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Jackie Strange

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 5, 2015 @ 11:27 am In Durham,News,Obituaries | 9 Comments

Jackie Strange, 87, of Chapel Hill, passed away on Sunday, February 1. She was born February 3, 1927 in Stuckey, Georgia to Charlie and Etta Mae Anderson and predeceased by her brothers Charles and Carlton Anderson.

She received a BS in Education from Georgia Teachers College (now Georgia Southern University) and, after three years teaching high school and coaching the women’s basketball team, settled in Statesboro, Georgia and began her distinguished career with the US Postal Service. Jackie worked her way up the system, often being the first woman to hold various managerial positions.

Starting as a temporary clerk, she was promoted to Postmaster, then acting Manager of Mail Operations, followed by a number of regional and district positions, as Assistant Postmaster General of Procurement and Supply, as Regional Postmaster General for the Southern Region and finally, as Deputy Postmaster General of the United States from 1985 to 1987. As Deputy Postmaster General, she managed the world’s largest non-civilian workforce of 750,000 and a $30 billion budget. Her ability to manage budgets, improve service and efficiencies, and increase morale were hallmarks of her career. Her methods were so effective the Australian Postmaster General asked her to improve the status and credibility of women in their Postal Service. She was the highest-ranking woman in the Postal Service until Megan Brennan became Postmaster General this year.

Upon retirement from the USPS, she chose to stay in public service and became President and CEO of the Bob Dole Foundation for the Employment of People with Disabilities from 1987 to 1989.

Among her numerous honors, her most treasured were the Benjamin Franklin Award (the Postal Service’s highest award), the Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award awarded by the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and being the first graduate to receive an honorary doctorate from Georgia Southern University.

Jackie was passionate about her family, her church, and her career. Her faith and her positive demeanor were the hallmarks of her life. She raised two boys as a single parent. She was a clothing designer and seamstress, an accomplished pianist, published poet, and water color artist.  She was a respected motivational speaker and was a mentor to countless women making their way up their career ladders. In her retirement she was active in her church and served on numerous community service boards. She moved to North Carolina in 2005 to be near her sons.

Jackie is survived by her son Dan Strange of Durham, NC, her son Nick Strange and daughter-in-law Meredith Ellyn Strange of Chapel Hill, NC, her sister Gloria Brooks of Greenville, SC, and two nephews and three nieces.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 12 at 2:30 in the Memorial Chapel at Duke University Chapel in Durham. Another memorial service will be held at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC at 11 a.m Saturday, March 21, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in remembrance of Jackie Strange to the Jackie Anderson Strange Scholarship, Georgia Southern University Foundation, PO Box 8053, Statesboro, GA 30460. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, NC. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com.

Condolences for the family of “Jackie Strange”

Condolence from Thomas Latimer on February 8th, 2015 4:35 pm

Dear Friends,

What a wonderful mother you had, a lady after God’s own heart. May His love surround you at this time.
Just know that another angel has entered the Holy City. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


Dr. Thomas G. Latimer
GTC, GSC, GSU BS Ed, 1960, MEd, 1966
EdD, North Carolina State Univ 1974
Educator for 40 years (teacher K-12, AP college & univ, Adm, local board of ed in GA.

Condolence from Willis & Paige Moore on February 8th, 2015 4:51 pm

Paige and I were students at Georgia Teachers College when Jackie was managed the Post Office there. We remember her as an elegant lady, service oriented and loved the students at that tiny (at that time) college. (750 -1,000 students at the time.) We are grateful for the service she gave there, and for the life she lived. Later I was appointed United Methodist Campus Minister to the campus, and her legacy lived on. Our prayers are with the family.

Condolence from Michael S. Coughliin on February 8th, 2015 7:55 pm

Jackie Strange was, indeed, a “pioneer” as she worked her way up through the Postal Service, achieving the position of Deputy Postmaster General. I had the opportunity to work with Jackie in a number of situations, and succeeded her as Deputy Postmaster General. She faced enormous difficulties during her tenure, including a criminal attempt by a Board member to manipulate large contracts. Jackie was a stalwart in resisting that situation.
My deepest sympathies to her family and close friends. She lived a full and productive life and you all should be very proud of her. Go with God, Jackie!

Condolence from Bill Henderson on February 8th, 2015 10:18 pm

Jackie was a very special person with whom I worked closely during her years in the Southern Region as well as Washington D.C. She was tough, demanding, caring, smart, and fun. There are few people in life with that bundle of characteristics. She broke a lot of barriers, surrounded herself with talented people, and was never reluctant to make a tough decision. She was my friend.

Bill Henderson

Condolence from Ned Preston on February 9th, 2015 10:14 am

Dear Nicholas and Meredith,

I read the obituary of Nicholas’s mother in the Washington Post, and my husband Ben and I both offer you our condolences. I remember, years ago in Chapel Hill, that I learned that Nicholas’s mother was a very smart, successful, and generally wonderful woman and mother–and the obituary certainly brought back those memories–and very fond memories of the two of you as well when Meredith and I were in graduate school together. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Ned Preston & Ben Smith
1604-C Beekman Place NW
Washington DC 20009

Condolence from Carolyn Bowling Wilkins on February 9th, 2015 11:07 am

I was secretary to Jackie when she was District Manager in Louisville, KY. During that time we became

friends. She was a positive influence to all she came into contact with.

My sympathy goes out to her family. They will miss her dearly.

Carolyn Bowling Wilkins

Condolence from Christopher Barney on February 11th, 2015 3:51 pm

My sincere condolences to Jackie’s family – she worked during an era when service and commitment really mattered. Her legacy is an inspiration to any postal worker.
Chris Barney – USPS Lakeland division employee since March 17, 1969

Condolence from Christopher Barney on February 11th, 2015 3:53 pm

My sincere condolences to Jackie’s family – she worked during an era when service and commitment really mattered. Her legacy is an inspiration to any postal worker.

Condolence from Victor Di Maio on July 21st, 2015 1:33 pm

It was with a heartfelt loss that I recently discovered the passing of Mrs. Jackie Strange. I had the honor of working with her in the late 70’s in the Kentuckiana District. District Manager Strange was the most lovable and toughest boss I ever served under in over 40 years of private and public life. Her work ethics were outstanding and set new standards for me. Mrs. Strange was the only guiding light for the Postal Service’s future. Had she continued in the Postal Service, the organization would have had an exceptional future. As I said many years ago welcoming her to the Minnesota Postal Women’s Conference , ” Jackie, we love you and welcome you into our hearts and to our District”.

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