Walter Livingston, Jr.

Athletic Accomplishments

Walter Livingston, Jr. attended Chestnut Street grade school and Ravenna High School which included grades 7-12. He played football, basketball and ran track for Ravenna High School. Walter had stellar junior and senior years and earned multiple letters in all sports. Known as the “Runnin’ Raven”, Walt set high school and college Gridiron records. Walter finished 3rd place in running the 440-yard dash in the 1953 Ohio State high school finals. After graduating from RHS in 1953, Walter attended Heidelberg College and played football, basketball, track and baseball. He worked his way through college washing dishes to compensate for his meals and also worked as the Seneca County law librarian to help pay his college expenses. Walter was listed in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” His honors include: (1954) Team MVP, Member of Ohio Athletic Conference championship team, (7-1-1), first team Williamson All-America; (1955) Dream Team Little All-America; (1956) winner of the Gregory Award, Team MVP, member of the Ohio Athletic Conference championship team, (8-1), set record for longest Heidelberg touchdown run, (98 yards vs. Denison), winner of the Sawyer Award for sportsmanship, citizenship and service to the school; (1985) member of the inaugural class, Heidelberg Athletic Hall of Fame, held OAC record for career touchdowns (58) until 2001, held OAC record for career average yards per carry (6.44) until 2001. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1957 but was called into service in the Army. In 1960, he was honorably discharged. He played football in Germany and was signed by the Boston Patriots of the AFL. Walt bought, ran and sold several small businesses, which included a chemical sales company, winery and restaurant. He is married to Jerilou and has two children, David and Elizabeth. He also has 3 grandchildren, Nathan, Benjamin and Marie.

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