LeGree S. Daniels, 85, a federal appointee in the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations, died Nov. 19 in her home on the outskirts of Harrisburg, Pa. A cause of death was not reported.
Mrs. Daniels was appointed assistant secretary of civil rights in the Department of Education by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and served two years. She was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the Postal Service Board of Governors in 1990, and President Bill Clinton reappointed her in 1999. She was a member of the board when she died.
"She was a delightful woman who took her work seriously and cared very much about her employees -- everyone from the postmaster to the carrier on the street," said Bill Johnstone, the board's secretary.
Mrs. Daniels co-chaired the National Black Republican Council for three years in the early 1980s and led Blacks for Reagan-Bush in 1984. She resigned from the National Black Republican Council's leadership in 1985, citing the lack of black involvement in GOP politics.
"I am frustrated," she told the Associated Press. "Not just frustrated with the party as such. I'm frustrated maybe with black Republicans and our ability to get the story out about what this administration has done for black America."
Mrs. Daniels, who was born in Denmark, S.C., began her political career in Germantown, Pa., where she was chairwoman of the Harriet Tubman Republican Women's Club. She moved to central Pennsylvania in 1941 and began a five-decade career in state government.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Oscar Daniels of Harrisburg; two stepdaughters; 13 foster sons; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.