- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

Christopher F. Randolph, the former president and chief executive officer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, died May 22 near his home in Old Westbury, N.Y. He was 64.

For nine months, Mr. Randolph battled brain cancer — a condition that forced him to step down from the Alexandria-based foundation in December.

The Vietnam veteran spent the last years of his life helping the children of Marines pursue higher education.

Mr. Randolph had “an effervescent personality. He was always positive, fiercely loyal and hard working,” said Margaret Davis, who succeeded Mr. Randolph as president.

Mr. Randolph headed the foundation for four years and raised more than $38 million in scholarship funding during his tenure. The foundation, founded in 1962, raises scholarships for children of Marines and Navy corpsmen.

Mr. Randolph also served as the architect of the Heroes Tribute Scholarship, which guarantees financial aid for every child of a Marine or Navy Corpsman who died in the war on terrorism.

Mr. Randolph’s work went towards increasing the level of scholarship money to an average of $4,500 per student and also greatly increased the number of student recipients,” Mrs. Davis said, adding that the former Marine embodied “the best virtues of our Marines — honor, courage and commitment.”

She said he demonstrated these values “daily as the leader of our organization.”

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968, Mr. Randolph served as a Marine in Vietnam and in Okinawa, Japan. He then served as a captain in the reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1973.

Mr. Randolph became the finance director for Jacob K. Javits’ successful 1974 Senate campaign from New York. He also pursued a career in finance until his eventual appointment as president and CEO of the foundation.

“Leading this foundation and serving the needs of our Marine families have been a great privilege, bringing together so many important aspects of my life - my time in the U.S. Marine Corps, my profound belief in the power of higher education and a focus on family,” Mr. Randolph once wrote.

• David Centofante is a graduate student at Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies.

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