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Phillip Trey Lindsey Classroom dedicated


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MARTIN, Tenn. — Homecoming is a perfect occasion to renew friendships and recall the good times, as well as provide an appropriate setting at which to honor and remember special people. UT Martin’s 2017 homecoming provided this kind of backdrop for the family and friends of Phillip “Trey” Lindsey to dedicate a special place in his memory. A ceremony held Oct. 7 to officially name the Phillip Trey Lindsey Classroom in the university’s Brehm Hall brought together many of the people who meant the most to a special young man.

Trey was the son of John and Lisa Lindsey of Jackson and a 2010 graduate of South Side High School. After studying wildlife biology at UT Martin and earning his degree in May 2016, Lindsey accepted a two-month summer internship position as a research technician for the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit - Southwest Nebraska Pheasant Research Project. While being treated at a local hospital for swelling in his leg, a blood clot sent Trey into cardiac arrest. Medical personnel were unable to revive him.

Trey served as vice president of the UT Martin Wildlife Society and was dedicated to the expansion and promotion of the organization. The Phillip “Trey” Lindsey Scholarship Endowment was established following his death in July 2016 and will be used to support the academic pursuits of eligible juniors and seniors studying wildlife biology at the university. South Side High School graduates will be given preference during the scholarship selection process. Now, the Phillip Trey Lindsey Classroom will add to his legacy.

Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor, opened the dedication event and reminded those attending that colleges and universities are really about people. “We’re here today because of relationships,” he said. “We’re here today because of people, and we’re here today to really talk about what Trey meant to UT Martin and what we think UT Martin meant to Trey.”

Among faculty members who knew Trey best was Dr. Eric Pelren, professor of wildlife biology. He recalled when Trey first visited his office and, unlike other students who tend to be shy and introverted, Trey arrived with a smile on his face.

“They say we’ve got a lifetime to do all the good we can in the world,” Pelren said. “And I don’t know much, but I know this – in Trey’s couple of dozen years, he did more good in the world than most people do the better part of a century that they’re given. And I know Trey’s legacy is going to live on.”

Trey’s brother, Will, a 2017 UT Martin graduate, spoke for the family before the plaque’s unveiling. He described Trey as “a good friend, a great brother, and he’d help anybody he could.”

“We hope that having this room dedicated in Trey’s name will carry on his legacy of who he was as a person, a student, a friend of many,” Will said. “And to our family, it means that he will not be forgotten, and it (the classroom) will honor the life that he lived.”


PHOTO ID – Attending the dedication of the Phillip Trey Lindsey Classroom on Oct. 7 at UT Martin were (l to r) Dr. Keith Carver, university chancellor; Andrea Lindsey, wife of Will Lindsey; Will Lindsey; sister, Taylor Lindsey; Quanah Allen, Trey’s girlfriend; and parents, Lisa and John Lindsey.

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