Cynthia Morris Starr played No. 1 in singles and doubles on Carleton’s tennis team after transferring from the University of Michigan in 1973. She was a singles finalist in the Minnesota Women’s Collegiate State Tournament in 1976 and twice participated in the National Collegiate Women’s Tournament. She majored in English, graduating magna cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Mortar Board Honor Society.

After Carleton, Starr earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and worked for several publications as a sports writer, copy editor, and cover-story writer. During her career, Starr won numerous awards for her sports writing. In 1984 she was named Tennis Writer of the Year by the Women’s Tennis Association.