Starlett Wilson Hollingsworth (BS ’63)

Starlett Wilson Hollingsworth (BS ’63)



Starlett Hollingsworth’s passion for philanthropy has led her to serve as an active volunteer, leader and board member for the Ronald McDonald house for many years.


Originally from Arlington, Starlett majored in elementary education while a student at Sam Houston State.


“I lived in a dorm the entire time that I went to Sam Houston, but did not experience a lot of campus life because I was on the ‘fast track’ to finish school,” she said. “I focused on my education.”


She married her high school sweetheart, Ben, and moved to Houston while he finished his last year at Rice University.


She taught fifth grade in Houston ISD and Spring Branch schools before she and Ben started their family.  Today, their daughter Leigh lives in North Carolina and daughter Leslie lives in Houston. Starlett and Ben are the grandparents of three grandchildren.


Although their primary home is in Houston, the Hollingsworth's also have a home in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where they spend a great deal of their time during the summer.


In addition to her work with the Ronald McDonald house, Starlett is involved with the Strings Music Festival in Colorado. She has worked with the organization since its inception 25 years ago. The organization provides classical music entertainment in and around the Steamboat Springs area. She previously served on the board of the Houston Hospice, as well.


When she is not working as a volunteer, Starlett enjoys traveling, hiking, golf, playing bridge and reading.