Margaret Stewart Lindsay was born on December 11, 1937, and raised in the Midwestern United States. Her father, Edwin B. Lindsay, was a successful businessman who suddenly took his life when Margaret was just 14 years old. This tragedy deeply affected Margaret who by nature was a lively, fun-loving, open, and kindhearted girl. After her father's death, Margaret lost her sense of security and she struggled with periodic bouts of depression, even though she was also able to maintain her witty sense of humor and love of life. She was also a generous spirit who read to blind law students, helped friends and strangers alike if they were in need, and was always compassionate to those less financially fortunate. A longtime resident of Beacon Hill, Margaret spent the last years of her life on Lake Tashmoo on Martha's Vineyard. Those who knew Margaret will always remember her easy laugh, playfulness, and loyal friendship while admiring her ability to gracefully deal with the lifelong pain she endured from the time she was a young girl.
Margaret loved to travel, and it was on a return from a trip to Russia that she died suddenly on October 17, 1999. Upon her death, the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation was funded.
The Foundation continues Margaret's legacy today by supporting organizations providing relief to those suffering from mental illness or depression, historic, as well as environmental and conservation organizations, educational and enrichment organizations, especially focusing on those who suffer from disabilities or disadvantage, art and music development, and appreciation organizations, organizations providing support for the elderly as well as those suffering physically. The Lindsay Foundation also provides support to organizations that focus on the humane treatment of animals as well as organizations supporting families and children suffering from serious illness and organizations providing legal assistance to those who lack financial resources.