Randy died peacefully June 3, 2018, of congestive heart failure. He was a former Seattle city councilman, King County executive, and tireless advocate for mental health. To thousands affected directly and indirectly by mental illness, Randy was something of a hero, a man unafraid.

Back in 1977, when it was rare for a public figure to acknowledge mental difficulties, Randy forthrightly explained his diagnosis: bipolar disorder. He was among the nation’s first politicians to face stigma head-on. And he became a leader in health-care reform. Following eight years on the city council — four as county executive — and an unsuccessful run for mayor, he was a longtime leader of the Washington State Hospital Association.

Randy came to Princeton from Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He was ROTC battalion commander, ate at Quadrangle, and was active in many organizations. He studied for one year in France, went to Harvard Law School, was an Army officer in the Pentagon, and then joined a Seattle law firm.

Among his closest friends throughout life were classmates Crane, Hughes, Lucas, Patterson, Rediker, and Hilton Smith. Said Rediker: “Randy was always our moral compass.” Surviving are Randy’s wife of 50 years, Ann; daughters Lisa ’95 and Robin; brother Geoffrey ’69; and three grandchildren.

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Undergraduate Class of 1963

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