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Victor Starzenski

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1959


Stevens Institute of Technology

Starzenski was born in 1886 in Clayton, Kansas and he was educated at Hoboken Academy in New Jersey before moving on to Stevens Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 1907 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at Stevens, Vic played on the lacrosse team from 1903 to 1907, receiving letters and doing an outstanding job.

After graduating from Stevens, Vic had many interesting jobs including field engineer for Westinghouse, general superintendent of the gas department of Adirondacks Power Corp., general manager of the Schenectady Power Company, and finally, vice president and general manager of the Hudson Valley Fuel Corporation from 1936 until his retirement in 1945.

Besides his regular business activities, Vic was very active in the Chamber of Commerce of Schenectady and was on the original organizing board for the Schenectady Boy Scouts of America. He was a very active member in the Unitarian Church of his community. His military service saw him as a first lieutenant in the Chemical Warfare Service during World War I.

Vic's coaching experience started at Union College, where he coached from 1922-28. He then coached at R.P.I. in 1944 and 1945 and at the University of New Mexico in 1946, returning to Union where he finished his coaching career from 1948-50.

It is very interesting to note that Vic started lacrosse in all three of the above mentioned colleges. On the side, Vic found time to do quite a bit of officiating from 1923-1950 and served a term on the USILA's rules committee. He was the author of a very fine article on lacrosse, published in "The Stevens Indicator."

In 1947, Starzenski was awarded the certificate by the US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association for the man who had done most for lacrosse in that year. Vic Starzenski passed away in 1974.