A passionate man

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Douglas Randolph

Douglas Randolph left St. Cloud State in 1981 just 16 credits shy of his degree. He graduated with a bachelor of elective studies degree 22 years later and then went on to earn a master’s degree at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Among his many campus achievements were founding the St. Cloud State chapter of Acacia Fraternity and the MVP award at the 1981 East-West College Hockey All-Star Game.

When testing revealed lesions on his colon and tumors on his pancreas and liver, Douglas Randolph ’03 launched the non-profit Hind-Site Fund (http://hind-site.org).

Within six months of his diagnosis, Randolph and the foundation had raised $13,000. The money, raised at a September health awareness and family fun fair in Waite Park, was presented in October to the CentraCare Foundation.

“Being an active participant, to me, is a huge part of who I am,” said Randolph, 51, a former Husky hockey goalie. “You believe in your passion, you’re passionate about a lot of things, and when that passion takes over, you follow it.”

Symptom-free and full of energy, Randolph pursues passions old and new: family life, hockey, St. Cloud State and Qigong. Randolph and his wife, Stephanie (Hyatt) Randolph ’85, have a blended family of five children.

A disability policy from Computers Etc., a business he founded and sold, has allowed Randolph to step away from teaching and tackle new passions, such as Qigong. Randolph sees the Chinese breathing, meditation and exercise discipline as an important weapon in his battle with cancer. He hopes the Hind-Site Fund can persuade the medical establishment to accept Qigong and other alternative medicines as tools that complement standard treatment protocols.

Former Husky hockey players with former coach Charlie Basch

Former Husky hockey players with former coach Charlie Basch, in the red cap. Players in the back row from left are: John Maclean ’92, Dave Reichel ’79, Roger Rutten ’76 and Doug Randolph ’03. Front row from left are: Mark Reichel ’80, Mark Lecy ’79, Bill Tabor and John Kruchten ’80. Photo courtesy of Karla Reichel.

Randolph manages the Geyer Signal Center Ice Classic (http://cic-mn.org), a 32-team youth hockey event held on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The event annually contributes thousands of dollars to the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association. Few who’ve passed through the Center Ice Classic realize the tournament’s most valuable person was the most valuable player at the 1981 East-West College Hockey All-Star Game.

Randolph plans another winter of lunch-time hockey Wednesdays at the National Hockey Center (NHC). During water breaks, he’s sure to talk with his buddies about raising funds for the $29.3 million renovation of the NHC, a project that combines hockey with another of his passions – marketing. He has taught marketing at the Minnesota School of Business, St. Cloud Technical College and the College of St. Scholastica

- Jeff Wood

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