Marquette University mourns the death of Bill Starr, associate professor of philosophy, who died Sunday, Feb. 1, of natural causes. Starr has served at Marquette since 1980. “He was a dedicated teacher and a good colleague, whose areas of specialization were the Philosophy of Law and Ethics. He had an interest in the British Empiricists, especially Berkeley and Hume. Bill was a longtime coordinator of the traveling performer staging area at Milwaukee Irish Fest and a lover of all things Irish. His lively interest in Irish Studies was unique and benefitted our students through Special Topics courses. He will be missed,” said Nancy Snow, department chair and professor of philosophy.
Starr was a founder and first president of the Milwaukee Feis Society, an organization that brought the first certified Irish Dance Competitions to the Milwaukee area. Starr is survived by his wife Marna, daughter Maura (Tim) Heck, and two grandchildren.
An Irish wake honoring the life of Starr will be held on Monday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. at Burke’s Irish Castle, 5328 West Bluemound Rd., in the lower level.
Please remember Starr, his family and friends in prayer.