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Pendleton HS journalism teacher served as JEA State Director for many years
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By Rob Melton
Annamae Livermore, a 1946 graduate of the School of Journalism and Communication at University of Oregon, was one of the grand dames of high school journalism in Oregon from the 1950’s through the 1980’s, and served as JEA State Director for Oregon for several decades.
For many years, Annamae Livermore taught journalism at Pendleton High School. The Lantern, the school paper won national recognition under her advisership, as did the school yearbook, the Yearling. State awards and honors were also earned by her and her students. There is still an annual college scholarship given in her name for a student pursuing a degree in journalism or English.
In 1969, she was awarded the prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key award for her demonstration and support for excellence in teaching journalism and in student press advising.
The following obituary appeared in her hometown newspaper, the Pendleton East Oregonian, on Feb. 14, 2001:
Annamae Livermore PENDLETON — Annamae Livermore, 76, of Pendleton, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at Juniper House in Pendleton. The memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Pendleton on Friday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.
Mrs. Livermore was born Jan. 24, 1925, at Walla Walla, Wash., to George and Gertrude Winship. After living in College Place, Dayton, and La Grande, the family settled in Pendleton where Annamae graduated from Pendleton High School in the spring of 1942. In 1946 she graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in journalism. Her sorority was Alpha Gamma Delta.
She returned to Pendleton where she married Dr. Robert Livermore, a Pendleton optometrist. The couple celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in October of 2000 at a reception given by their children.
For many years, Annamae Livermore taught journalism at Pendleton High School. The Lantern, the school paper won national recognition under her advisership, as did the school yearbook, the Yearling. State awards and honors were also earned by her and her students.
Annamae Livermore was very active in the Pendleton community. She served as president of many organizations. She took the top leadership role in the Daughters of the Nile, Delta Kappa Gamma, the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary, the American Association of University Women, Roundup Republican Women, the Oregon East Symphony Guild, and the Marion Cochran Guild of the First Presbyterian Church. She was active in the Republican Central Committee, Oregon Retired Educators Association, and the Umatilla County Historical Society. Mrs. Livermore managed the gift shop at St. Anthony Hospital and spent hundreds of hours as a hospital volunteer.
Gifted in needlework, she knitted hats for preemies at Oregon Health Sciences University, mittens, sweaters, and did crewel and petite point. An avid May I and bridge player, she loved to entertain friends.
Annamae Livermore is survived by her husband, Robert Livermore at Juniper House, son, Lot Livermore of Pendleton, son, Dr. James Livermore and his wife, Margaret of Oak Harbor, Wash.; three grandsons, Spencer, Harrison and Clayton and her many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Annamae Livermore Scholarship account at U.S. Bank. Bishop Funeral Chapel of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.
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