December 8, 2019

Alumni Profiles

“How could we not have Joe Lindley ’74 for our first alumni profile as we launch our new Alumni Association site? His tireless efforts in this association is remarkable. Everything that this association has accomplished is due to him.” ~TMHS Alumni Association Committee

Joe Lindley ’74 and Roy Collins

Joseph Lindley ‘74

Right after graduating from TMHS, Joe joined the service and served with the U.S. Army and the CT Army National Guard for nearly 12 years. He rose to the rank of E-7 (Platoon Sergeant) before being appointed to attend Officer’s Candidate School where he received the General J. Label Distinguished Graduate Award. He finished his military career as an Engineer Officer for the 248th Heavy Construction Engineers.

Joe has a B.S. in Business and an M.A. in Education.

He worked for the C&M Corporation, a multi-national wire and cable company, for 18 years starting in their engineering department and rising to the position of President of their Special Products Division. This job allowed Joe to travel all over the world and work on a number of exciting projects to include the very first cell phones.

Since retiring Joe has work as a volunteer in coaching youth sports, the Thompson Historical Society, The TMHSAA, and the Thompson Board of Education. He has earned the National Historic Preservation Medal for his work in preserving local and national history. He has penned several books to include the Thompson Tourtellotte and the Civil War, A Thousand Days to Live and the soon-to-be-released Forgotten Hero. Joe is also the current curator of the Tourtellotte Memorial Room and a member of the Tourtellotte Board of Trustees.

He and his wife Sue (his high school sweetheart) have been married for 38 years and have two sons, Sean and Jonathan.

While at TMHS Tom Hession and Ed Devlin were among his favorite teachers, although he credits Mrs. Shirley Houle for insuring he graduated from TMHS. Joe states, “Both Mr. Hession and Mr. Devlin had a lot to do with my love for writing about and preserving our history.”