KOKOMO, Ind. — The Honorable Randy G. Hainlen, B.A. ’78, who served more than 30 years as an Indiana University Kokomo adjunct faculty member, died Saturday, March 12.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from IU Kokomo in 1978, and graduated from the IU School of Law in 1981. He returned to campus as an adjunct faculty member in 1985, and taught his last class in substantive criminal law four days before his death.
Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said he was a popular teacher who cared about student success.
“He was passionate about the issues, and he was passionate about getting students to think through those issues and to become civically engaged,” she said. “Student success was really important to him. You had to love Randy, and the students did. He was a huge hit.”
Sarah Heath, chair of the sociology, history, and political science department, recalled taking students on a field trip to Plains, Georgia, with Hainlen, who used his connections to give the students a chance to attend a talk with former President Jimmy Carter.
“He was always gracious in offering these experiences,” Heath said. “He made them into an opportunity, not to be missed. Even though this was a gift that benefitted students, he seemed to relish students’ participation when he could have treated it like a favor or something for which he was owed in return.”
Hainlen, 60, received the IU Kokomo Distinguished Service Award in 1991, the IU Kokomo Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 1993, and the IU Alumni Association President’s Award in 1995.
He served on the IU Kokomo School of Public and Environmental Affairs advisory board, and taught classes in that school, as well as in political science and criminal justice.
Hainlen started a law practice in Kokomo shortly after being admitted to the bar in 1981. He was Howard County Superior Court 3 judge from 1989 to 1996. He was later appointed as senior judge to the Indiana Supreme Court, and regularly heard cases for judges in Clinton and Madison counties.
Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 17, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road. Burial will be in Converse Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.