From Dean Robin Forman to the Faculty and Staff of Emory College:
I write with very sad news. Randy Strahan, Professor of Political Science, passed away last night from complications related to cancer. Randy began his career at Emory in 1985, just as he was finishing his doctorate from the University of Virginia. His research covered a wide range of questions about American Politics and the workings of the U.S. Congress, ranging from the politics of the slave issue in the pre-Civil War U.S. to the role of partisanship in contemporary political dynamics. More recently, he had been working on projects related to the methodological foundations of Tocqueville’s political thought. Randy was a devoted, effective, and highly decorated teacher, and had received both the Crystal Apple for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award. Many of you outside of Political Science will know Randy as a generous colleague from his work as the chair of the faculty life course committee for the University Faculty Council, his time as a fellow at the Fox Center, or his role as the coordinator of the voluntary core program. I first met him in his role as Faculty Counselor to the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, where I witnessed his forceful and effective advocacy for Emory College in particular, and the liberal arts more generally. We will miss him a great deal.
A memorial service for Randy Strahan will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20th, at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Emory College’s Voluntary Core Program (link to the donation page). A service on the Emory campus will be held at a future date. Reflections of Randy to be included in a bound volume to be given to Annie Strahan may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the dropbox created for this purpose.