NYU Steinhardt Remembers Patricia Livingston, Rehabilitation Counseling Professor, Crusader for Pooper-Scooper Law

NYU Steinhardt mourns Patricia Livingston (1927-2012), a professor emerita, who died on July 10st at her home in New York City.

Livingston, an NYU Steinhardt alumna (ED ’54, ’59), who served as professor, chair, and head of the school’s health division, retired in 1987 after nearly three decades of service. She is remembered as a mentor, leader, and advocate for the disabled who gave generously of her time to professional organizations.  She served on the board of directors for the International Center for Disabilities and was involved in the political struggle to gain New York state licensure for rehabilitation counselors until the last day of her life, reports her colleague, Corinne Weinman, of Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology.

In politics, Livingston could be outspoken, tenacious, and relentless, but always showed charm and grace.

New Yorkers have Livingston to thank for the 1978 pooper-scooper law that requires dog owners to clean up after their pets.  Founder of New York City’s Coalition for Dog Control, Livingston led a ten-year campaign against dog waste.  In a 1975 New York Times profile, Dogs, Dirt, and Psychology, Livingston noted that peer pressure might ultimately be the tipping point in getting dog owners to comply with clean up regulations.

“Dog owners have got to learn that they are doing something that their peers don’t like, that there are more of us than there are of them, and that we won’t take it anymore,” Livingston said.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Arthur Livingston.

(Photo Courtesy NYU Archives.)