Remembering Professor Pat Randolph

Professor Patrick A Randolph Jr., an internationally recognized expert in real estate law at UMKC School of Law, died at the age of 68. Professor Randolph died at home on October 12 after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Randolph was highly regarded for his expertise in real estate and development, particularly his knowledge of Chinese real estate law.

A professor at UMKC since 1980, he directed the UMKC/Peking University Summer School in Chinese Law and lectured at more than 20 Chinese law schools.  In 1994, he began his work in China as a visiting professor in the Peking University Department of Law in Beijing.  Randolph was the co-founder and co-director of the Real Estate Research Center at Peking University where he served as the first foreign director of a research center at the university.  In 2006, the Beijing Municipal Government awarded Professor Randolph the Great Wall Friendship prize, in recognition of his many contributions to the Chinese legal system.  In 2008, the Chinese National Government awarded him the National Friendship prize medal.  Each is the highest award given to a foreigner.

Professor Randolph was the managing editor and website manager of the DIRT discussion group on real estate law.  DIRT arose as an offshoot of the American Bar Association’s Quarterly Development Report, to which Randolph was a regular contributor.  Included in DIRT were the Daily Developments, Randolph’s analyses of current cases and developments published virtually on a daily basis.

“It is hard to think of anyone else who has contributed as much to the profession of real estate law; Pat has been the champion!” said Dale A. Whitman, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Missouri-Columbia.  “Pat’s efforts to bring the practicing bar and the teaching profession together, and to let each group learn from the other, have been monumental – and highly successful.  The idea of cooperation between these two groups has been powerful indeed, and Pat deserves the lion’s share of the credit for making it a reality.”

In 2000, Realtor Magazine named Randolph one of the 25 most influential people in American real estate.  He was named in many compilations of the world’s and Missouri’s best real estate lawyers.  His treatise – Randolph Edition of Friedman on Leases – is the leading authority nationwide on leasing matters.

Born in Pasadena, Calif., on September 2, 1944, Randolph grew up in the 1950s in Arcadia, a bedroom community serving the city of Los Angeles. In 1966, Randolph received his BA from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.  Randolph would describe his greatest accomplishment at Yale as being one of the louder and “almost always on key” baritones in one of Yale’s established singing groups, the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus (“SOBs”).

Randolph attended Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a special projects editor of the California Law Review.  He received his law degree in 1969 and served as law clerk to Chief Justice Kenneth J. O’Connell of the Oregon Supreme Court.  He then became an associate in the firm of O’Melveny and Meyers in Los Angeles before joining the faculty at UMKC. Besides his teaching role, he maintained a consulting relationship with Husch Blackwell in Kansas City, Missouri.

In addition to his wife, Pamela McCormick, Randolph’s survivors include his sister, Carolee Jones, of Stockton, California; his brother, Donald C. Randolph, of Pacific Palisades, California; his son, Patrick A. Randolph lll, of Kansas City, Missouri; his daughter, Alice Randolph Pattison, of Kansas City, Missouri; and his two beloved granddaughters, Emily and Brigid Pattison.

Professor Randolph’s friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at UMKC School of Law. A program will begin in the Thompson Courtroom beginning at 2 p.m. followed by a reception in the Student Lounge. At Professor Randolph’s request, there will be a party including slide presentations, food, drink and jazz.

Please RSVP for the celebration by emailing Pam McCormick.

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7 Responses to Remembering Professor Pat Randolph

  1. Michael Barrett says:

    I’m really sorry to hear bout Professor Randolph. Property was one of my favorite courses and he was one of the most enjoyable professors to listen to. His excitement for real estate law always came out even when you were just out socially. He’ll be missed and our thoughts are with his family.

  2. Wenjiao Cao says:

    I was paralysed when I hear the sad news. He helped many Chinese students including me. I am grateful for his help and encouragement. His positive attitude for life and his passion affected me. I will miss him and “choose China” as he told us. May he rest in peace.

  3. Deborah Johnson says:

    Professor Randolph was an awesome professor. Really made studying and learning about real estate law interesting. Was also just enjoyable to be around – hosted a great student party !!

  4. Bryan YAO LL.M 2005 says:

    May Pat rest in peace. We all love him.

  5. Hussein Kheder says:

    I’m sorry to hear that bad news; I worked with Professor Randolph for two months during my visit to UMKC in 2011 , and we were in contact after I returned back to Egypt , one of his hopes was to visit Egypt and he actually determined last December for this but it was canceled. Professor Randolph was very helpful with all students.May he rest in peace.

  6. Ralph Munyan - Class of 1996 says:

    I was very sorry to hear about Professor Randolph’s passing. I have very fond memories of his classes, his advice, and his wit.

  7. Bob Konrad says:

    Sorry to learn of Pat’s death. We were students together at La Salle High School and reconnected a few years ago. Pat’s positive outlook and effusive personality have always been an inspiration to me. My heartfelt sympathy to Pat’s family and closed friends.

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