Captain Randall J. Lynch

The Passing of a Friend and Colleague from the Daytona Beach Campus

Dear Embry-Riddle community,

It is with great sorrow that I write to advise you that colleague and former Commander of the Naval ROTC Unit at the Daytona Beach Campus, retired U.S. Navy Captain Randall J. Lynch and his father, Jay, were fatally injured in an aircraft accident in Arizona on Friday. 

Randy was a much-admired and well-respected friend and mentor to many in our community. He served as the chair and professor of Naval Science and Commanding Office of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit from 2013 to 2016.

Following his retirement after 28 years in the Navy, he remained at Embry–Riddle as an adjunct professor in the Department of Security Studies and International Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences and in the College of Business. He also taught private pilot operations and unmanned aircraft systems at Father Lopez Catholic High School through the Gaetz Aerospace Institute.

Details regarding a memorial service will be forthcoming. Please keep the Lynch family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

P. Barry Butler, Ph.D.

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