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:: John E. Randall, Ph.D. - Science - 2000

John Randall   John E. "Jack" Randall was born on May 22, 1924 in Hollywood, CA. At age 5 the family moved to Beverly Hills where his father, a building contractor, designed and built a Spanish style house. At high school Jack took two courses in biology. The advanced course included a field trip to Palos Verdes to learn the biota of the tidepools. That resulted in Jack's changing from a hobby of keeping freshwater tropical fishes to a marine aquarium. During summer months he and a buddy went fishing on the live bait boats out of Newport Beach and sold their fish to make enough money to pay for the next trip. Jack's father wanted him to be an architect, but instead he majored in Zoology at UCLA. When only a freshman, he was a springboard diver on the UCLA swim team. He remembers diving in competition with Sammy Lee of Occidental College, who had twice won the gold medal in 3-meter diving at Olympics. Jack placed third that day behind Lee and a protege.
In July, 1942 he was called to active duty from the U.S. Army Enlisted Reserve Corps and underwent basic training at what is now Fort Hood, Texas. After sets of exams he was sent back to college in the Army Specialized Training Program for engineering. That program was cancelled soon after D-day, and Jack spent the next six months as a dental assistant in the 37th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Benning, GA. From there he managed to get accepted to Office Candidate School and became a medical administrative officer for the rest of the war at a general hospital in Menlo Park, CA.


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