Dr. M.E. Randolph

February 21, 1992

Dr. M. Elliott Randolph, a retired ophthalmologist who taught at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Medical School for many years and performed its first corneal transplant, died Sunday of a respiratory ailment at Keswick.

A memorial service for Dr. Randolph, who was 86, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.

He retired from practice in 1982. The eye doctor's many patients had included members of the Colts and Orioles.

He performed the first corneal transplant at the Wilmer institute as its senior resident in 1937.

He also wrote a history of the institute with Dr. Robert M. Welch, a former student and fellow staff member at Hopkins, now retired as chairman of the ophthalmology department at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Dr. Welch described him as "a true gentleman of the old school" in his dealings with both his patients and his colleagues.

Dr. Randolph became professor emeritus at Hopkins in 1970.

The Baltimore native attended the Calvert School and the Boys' Latin School before his graduation from the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and, in 1929, from the University of Virginia.

He was a 1933 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, serving his internship and residency at Hopkins Hospital.

He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. He left the service as a lieutenant colonel with the Army Commendation Medal.

Dr. Randolph is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Pickett Davis; a daughter, Pickett Davis Randolph of Washington; a son, M. Elliott Randolph Jr. of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Wilmer Institute Memorial Fund at the Johns Hopkins Hospital or the Eye Clinic of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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