James Starr III Retired Air Force officer

January 22, 1991

Services for retired Air Force Lt. Col. James Starr III, who worked for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, will be held at 9:45 a.m. today at the St. Andrews Chapel at the Naval Academy.

Colonel Starr, who was 75, died Jan. 14 at the Memorial Hospital in Easton of meningitis.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels, where Colonel Starr moved from Annapolis nine years ago.

He retired from the Air Force in 1954 as a range safety officer at Cape Canaveral, Fla. He become an Air Force officer in 1949 after serving during World War II as a naval officer who participated in the landings at Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa and aboard a destroyer, the USS Bush, which was sunk in a kamikaze attack in the Pacific.

He began his military career as a member of the New York National Guard in the 1930s.

Born in Radnor, Pa., he attended Columbia University after becoming a licensed pilot at the age of 14.

In the early 1940s, he was a flying and air traffic control instructor for Pan American World Airways.

After his retirement in 1954, he worked for 12 years at the Hopkins laboratory on several Navy surface-to-air missile programs.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Davenport Starr; and a son, James Starr IV of Annapolis.

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