The woman found dead by firefighters at 16 Chester St. on Tuesday has been identified as Susan Livingston, 64. For the past 28 years, Livingston served as the administrator of Cabot House, one of Harvard University’s undergraduate residences—and those who knew her say she will be sorely missed.
The circumstances of Livingston’s death, and how it may or may not have been connected to the small fire that drew firefighters to her apartment, is still under investigation by the State and Somerville Police as well as the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and State Fire Marshall. The Medical Examiners office has not yet determined the cause of death. A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, however, said D.A. Gerard T. Leone, Jr., does not consider it suspicious at this time.
Members of the Harvard community, as well as Livingston’s friends, are sharing their memories and photos via an online memorial site. According to The Harvard Crimson, Livingston is survived by her daughter Vanessa.
The Cabot House website, announced the sad news and noted that Livingston “was devoted to the Cabot community, and she will be remembered for her commitment to students and for her role in producing and directing the annual Cabot musical.”
Those recalling Livingston on the memorial site have referred to her as “one of Harvard's fairest and brightest guiding lights,” “an unforgettable and dynamic figure,” “incredibly warm” and “a passionate advocate for the students, especially for the misfits and the ones having some sort of trouble.”
Livingston’s cheery, welcoming bio on the Cabot House site notes that she was “passionate about movies, ethnic restaurants, NYC, theatre, exploring new places and learning new things.”
--We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends, family and colleagues of Ms. Livingston.--