Beloved former University of Texas president/professor dies

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A longtime University of Texas at Austin professor, president and World War II hero died Thursday morning, ending a Longhorn life well lived.

William S. Livingston worked at UT from 1949 until he retired in 2007 — and did about just about every job imaginable on campus in those six decades, including a stint as acting university president from 1992 to 1993. He was the chair of the Government Department, vice chancellor of academic programs and vice president and dean of graduate studies at various points. He also spearheaded the development of the renowned Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Heck, he even served as the distinctive voice of TEX, the university's 1990s telephone registration system. Livingston memorably signed off each of his recorded messages with “Goodbye and good luck.”

But his first and most enduring love was teaching as a political science professor.