Writer, Humanitarian and Friend

This web site is devoted to Richard J. Starr (Penn State, Journalism, BS 1975) and his kind of sports writing — dedicated to the human impact of sports on the athletes, their families, fans and communities. It also celebrates Rick as a humanitarian and a friend.

Rick died in May of 2017 at age 64 after retiring from sports writing at Pittsburgh-area newspapers. While he left us far too early, the impact of his work lives on. Those of us who were privileged to know Rick, work with him and enjoy the gift of his friendship were inspired by his writing. His prose never failed to move even those of us who did not follow sports. His stories were transcendent and his style poetic.

Through the Rick Starr Award for Human-Centered Sports Journalism, established at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, we hope to encourage other Penn State students majoring in communications to follow Rick’s example.

Remembering Rick

My wife Cathy and I met Rick in 1974 when we were all undergraduate students at Penn State’s main campus in University Park, Pa. Rick and I lived on the tenth floor of a concrete box known as Pinchot Hall in the East Halls dorm complex. We roomed together my sophomore year (Rick’s senior year),Continue reading “Remembering Rick”


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