In Memory of James A. Livingston, Jr.
James Livingston, Jr., FSA 1946, MAAA 1965, died Feb. 5, 2015 in Birmingham, AL. He was 97. He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-seven years, Margaret Morrow Gresham Livingston. He is also survived by his children, Dr. Mary Margaret Livingston Hindman (Brian Ward) of Ruston, LA, James Archibald Livingston III, Katherine Wiley Livingston Rutledge (Paul Edmund III) of Charlotte, NC, Dr. Elizabeth Gresham Livingston of Durham, NC and his grandchildren, Katherine Dewes Rutledge Nelson (Thomas Reagan, Jr.), Margaret Suzanne Rutledge Beal (Christopher Lucas) of Chapel-Hill, NC, James William Hindman, Sarah Livingston Weiner of Durham, NC, Margaret Livingston Hindman of Ruston, LA, Paul Milton Livingston Weiner of Durham, NC and Patricia Elizabeth Livingston, and great-grandson, Paul Livingston Nelson. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Wiley Kemp Livingston (Minnie Lee Barker) and nephews, Dr. Wiley Kemp Livingston, Jr., Dr. David Barker Livingston, and John Hartridge Livingston (Constance) and niece Rev. Hazel Wilkinson of Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Mr. Livingston was born Aug. 8, 1918 in Macon Georgia while his father, Dr. James Archibald Livingston, served in World War l as a doctor in the Medical Core. When the war ended the family moved to Birmingham, Alabama.
Mr. Livingston received an A.B. degree and an M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan majoring in Actuarial Mathematics. He started his career in the Actuarial Department of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York. To be nearer his home he accepted an actuarial position with the National Life and Accident Insurance Company in Nashville, Tennessee. When the war came he became a member of the Naval Reserve. He next accepted the position as Actuary of Liberty National Insurance Company in Birmingham, Alabama where he remained for the rest of his business career. Mr. Livingston was the first FSA in the state of Alabama.
His rise in the ranks of Liberty National was steady from Actuary, to Vice President and Actuary, finally to Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary, serving on the board of Liberty National. With the growth of actuaries in the South the need for a Southeastern Actuarial Society was noted, and Mr. Livingston was a founding member and president of the Society. He served on the boards of Liberty National, Brown Service Funeral Homes, and Liberty National Fire Insurance Company.
While Chief Actuary and board member at Liberty National, and with the approval of Frank Samford, President of Liberty National Life Insurance Company, Mr. Livingston started a scholarship program for employees to study actuarial science at the universities of their choice. Several took advantage of this program and one later became president of one of Liberty National companies.
Mr. Livingston served on the board of the Metropolitan YMCA, Vestry of the Cathedral Church of the Advent, and past president of the English Speaking Union, and the Jefferson County T.B. Board. He was active with the Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow. He held membership in many of the clubs in the Birmingham area. His hobby was writing books on the history of Scotland and England and the story of the Livingstons and their coming to the United States. The books he wrote on the history of the Livingston family are now used as the reference in the Falkirk library in Scotland.
Mr. Livingston will be remembered for his love and devotion to his family and his dedication to his church and business. Donations may be made to the Cathedral Church of the Advent, 2017 Sixth Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35203, or to a charity of one's choice.