Dr. Sally A. Livingston
1947 - 2018
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Dr. Sally A. Livingston, 71, passed away in Washington D.C. on October 4 after a long journey with brain cancer.

She was born on February 24, 1947 in Montague, MA. After the death of her mother, Adeline (Sojka) Geraghty, when Sally was just seven years old, she lived with her aunt and uncle, Stella (Sojka) Skrzypek and Joseph V. Skrzypek, who became her adoptive parents.

A graduate of Turners Falls High School, Sally attended Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Manitoba, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Renaissance history, after which she entered the doctoral program at the University of Toronto.

Sally returned to Western Massachusetts and spent several years as an assistant professor of history at Hampshire College in Amherst. She left academia to pursue a career in development and fundraising, as the director of development for Seattle Opera, the American Farm School in Greece, and then as executive director of the Sisters of Providence Foundation in Springfield. Entering the investment field, she was partner for several years at Woods and Livingston in Springfield before starting her own firm. She also served on the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct.

One of the accomplishments of which Sally was most proud was the founding of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. As an active member of women’s organizations, she attended the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, and upon returning, she and two other attendees, Dianne Doherty and Martha Richards, started the Women’s Fund to empower women and girls to bring social justice and economic opportunity into their lives. Since its founding, the Women’s Fund has provided over $2.5 million dollars in philanthropic grants, impacting more than three million women and their families.
In 2001, Sally’s life came full circle when she decided to complete the Ph.D. degree that she had begun many years earlier, earning her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 2008. In the following years, she was a Lecturer on both History and Literature and Comparative Literature at Harvard. In 2011, she joined the Department of Comparative Literature at Ohio Wesleyan University where she was promoted to associate professor in 2015. At the age of seventy, she was awarded tenure in recognition for her work as an innovative teacher, a generous and committed mentor to her students, and her scholarship at the intersection of literature, history, and economics.
Sally was predeceased by her loving parents. She was the cherished sister of Mary Ann (Mimi) Ginsberg and her husband, Dr. Stuart Ginsberg, of Arlington, VA, and devoted aunt to her beloved nieces and nephews, Allison Ginsberg and her husband Kevin Walter of Brooklyn, NY, Sarah Ginsberg and her partner Andrew Rusiecki of New York, NY, and Adam Ginsberg of Arlington, VA. She also leaves a host of extraordinary friends and colleagues.

Contributions in Sally’s memory may be made to the Sally Livingston Scholarship Fund at Ohio Wesleyan University, Mowry Alumni Center, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015 or to the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, 1350 Main St. Suite 1006, Springfield MA 01103.

A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, VA.

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Published in The Republican from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2018.
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March 25, 2019
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one.
May the God who "Comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2...
February 4, 2019
My condolences for the loss. May God soften your grief during this difficult time. Please be comforted in knowing how precious your loved one is in God's eyes. Psalms 116:15.
January 22, 2019
am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May God bring everlasting comfort to your hearts and give you the strength to endure this difficult time.
(2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)
December 18, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May God bring everlasting comfort to your hearts and give you the strength to endure this difficult time. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)
December 11, 2018
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences at this time of your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1.
November 12, 2018
Chris Africa
October 22, 2018
Sally was a beloved colleague, and I so enjoyed working with her on the Advisory Board of the Society of Medieval Feminist Scholarship. She was energetic, thoughtful, good-hearted, and savvy. I will always appreciate her insightful comments for helping our non-profit succeed, thanks to her many years in the corporate world. I was lucky to be her colleague; you were lucky to have her as a family member. Sally is dearly missed.
Virginia Blanton
October 18, 2018
Sally was an inspiration to all of us feminist medievalists and she was instrumental in bringing me into the executive committee of SMFS. I loved working with her and am honored to have known her even if only for a relatively short time. I will miss her a great deal.
Linda Mitchell
October 18, 2018
Sally's light will shine on in so many hearts. I will remember her always as an extraordinary and inspirational woman. She was my neighbor in Concord as she studied for her doctorate degree at Harvard. I was proud to call her my friend, to laugh with her and to be enriched by her enthusiasm for learning, teaching and life. My heartfelt condolences to her family.
Denise Gilbert
October 15, 2018
Sally was an incredible colleague and friend. I always felt incredibly appreciated in her presence; she had the ability to spread her warmth to everyone. She will continue to inspire me in the future to dream big, work hard, and make a positive difference everywhere. Sincere and deep condolences to her family and loved ones.
Jana Emmer
October 15, 2018
Sally believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. She is largely responsible for me making it through college, and I am forever grateful for her help, understanding, and friendship. I've missed her dearly since graduation, and now I will even more. She was an extraordinary person and is very missed.
Amanda Caserta
October 13, 2018
Sally was a remarkable colleague in medieval studies. She had a wry wit and a warm smile that penetrated any darkness around her. I worked with her on her first book and I am sorry we won't see the second study on which she was well launched when her illness overwhelmed her. Dozens of scholars have benefited from her mentoring. She is loved and will be remembered at her favorite professional gathering at Kalamazoo next May. Katie Keene spoke well when she said that the one word that sums up Sally is true. Send me any remembrances you'd like to have reported at the Kalamazoo memorial. bwheeler@smu.edu
bonnie wheeler
October 11, 2018
Sally was a wonderful colleague and friend. The creation of the department of Comparative Literature at Ohio Wesleyan University never would have happened if it had not been for Sally's creative thinking and unstoppable energy. She was a magnificent addition to our department and our university. She was with us for only seven years, but the impact she had on the Ohio Wesleyan community equals that of a thousand. Sally is a model for all of us on how to live life to the fullest with intellectual curiosity and a kind heart, and to never back down when a challenge confronts us. Her loss is deeply felt by all of us.
Anne Sokolsky
October 11, 2018
Sally was a bright light, full of humor, insight, wisdom and humility. I am amazed to find out all that she has done throughout her life. Such curiosity and such talent!
Jennifer Ladd
October 10, 2018

Sally was the best of all worlds -- colleague, friend, empowerer, and mentor. Her passion for life, ideas, food, and friends was unmatched. I hope to be 1/10th as fearless.

My deepest sympathies to all who are missing our sweet Sally.
Sarah Bunnell
October 10, 2018
Dea Sally,
I'm sure Stella and Joe, and your mother, and my parents are enjoying your company, I wish I had been able to one last time. I can hear your voice comforting me when my mother died, three years ago.
Good for you for being such a fighter. You outlived Stella. It would have been too hard for her to lose you.
I looked up to you from preschool...just lucky to live so close and to spend time in your home with Mimi. And lucky to have known you as an investment advisor!
Your advice was good, of course, but you were also generous. How warmly you would greet me and, though I surely wasn't a big client, you were just so darned helpful!
Sally, i won't forget your voice or your smile and, though you can't read it, I have written it for Mimi, and you would like that.
Louise
October 10, 2018
MBF
October 10, 2018
An extrodinary woman who loved life and brought joy to everyone she met! We will miss her.Saundra and Richard
Saundra and Richard Bromberg
October 10, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn," strengthen you during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1, 2.
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