Dr. Edward C. Starosta excelled in basketball and baseball during his years at Bartlett High School.
The class of 1936 graduate played guard and forward on Bartlett basketball teams. Local newspapers praised him as one of the best schoolboy basketball players in Central Massachusetts. He was a unanimous selection for the first all-star team of the Southern Worcester County League.
He starred both on the 1935 Undefeated Bartlett High School basketball team and recorded 970 career points in basketball. Ed also excelled as a second and third baseman on Bartlett baseball teams, serving as captain his senior year.
Besides sports, he was an honor student, member of the student council, and was senior class treasurer. After graduation, Ed continued his studies at Tufts University, where he played basketball, baseball, and soccer. He received a medical degree in dentistry from Tufts, and eventually practiced dentistry in Webster for more than 50 years, retiring in 1995.
Dr. Starosta was a captain with the Army Dental Corps during the Korean War. He later was active in various community organizations, often taking leadership roles. Those activities included the Democratic Town Committee, Quo Vadis Club, Exchange Club, Boys Club, PAV, Finance Committee, Webster Credit Union, American Legion, Elks, and others. He also held memberships in the American Dental Society, the Pierre Fauchaud Academy of Dentists, and was a fellow in the International College of Dentists. Dr. Starosta became chairman and secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Dental Examiners and was elected to the American Board of Dental Examiners.
As a grandfather he served as a sports menor for his six grandchildren. His two daughters are Paula Chauvin and Marianne Galante.