A Tribute to a Friend of the Senate


On August 19, 2014, Randy Lawson, Executive Vice-President of Santa Monica College, passed away.  Randy’s passing is a tremendous loss not only to his college, which he loved dearly, but also to the entire California Community College System.

Randy helped to create the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum (SACC) and served as administrative co-chair of that body for many years.  The writers of this brief tribute each had the honor of serving as Randy’s co-chair on SACC, and we therefore had the opportunity to know him both personally and professionally.   He was unfailingly courteous, considerate, and collegial, and he was always respectful of faculty positions and arguments.  He had an incredible level of knowledge regarding both the history of our system and curricular issues, but even more important and impressive was his kind and gentle nature.   All of us who served with him respected him deeply and appreciated his many contributions to our system and our colleges.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Randy Lawson’s family and to his colleagues at Santa Monica College.  Their loss is our loss, and we will miss Randy terribly but will always cherish our memories of him as a colleague and a friend.

Jane Patton
Michelle Pilati
Mark Wade Lieu
Beth Smith
David Morse
|Julie Bruno
Michelle Grimes-Hillman