ZIP Code Originator Dies

October 31, 1996

ZIP Code Originator Dies

James Edward Day, the postmaster general who introduced the ZIP code in 1963, died Tuesday at age 82.

According to the Associated Press, Day died of cardiac arrest at a board meeting of the Medical Mutual Insurance Co. in Hunt Valley, MD.

Day served as postmaster under President Kennedy. In addition to the ZIP code, he is remembered for reducing the postal service's debt by almost half; raising morale of workers through labor agreements, merit promotion plans, and higher wages; and modernizing postal operations.

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