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Obituary of Alan William Livingston

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LIVINGSTON Alan William Livingston, Upper Arlington, Ohio, passed away June 14th, 2008, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born January 26th, 1920, Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents A. Wilmer and Cleone Henry Livingston. He is survived by his wife of 58 years and BEST friend, Betty; daughter, Martha; son, Andy, daughter-in-law, Toby and granddaughters, Katie and Jackie.

He was a graduate of University School and then attended The Ohio State University where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the varsity track team. He was the Ohio AAU high jump champion in 1941.

He served his country in WWII as a First Lieutenant in the Army Ordinance Department.

He was President of the Livingston Seed Company for 34 years and great-grandson of Alexander W. Livingston, developer of the modern day tomato. He was past president of the Ohio Seed Dealers Association and past member of the American Seed Trade Association Board of Directors.

He thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and was an avid Great Lakes cruising sailor. He was a past member of the Detroit Yacht Club, Great Lakes Cruising Club and Leatherlips Yacht Club. He was a member of Scioto Country Club, ROFLC and Covenant Presbyterian Church where he was an elder, trustee and clerk of session. He was an Eagle Scout and avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Covenant Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 2070 Ridgecliff Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221. A celebration of Alan's life will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18th, 2008. Family has entrusted SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL with funeral arrangements.

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Sources:

  1. The Columbus Dispatch - Obituaries for November 19, 1999


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For More Information About A. W. Livingston
Livingston and the Tomato "Livingston and the Tomato"
by A. W. Livingston with a forward by Andrew F. Smith

First published in 1893, Livingston and the Tomato contains both descriptions and drawings of the tomato varieties he developed. The book features over sixty tomato recipes, including ones for slicing, frying, escalloping, baking, and broiling tomatoes; as well as for tomato toast, custard, soup, pie, preserves, figs, jam, butter, salad, sauce, and omelets.

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