James Starr III, retired Air Force officer

January 22, 1991

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. James Starr III, who worked for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, died Jan. 14 at the Memorial Hospital in Easton of meningitis. He was 75.

Services for Colonel Starr were being held today at St. Andrews Chapel at the Naval Academy.

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 became 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.

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