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Kevin Starr
January 23rd, 2017

Historian Kevin Starr died Jan. 14 in San Francisco. Starr served as California state librarian for a decade and was a member of the history faculty at the University of Southern California for more than 20 years, published information about the late teacher said.

In a statement on the archdiocesan website, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Starr’s “Catholic faith was the bedrock of his life and all of his magnificent scholarly pursuits.”

Starr lent his knowledge and onscreen personality to a video produced to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 2003.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Jan. 27, at St. Ignatius Church, Parker Avenue at Fulton, San Francisco, at 10:30 a.m.

Starr’s latest book is “Continental Ambitions: Roman Catholics in North America: The Colonial Experience,” publisher Ignatius Press, 2016.

The historian spoke with host John Gray on “Mosaic” on KPIX Channel 5, Jan. 1. Archived episodes of “Mosaic” are available at

From January 26, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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