Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas mourns the death of Dr. Kevin Starr, a noted California historian and visionary leader in the field of public education and literacy programs.
“The Golden State has a golden history and thanks to Dr. Starr we now have a wonderful record of our glorious past. He was a friend, a beloved history professor at USC and supporter of the Empowerment Congress, a national model for civic engagement. Dr. Starr provided an eloquent keynote address at the 15th anniversary of the Empowerment Congress Summit. My deepest condolences go out to his family and to the countless people he helped over the years through his steadfast commitment to educating the public.”
Acting on a motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas in September 2009, the Board of Supervisors honored Dr. Starr for his contributions to public education and longtime promotion of literacy.
Dr. Starr is best known for his multi-volume history of California, America and the California Dream. Dr. Starr served as the California State Librarian from 1994-2004 and was subsequently named as State Librarian Emeritus by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2006, President George W. Bush awarded Dr. Starr the National Humanities Medal for his work as a scholar and historian.