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William G. Livingston

June 01, 2011

William G. Livingston, a long term resident of Corona del Mar since 1954, passed away peacefully with immediate family present on May 26, 2011, at the age of 93.

Bill was born on April 20, 1918, in Bloomington, Illinois, where his family had settled since the early 1860's.  Their "Livingston's Dry Goods" store ultimately grew to become "Livingston's Department Store", which by the late 1920's was one of the largest family owned department stores south of Chicago.

Bill was an exceptional student, and after skipping a grade, he entered the University of Michigan age the age of 17 to study business.  However, after only a year at Michigan, Bill's father passed away, and Bill decided to continue his studies in California at Stanford University.  At Stanford, Bill thrived as a student and became President of the
El Campo eating club while graduating Magna Cum Laude in Economics in 1939. His love for the Cardinal (then called the "Indians") continued to his last days, and you could often see the Cardinal flag flying proudly from his home during football season, and if you listened very closely, "Come Join the Band" playing from within.

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After college, Bill traveled extensively throughout Cuba and South America, then enrolled in Executive Training at Macy's in NYC with the thought of taking over management of then family owned department store.  However, those ambitions were interrupted by the start of WWII where Bill then enlisted in Officer's Training at Cambridge, Mass to become a Supply Officer.  After graduating near the top of his class, Bill was assigned duty as a Supply Officer for a new class of ship called an LST (landing ship tank) and was sent to the Pacific theatre headquartered at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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