Michael Patrick McLindon passed from this life on December 22, 2016 at the age of 62 succumbing to complications from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Mike lived his life to the fullest. He had a thirst for knowledge and a love of travel and adventure. He had an intense pride in his family, and a passionate interest in the game of baseball. He was an Economist, Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of Mensa International.
Mike was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 15, 1954, the first of seven children of Gerald Joseph and Agnes Cooke McLindon. While living in Castro Valley, California between 1965 and 1968, Mike began following the San Francisco Giants baseball team and developed a lifelong love of the game. He had the good fortune of getting the autograph of his favorite player, Willie Mays, and even witnessed Willie hitting historic home run number 535. The McLindon family moved to Baton Rouge in 1967 and Mike attended St. Thomas More Elementary School and Catholic High School, graduating in 1972. Mike pursued university education at Louisiana State University, a summer semester at Middlebury College, Freie Universitaet in Berlin, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics. He was fluent in German and French and proficient in Spanish and Russian.
After working as an economist for the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Cameroon and Jamaica, Mike began a career as an independent consultant specializing in privatization in emerging markets. Over the next 25 years he worked in over 30 emerging market economies to assist in transferring ownership and control of previously government-owned enterprises such as power, telecommunications, water, wastewater, hotels and ports to private ownership in a free market economy. His work included projects in Egypt, South Africa, Moldova, Bangladesh, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine, Albania, Ethiopia, Panama, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia. In 1996 Mike published the book Privatization and Capital Market Development: Strategies to Promote Economic Growth.
Mike loved adventure and travel. He was a licensed small aircraft pilot and scuba diver. He summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and trekked to the Mount Everest base camp. He traveled to over 120 countries and later in his life he began to share his love of travel with his family organizing vacation trips to Cairo, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Sicily and Istanbul.
His mother, Agnes McLindon, was the guiding light in Mike’s life, and he spent his last years under her constant care in her home. He is survived by his mother Agnes and four brothers, two sisters, in-laws and close family friends.