OBITUARY

Polly STARR

October 22, 1929April 1, 2021

Polly Starr, 91, of Winter Park, Florida, passed away on April 1, 2021. Born in New Haven Connecticut, she lived in Minneapolis and Manhattan and moved to Central Florida in 1995.

Polly earned a Bachelor's degree from Antioch College and a Master's degree from Hunter College. Polly, an artist and a poet, worked at Rollins College in the Executive Education Department from 1995 to 2000.

She is survived by her loving husband, Martin; sons, Christopher and Loren (Gail); grandson, Michael; and sister Betty. She is terribly missed and always in our hearts.

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Martin Starr

April 14, 2021

The hurricane of September 21, 1938 (no storm names were used then) impacted Polly’s life in ways that reverberated many years later and likely forever. Polly who was going on age nine in a month (see the pictures below from Gretchen, Polly's niece) and Betty were taken by Grandmother Marnia to lunch in Ocean Beach from their Fire Island Pines home. As they walked to the general store and dock area near their lunch date, the waters started rising rapidly. They went instead onto the ferry boat (to Bay Shore) which stayed tied up as the only safe haven that entire day and night while homes and debris floated past them. Polly did not doubt it; this lunch date saved their lives. From then on, Polly believed that accidents might appear to be strictly chance events but might have been avoided if you only knew how to see the true picture. We counted on each other for such insight.

It was September 27, 1985 when I was headed up to Columbia to teach my morning class and I saw that the waters of the East River were over their banks snarling traffic. I drove off the East River Drive and went to a telephone booth (there were no cell phones and still were telephone booths). I told Polly to get out of our house on Peconic Bay Inlet immediately. She told me the water was rising and she would evacuate. She saved her own life. All phones were down. It took me hours to locate my love, safe and secure.

Loren Starr

April 13, 2021

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Loren Starr

April 13, 2021

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Loren Starr

April 13, 2021

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Loren Starr

April 13, 2021

Photos of Polly and her sister Betty at the Fire Island beachside (courtesy Gretchen Cady Kuhn)

Martin Starr

April 10, 2021

There are three insights that I want to add to this stream of personal comments. I am doing this to explain Polly’s significant effect on the lives and perceptions of those with whom she came in contact. This is the first of these observations. Two others will follow during the next few weeks.

I have always been able to see quite far ahead but Polly could see around corners. She saved me from countless mistakes by alerting me to potential eventualities that otherwise I overlooked completely. With this non-linear wisdom Polly helped turn my research from snapshot logic to multi-dimensional systems of comprehension and broadened causality. She queried and edited most every concept of value that I ever wrote. Polly’s additions to my books (such as her 26 inspired two and three page interviews with executives of myriad and diverse companies) were often cited by my students as the best parts of my books. We thought we might publish them separately. Polly’s sensitivity and wisdom motivated many of the students who travelled with us on their global practicums for Rollins. She helped them see such wonderful places as Wollongong, Cape Town, Lecco, and Brisbane with open hearts and minds.

Kalyan Singhal

April 8, 2021

Jaya and I first met Polly and Marty in October 1990 at the first meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society in Washington, DC. It feels like yesterday even after thirty years.

We then met again and again at subsequent annual meetings. We joined for dinners and had wonderful conversations. She was always kind and thoughtful.

We are fortunate that Polly graced our lives. We will miss her. We celebrate her wonderful life.

Jaya and Kalyan Singhal

Gay and Arnie Mazie

April 8, 2021

Memories...
We recently found photos of some Thanksgiving dinners many years ago. Sitting around our table were Polly and Mart, Gail and Loren, Chris, Sondra, and others in our extended family. How fortunate we are to have these memories, and how fortunate we are to have known Polly. We know that she will be missed. Polly's love will live on in all of you, both in your hearts and in your memories.

Dee Dee Guzman and Justo Gonzalez

April 7, 2021

Dearest Starr Family -
Although we never met Polly in person, we feel we knew a little about her through her son, Loren, her grandson Michael and her daughter-in-law, Gail.
Through Loren, we know Polly inspired a brilliant mind with stoic sensibilities and quiet mindfulness and a quest for a healthy mind and body.
Through her grandson, Michael, we know she inspired a love of nature, self sufficiency and all things outdoors.
And through her daughter-in-Law, Gail, we learned she was a loving mother and mother-in-law who loved her husband, sons and grandson more than anything else.
What a wonderful legacy.
We are very sorry for your loss and share in your grief.
Sincerely,
Dee Dee Guzman and Justo Gonzalez

Diane Sachs

April 7, 2021

From everything I heard from Gail, I know Polly was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother! Wishing your whole family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts!

FROM THE FAMILY