Dr. Edward Starinchak '58

Dr. Edward Starinchak '58Dr. Edward J. “Ed” Starinchak entered the Chapter Eternal on November 13, 2013 at Case Western University Hospital in Cleveland as a result of an unexpected setback following surgery there. He was born May 25, 1936 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late Andrew and Rose (Hudak) Starinchak. Brother Starinchak was 77 years old.

Dr. Starinchak was a well-known and admired surgeon with deep roots in the Granville area. An amazing “green-thumb” and an incredibly generous person with a blue collar work ethic, "Doc" always had a sparkle in his eye and lived every aspect of his life in a large way.

At Denison, Ed left his mark as "Bulldozer" and was an All-American football player from 1954-58 under the direction of Coach Keith Piper. Upon graduation from medical school at The Ohio State University, where he was known as "Scrub," he completed his internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin in the field of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. Later he completed his Pathology residency at Duke University. For many years, Dr. Starinchak conducted his practice in Newark and worked at clinics in Mt. Vernon. His work involved a lot of complex surgery over the years, including much groundbreaking work with lasers.

Brother Starinchak was a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Medical Association. Many knew him as a huge fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns. He also greatly enjoyed many facets of organic gardening, farming and preparing food like his special deer jerky, hot peppers and sauerkraut. He had a great love for animals; most recently, his inseparable Black Lab companion, Cindy. Much of his personal satisfaction came from sharing the fruits of his labor with long-time friends and family. A man of the outdoors and much-loved friend, Ed was a larger-than-life hero to many. His masterful skills as a surgeon, legendary generosity, boyish twinkle in his eye, and contagious smile, will be more than missed. These qualities live on as an enduring testimony to Ed’s legacy in the countless people he has deeply touched over the years.

Surviving are his wife of 51+ years, Frances (Kocinski) Starinchak of Granville; sons and daughter-in-law, Edward Starinchak of Bellingham, WA, and Joe and Kelly Starinchak of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren, Bela and Jonah Starinchak of Alexandria, VA; brother, Andrew Starinchak of Chicago, IL; sister, Rosemary Danylchak of N. Royalton, OH; brother-in-law, Chester Kocinski of Hyder, AK; sister-in-law, Patricia Carr of Kona, HI; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Ernie Starinchak.

All honor to his name.

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