Colleen Kelly Starkloff

St. Louis on the Air
5:44 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Starkloff Disability Institute Works To Overcome Obstacles To Hiring People With Disabilities

Colleen Starkloff

For Colleen Starkloff and her husband Max, advocating for people with disabilities has always been about helping them gain independence. When they founded Paraquad in St. Louis 45 years ago, their goal was to enable people with disabilities to live independently.

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St. Louis on the Air
8:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Colleen Starkloff Continues Advocating For Rights For People With Disabilities

Colleen Kelly Starkloff

Colleen Kelly Starkloff has been on the forefront of the disability rights movement ever since she met her late husband, Max Starkloff, in the nursing home where he was confined due to a disabling car accident. Still a young man, Max was determined to live independently and help others in his situation do the same. 

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Max J. Starkloff
4:52 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

"We admired him, we all loved him."

Max J. Starkloff in 2008 when he received his star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The sanctuary at St. Francis Xavier Church on the Saint Louis University campus was filled today with people who had gathered for one purpose - to remember the life of Max Starkloff.

Such a crowd, said former Washington University chancellor William Danforth, would have been unheard of in 1959, when an automobile accident left Starkloff a paraplegic and living in a nursing home at the age of 21.

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