WARREN RANDOLPH BRUNDAGE, Jr.
Randy Brundage died in the crash of a Navy plane on July 13, 1967. A second lieutenant
in the Marine Corps, he was training to become a navigator-bombardier when the jet
trainer carrying him and four others went down in Georgia.
Randy was born on October 20, 1944, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Wall High
School in Manasquan Park, New Jersey, before coming to Princeton. At Wall, he captained
the football, basketball, and golf teams in his senior year. He was active in the student
council and was a member of the Honor Society.
Randy was equally energetic at Princeton. Writing his thesis for the politics department
with Professor Richard Falk, he undertook a study of the Supreme Court’s enforcement
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was his most satisfying academic endeavor as an
undergraduate. Randy played football his freshman year and varsity golf as a junior. In
his second year at Princeton, he joined Cottage Club. He held a Navy ROTC scholarship,
which led to his commission in the Marine Corps.
To describe what we lost when Randy Brundage died is impossible. He was an
individual, a personality. Probably his most outstanding quality was his sense of humor,
certainly he was best known for it It expressed at once all his great optimism, enthusiasm
for living, compassion for others, and confidence in himself. He knew himself well and
was often the subject of his own humor. Evident in his character was a deep spirituality
which made him a strong person, yet at the same time, an understanding one.
Randy Brundage’s good nature was infectious. He was a happy person, and made others
so. He was able to draw one out, to make one forget oneself. For this reason he became
important to many people. From him one learned to enjoy things as they were, and not
worry about how they might have been. He gave freely of himself, and we benefited in
having known him. Nothing better could have been said of anyone.
Randy was especially proud of the Marine Corps and his part in it Nevertheless, the
tragedy of his death remains undiminished. With his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren R.
Brundage, Sr., and his sister, Mrs. Mary Jean Kraft, the Class shares a feeling of great
loss. (PAW, November 27, 1967)