Patrick Rand(1963 - 2017)

Rand, Jr. Patrick Charles Of Chicago, IL died unexpectedly on December 25, 2017. He was born August 1, 1963 in Richmond, VA, the beloved son of Marge Rand, who resides in Shreveport, LA, and predeceased by his father, Patrick C. Rand, Sr. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focused in studio art and sculpture with a concurrent degree in art education. He was a teacher in Richmond Public Schools for 2 years. After moving to Chicago in 1995 he taught in Chicago Public Schools and continued his education earning a Master's in Education, Administration, and Supervision. Patrick's life was devoted to the children he was entrusted with teaching. This led him to constantly find innovative ways to engage his students in living and loving art. He also sought to broaden their world experiences by obtaining grants for special field trips to museums, parks, dance classes, photography, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Patrick was a longstanding member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Teachers Advisory Board. He also established a food pantry through the Greater Chicago Food Depository at his school to help provide fresh nutritious items for his underserved children and families to take home. He worked to involve his students in non-classroom activities such as the grant funding for a butterfly garden at their school. He additionally supported numerous charities. He was passionate about his causes. Patrick was a gifted artist, voracious reader, and avid traveler. He was happiest when surrounded with his special "herds" be they family, friends, or even a group he just met. He never knew a stranger. He was a gracious host, enthralling storyteller, and always the life of the party. We will forever miss his beautiful soul, generous spirit, the light and laughter he brought to all our lives. He is also survived by his sisters, Missy Rand (Wayne Conners), Dee Dee (Lake) Critzer, Melanie Rand, Lori (Mike) Kennedy; his nieces and nephews, Patrick (Rachel) Rand and son, Riley, Ashlie (Tyler) Buell and daughter, Leah, Brian Horning, Kate Horning, David Horning, Morgan Barker and Haley Barker; his special friends, Jose Avila and Lisa DaFoe, and innumerable friends worldwide. Memorial arrangements are pending in Shreveport and Chicago. Following his exemplary life, we know our dearest Patrick is in a better place. Thank a teacher this week who has impacted your life like Patrick did. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a children's charity or foodbank of your choice.

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 31, 2017