Dr. Kenneth Earl Starling
Faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love (I Corinthians 13:13). Dr. Kenneth Earl Starling passed away on November 26, 2019 after living a wonderful life. Kenneth was born to Neville Earl Starling and Marie Poage Starling on March 9, 1935 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Kenneth was one of six children. He had two brothers and three sisters. Barbara Ann Starling is the last living sibling and lives in Houston, Texas.
Although his career was remarkable, it is his personal life with Barbara Jean (Gransee) Starling that brought Kenneth his greatest joy. Married on June 11, 1960, Ken and Barbara have enjoyed a beautiful life together filled with love for over 60 years. Their three children are Suzanne Marie Starling, Scott Richard Starling, and Stephani Laval Starling. Suzanne is married to Curt Pool and lives in Plano, Texas. Scott is married to Julie (McNichols) Starling and resides in Cypress, TX. Stephani lives in Norman, OK. Ken and Barbara have nine grandchildren (Courtney, Lauren, Natalie, Jacob, Sarah, Caroline, Claire, Ava, and Blake); and, six great-grandchildren (Avery, Owen Kenneth, Levi, Takota, Declan, and Waylon Kenneth).
Dr. Starling earned degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from Texas A&I, a masters and P.H.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and spent a post-doctorate year at Rice University. Professor Starling joined the University of Oklahoma in 1966, and taught there for nearly three decades. He has been active both in academic areas and the gas industry. He has authored more than 180 articles and a book. Honors bestowed upon him include induction into the Higher Education Hall of Fame, the George Lynn Cross Research Professorship, the Sliepcevich Professor of Chemical Engineering, the 2013 Gas Processors Association's Don Katz Award for outstanding accomplishments, the Mid-America State Universities Association Honor Lectureship in 1977-78, and the OU College of Engineering Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Research (1981); he was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1966. His research became internationally important after publication of two equations of state, both which bear his name, and have been cited over 3,000 times in technical literature.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the University Lutheran Church; 914 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK followed with a reception luncheon in the church lobby. The family requests donations memorializing Ken's life go to either the Ken Starling Endowed Scholarship Fund at OU (https://giving.oufoundation.org/onlinegivingweb/giving/onlinegiving/starling), or MD Anderson Cancer Center; Houston, TX (https://gifts.mdanderson.org).
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Published on November 27, 2019


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K Hemanth Kumar
Dec 10, 2019
Dr. Starling was my advisor at OU. I immensely benefited from his ‘ Total Human’ presence. A beautiful human, scholarly nurturing guide , humble and compassionate individual. I will miss him and would like to convey my condolences to Barbara, Suzanne, Scott and Stephan. Ken was a great human being!
Brian Grady
Dec 02, 2019
As I was able to tell Barbara, I will always remember my surprise when I realized that my father and Ken were at the same place at the same time in 1962 when both of them graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology (my father with a BS, Ken with his PhD). I only discovered this when my grandmother was cleaning out her stuff and she asked me if I wanted the program from Dad's graduation. They did actually meet one another when I was on faculty at OU and my father came to visit me; I thought that was really cool!
Jim Craddock
Dec 02, 2019
Easy to remember after 30 years, Dr. Starling was my best dressed professor in college. His class was useful and interesting, and his lectures were insightful. Thank you, Dr. Starling.
Jane Primrose, Dallas, Texas
Nov 30, 2019
Barbara, I didn’t know Ken well but I know and can see he led a very distinguished life. Much Love, Jane
Drew and Holly Golden
Nov 29, 2019
Never more proud of your love for your father; we give out heartfelt blessings to you and your family at your fathers passing. He was a towering influence that ripples through two generations as can be seen. “To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.”