H. Austin Starr Jr.

H. Austin Starr Jr.

Class of 1982

Austin Starr, Jr. dedicated his 40-year career in sales to the advancement of the confectionery industry. Born in September, 1924, he graduated from Waltham High School and later attended both Boston University and Babson College.

Austin joined the Charles N. Miller Co. of Boston, maker of Mary Jane candies, in 1949, remaining with the firm throughout his entire career until his retirement in 1989 at which time he was the owner and president. The company was sold to Stark Candy that same year.

In addition to his life-long dedication to the promotion of candy and the advancement of the industry, he served as a director of the National Confectioners Association for four years.

He served his country during WW II at the Battle of the Bulge with the U.S. Army and was an active Rotarian with the Weston Rotary Club and former member of the Boston Rotary Club.

Austin died peacefully on February 19, 2008, following a brief illness. At the time of his death he left behind his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth N. Betty (Naylor), and sons David and Jeffrey. He was preceded in death by his daughter Julie.