RICHARD R. RANDALL

'ANDALL RICHARD RAINIER RANDALL, PhD "Dick" (Age 89) On Saturday, March 14, 2015 of Washington, DC, beloved husband of 52 years to Patricia Spencer Randall; loving father of Allison Randall Beuker, Washington, DC, Susan Randall Birusingh, Sacramento, CA and Richard Rainier Randall, Jr., Pittsburgh, PA; and devoted grandfather to Lily Beuker, Felix Beuker, Hazel Beuker, Kumari Birusingh and Truman Birusingh. Dr. Randall was born in Toledo, Ohio July 21, 1925 and moved to Washington, DC in 1936 when his father was appointed advisor to the US National Resources Board by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Randall served with the 94th Infantry Division during World War II in European Theatre of Operations and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, and four Battle Stars. He received an AB (1948) and MA (1949) in Geography from the George Washington University and a PhD (1955) in Geography from Clark University. Randall studied geography at the University of Graz in Austria in 1953-54 as a Fulbright scholar. Randall worked for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1955 to 1961 first specializing in editorial work in its Geography Division and later as an eastern-European specialist. In 1961 he became the Washington representative for Rand McNally and Company. In 1969 he designed the first series of maps showing the world's oceans and water bodies for inclusion in its major world atlas, the Cosmopolitan Atlas. From 1973 until his retirement in 1993, he worked as Geographer for the Defense Mapping Agency (now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) and served as the Executive Secretary of the US Board on Geographic Names. He remained an active member of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the American Geographical Society, the Association of American Geographers, the Cosmos Club, and the Explorers Club. In 2001 Dr. Randall published "Place Names: How They Define the World and More." Growing up in a family that loved music, he developed a passion of his own. Singing was an important part of his everyday life and a constant accompaniment to his characteristically buoyant demeanor. He cherished all things humorous and clever and freely shared poems, puns, amusing anecdotes, songs, and puzzles. A lifelong learner, he was fascinated by the world and the people in it. He relished meeting new people, learning about their lives, sharing his experience, and exchanging ideas. In addition to cherishing his family, friends and associates, he was actively engaged in his community. Whether Washington, DC and the Cleveland Park neighborhood where he and his wife lived since 1966, or the West Virginia farmlands where they own a family retreat, he absorbed all he could about history, points of interest, and local issues. He was a dedicated member of the Cleveland Park Congregational Church for more than 40 years. Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., April 11, 2015 at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street Northwest, Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship Place, 202-364-1419 (http://friendshipplace.org) and the Cleveland Park Congregational Church Music Fund, 202-363-8211.Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., April 11, 2015 at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street Northwest, Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship Place, 202-364-1419 (http://friendshipplace.org) and the Cleveland Park Congregational Church Music Fund, 202-363-8211.

Published by The Washington Post on Mar. 29, 2015.
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February 25, 2021
Uncle Richard will long be remembered for his intelligence work at the agency and for his energy and joy in life. May God's grace extend to you and your family, Aunt Patty.
Ann Kirchgessner
April 22, 2015
Pat, Blanchon/Ducich clan is holding you close in our hearts and minds. I miss Dick already. Sending much love your way, Don
April 1, 2015
Dick was always a joy to work with. No matter the challenge at hand, he had the solution. He could always be trusted as the expert. It was so rewarding to experience the joy he brought to his job each and every day. I am grateful for being counted as one of his friend.
Bill Hogan
March 31, 2015
Pat,

Dick's many friends in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Alumni Association (NGAA) are deeply saddened on hearing of his death. We send our deepest condolences; you asnd your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Randall held a vitalposition in the Agency and was acknowledged for his contributions by being inducted into the NGA Hall of Fame.
Ange Meoli
March 29, 2015
My husband and I knew Richard Randall while serving together in various capacities in the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping as well as in other cartographic organizations. He was a super colleague who always worked for the best in the society. His work with the Board on Geographic Names was a considerable contribution. Earlier work in US government cartographic activities also were among those of significance for the time period. We send our sincere condolences to his wife Pat and the rest of his family. He was someone whom we always enjoyed seeing.
Alberta A. and Clifford H. Wood
March 29, 2015
Pat and family, I was shocked and saddened to see Dick's obit in the paper this morning. I have SUCH fond memories of the NIAID press office, and it was so much fun to run into you and Dick, and catch up at the Cosmos Club Explorers Club event.
big hugs and all my sympathy,
Sandy
March 29, 2015
My dear uncle meant so much to me. He still does and always will. Thank you, God, for the opportunity to be close to man with such a rare balance of intellect, energy and love.
Rick Randall
March 29, 2015
May Dr. Richard Rainer Randall rest peacefully in God's arms. To Mrs. Patricia Randall, Allison, Susan, Richard and family, Dr. Randall will always be thought of his faithfulness in singing in the Cleveland Park Congregational Church Choir. Blesssings, John Wesley Reed Jr., former Minister of Music.
March 29, 2015
Farewell, Uncle Richard.
David Randall
March 29, 2015
I had the distinct honor of working with Dr. Randall while he was the Executive Secretary of the US Board on Geographic Names. He was the ultimate professional and helped me in my work in the International Office for several years. My thoughts are with his family!!
Thomas Ryefield
March 28, 2015
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