Parker C. Livingston


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1. Elizabeth Murdock

2. Elvira Kaisser

Parker C. Livingston 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 9 Dec 1906, Philip, Haakon, SD 1 3 4 5 7 8
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Murdock on 19 Dec 1936 1
  • Marriage (2): Elvira Kaisser on 14 Nov 1958 in , Cook, IL 2
  • Died: 4 Jun 1999, Hinsdale, DuPage, IL at age 92 3 8

   Another name for Parker was Park C. Livingston.9

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Chicago Daily Tribune: marriage of Park Livingston and Elvira Kaisser, 12 Nov 1958, Chicago, Cook, IL. 10 Wedding Nov. 21 (photo)
Park Livingston meets his fiancee, Elvira Kaisser, a stewardess, at Midway airport.

Park Livingson, retiring president of the University of Illinois trustees and vice president of the Dean Milk company, will marry an Eastern Air Lines stewardess, Miss Elvira Kaisser, Nov. 21. The German born Miss Kaisser met Livingston on a flight from Charlotte, N. C. to Chicago. She made her final flight Monday night with Livingston abord the plane to Midway airport. The couple will be married in St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in La Grance, where Livingston lives at 202 S. Kensington av.

2. Residence: 202 S Kensington Ave, LA Grange, IL, 60525-2215 in 1993 in La Grange, Cook, IL. 7

3. Obituary: Chicago Tribune: obituary of Park Livingston on 9 Jun 1999 in Chicago, Cook, IL. 8 Park Livingston, U. of I. Booster

Park C. Livingston was a self-made man who arrived to study at the University of Illinois with just $19 in savings more than 70 years ago but became an invaluable supporter of the school's growth.

Mr. Livingston, 92, died Friday after a long illness at Manor Care Health Services in Hinsdale.

Mr. Livingston, who at 36 became the youngest person to serve as the president of the U. of I. Board of Trustees, was in the headlines often, making an unsuccessful bid for governor and then U.S. senator in the 1950s. At Dean Foods, he rose to vice president and general counsel and battled with the state legislature and milk delivery companies over replacing glass milk bottles with cardboard cartons.

In a 1954 Tribune article about his Senate campaign, Mr. Livingston credited his mother for his success. "She was always trying to impress on me that, if I ever got anywhere, that I would have to do it on my own--that the world didn't owe me a living but only the right to earn a living."

Mr. Livingston took that to heart, his children said. Born in 1906 in a log cabin on a homestead in South Dakota to a railroading family, he had a high school teacher who encouraged him to attend college out of state. He arrived in Champaign with just $19, he told the Tribune in 1954.

A graduate of U. of I. and John Marshall Law School, Mr. Livingston's alumni relationship with the university began in 1930, when he served as assistant dean of men. He then spent 24 years as a board trustee--10 of those as president. In more recent years, Mr. Livingston served as the university's lobbyist and general counsel. He is credited with helping lay the groundwork for the school's Chicago campus.

U. of I. President James Stukel said that most people probably aren't aware of Mr. Livingston's contributions but that one need only look at the Willard Airport in Champaign, the Chicago campus and the Illinois Medical District on the West Side to see the results of his work.

"He was very much the man that was committed to the institution," Stukel said. "He was an extraordinary man who was one of a kind."

After many years on the board, Mr. Livingston learned how to politic, and he used to help the university, said his son, also named Park.

"He always called politics the art of the possible and the art of the compromise," his son said.

A resident of La Grange for more than 50 years, Mr. Livingston raised two families. After his first wife, Elizabeth Murdock Livingston, died in 1945, he married Elvira Kaisser.

Katie Livingston-Brock said her father taught her there were no limits. At a very young age he made her a cup of Sanka and told her that the world was shrinking and that she needed to learn languages. So she did, paving the way for a career in international management.

"He used to say to me, `quiet patience, persistence and tenacity will fade relative obstacles into mere trifles,' " said Livingston-Brock. "As a father he was one of the most incredible mentors."

Until last year, Mr. Livingston was still lobbying Springfield on the university's behalf, but his family said his health began to fail after the death of his son David.

Other survivors include Mr. Livingston's wife, Vera; a son, Barry; daughters Linda Wintermute and Susan Robertson; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 S. Ashland Ave. A reception will follow at the Livingston home, 202 S. Kensington Ave., La Grange.

Parker married Elizabeth Murdock on 19 Dec 1936.1 (Elizabeth Murdock was born about 1912 in Wymore, Gage, NE, USA 11 and died in 1945 in , , IL 8.)

Parker next married Elvira Kaisser on 14 Nov 1958 in , Cook, IL.2 (Elvira Kaisser was born on 3 Feb 1932 in , , , DEU 12.)


1 <i>The Political Graveyard</i>,, Park Livingston (b. 1906).

2, <i>Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960</i> (Cook County Clerk, comp. Cook County Clerk Genealogy Records. Cook County Clerk’s Office, Chicago, IL: Cook County Clerk, 2008.), 14 Nov 1958, Park Livingston and Elvira Kaisser.

3 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Parker C Livingston, 4 June 1999; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

4 <i>1920 United States Census</i>, : , Parker C Livingston in household of George H Livingston, Fort Scott Ward 3, Bourbon, Kansas, United States; citing sheet , family 257, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820525.

5, <i>Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1871-1940</i>, Parker C Livingston in entry for Barry Murdock Livingston, 15 Jul 1938; citing Berwyn, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 310.

6, <i>U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007</i> (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN: 325321674, David Otis Livingston, b 28 Feb 1941 father Park Livingston, mother Elizabeth Murdock.

7, <i>U.S. Public Records Index</i> (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Vol. 1., Park C. Livingston, La Grange, IL.

8 <i>Chicago Tribune</i> (Chicago, Cook, Illinois.), 9 Jun 1999, obituary of Park C. Livingston.

9 <i>Chicago Tribune</i> (Chicago, Cook, Illinois.), 13 Jun 1998, obituary of David O. Livingston.

10, <i>Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003</i>, 12 Nov 1958, Chicago Daily Tribune, online image 371 of 708.

11, <i>Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1871-1940</i>, Elizabeth Murdock in entry for Barry Murdock Livingston, 15 Jul 1938; citing Berwyn, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 310.

12, <i>U.S. Public Records Index</i> (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Vol. 1. Vera K. Livingston, La Grange, IL.

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