Floyd Starr, originator of the credo "There is no such thing as a bad boy," was born in Decatur, Michigan, on May 1, 1883. After graduating from Marshall High School, he worked for several half-way houses in St. Louis, Missouri. Returning to Michigan, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College
in 1910. Fulfilling a lifetime dream to someday adopt fifty boys, Starr founded Starr Commonwealth for Boys in 1913. "Uncle Floyd," as he was affectionately called by his boys, earned the respect of court officials, co-workers and students for his successful work with homeless neglected and delinquent boys. He received numerous citations for his humanitarian efforts. Starr retired from active leadership of Starr Commonwealth in 1967, but provided guidance until his death on August 27, 1980 at the age of 97.