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Herbert B. LIVINGSTON


1916 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Herbert B. LIVINGSTON Obituary
June 25, 1916 - March 8, 2016 Herb Livingston, who wrote under the pen name H. B. Hickey, died in Santa Ana, CA, at age 99. Born in Chicago, IL to Lewis and Gitta Levinstein, he married Rosetta Forman in 1941. They were married for 66 years, until her death in 2008. In 1948 the family moved to Burbank, CA. In the 1940's and early 1950's Herb wrote and published 80+ science fiction, mystery, detective, western and other stories. His best-known short stories are "Hilda" and "Gone are the Lupo." He also wrote a well-received novel, Saddles West. His writing was reprinted abroad, in English and translation. From 1953 Herb worked for John Hancock Life Insurance Co. In 1956 he helped organize the insurance workers' union at the L.A. John Hancock Co.; he traveled to Boston to take part in the first contract negotiations. From 1963 he sold Blue Shield health insurance. Later (after moving in 1971 to L.A.) Herb and Rosetta started Alumni Services Inc., which set up group health insurance plans for UC alumni. In 1981, Herb cofounded and became the first president of Atheists United. A life member of Freedom from Religion Foundation, he also supported the ACLU and many other activist and charitable organizations. Herb and Rosetta enjoyed travel, visiting Europe, Russia, North Africa, Israel, China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. After they moved to Sunrise Assisted Living in Tustin, CA, in 2003, Herb served for many years as President of the Residents' Council. A truly wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and friend, Herb is survived by his three sons and their wives: Lewis Livingston and Maureen McConaghy, Eric Livingston and Michelle Arens, Charles Livingston and Lynn Greenfield; and by two granddaughters (daughters of Lewis and Maureen): Abigail Livingston and Corliss Livingston. We mourn the loss of this kind, generous, thoughtful, loving, and beloved man.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 2 to May 8, 2016
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