James Lyne Starling
August 16, 1930-November 3, 2018
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.