March 30, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 14

Service Recalls Life, Career of English Professor Randall

A memorial service for Prof. Emeritus John H. Randall III, a member of the English faculty at Boston College for 37 years, was held in Connolly House last Saturday. Prof. Randall died in Newton on Feb. 7. He was 82.

More than 40 family members, friends, academic colleagues and former students attended the service, according to Assoc. Prof. Paul Doherty (English).

A story published in The Boston Globe last week stated that in 1943, Prof. Randall and several friends had led a successful campaign to help a qualified Japanese-American student gain admittance to Columbia Medical School. That student, Hiro Narahara, MD - now a retired doctor living in the Albany, NY area - attended the memorial service and expressed his thanks for Prof. Randall's intervention in his case, Doherty said.

A specialist in American literature, Prof. Randall joined the Boston College faculty in 1961 after teaching at the University of California at Berkeley and Wellesley College. He retired from the University in 1989, but continued teaching on a part-time basis until 1998.

A native of New York City, Prof. Randall was a graduate of Columbia University and earned his post-graduate degrees at Berkeley and Northwestern University.

He is survived by his wife, Lois McConnell Randall of Newton; a brother, Francis Ballard Randall; and a niece and nephew.

An undergraduate award established in Prof. Randall's name is given annually to the Boston College student who writes the best essay on American literature or culture.

Donations in his memory may be made to the John H. Randall III Award, in care of the English Department in Carney Hall.

-Reid Oslin

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