In Memoriam: Homer J. Livingston Jr., Class of 1966

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Chicago-Kent community is saddened by the recent death of Homer J. Livingston '66, former head of LaSalle National Bank and the Chicago Stock Exchange. A strong supporter of Chicago-Kent, Homer passed away December 22.

"Homer was a lion in the financial community and a great source of pride for IIT alumni," said Chicago-Kent Dean Harold J. Krent. "He served with distinction on our boards. We will miss him."

Born and raised in River Forest, Illinois, Homer graduated from Princeton University in 1957, then served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961, and again from 1962 to 1963. During law school at Chicago-Kent, he joined First National Bank of Chicago, where he eventually became executive vice president of corporate banking.

Departing First Chicago in 1979, he served as a partner at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb and then at William Blair & Co. before being tapped in 1984 to head LaSalle National Bank. In 1993, he became president and CEO of the Chicago Stock Exchange, a position he held until he retired in 1995.

A generous donor to Chicago-Kent, Homer was a member of the Chicago-Kent Senior Partner Council and served on the Chicago-Kent Board of Overseers. Last year, to mark the law school's 125th anniversary, he was named one of Chicago Kent's 125 Alumni of Distinction. Homer also served for 10 years as a trustee for Illinois Institute of Technology and was designated a life trustee in 1997.

Homer sat on a number of corporate boards, including those of Southern Pacific Railroad, People's Energy and Midwest Bank Holdings. A civic leader as well, he chaired the boards of Evanston-Northwestern Healthcare and Loyola Academy and sat on the boards of Loyola University and Adler Planetarium as well as on the executive committee of Chicago Community Trust.

The Chicago-Kent community extends its sympathy to Homer's wife, Marge; his daughter, Liz; and his son, John.