Richard Livingston, a founding faculty member of Los Medanos College and an equally important community member, passed away on Monday, November 8.
LMC President Bob Kratovil informed staff of Livingston’s passing by email on November 9, citing Livingston as an invaluable part of the college’s history,
“Over the course of his 39-year career, Richard’s expertise, wisdom, commitment to students, and passion for learning have earned him the respect of everyone he has worked with. Many consider Richard to be the heart and soul of the College. His incredible dedication to LMC has always been second to none. Richard’s legacy and impact on Los Medanos College continues today and will last forever.
Livingston began his career teaching at LMC, before he was asked to become Dean of Education. Livingston then served as interim president of the college for two years. He would then become the Senior Dean of Education before retiring in 2016. Even after his retirement, Livingston would continue to teach part-time for three years.
Livingston is also recognized as one of the founders of the LMC Journalism Program, mentoring current instructor Cindy McGrath, as well as decades of students who have been able to work with him. Due to his dedication to students, the LMC Academic Senate creates an award in his honor called the Richard Livingston Students Come First Award.
While Livingston was adored and respected by many of the students he had taught during his long career, his peers also greatly admired him. Ken Alexander, a professor at LMC, worked alongside Livingston throughout his career and most of all admired his integrity.
“Richard Livingston was“ a decent man. ”It sounds like a cliché, but in my experience such integrity is a rather rare phenomenon. He was a role model to be respected, admired and emulated for all of us who have had the privilege of working for and with him. His contribution to LMC, administrators, faculty, staff and students will not be equaled or forgotten anytime soon, “said Alexander.
Livingston’s character was an important part of what made him such a strong pillar of the campus, and LMC Professor Kurt Crowder greatly appreciated him.
“He had a lot of high powered popositions, including the senior dean of instruction and the acting president, but he was a humble man. He was picking up trash in the hallway. It’s just a little thing, but it spoke of the character of the man. He never considered himself “too good” to do whatever needed to be done to help the LMC community, “Crowder said.
Crowder also observed that Livingston was a fantastic leader and that he would inspire those around him.
“He was kind and compassionate and cared deeply for the students and staff of the college. Her door was always open whenever I needed advice or help with a problem. Richard congratulated us in public and only made suggestions for improvement in private. He would read my reports and then send me notes saying what he liked about them. He loved LMC, the students and the staff, ”said Crowder.
The Livingston Memorial will take place on January 8, 2022 at 1 p.m. at the LMC Student Union Conference Center. His family is asking for donations to the Richard Livingston Scholarship through the Los Medanos College Foundation.