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Patricia Karolchuck Livingston ’55

Born in Manila, the Philippines, Pat studied experimental psychology at Reed and wrote her thesis, The Use of the N Achievement Motivation Measure in Predicting Learning with Prof. Leonard Worell [psychology 1954–56]. “Attending and graduating from Reed was the most important event in my life,” she once said, “other than meeting my husband.”

After graduating, she worked as a statistical accountant for the U.S. Air Force in Mainz-Kastel, Germany, and for the Office Equipment Manufacturers Institute in Washington, D.C. While working as a consultant analyzing a paper company, she met a New York Post editor who offered her a job writing about business. Her syndicated column, “Minding Your Own Business,” explained business matters to a lay audience and appeared in the Post, the Chicago Daily News, and the Dallas Morning News.

In Dallas, Pat met her husband, Johnston Livingston, who was born in Fuzhou, China, and was an honors graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School. They married in 1965; she brought a typewriter along on their honeymoon. They moved to Denver in 1971, where she became the financial vice president for their holding company, Enmark Corp., and its two subsidiaries. From 1977 to 2014, she served as president and CEO of their company Construction Technology Inc.

She was a member of the board of trustees for Colorado Women’s College prior to its merger with the University of Denver. In 1982, Pat was elected to the university’s governing board and represented it on the Social Science Foundation board. She was a loyal patron of the arts with a particular interest in the Colorado Symphony, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Central City Opera. Four children and seven grandchildren survive her.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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