In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Burton Randol

July 1, 2021

The Graduate Center community is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Emeritus Burton Randol (Mathematics), who died on June 22, 2021.

The Graduate Center community is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Emeritus Burton Randol (Mathematics), who died on June 22, 2021 after a long illness.
Randol joined the Graduate Center faculty as a mathematics professor in 1969 and retired in 2011 with emeritus status. He served as executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in Mathematics twice, for a total of five years, according to Ara Basmajian, executive officer of the mathematics program. Randol supervised three Ph.D. students during his time at the Graduate Center.
“I first met Burt as a graduate student in the 1980s when I would come by the GC for seminars,” Basmajian says. “Always welcoming and armed with many a story, he was a joy to talk mathematics with, to discuss history, or simply to share an anecdote. I will miss him dearly.”
Born in New York City, Randol trained as a mathematician at Rice University and Princeton, where he received his PhD. He taught at Princeton and at Yale and as an assistant professor before joining the Graduate Center faculty.
After his retirement from the Graduate Center, he continued to do mathematics and to assist former students to complete their studies, find jobs, and progress in their careers.
He was an advanced amateur photographer as well as an enthusiastic golfer. He leaves his wife Jamie Dancer Randol and nephews Benjamin Randol, Jeremy Randol, Andrew Plagens, and Gordon Plagens and niece Heather Plagens Rogers.
A private service was held on June 25, 2021. Condolences and tributes can be shared at the funeral home website.