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Love of natural resources a Starr family tradition

Perhaps it is genetic or the result of years of listening to his father’s words of wisdom. Whatever the reason, there is no denying Walt Starr’s love for natural resources. Walt is the son of beloved professor and the first Bulldog forester, John W. Starr. Starr began his 25-year career with MSU in 1948 as an assistant forester. In 1978, the school forest was renamed the John W. Starr Memorial Forest in his honor. While Walt chose a different career path than his father—periodontics—his love for the College of Forest Resources is evident. In 1991, Walt and wife Lee Ann funded the John and Caroline Starr Memorial Scholarship in Forest Management, making it the largest endowed scholarship in the college. In 1997, the Starrs donated a two-acre tract of land in Ridge Lakes, a subdivision in Starkville. Most recently, the Starrs donated a 2.5-acre lot in Prairie Waters, a subdivision in Lowndes County. "I am so grateful for the time I spent walking in the woods and listening to my father teach me about the natural world," Walt said. "My father left a legacy for me and my children, every time we drive down Highway 25 in Starkville and see the forest that bears his name, we are grateful for the lessons he left us." "I want to leave a legacy also. The gifts that I leave, whether it is a scholarship or property for the Bulldog Forest, will help educate our future leaders in the forestry industry," Walt added. To find out how you can create a legacy through the College of Forest Resources, contact Jeff Little at 662-325-8151.



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