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Dr. Jacob E. Dailey, 90, died Jan. 6, 2018, at his home in Reno, Nev.

"Jake" was born in Danville, Pa., the son of the late Minnie M. Marks and Jacob L. Dailey. On Aug. 16, 1947, he married Rose McKean Dailey, who died in 2011.

Jacob, an Eagle Scout, graduated from Danville High School and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. Following his Naval service, he enrolled at Bloomsburg State College, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1952. Later, he earned his masters and doctoral degrees in education from Temple University, Philadelphia.

Jacob began his career in education in 1952 as a teacher at Central Bucks High School, and as head teacher at Doylestown Township. Elementary School, in Doylestown, Pa. Later, he was a multi-building elementary school principal at the Exeter School District, in Reading Pa. In 1961, he was named superintendent of the Pottsgrove School District in Pottstown, Pa., a position he held until 1972.

Jacob then served as superintendent of the Bristol Township School District in Levittown, Pa., and subsequently the North Syracuse Central School District in Syracuse, N.Y. In Dec. 1979, he was appointed superintendent of the Natrona County School District in Casper, Wyo., where he served until his retirement in Dec., 1990.

Following his retirement, Jake and Rose remained in Casper, and spent winter months in Mesa, Ariz. Following his wife's passing, Jake relocated near his daughter, Sue, in Reno, Nev.

Jacob was very active in professional and civic activities. He was a founding director and president of the Daniel Boone National Foundation in Berks County, Pa., and was a president of the Greater Pottstown Area Chamber of Commerce. A longtime member of Rotary International, he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a director for the Casper Chamber of Commerce. Among many organizations, Jake was a member of the Petroleum Club of Casper, BPOE Lodge 1353, and the George Vroman Post 2, American Legion, where he served as a post and district commander. Previously, he had been a member of Moose Lodge 1133 and American Legion Post 40, both of Danville, Pa.

Among the many awards and public recognitions Jacob received during his career, were his appointments to the Legion of Honor at the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Philadelphia, Pa., and the Americanism Award from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. In 1984, the National School Boards Association in conjunction with Executive Educator magazine named him one of the "Top 100 Executive Educators in North America". In 1989, he was named Wyoming Superintendent of the Year. Recognizing his long-time service to youth and the Boy Scouts of America, he was granted the Silver Beaver Award by the National Court of Honor, BSA in 1991.

Jake is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Dunn of Reno, Nev.; and son, Jacob (Mary Ann) Dailey of Pottstown, Pa.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Janet Dailey and four nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two younger brothers, Ralph and Richard Dailey, and a sister, Claire Anuscavage. His brother Richard was KIA in Korea in 1950.

Services were private and Jake will be interred with Rose at the Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery in Natrona County, Wyo.
Published on January 20, 2018
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