Long-time Prosperos student and teacher from Brooklyn, New York, and most recently from Hawaii, passed on yesterday. She would have been 94 on June 14. Livia was the matriarch of a large family of Malanaphys including children HughJohn, Maureen, Dorothy, Kevin, Brian and Liam and countless grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a beloved Prosperos teacher and the leading force in the Prosperos New York group throughout the ’70s and ’80s.
And personally, she was a fun, generous and loving figure in my life. One time in the ’70s or ’80s, Livia and I were walking together on the grounds of Old Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan and we entered a gated area and found ourselves locked in. We kind of laughed nervously, panicked briefly and Translated immediately.
We found our way out.
–Mike Zonta, BB editor