“I loved UT so much that after graduating, I immediately became involved in the alumni association.”
A native of Chattanooga and 1954 graduate of the Haslam College of Business, alumna Martha Randolph has been an integral figure for the University of Tennessee.
“I loved UT so much that after graduating, I immediately became involved in the alumni association,” Randolph says.
She served on the National Alumni Board for UT, and after moving to Atlanta in 1961, quickly realized that there was no alumni chapter there. Randolph partnered with the university to start a chapter immediately, earning a Lifetime Service Award and a spot on UT’s National Alumni Board for 12 years.
Randolph’s resounding legacy and service to UT didn’t end there, however. She also founded Tennessee Traditions, an alumni group comprised of members who have given a minimum of 25 years of service and donated at the President’s Club level or higher, and co-chaired it for several years. In 1988, she was asked to represent the University of Tennessee on the Peachbowl Committee and as luck would have it, UT played in the bowl that year and won..
During this time, Randolph and her husband took over the family business, a wholesale beer distributorship called Allstate Beer and Wine, Inc. They added 80 international beers and fine wines to a company started in the 1940s by her in-laws.
“This job enabled us to meet so many interesting people and travel all over the world,” Randolph says.
Despite their travels and the time dedicated to UT, Randolph is still incredibly active in her community. She has been a member of the Chancel Choir of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church, the Atlanta Jr. Symphony, the Young Matrons for Tallulah Falls and historian for the members guild of the Atlanta History Center.
Randolph says that the icing on the cake to her great life with her husband has been their two children, Rhys and Reb, and four grandchildren, who have all stayed in Atlanta and close to each other. “It has been a joy to be involved in all their lives,” she says.
“UT embraces the idea of family, and it is easy to see once you spend time on this campus."
“During my time here, I hope to have helped someone feel more at home at UT like my professors and friends have done for me, and I hope to give back even a small portion of what I have received.”