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September 6, 2006


New building is named in honor of founder's husband

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Simon's Rock College celebrated the opening of its new Livingston Hall Student Union on August 30, with an afternoon of celebratory events for students, staff and faculty. The new building, across the green from Blodgett House, includes space for many services and programs that were previously scattered throughout the campus, including a snack bar, the bookstore, the Office of Student Life, and Health Services. The Student Union will also give much needed space to student groups and activities.

The building is dedicated to the memory of Livingston Hall, husband of Simon's Rock College founder, Elizabeth Blodgett Hall. He was a central figure in the creation of the college, supporting Blodgett Hall's dream of establishing this college for high school age students. He also served as an informal mentor and guide to numerous students and families in the College's formative years.

Livingston Hall's career was illustrious, and in the field of Law, he was a prominent figure. He graduated fourth in his class at Harvard Law School in 1927, and taught at Harvard Law School for 35 years, where he also served as dean. He authored and coauthored widely used law texts, including Cases on Agency (West Publishing), Cases on Criminal Law and Enforcement (West Publishing), and Modern Criminal Procedure (West Publishing). Each year, the American Bar Association gives the Livingston Hall Award, and in giving that award, the ABA cites the fact that Hall was instrumental in securing American Bar Association approval of the comprehensive Juvenile Justice Standards. The ABA gives the award to an attorney who has been exemplary in the field of juvenile justice. He was also president of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

In World War II, Livingston Hall served in the South Pacific, as Chief of Operations Analysis in the 13th and 20th Divisions of the Air Corps. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel, and in 1946 he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Freedom.

Livingston Hall also served as Moderator for the towns of Concord and Weston, Massachusetts, prior to coming to Gt. Barrington. He taught a course in Negotiation in the early days of Simon's Rock.

Donors whose contributions helped build the Livingston Hall Student Union include Susan and Mark Beckerman, Murray and Patti Liebowitz, Thomas K. Doyle, Sr., Penzance Foundation, Emily H. Fisher, and The Sprague Foundation, Inc. In addition, the Alumni Performance Center inside the building is named in recognition of the more than 600 alumni who made gifts to the Building the Future Campaign, which also helped to make this building possible.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706