Edward Leo Starr, 76, Martin-Marietta manager

April 30, 2004

Edward Leo Starr Jr., a retired Martin-Marietta manager, died Monday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of injuries from an automobile accident April 2. The Catonsville resident was 76.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington, he attended the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Parochial School. He was a 1947 graduate of the old St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville and earned a degree from St. Mary's Seminary in 1949.

Mr. Starr decided not to enter the priesthood and went on to earn a master's degree in social work from Catholic University of America in 1952. That year he was drafted into the Army and achieved the rank of lieutenant.

He was known as Ned and worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative before joining a Martin-Marietta Corp. masonry division known as Capital Cement in 1962. He was its marketing analyst and worked in a Village of Cross Keys office for many years. In 1983, he transferred to the Martinsburg, W.Va., location and retired in 1990.

Mr. Starr was a former member of the St. Mark Roman Catholic Church parish council in Catonsville, where he was also a Eucharistic minister and taught religious education classes. He also volunteered weekly at Our Daily Bread.

He was on the board of the Five Oaks Swim Club in Catonsville. In the early 1970s, he was a proponent of the pool's racial integration.

His wife of 38 years, the former Marianne Monaghan, died in 1991. In 1995, he married Marge Gartrell, who survives him.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Community of Relay, 5025 Cedar Ave.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Daniel Starr of Cockeysville; three daughters, Mary Frances Jarboe and Theresa Singleton of Catonsville, and Maureen Starr of Frederick; a stepson, Aaron Gartrell of Catonsville; a stepdaughter, Amy Meekins of Germantown; a sister, Anne Davis of Catonsville; and two grandsons.

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