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William S. Livingston, a former dean, vice president and acting president at the University of Texas, died Thursday at Westminster Manor, a retirement center in North Austin.

Livingston, 93, retired in 2007 after 58 years on campus, one of the longest runs in the university's history.

A scholar of British and American politics, he was also the baritone voice of TEX, the 1990s telephone registration and information system. Hundreds of thousands of students heard his instructions and signoff, "Goodbye and good luck," until the system was supplanted by the Internet in 2005.

"Bill Livingston embodied all the best qualities of a university leader: erudition, eloquence, sweeping vision, warmth and good humor," UT President Bill Powers said in a written statement. "The University of Texas is a better place for his lifetime of service."

Livingston also served his country, as a general's aide-de-camp during World War II. He stepped on a mine in Germany, near the border with Belgium, during mop-up operations in February 1945 just after the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Lana; two sons; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Information about a memorial service was not immediately available.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 16, 2013
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