| Dean Russell Lindo
Former Cabinet Minister, Belize
Dean Russell Lindo was a Belizean lawyer, politician, and one of the founders of the United Democratic Party.
Early life and education
Dean Russell Lindo was born on 4 September 1932 in Belize City, Belize (then British Honduras). Lindo was a graduate of New York University and Durham University in England. He was a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and practiced law in Belize since 1964.
Dean Lindo was a Belizean attorney and former politician. He was one of the principal founders of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in 1973 and served as its leader from 1974 to 1979.
Lindo first ran for the Belize House in the Belize City-based Fort George constituency as a member of the National Independence Party (NIP) in 1969, but lost to the People's United Party (PUP) incumbent, Alexander Hunter. Following his defeat, he formed the People's Democratic Movement (PDM). In 1973, he joined forces with the NIP and the Liberal Party (LP) to contest the 1974 general elections as the UDP.
Lindo was elected from Fort George in 1974, defeating PUP nominee Said Musa by 46 votes. He became UDP party leader.
In 1979, Lindo lost his seat to Musa by a margin of 71 votes; and was succeeded as UDP leader by Theodore Aranda.
Lindo regained the Fort George seat in 1984, defeating Musa by a margin of 57 votes. He became Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture. He lost again to Musa in the 1989 election by a margin of 449 votes. He subsequently left active politics, maintained a law office in Belize City, and acted as a consultant to the UDP. He allso served as Belize’s ambassador to the United States.
Honours and awards
In 2009, Dean Lindo was honoured at the Tribute to Belizean Patriots. One of the highest honours went to the former UDP representative for contributions to the development of party politics in Belize.
Lindo was the maternal uncle of current UDP leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow.
Lindo died on 17 September 2018 at 3:25 at his home in in Belize City, Belize. He was 86.