Henry England "Doc" Randolph of Birmingham died July 29, 2013 after a courageous and resilient battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).
Mr. Randolph was born on May 21, 1935, and grew up on a farm in Sparta, Tenn. He was the son of the late John Tom Randolph and Mary Louise Randolph.
Mr. Randolph graduated from White County High School in Sparta and continued his education at Tennessee Tech University, earning his B.S. degree. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Dairy Technology & Microbiology from The Ohio State University.
Mr. Randolph was Professor of Food Science at Texas A&M University, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Dairy Technology at the University of Kentucky, and also served as an Instructor and Research Associate at The Ohio State University. He chaired numerous committees through his extensive memberships in professional organizations.
Mr. Randolph was the President/Founder of Randolph Associates, Inc., established in 1977. He was a renowned Food Scientist among the Food and Dairy Industry, affectionately known as the "Milk Doctor." He wrote the "Quality on the Line" column about milk handling and food safety for Dairy Foods.
He produced numerous publications/articles geared to improving food safety and quality in the dairy industry. Mr. Randolph was a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Dairy Science Association, International Association of Food Protection, and International Dairy Foods Association-Gold Business Partner. Mr. Randolph was an advisor to several state and national organizations.
Mr. Randolph's enthusiasm and vigor within the industry was admired among all his colleagues. Mr. Randolph leaves an irreplaceable mark within the Food and Dairy Industry. Mr. Randolph loved spending time with his wife on their farm in Sparta, Tennessee. Rides in the convertible, sunrises, and sunsets on the farm are what brought Mr. Randolph the most joy.
He is survived by his wife, Jayne Ruffin Randolph. He is also survived by his four children, Kenneth England Randolph, David Thomas Randolph (Andrea), Marsha Randolph Jimenez (Gonzalo), Beth Randolph Smith (Johnny) and two step-children, Paige Elmore Wright (Jon) and Samantha Elmore Reichle (John). Additionally, he leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Jamie Nichole Lopez, Katie Randolph Dornier (David), Kelley Rose Randolph, Jackson Davis Randolph, Julia Alexandra Jimenez, John Caleb Reichle, Elisabeth Jayne Reichle, Samuel James Henry Reichle, Pierce Asa Reichle, Luke Ruffin Wright, Katherine Ann Wright and a great-grandson, Levi Elliot Lopez.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home, 120 W. Brockman Way, Sparta, Tenn., followed by burial at Saylors Cemetery in Sparta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The ALS Association Alabama Chapter, P.O. Box 2888, Huntsville, Alabama 35804-2888 (www.ALSAlabama.org). Sympathy cards may be sent to the RAI office: Randolph Associates, Inc., 3820 3rd Avenue South, Suite 100
Birmingham, Ala. 35222.