Committed to His Daughter
It is late Saturday morning at Kensington Stables, on the edge of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Jonathan C. Randall sits patiently, smoking a cigar, waiting for his 11-year-old daughter, Katharine, to finish her weekly riding lesson.
It is a calming routine for both father and daughter, a treasured escape from times made hectic by divorce and a thousand other pressures. It is what Mr. Randall, 42, lived for.
"Jonathan had been bouncing around for a while until Katie was born, but then he got his life together," said Gindy Bladen, his former wife. "He was completely committed to her."
He also got more involved with a local church, the Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Heights. He was assistant treasurer at the church council, and sometimes moderated discussions after prayer services.
"He was very definitely a peacemaker," said the Rev. Dr. George R. Muenich, its pastor. "He had that gift."
Mr. Randall also led a Bible study group at Marsh & McLennan, where he was a manager. But he always reserved time for Katie. "Whenever he was with her you could tell that he was totally enjoying the moment," said Matthew Steffanie, a neighbor. "He seemed to have an inner peace."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 13, 2001.