How World War I Pipers Personified the Spirit of Mankind

Featured Faculty: Craig Livingston, Ph.D. | History

Added: March 1, 2017


Dr. Craig Livingston was born in Utah but grew up in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from high school in 1978, he served a two-year mission in Sweden for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When he returned from Sweden, Dr. Livingston attended Brigham Young University. He enrolled in ROTC and upon graduation in 1985 was commissioned Regular Army United States. Dr. Livingston served 3 years in the fabled 25th Infantry Division. His qualifications included Expert Infantry Badge and Ranger.

Dr. Livingston holds a master's degree from BYU and received a Ph.D in American History from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1995 Dr. Livingston was a founding faculty member of Lone Star College-Montgomery. Since then he has taught 7,300 students in face-to-face instruction. Twice faculty voted him the Faculty Senate President.

In 2013 Dr. Livingston published his first book, From Above and Below: The Mormon Embrace of Revolution, 1840-1940 (Greg Kofford Books), which also won the Mormon History Associations prize for Best Book in International History.

“Nothing outshines performance in the classroom,” Dr. Livingston believes, and his teaching record confirms that commitment. In addition to American history, he teaches courses in military history. His 2009 guided tour of Mississippi and Tennessee Civil War battlefields exemplifies the principle of extended learning. Dr. Livingston is a 3-time recipient of the Lone Star College Faculty Excellence Award.

Dr. Livingston’s teaching projects have also won significant publicity for Lone Star College-Montgomery. The Houston press has featured articles about his students building World War II combat gliders, essay writing boot camp, and fighting the Revolutionary War Battle of Princeton in 25mm miniature. Dr. Livingston founded Lord Stirling’s Fifes and Drums, an award-winning corps that plays music of the 18th and 19th century.

Dr. Livingston went the extra mile to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. His 2014 Honors class produced a 10 mini-documentaries on the war. In 2015 he team-taught a World War I course to commemorate the war’s 100th anniversary. A public lecture on the Battle of the Marne drew praise from the Houston area press.

In 2015 Dr. Livingston was named a Texas Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, the 7th Lone Star College professor so honored in the System’s 44-year history.

Dr. Livingston has played the bagpipe since he was 16. His first lessons were from Cameron McKay, late pipe-sergeant of the 48th Canadian Highlanders of World War II.

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