In Memory

Rand Costich


On Friday, February 1, 2019, Emmett Rand Costich, of Rockville, MD, passed away. He was the beloved husband of Sandra R. Costich for 50 years; loving father of Claudine (Kevin G. Englert) Costich; grandfather of Helen and Florence Englert. Rand graduated from the University of Kentucky (BA in English), the University of Virginia School of Law (JD), the University of Virginia School of Architecture (MA in Planning), and Carnegie Mellon University (MS in Economics). He retired in 2013 from the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission. His father, Emmett R. Costich, died in 2015. He is survived by his mother Marie Z. Costich, and his siblings Timothy D. Costich, Molly Costich Wilson, Susan Collier, Betsy Casey, and predeceased by his brother Peter Costich; He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Rand enjoyed being outdoors and active. He had been an avid runner, having completed the Marine Corps Marathon twice; rode his bike to work for many years from Maryland to Washington, DC; and especially loved hiking and camping with his family. He visited many of the National Parks with Sandra and Claudine. Not only did he enjoy those trips, but he also liked planning and making all the travel arrangements beforehand, learning everything he could about the region they would visit. Rand and his cousin Doug took a number of backpacking trips out west. He had a close relationship with his brother-in-law Bill and sometimes assisted him on Bill’s hang-gliding trips. As a grandfather, he was so happy to have the opportunity to take his older granddaughter with the rest of the family on two trips to some of Utah’s National Parks.

After retirement, Rand spent many hours working in the yard. The neighbors would often see him sitting outside at the hedge, wearing a big sun hat, meticulously trimming the bushes and smoking a cigar. Birding was another hobby of his. He could easily identify most of the birds that visit the feeder in the backyard. Rand had a wide range of other interests including genealogy, art, jazz and blues music, literature, math and science.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 12 PM, at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W. Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.