Alice Sawtelle was born in San Francisco, California. After Colby Sawtelle was a teacher from 1888-93 at Coburn Classical Institute. She pursued a PhD. at Yale University and wrote her graduate thesis on Edmund Spenser. She married Herbert Randall. With Louise Helen Coburn, she was a representative for the alumnae at the meeting of the Board of Trustees in 1900 (see her letter to Louise Coburn, May 28, 1900). She died on December 9, 1909.