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Name: Lindsey, Anne West

Historical Note:

Anne West Lindsey, a native of Carterville, Illinois, was graduated from Carterville Community High School in 1931 as valedictorian. She was graduated from Southern Illinois (Normal) University in 1935, having majored in English, French, and education. She did postgraduate work in journalism at the University of Missouri. She married Circuit Judge Harold L. Zimmerman in 1959 and later, after Zimmerman's death, attorney Wyatt A. Lindsey of Marion.

Ms. Lindsey taught at Marion Community High School, as well as at a number of American colleges and universities as lecturer, guest speaker, writer-in-residence and workshop conductor. She was a journalist turned professional freelance writer and the author of both short and book-length fiction.

Her articles appeared in some 170 national U.S. magazines, including Holiday, Saturday Evening Post, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, Mademoiselle, Glamour and Ford Times. She was the author of numerous television dramas for programs including Robert Montgomery Presents, Fireside Theatre, and Alcoa Theatre, and the play Heart-Sound of a Stranger.

Lindsey even published articles in men's magazines under men's names. She once said that journalists should "like humanity and have lots of curiosity," and characterized journalists as "the most wonderful people in the world."

A popular writer with a great sense of humor, she was also very generous with her time and money in supporting activities of SIUC. She was the founder of the Friends of WSIU-WUSI TV, for which she received the Booster of the Year Award in 1978. In 1982 she received Morris Library's Delta Award, and in 1983 was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Williamson County Chapter of the SIU Alumni Association.

Ms. Lindsey donated the land and monies to build the Anne West Lindsey District Library in Carterville, as well as donating $100,000 to Morris Library, bequeathing funding for scholarships in English and Journalism at SIUC, and underwriting three scholarships for Carterville High School students.

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