Helen Woodbridge Whiting Livingston of Peterborough, NH and Center Lovell, ME, died peacefully in her home on February 28th. She was 89.
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Born on January 10, 1924 in Weston, MA, she was the daughter of Royal G. Whiting and Elizabeth Ganse. She was a graduate of Concord Academy, and attended Sarah Lawrence College. Her first marriage, to Thomas W. Little, Jr. ended in divorce. Her second husband, W. Putnam Livingston, died in 1987. In 1999 she married John C. Calhoun, Jr. who died in 2011.
Throughout her adult life, Mrs. Livingston was an active volunteer professional, serving on the boards of directors of the Boston, MA and Summit, NJ YWCAs, SAFE Inc., in Summit, The United Ways of Summit-New Providence, and Union County (NJ), and the Summit Area Community Council. She was the founding president of the Union County Voluntary Action Center.
From 1975 to 1983 she was a Trustee of Concord Academy, serving first as president of the school's alumnae/i association and then as vice-president of the Board of Trustees.
In 1981, she established two support groups for caregivers of Alzheimer's Disease victims in the Monadnock (NH) region. In 1985, she was the founding president of the Monadnock Area affiliate of the National Alzheimer's Association. Until 1988 she was a member of the State of New Hampshire Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease as a volunteer consultant to caregivers' groups.
From 1986 to 1992, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Monadnock United Way, serving as Chairman of the Allocations and Program Review Committee. In 1984, she joined the Board of Directors of Monadnock Family Services, where she served in various capacities, including Chairman of the Board.
She contributed "Moving Around with the 'FlyBoys'" in Wartime Memories, a collection of World War II essays published at RiverMead in Peterborough, NH in 2012.
Surviving are three daughters: the Rev. Deborah Whiting Little Wyman of Stonington, ME and Cambridge, MA; Elisabeth Wolcott Little Leyre of Montelimar, France, and Martha Evarts Tracy Livingston of Concord, MA; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and six stepchildren.
Her family will host a gathering at RiverMead in Peterborough, NH on Friday, April 12th from 4 – 5:30 PM. Burial will be in her family plot at Newton (MA) Cemetery on Saturday, April 13th at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Monadnock Family Services, Inc., 64 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431; to Concord Academy, 166 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742; or to a charity of one's choice.
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Mar. 7, 2013