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William Livingston Obituary
William Samuel Livingston William Samuel Livingston, longtime educator at the University of Texas, died on August 15, 2013 at the age of 93. Born in Ironton, Ohio in 1920 to Samuel G. Livingston and Bata Elkins Livingston, he grew up in Ohio, earned a BA and an MA from Ohio State University, married his college sweetheart, was awarded the Bronze Star in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge as a field artillery officer, earned a PhD at Yale and moved to Austin, Texas in 1949 with his wife, Lana, and his infant sons, Steve and David, to begin his love affair with UT as a teacher, scholar and administrator. Bill Livingston loved talking with people. He loved reading, the English language, a good joke, tennis, and above all his wife and family. He had a gentle spirit and immense good will in him. As a professor of Government, he was given a number of awards for his teaching. He expected his students to do more than they believed themselves capable of, and he often got it. Most rewarding to him was the fact that many former students stayed in touch with him or said he inspired them or even changed their lives. Bill Livingston was recognized for his work as a scholar as well. He wrote or edited half a dozen books and many articles on the comparative study of federalism and on British and American constitutional history. Bill served in many administrative positions at UT. Apart from teaching, most of his attention in the 1960s was given to the Government Department, first as Graduate Advisor and then as Chairman; much of the 1970s was devoted to the Faculty Senate, of which he was elected Chairman for six years; and most of the 1980s and 90s was devoted to his role as Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, interrupted by a brief stint as Acting President. From 1995 on he served as Senior Vice President. During his 58 years with the University, he received numerous accolades and awards. At the ceremony for the Pro Bene Meritis Award in 1992 he was described as "wise, erudite, witty, diplomatic, exuberant, empathetic, kind - and consistently charming." His family wholeheartedly agrees. Bill Livingston deeply appreciated that he had been blessed with a wonderful life. Bill is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lana Livingston, his two sons, Stephen and wife Cindy, and David and wife Tracy, his grandsons, Mark Livingston and wife Katy, and David Livingston and wife, Sarah, and his great grandchildren, Lucy, William, Jane and Samuel. A memorial service in celebration of Bill Livingston will be held Wednesday, September 4 at 10 a.m. in the LBJ Auditorium at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Rather than flowers, contributions may be made to William S. Livingston Graduate Fellowship, c/o The University of Texas at Austin, 110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G0400 Austin, Texas 78712-1710, or any other gift to the University. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 18 to Aug. 25, 2013
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