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Services set for disability rights pioneer

Max Starkloff with his daughter, Emily
File photo | Bill Greenblatt | UPI
Max Starkloff on June 20, 2008, when he received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Funeral services for disability rights pioneer Max Starkloff have been set.

The activist, who died Tuesday at the age of 73, will be remembered in a funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church on the campus of St. Louis University on January 4th. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the ceremony will start at 10. Visitation will be in the ballroom of the Busch Student Center, also on SLU's campus, from the end of the service until 2:30pm. Burial will be private.

And, the Post-Dispatch reports, the services will be in keeping with Starkloff's life work:

(A)ccommodations will be available for disabled individuals, including sign language interpreters; a ramped entrance from Grand Boulevard to the lower level of the church and an elevator to the church; and designated seating for people with mobility disabilities.

 Starkloff was paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident in 1959, when he was 21. He leaves behind his wife Colleen, two children, and four grandchildren.

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.