Dr. Jacob E. Dailey, 90, died January 6, 2018 at his home in Reno NV. “Jake” was born in Danville, PA, the son of the late Minnie M. Marks and Jacob L. Dailey. On 16 Aug 1947, he married Rose McKean Dailey, who died in 2011. Dr. Dailey, an Eagle Scout, graduated from Danville High School and served in the U.S. 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 Twp. Elementary School, in Doylestown, PA. Later he became a multi building elementary school principal at the Exeter School District near Reading PA. In 1960, he became the Director of Elementary Education for the Pottsgrove School District in Pottstown. He was named Supervising Principal of the district in 1961. Following the 1966 consolidation of the district, he was elected its first Superintendent, a position he held until 1972. While at Pottsgrove Dr. Dailey was responsible for the construction of the Ringing Rocks Elementary School and major additions and renovations to the West Pottsgrove and Lower Pottsgrove Elementary Schools and Pottsgrove High School. The original Pottsgrove Middle School was also constructed during his tenure in the district. Dr. Dailey successfully worked to combine the Upper, Lower and West Pottsgrove Township districts into a single district with one elected board of school directors. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Western Montgomery Vocational Technical School (now Western Montgomery County Career and Technical Center) to serve students in the Pottsgrove, Upper Perkiomen and Spring Ford School Districts. Dr. Dailey later served as Superintendent of the Bristol Twp. School District in Levittown, PA, and subsequently the North Syracuse Central School District in Syracuse, NY. In December, 1979, he was appointed Superintendent of the Natrona County School District in Casper, WY, where he served until his retirement in December, 1990. Following retirement, Jake and Rose remained in Casper, Wyoming spending winter months in Mesa, AZ. They also travelled extensively throughout the United States in their motor home. Their travels frequently brought them back to their hometown of Danville and to the Pottstown area. Following Rose’s passing, Jake relocated near his daughter Sue in Reno, NV. Dr. Dailey was very active in professional and civic activities. He was a founding director and four-term 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, WY 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. Among the many awards and public recognitions Dr. Dailey 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, NV, and son, Jacob (Mary Ann) Dailey of Lower Pottsgrove; grandchildren, Kristyn (Rob) McDougall of Incline Village, NV; Cherisa Kmetovicz of Santa Rosa, CA; Christopher (Mary Jean) Dailey of Oaks, PA; Matthew Dailey of Upper Pottsgrove; and Katherine Dailey of Philadelphia; and 3 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Dr. Dailey 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, Wyoming.
Published by The Mercury from Jan. 16 to Jan. 21, 2018.
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Jake: I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours. He was a truly amazing man with accomplishments beyond the imagination of most. He will be missed and along with many others, I feel privileged to have known him.
January 23, 2018
Jake: Sorry to here of the loss of your father. He lived a very full life an had a great family. He was a great man
January 21, 2018
Dr. Jacob E Dailey was a true friend. He enriched my life with his candor, his laugh, and most of all, his willingness to explore ideas. Thank you for providing a written expression of his path and his accomplishments. I admire the deep love he had for his children and his grandchildren and how he sought throughout his final years to find ways to better express it. He was a true friend to me during his years here in Reno. I miss him.
January 18, 2018
Please accept my deepest sympathies, Jake and Mary Ann. Jake, your Dad sounds like a man it would have been a great privilege to know. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Lou D'Altorio
January 17, 2018
I am so sorry for the loss of a great man. May you find comfort in family and true friends. Proverbs 17:17