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Dr Donald Appleby “Don” Randolph, Jr

Dr Donald Appleby “Don” Randolph, Jr

La Grange, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 27 Mar 2012 (aged 42)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 87749783 · View Source
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Upon hearing of the horrible tragedy in New York City September 11, 2001, Dr. Randolph rushed there to offer his medical services. He tended "Triage", caring for many hundreds of wounded. He worked long hours without complaint, only concerning himself with the needs of the injured.

To his family and many friends, Donald was known to be a very sweet and loving man. His patients admired his kind and compassionate ways and were appreciative of his incredibly warm bedside manner. He was never too busy to listen to the concerns of others, whether in his personal life or medical practice. He was admired and respected by his patients, fellow physicians, nurses, and staff, so fittingly in 2010, he received the Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award. He was close to his family, was a very loving father, and also a devout Christian man, who worshipped at the African Methodist-Episcopal Church. After having been diagnosed with liver cancer and despite his failing health, Donald's concern for his patients and the welfare of his daughter, remained his top priority.

Donald graduated from Glenbard South High School in Glen Elleyn, Illinois in 1987, where he excelled in academics, participated in varsity basketball and football, played the saxaphone, and he was listed in "Who's Who Among High School Students". After graduation he entered Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and while a student there, he was an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, joined the freshman rowing team, and participated in the Black Students Association. In 1991 he proudly received a Bachelor of Arts degree, then was readily accepted into the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, where he earned an M.D.

In 1996, Donald completed a year of internship in General Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then went on to complete his Orthopedic Surgery, Residency at the N.Y.U. Hospital for Joint Diseases. At the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, he completed a fellowship training in sports medicine, joint reconstruction, and orthopedic biomechanics. The latter training provided Donald experience with professional athletes, including Olympic gymnasts, the NFL Players Association, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre.

Donald relocated to Texas and in 2005 he began practicing in several communities in the North Dallas and Rockwall area. He was a Board Certified Surgeon, specializing in sports medicine and general orthopedics and served as assistant orthopedic surgeon for the Dallas Desperados football team. Donald was a consultant for the Pain Research Foundation and in 2008, 2010, and 2011, a recipient of the Patient's Choice Award. He was a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, and the State Medical Society.

In the months prior to his death, Donald was sharing space in a Rowlett physical therapy clinic, recently opened by a friend and former business associate. He was seeing his patients there and made plans to rent office space directly next to the clinic. Donald always remained positive that he would have a full recovery from his illness.

Donald's presence will be greatly missed by his parents, brother, uncles and aunts, many cousins, a host of friends, numerous business associates, but most of all by his beloved six year old daughter.

"Don.....October 29, 1969 was one of the happiest days of our lives and will always be so. For us, the major event of that day changed our lives for the better. It provided us with a continuous source of some of the most prideful moments any parents could experience. Your birth that morning marked the beginning of a dream come true. The dream that we would raise a son imbued with a sense of fairness, strength of character, and a desire to serve others. As the years passed, this dream materialized in a variety of ways. From the beginning, you accepted teaching well and usually completed any chores assigned you with few complaints. By grade school, you were showing definite signs of becoming a self motivated individual, and moved beyond simply obeying your elders to begin setting goals for yourself, then starting to accomplish them. As you grew older we noticed that in seeking to reach your goals, a pattern emerged in which attainment of your goals often involved loyalty, and service to others. As we look back, we see that this characteristic continued through your life, and remains a source of pride for us. Don, our love for you is unconditional and eternal. But you must know that the way you lived your life will always fill us with pride. With Our Unconditional Love......Mom and Dad"

"A Brother's Love: It is quite possible that no two brothers in history have ever differed so greatly in their fundamental approaches to life; in their outlooks, ideologies, philosophies, social dispositions, and sometimes, even in their basic beliefs about the overarching purpose of our lives here on earth. And, as often is the case with two extremely passionate (read: stubborn) individuals, differences in such core matters could sometimes lead to the appearance that we weren't as close as we actually were. But this simply was not the case. And, the truth of the matter is, that despite all of the ways we may have seemed different, you were in so many, many ways my blueprint; A real-life superhero who set seemingly impossible goals for himself, and conquered each and every one of them - time after time - as if there was never a doubt. Never any challenge. Someone who showed daily that not only is "anything possible," but that greatness and achievement should be routinely expected of oneself. For that - for allowing me to grow up with a true idol living right down the hallway; for always being my biggest fan, and for so many other wonderful gifts of brotherhood far too numerous to mention, and much too great for words (or even deeds) to express, I thank you Donald. I am appreciative of, and blessed to have shared every single second of our time together on this earth. I will miss you, but keep with me the knowledge that you have touched me in ways that will never ever truly allow me to be without your presence. And please know that in the forms of my enduring love and undying admiration, you will certainly never, ever, EVER be without mine! It was an absolute honor to be your "little" brother. I pray I am able to live the rest of my life in a way that proves me worthy of it......With love eternally, Your Brother"

Perhaps some comfort can be found in the following poem:

Death is Nothing at All......By, Henry Scott Holland:

I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.

Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way, which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me.
Pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect. Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.

There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you. For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner.

All is well.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Donald Appleby “Don” Randolph, Jr (22 Oct 1969–27 Mar 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 87749783, citing Wheaton Cemetery, Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .