James Lyne Star­ling

Au­gust 16, 1930-Novem­ber 3, 2018

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James Lyne Star­ling,

88, of Ro­seville, MN died Novem­ber 3, 2018, at

Lyn­g­blom­sten Care Cen­ter in Saint Paul, MN af­ter a long bat­tle with Parkin­son’s dis­ease. He was born Au­gust 16, 1930, in Henry County, Vir­ginia, the son of the late Leonard Anderson Star­ling and the late Florine Anderson Star­ling. In 1968, he mar­ried Martha El­iz­a­beth Lewis. In ad­di­tion to his wife, he is sur­vived by a daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth Star­ling (Kevin Dutcher), grand­chil­dren Char­lotte and Theodore Dutcher, and grand­son by mar­riage, Ben­jamin Dutcher, all of Saint Paul, MN. Also sur­viv­ing are sis­ters, Anne Giesler (W.E.) and Mary Robert­son (Jim­mie), both of Ridge­way, VA and brother Thomas M. Star­ling (Eve­lyn) of Fayet­teville, GA. He was pre­ceded in death by broth­ers, Leonard, Jr., Hugh, Ge­orge and John.

In 1951, he re­ceived his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in agron­omy from Vir­ginia Polytech­nic In­sti­tute and State Univer­sity. Fol­low­ing two years of ser­vice in the U.S. Army dur­ing the Korean War, he en­tered The Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity as a grad­u­ate stu­dent, earn­ing the mas­ter of sci­ence and doc­toral de­grees in agron­omy with spe­cial­iza­tion in plant ge­net­ics and ap­plied statis­tics. In 1957, he was ap­pointed to the Penn State agron­omy fac­ulty to lead re­search in for­age va­ri­ety de­vel­op­ment and to teach cour­ses in ap­plied statis­tics. He served as head of the Depart­ment of Agron­omy from 1969 to 1985.

He was ap­pointed As­so­ciate Dean for Ad­min­is­tra­tion for the Col­lege of Agri­cul­tural Sciences in 1985 and Se­nior As­so­ciate Dean in 1993, a post that he held un­til his re­tire­ment in 1996. In th­ese po­si­tions, he was re­spon­si­ble for fis­cal and per­son­nel mat­ters, strate­gic plan­ning, aux­il­iary en­ter­prises and de­vel­op­ment of fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of the Agri­cul­tural Sciences and In­dus­tries Build­ing, com­pleted in 1991.

He was mem­ber of Phi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta and Phi Ep­silon Phi hon­orary so­ci­eties and of Sigma Xi, the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sci­ence (AAAS), the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Agron­omy (ASA) and the Crop Sci­ence So­ci­ety of Amer­ica (CSSA). He was a fel­low of AAAS and mem­ber of the Boards of Di­rec­tors of both ASA and CSSA. He also was a mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the Penn­syl­va­nia For­age and Grass­land Coun­cil, the Penn­syl­va­nia Plant Food and Pro­tec­tant Ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety and the North­east Branch ASA and each rec­og­nized him for distin­guished ser­vice. In the lo­cal State Col­lege com­mu­nity, he was a mem­ber of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where he served as a mem­ber of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Board, the Board of Trustees and the ush­er­ing com­mit­tee. He was also a mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the State Col­lege Ki­wa­nis Club.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on De­cem­ber 8, 2018 at the He­len Eakin Eisen­hower Chapel on the Penn State Campus at 2:30 p.m. with vis­i­ta­tion be­gin­ning at 1:30 p.m. In­ter­ment will be in the Moun­tain View Ceme­tery, Ridge­way, VA at a fu­ture date. Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be sent to the Cen­tre County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, 1377 Ridge Mas­ter Drive, State Col­lege, PA 16803.

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