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College of Environment and Design

CED Alumni Spotlight: Randolph Marshall (BLA ’71)

As a child, Randolph Marshall always knew he wanted to become a landscape architect. Inspired by the architectural drawings of his father, Marshall dreamed of one day pursuing his passion professionally.

In the late 1960s, Marshall followed his dream to the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design, where he developed a deep appreciation for the landscape architecture program at the college.

After graduating from the program in 1971, Marshall’s dedication inspired him to give back as a donor, and he has been an avid supporter every year since.

“It is rare to have an alum like Randy Marshall who even when he was just starting out in his career, knew the importance of giving back to his alma mater,” said Jennifer Messer, CED Director of Development and Alumni Relations. “We are so fortunate to have him as a role model to others.”

Marshall quickly established a successful landscape architecture career after graduation, leading him to exciting places and connecting him with famous clients such as Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren.

Marshall’s most recent accomplishment has been writing and self-publishing the book, “Integrated Environment and Design, Monolithic Architecture and Eco-Energy,” which was inspired by his work on several international projects. Proceeds from the book have supported two CED scholarship funds created by Marshall and his wife, Helen. Nearly $20,000 was generated from proceeds alone.

But Marshall’s support hasn’t stopped there.

He recently included the CED in his estate plans, leaving a wonderful legacy gift to the College – one of the largest the CED has received.

Additionally, Marshall created the CED Leadership Award, which recognizes students in their senior year for continued leadership and dedication to the CED. Marshall also served as a guest lecturer for the CED Cortona Study Away Program and helped solve landscaping issues in the CED Founders Memorial Garden.

“Randy is continually thinking of new ways to show his love for the CED – either through his generous donations to his scholarship funds or with his creation of special awards for students,” said Messer. “I have enjoyed working with him and look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.”

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