Sarah Lindsay Tate, an attorney and former Commissioner of the North Carolina Utilities Commission, died in her home on December 9, 2011.
She is survived by a daughter, Sarah Lindsay Culbertson, her husband, James A. Bonaventura; and a granddaughter, Christine Tate Bonaventura, all of Riverside, Connecticut. Ms. Tate is also survived by her best friend of 50 years, Martha Elkins.
Lindsay Tate was born on March 14, 1927 in Charlotte, the daughter of Sarah Wilson and John Austin Tate. She attended Salem Academy, Randolph-Macon College and graduated from UNC in 1949. Following graduation, she worked tirelessly organizing student committees throughout the State for the Senate campaign of Frank Graham. It was during that campaign that Ms. Tate developed her lifelong passion for civil rights.
Ms. Tate graduated from UNC School of Law in 1954. In addition to practicing law, she volunteered with numerous organizations, serving on the Boards of the Raleigh Boys Club, the Panel of American Women, the Legal Aid Foundation and was a founding member of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church. Ms. Tate also served as a Guardian ad Litem and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1976. She was appointed to the NC Utilities Commission by Governor James Hunt in 1977 and reappointed for a second term by Governor James Martin.
Lindsay Tate was buried at a family service in Charlotte on December 17.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.