Born: Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois.
Died: Havana, Mason County, Illinois.
Occupation: Biologist. Limnologist. Malacologist. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Illinois, 1938-1943. U.S. Navy, 1943-1945. Aquatic Biologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, 1948-1971.
Education: B.S., University of Illinois, 1934; M.S., University of Illinois, 1936; Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1948.
Societies / Service: Member AMU. Charter Member, Midwest Benthological Society (now North American Benthological Society). American Fisheries Society. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.
Remarks: Married Irene Jensen of Audubon, Iowa, 1948.
Data from: Abbott, R.T., and M.E. Young (eds.). 1973. American Malacologists: A national register of professional and amateur malacologists and private shell collectors and biographies of early American mollusk workers born between 1618 and 1900. American Malacologists, Falls Church, Virginia. Consolidated/Drake Press, Philadelphia. 494 pp.
Paloumpis, A.A., and W.C. Starrett. 1960. An ecological study of benthic organisms in three Illinois River floodplain lakes. American Midland Naturalist 64(2):406-435.
Starrett, W.C. 1971. A survey of the mussels (Unionacea) of the Illinois River: a polluted stream. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin 30(5):267-403.