US Rep. Richard Neal recognizes The Republican's David Starr
SPRINGFIELD -- U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, recognized the work of longtime The Republican Co. President David Starr Tuesday, announcing that his legacy will be honored as part of the Congressional Record.
The congressman presented Starr, who has spent more than 70 years with the Newhouse media conglomerate -- now known as Advance Publications -- with a copy of Extension Remarks that will appear in the Congressional Record after an editorial board meeting with The Republican.
Neal, who called Starr a "national figure in the field of journalism" in the submitted remarks, praised his influence and impact on media and the arts in Western Massachusetts over the last several decades.
That work, the congressman said, makes him "an ideal recipient for this prestigious honor."
"Few people have consistently done more to improve the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley," Neal said of Starr in the remarks. "He has worked tirelessly to make Western Massachusetts a better place to live, work and raise a family."
Neal lauded Starr's work in the 1980s and 1990s to help revitalize downtown Springfield by encouraging the public and private sectors to work together, contending he was a "critical part of the city's renaissance."
The congressman further noted Starr's philanthropy and founding role in various organizations focused on promoting economic and cultural development, and touted his recent receipt of the Massachusetts Governor's Award in the Humanities.
"For the past 40 years I have been proud to call David Starr my friend and honored to be a small part of his incredible journey," Neal said. "On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate him on receiving this important award in Humanities. It is a fitting tribute to a remarkable man."
Starr, a senior editor for Advance Publications, is a founder of Springfield Business Friends of the Arts, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.
He has been active with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, public television station WGBY and the Springfield Library and Museum Association.