Randolph Whitfield, Jr

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Randolph Whitfield Jr. is an American ophthalmologist. During his career he conducted pioneering surveys that traced the spread of blindness in deprived areas in Sub-Saharan Africa.


He received his medical and graduate degrees from University of Virginia in 1965 under a dual program.[1] He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

At Nyeri Provincial Hospital near Mount Kenya, he trained paramedics and clinical officers to combat eye diseases such as glaucoma and trachoma.[2]

He is the son of Randolph and Shirley Whitfield. He married Suzanne Sellars of Atlanta, Georgia[3] and has two children: Eston Whitfield and Louisa Rendall. Both live and work in Kenya. Whitfield's paternal grandfather, James B. Whitfield, was a state public servant in Florida for over 60 years, including a stint as a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1904 to 1943.

Whitfield's cousin, Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, was president of Florida State University, president of the ABA (American Bar Association) in 1991-1992, and started CEELI- http://apps.americanbar.org/rol/europe_and_eurasia/- which has been successful at converting communist and socialist countries into democracies through the development of judicial systems and access to courts.




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