David V. Randall,
lawyer and ward leader

David V. Randall, 86, a lawyer and former Democratic leader of the Ninth Ward, died of multiple myeloma Oct. 15 at Springfield Residences, a retirement community in Wyndmoor.

Mr. Randall, who was elected ward leader in1968, had lived in East Falls and West Mt. Airy before moving to Wyndmoor.

He had been executive secretary to Gov. George Leader after serving as treasurer of Leader’s successful primary and general election campaign in 1954. Earlier he had run an unsuccessful campaign for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Born in Danville, Pa., Mr. Randall graduated from Wyoming Seminary and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Lehigh University. In 1958, at 33, he entered the University of Pennsylvania Law School and after graduation joined what is now the Ballard Spahr law firm, specializing in tax law.

He served as a lawyer for Temple University from 1972 to 1995, first as general counsel and later as government-relations officer.

He was a former chairman of the Committee of Seventy and was vice president of West Mt. Airy Neighbors. He was a member of the Citizens Committee on Public Education and a member of the tax advisory board of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by a daughter, Meg; a son, David E.; a granddaughter, a step-grandson, and a great-grandson. He was preceded in death by first wife, Helen; his second wife, Natalie, and by a son, Kirk.

A memorial service was held Oct. 20 at Jacob F. Ruth Funeral Directors in Chestnut Hill. Memorial donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, P.O. Box 759155, Baltimore, MD 21275. – WF