Meet Alumni Board Member - Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston, Fayetteville, joined the Alumni Board in 2007 and serves on its Events Planning Committee. Bob graduated from Alfred State in 1956 with a degree in engines technology.  He completed a degree in business administration with a marketing major from Columbia College (Chicago) in 1988. He claims he was "the oldest guy in my classes!"

However, Bob also says that "...it's never too late to go back and do what you should have done earlier" [go back to school].  But, he continues, "my memories, contacts, and loyalty are much stronger for Alfred than for my four-year school."

Bob's life "since Alfred" has been spent in a variety of pursuits:  he was drafted to serve in the US Army from 1958-60, where he was stationed with the 3rd Armored Division in Germany with none other than Elvis Presley.  "[I] saw him nearly every day and saw girls from all over Europe flock and wait to see and hug him.  He lived off-post, so I only heard stories of his parties. [I] saw the teenaged Priscilla before she came back to the States to marry him."

After the Army, Bob spent most of his career with Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse (1963-93).  He "served in various marketing communications positions, culminating in national advertising manager for the Carrier brand for a period of 10 fun and exciting years.  Traveling extensively and had the opportunity to meet and hob-nob with Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys, Rita Moreno, Earl Weaver, Vic Tayback (TV show "Alice"), and the manager of the Baltimore Orioles."

In his leisure time, Bob has been involved with gems and minerals.  Known as the "Rockhound," Bob and his wife of 45 years, Joan, travel extensively collecting rocks and minerals to make stones for jewelry.  He is a member and office holder of the Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse.

One of Bob's proudest moments came in fall 2007 at the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies annual convention where he was awarded the Federation Citation Award which is given to recognize the efforts of a member in serving the 135 clubs from Maine to Miami (10,000 members).

Bob says he "felt like a celebrity with all the digital camera whirring and flashes going off.  This was like getting my Oscar and was five minutes of fame I shall never forget."

Bob would like to hear from his classmates; contact him via e-mail: gemguy@verizon.net.