Jack Charles Star - SAVANNAH- Jack Charles Star, 80, died Friday, January 31, 2014 at his home in Savannah, Georgia. His death followed a long illness. Born in New York City on July 7, 1933 to Edith and William Star, he grew up in Niagara Falls, New York, to which his parents moved shortly after his birth. He earned his bachelor degree in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then went to the London School of Economics, where he earned another degree in Political Science, this time specializing in the Middle East. Upon his return from London, Jack again enrolled in UCLA, this time to earn his master's degree in Journalism. It was during this time, in 1960, that he met his future wife, Cima. After receiving his master's degree in Journalism, he and Cima were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 7, 1964. Early the following year, the couple moved to Italy, where they remained for nearly ten years. Both worked as foreign correspondents and traveled extensively throughout Europe. From the time he was a small boy, helping others was Jack's primary goal. Shortly after their return to the United States, he launched a small publication called People Plus, hoping to persuade large and middle-sized organizations to improve their treatment of employees. In recent years, Jack devoted the better part of ten years developing the Free University Project (freeuniv.com) to help students of all ages earn their AA degrees at no cost, except that of taking an test. Other students could save large amounts of tuition money by earning credits through the website for only the cost of an exam. Several thousand students have taken advantage of this. A few years ago, he launched the Savannah Free College, where he taught college courses in various subjects at no cost to anyone but himself. More recently, Jack launched Solar Savannah, an organization aimed at teaching the public about solar energy through community outreach and extensive research. He remained wholeheartedly devoted to his mission of changing the world to solar energy until his death. Upon learning that he had a terminal illness, Jack decided to undertake one last project. After discovering the organization Heifer International, he knew immediately that he wanted to help this amazing organization. Through Heifer International, Jack is raising money to give the Gift of an Ark, which includes numerous animals that are given to families in need in third world countries. Jack Star is survived by his wife Cima Star, sister Barbara Star, brother William Star, cousin Sandi Savett, and his loving pets Athena, Cosmo, Patrick and Prince. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation of a flock of chickens to Heifer International at https://teamheifer.heifer.org. Search for: Jack Star's Gift Ark. Savannah Morning News February 7, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
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Published in Savannah Morning News from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2014