Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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The Prairie Naturalist 39(2): June 2007, pp 87-90


Copyright © 2007 The Great Plains Natural Science Society


Among his friends, Bob Randall will be remembered as a caring, gentle man. Bob was one of those rare individuals who had a keen awareness of everyone around him. In social settings, he would make sure that everyone was comfortable, and it was always clear that he was genuinely concerned about everyone. Those who knew him will greatly miss his gentle nature and enthusiasm for birds. He never got caught up in all of his achievements. He had a sense of balance to his life which was evident in his many interests including birding and bird banding, rocks and minerals, paleontology, gardening, and stamp collecting. He was active in his church and was a loving family man. He had a rich historical perspective of birdlife and birding in North Dakota since the late 1940's, and everyone looked to him for insight about birds. He always took the time to listen and to help. Bob Randall passed away on 30 January 2007 at the age of 91. Although his health had deteriorated in recent years, it did not deter him from his passion for birds. He continued to compile Christmas Bird Counts locally and for the state up to the time of his death. Bob will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues, and friends.