Dr. Gordon Livingston

About Dr. Gordon Livingston

Dr. Livingston was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in upstate New York. He attended the U.S. Military Academy and upon graduation as an infantry officer was trained as a parachutist and an Army Ranger. He served for two years in the 82nd Airborne Division before attending medical school at Johns Hopkins from which he graduated in 1967. He interned at Walter Reed General Hospital before volunteering for Vietnam where he served as the Regimental Surgeon for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. While in Vietnam he registered a public protest against the war and subsequently left the Army.

He trained in adult and child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. He is a parent twice bereaved and his first book, Only Spring, described the death from leukemia of his six year old son. He is the author of the bestseller, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart, which is now in it’s sixth printing.

He has been published in a variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Readers Digest, the San Francisco Examiner, The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. He is the father of four grown children and lives with his wife Clare King in Columbia, MD where he continues to practice psychiatry.

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Dr. Livingston’s Books

Dr. Gordon Livingston’s books have resonated with readers as universally and deeply as earlier books by M. Scott Peck, Rollo May, and Erich Fromm.

Dr. Livingston’s trademark gifts—an unerring sense of what is important, and what Elizabeth Edwards has characterized as “his unapologetic directness and his embracing compassion”—provide readers everywhere with a much-needed alternative to the trial-and-error learning that makes wisdom such an expensive commodity.

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