name of former Postmaster Alice Brusich
August 02, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ward Cove Post Office will be dedicated to former Postmaster Alice Brusich who served as Postmaster at Ward Cove beginning when Alaska was still a territory in 1954 and retiring in 1985. She was appointed to the position by Bob Bartlett, who was Alaska's territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress at the time.
It requires Congressional approval to dedicate a Post Office in an individual's name. The dedication will take place during a ceremony at the Ward Cove Post Office at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Dianne Horbochuk, Manager of the Postal Service's Alaska District, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will participate in the dedication event.
"I was surprised, but thrilled when I heard they wanted to dedicate the Ward Cove Post Office in my name," Brusich said. "It is quite an honor. The original post office I served in was in an old rundown building without a bathroom. It burned down and was replaced several times. I never served in the current building - I retired shortly before it opened."
Brusich was very active in the Postal Service and in the community. Her entire career was spent in Ward Cove although she was Acting Postmaster in Ketchikan in the early 1970s, but continued to serve as Postmaster in Ward Cove at the same time.
She helped found the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States and served as President, Secretary-Treasurer and on the Executive Committee at various times. She was also Vice President of the national organization in the 1970s.
Brusich was a Postmaster Trainer for many years training new Postmasters throughout the state in how to set up their office.
Brusich served on the Maritime Commission and with the Business & Professional Women who named her "Woman of the Year" once. She was also on the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce for many years. She served as Chairman of a committee established to dedicate the Ketchikan International Airport in 1973.
Though born in Indiana, Brusich came to Ketchikan with her husband in 1945. She has developed an interest in Alaskan history and the role of the Postal Service. One room of her home in Ward Cove is dedicated to memorabilia about Alaskan history and the Postal Service. "When I pass on I hope my home can become a museum," Brusich noted.
"When I was in the Postal Service I was always concerned about service," she explained. "In a small office you get very close to your customers. It was like my own little business. I wanted the people to come to me with their mailing needs."
"It is really an honor to pay this much-deserved recognition to Alice Brusich," said Alaska District Manager Dianne Horbochuk. "This is a very special occasion for Alice and for the U.S. Postal Service."
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