(KMOV) – The St. Louis area’s leading advocate for the disabled, Max Starkloff, died early Monday afternoon from complications related to the flu.
When Starkloff was 21, he was paralyzed in an auto accident.
The lack of services for the disabled led him to startup Paraquad in 1970. In many cases, he and his wife, Colleen, were national leaders in disabled rights.
Because of their efforts, St. Louis buses were the first in the nation to have wheelchair lifts.
The Starkloffs recently founded The Starkloff Institute.
They have two adult children.
Funeral arrangements are pending.