Dale Bertrand Jonas Randall, of Durham, NC, died after an extended illness on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at the Croasdaile Village. He was 87.
Dale was born March 18, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Myron Welcome Randall and Lettie (Perrin) Randall. He attended Cleveland Heights High School, then earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, at Case Western Reserve University in 1951; his M.A. from Rutgers University in 1953; and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958.
Dale began his teaching career at Duke University’s English Department in 1957, focusing on 16th and 17th century British literature. Over the course of his career, he served as chair of the Southeastern Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, as Associate Dean of the Duke University Graduate School, as Chair of the Duke Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, on the Executive Committee of the Folger Institute of Renaissance and 18th Century Studies, and as Interim Chair of the Duke Drama program. Dale received many academic honors, including Senior Fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Over his career he published nine books, edited many more, and wrote numerous articles on a wide array of subjects. Perhaps his favorite book was Soliloquy of a Farmer’s Wife: The Diary of Annie Elliott Perrin, which he referred to as “the book.”
In 1999, Dale retired from Duke and was named Professor Emeritus in English and in Theater Studies. To honor Dale, the annual Dale B. J. Randall Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate Essay in Dramatic Literature was established and was first presented in 2000. Dale remained connected to his students by continuing to serve as Faculty Advisor for the Chi Psi Fraternity, which created the Dr. Dale B. J. Randall Educational Foundation in 2009, “to honor Professor Randall’s pursuit of academic excellence.”
Besides teaching, publishing, and advising students, he enjoyed spending time in his extensive yard tending to flowers and raising chickens. Family and friends were happy recipients of fresh eggs and flowers. Classical music, antiques and especially books delighted Dale; one could often find him in one of his favorite libraries—Duke’s William R. Perkins Library or the Folger Shakespeare Library. Dale was thrilled that his granddaughter, Elaine, shared his birthdate; they delighted each year in blowing out the candles on their cake. He also cherished visits from his grandson, Cameron, who caught his first fish with Dale cheering him on.
Dale is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Phyllis (Link) Randall; a daughter, Lettie Anderson (Jeff Anderson) of Durham, NC; a son, Kenneth Randall (Anne Randall) of Midland, MI; two grandchildren, Elaine Anderson of Arlington, VA and Cameron Randall of Midland, MI; a sister-in-law, Frances Randall, of Frederick, MD; brother-in-law, Kenneth Link (Barbara Link) of Monroeville, PA; nephews Myron W. Randall Jr. of Middletown, MD, and Greg Link of Huntington, PA; nieces Ruth Ann Randall and Eleanor Jane “Deedee” Luttrell of Frederick, MD, and Amy Marmo of Greensburg, PA; and one cousin, Raymond Perrin, of Asheville, NC. Dale is also survived by many grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Lettie Randall; his older brother, Myron William “Junior” Randall Sr., a nephew, George Elliott Randall, and his grandnephew, Robert Randall of Maryland.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 6, 2016, in the Few Chapel located at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham, NC. The family will receive friends following the service. Online condolences may be made at www.hallwynne.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Dale’s name to one of these funds:
Croasdaile Village Benevolent Care Fund
Donations may be made to support the Croasdaile Village community to remember or honor loved ones. Checks should be made payable to: United Methodist Retirement Homes Foundation and on the memo line, note that the donation is being made in memory of Dale Randall, and mailed to:
Croasdaile Village Benevolent Care Fund
2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway
Durham, NC 27705
Chi Psi Fraternity
“The Alumni Corporation has taken on the task of doubling the Foundation within the next few years so that it can produce an undergraduate scholarship every year. We are humbled that it might be deemed a worthy way of remembering Dr. Dale, and we promise to be good stewards.” Donations should be payable to: Dr. Dale Randall Education Foundation-ERF and mailed to:
Dr. Dale Education Foundation-ERF
PO Box 99743
Raleigh, NC 27624
Dale B.J. Randall Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate Essay in Dramatic Literature
This award was established in 1999 to recognize an undergraduate Duke student excelling in the study of dramatic literature. The first award to an undergraduate student writing the best essay was made in 2000. Donations should be payable to the Department of Theater Studies Gift Fund, note that the donation is being made in memory of the Dale B.J. Randall Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate Essay in Dramatic Literature and mailed to:
Department of Theater Studies
Attn: Cyndi Bunn
109 Page Building
Campus Box 90680
Durham, NC 27708