Marilyn Ballou Starr, 75, French Teacher, New Canaan Country School

NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Marilyn Ballou Starr of New Canaan died Friday, July 11. She was 75.

Starr was born Nov. 15, 1938, in Berkeley, Calif. She attended Piedmont High School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California’s Davis campus, where she majored in art and French. After completing an alternative accreditation program at the University of California, Berkeley, she taught French and English at three high schools in northern and southern California. While teaching she completed her master’s degree in 1969 at the French School at Middlebury College. After her marriage she relocated with her family to New Canaan in 1978, where she accepted the offer of a teaching position at New Canaan Country School. She taught French for the following 25 years, serving during her last five years as head of the foreign languages department. She retired from Country School in 2004. She served as a volunteer at the New Canaan Library and in the Conversation Partners program at Norwalk Community College. Starr is survived by her husband, John Bryan Starr; daughters, Lynne Starr Ringer and Katherine Anne Salomon; sons-in-law, Gordon Ringer and Rafael Salomon; and two grandchildren. No service details available.

Contributions in Starr’s memory may be made to the Horizons Summer Enrichment Program based at the New Canaan Country School.

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