84, of Narragansett, RI, died peacefully in New York City on July 3, 2015.


Born in New York on August 14, 1930, he was the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz P. Lindh (Alice Lee Beadleston) and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Beadleston (Alice Lee Post). His father was a graduate of West Point, class of 1914, achieving the rank of major in the U.S. Army, with assignments at Aberdeen Proving Ground and the office of the Chief of Ordnance in Bordeaux, France, and Washington, DC.


Mr. Lindh graduated from The Buckley School and St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, and from Yale College, where he received a BS in economics in 1952. He then received an MBA from Columbia University. During his years at Buckley, he was a member of the Knickerbocker Greys.


Upon completion of his Korean War service with the United States Army Audit Agency, Mr. Lindh joined Price Waterhouse, becoming a certified public accountant. Subsequently, he had a distinguished career on Wall Street, where he was a partner at Faulkner Dawkins & Sullivan and senior vice president, director and chief financial officer of investment firms Wood Gundy & Co. and Richardson Greenshields. He was a member of the New York Stock Exchange for a short time, as was his great-grandfather, William Henry Beadleston.


Mr. Lindh was a breeder and owner of thoroughbred race horses, including Grade I stakes winner Grecian Flight. He had been a member of The Thoroughbred Club of America, the Turf & Field Club, and the National Steeplechase Association, as well as treasurer and a trustee of the National Horse Show and the National Horse Show Foundation.


Very active in charitable organizations, Mr. Lindh served nearly 50 years on the board of The Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey as treasurer and then president. He also served 25 years on the board of The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, as chairman, president and treasurer. He was a life member of the Union Club, ranking number 10 on the seniority list, and serving for a number of years on the board of governors and as its treasurer.


Through his maternal line, he was descended from the earliest New York families, including Robert Livingston, First Lord of the Manor of Livingston, 1686; John Pell, Second Lord of the Manor of Pelham, 1670; Richard Post of Southampton, Long Island, 1640; and Nicholas Pierre Gouverneur, who arrived in 1663 in New Amsterdam. At the time of his death, Mr. Lindh was president of The Huguenot Society of America and a member of the New York Society of the Cincinnati, the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Holland Society, the New England Society, Colonial Lords of Manors in America and Squadron A, as well as the Newport Reading Room, the Clambake Club and the Dunes Club.


Mr. Lindh was a kind, caring and thoughtful man with a genuine interest in other people, who provided a rock of stability for many. A lover of genealogy, gemology, antiques, cooking, a great brandy, a swim in the ocean, cats—particularly Gus, his orange tiger—and daily chats with Joseph H. Pierce, Jr., his horse trainer, he lived life fully to the end. In the last week of life, he almost bought a new horse, tried to rent a helicopter to fly to his brother’s memorial service in Newport, and gave bouquets of flowers to his wife.


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Henry C. B. Lindh (Henry—Elizabeth W. Powers); his two children, Mrs. Randolph J. Peterson (Jennifer D. Lindh) and Andrew S. P. Lindh; and four grandchildren, Alice P. L. Peterson, Phoebe P. L. Peterson, Henry L. P. Lindh and William M. P. Lindh. Other survivors include his brother-in-law, Dr. Francis Persse Powers, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. John Raible Wagley. He was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen Lindh (Kathleen Davis) and his brother, David E. P. Lindh.


Funeral services were held in New York City on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at St. James’ Church, with The Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector, officiating, and The Rev. Nigel Massey, Rector of Eglise Française du Saint-Esprit and Chaplain of The Huguenot Society of America, giving the homily. Mr. and Mrs. Lindh were married at St. James’, as were Mr. Lindh’s parents. Funeral services for Mr. Lindh’s parents and maternal grandparents were also held at St. James’. His funeral service was preceded by a Masonic rite conducted by the master of Holland Lodge, as was his maternal grandfather’s. Mr. Lindh was a member of Holland Lodge for over 60 years and served as a trustee of the Holland Lodge Foundation. He was interred in the Beadleston family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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