Remembering Jean Starkweatherby Representative Jared Huffman
Posted on 2015-12-17
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Mr. HUFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Jean Starkweather, who
passed away in San Rafael, California, on November 23, four days shy of
her 86th birthday. A lifelong advocate for the environment and a
beloved leader in Marin County, Mrs. Starkweather will be remembered
for her unyielding activism, her gentle spirit, and her steadfast sense
of purpose related to protecting natural resources in Marin County.
Mrs. Starkweather was born in Seattle in 1929 and moved to San Rafael with her husband soon after graduating from Carleton College. She began her environmental advocacy in the early 1970s as chair of a local homeowners group, when she fought against developments on a hillside near Terra Linda. From there, she joined a litany of groups working to preserve natural spaces, including the Citizens Advisory Committee for the San Rafael, Audubon Canyon Ranch, and the Marin County Parks and Open Space commission.
Not only was Mrs. Starkweather involved with numerous conservation groups--she was a leader in practically every organization she joined. Throughout the decades, she helmed the San Francisco Bay Association, Marin Audubon Society, and Marin Conservation League (MCL), among others. Her involvement did not go unnoticed. She received the [[Page E1812]] Marin Green Award and the Peter Behr Lifetime Achievement Award from the MCL, and was recognized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for her contributions.
One area she was especially passionate about was protecting the San Rafael shoreline. Along with serving on MCL's Bayfront Committee, she conducted monthly bird counts, organized work parties to remove invasive plants, and tested water salinity. In 2003, San Rafael recognized the efforts of her and her husband, John, who passed away in 2001, with the creation of the Jean and John Starkweather Shoreline Park.
Mrs. Starkweather's persistent advocacy to preserve natural spaces, wildlife, and wetlands in the North Bay are worthy of our thanks and admiration. It is therefore appropriate that we pay tribute to her today and express our deepest condolences to her sons David, Stephen, and Tim.