Charles P. Livermore, 82, of South Wales, a public servant in Detroit, Washington, Chicago, New York City and Buffalo for more than 40 years, died Saturday (Nov. 21, 1998) in Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna.
Born in Buffalo, he attended schools in Rochester. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1938 with a bachelor of arts degree and later attended the University of Buffalo, earning a master of arts in social work.
He began his professional career in Detroit with the Congress of Industrial Organizations, continuing activities he began in college, where he was involved in organizing workers in New England's knitting mills. During World War II, he worked with the CIO's war-relief fund in New York City.
In 1945, he became the first executive director of the new Buffalo Board of Community Relations, an agency organized to foster improved relations among Buffalo's ethnic, religious and racial groups. One of the successful programs he developed was the Junior Studio Group, composed of high school students that produced a radio program heard Saturday mornings for several years. He also was responsible for the production of the pamphlet "The People of Buffalo," celebrating the accomplishments of the citizens of the city.
Livermore moved to Washington, D.C., in 1954 to serve in the Eisenhower administration as the director of the anti-discrimination section of the President's Committee on Government Contracts. In 1956, he became executive director of the New York State Commission Against Discrimination.
In 1959, he moved to Chicago to serve as executive director of the Chicago Commission on Youth Welfare and as an adviser to Mayor Richard J. Daly.
In Buffalo, Livermore served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church. While in Chicago, he taught a popular Sunday school class for nine years at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church.
After retiring in 1979, Livermore taught a course on urban planning at Canisius College. He also was a volunteer with the East Aurora Meals on Wheels for 10 years, until he was 78.
Surviving are his wife, Sarah Shearer Livermore; three sons, P. Charles of New York City, F. Frank of Spotsylvania, Va., and Jonathan H.; two daughters, Sarah Holbrook Marom of New York City and Rebecca Rogers Bates of Java Center; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in South Wales Presbyterian Church, 2532 Emery Road.[bobrn]