Letter: Recalling the life of George Randall

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To the Editor:

My good friend George Randall, who grew up on his family's farm in Sunderland, Vermont, died recently in Rochester, Michigan at the age of 82. He graduated from Burr and Burton and the University of Vermont. He later became an engineer with the Ford Motor Company's Tractor Division. His grandfather Samuel, and father, Everett Randall, revived and saved the Randall Lineback, rare-breed cow on their small Vermont farm in Sunderland. In 2006 the Randall Lineback rare-breed heritage cow became Vermont's State Cow.

Growing up on the farm helped George become a great hands-on mechanic, and he did a complete engine job on my 1951 bullet-nose Studebaker at the Randall farm when we were both General Electric apprentices and just out of high school. Later, after college, while in living and working in Detroit, George rebuilt the engine and refabricated a 1946 Taylor craft airplane that he lovingly called "Patches." One summer George and I flew Patches from Detroit to Morrisville, Vermont and back. What I remember most about Patches is that one had to prop the engine (spin the propeller) to get it started and that the ingenious gas gauge in front of the windshield was a floating cork with a wire that stuck up through a hole in the gas cap. A long wire meant that the tank was full.

It is with deep sadness that we can no longer get together and talk about the wonderful old times, but George you have left us with many fond memories that we will never forget. One could not ask for more

William Rice

Randolph Center (formerly of Warm Brook Road, Arlington)

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