James Howard Strickler


A graveside service, with Full Military Honors by AmVets Post #103, will take place in Bowman Flatwood Cemetery, Uniontown, on Thursday, May 3 at 11:00 AM with Dr. Rev. Timothy M. Solomon, Pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Meadville, officiating.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts, Allegheny College, Meadville, at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

James Howard Strickler

James Howard Strickler, 86, of 24545 State St., Meadville, passed away Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at Meadville Medical Center.

James was born in Star Junction on May 7, 1925, a son of the late Willis and Nellie (MacBurney) Strickler.

On December 22, 1951, James married Joan Brame; she survives.

In 1950 James graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  He taught from 1950 until 1953 at Saegertown High School and was employed as a part-time announcer at radio station WMGW.  He became Program Director of WMGW and eventually Manager of the local station.  In 1958 he joined the Pennsylvania Electric Company in their Sales Dept.  A move back to the field of communication occurred in 1966, when Strickler joined the former Meadville Master Antenna, Inc.  At that time MMA, Inc. was embarking on local programming origination, in both Meadville and Titusville.  Strickler was named Cablecasting Director and was instrumental in making MMA a pioneer in local programming, on channel 13.  The channel gained national recognition and was acknowledged for its accomplishments by magazine and trade paper reviews.  Strickler was presented the Pennsylvania Cable and Telecommunications Association Pride Award, on August 17, 2002, for his pioneering efforts in the cable television industry. 

An opportunity to return to the classroom came when he was invited to join the faculty at Allegheny College, in 1989.  He became an adjunct Instructor in the Communication Arts Dept. in 1989, later named lecturer and continued in that position until 2009.  During summers he and his wife, Joan, operated Strickler's Country Gardens and specialized in growing roses, perennials and garden mums.  Jim made many friends at Meadville Market House and Andover Flea Market.  His advise helped many a novice gardener.

After graduating from High School, he reported to duty with the US Army Infantry.  He served in the South Atlantic Theater of Operations, with the Army Signal Corps.  He was honorably discharged in 1946, with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He was, at one time, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Associated Charities, Meadville Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.  He was a past President of the Meadville Jaycees, Crawford County Advocates and the Meadville Kiwanis Club.  He was a fund drive participant for the Meadville Community Hotel, Meadville Area Industrial Commission, Allegheny College and the YMCA.  He was a member of the Round Table and a charter member of the Pioneer Investment Club.  Jim was a mentor to many and a friend to all.

In addition to his wife, Joan of 60 years, James is survived by two nieces Barb Peshkin, Candy Thurman, three nephews Dan Strickler, Tom Strickler and William Chambers.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a sister Dr. Guinevere Chambers and a brother John Strickler.

A graveside service, with Full Military Honors by AmVets Post #103, will take place in Bowman Flatwood Cemetery, Uniontown, on Thursday, May 3 at 11:00 AM with Dr. Rev. Timothy M. Solomon, Pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Meadville, officiating.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts, Allegheny College, Meadville, at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Crawford County, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road or Salvation Army, 1087 Park Ave, both of Meadville, PA  16335 or Bowman Flatwood Cemetary, C/O Patty Stewart, 423 Morris Hollow, Smock, PA  15480.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, PA  16335.

Share your condolences at www.miznerfuneralhome.com


I had the privilege to take Jim's class while a student at Allegheny in 2005, and we would spend many an hour before and after class talking about radio -- a passion both of us shared. He helped encourage me to get my first job in radio, and we continued to keep in touch after I graduated. He was a great teacher, mentor, and friend. When I last returned to visit Allegheny and Meadville in 2009, I stopped in to check out the new Vukovich Center and visit with Jim, and we had a great time reminiscing. He was a wonderful asset to the Allegheny College community, and I am so happy I was able to know such a great man. He will be missed.

- Brett Van Wagner
May 1, 2012

I was sorry to learn of Jim's passing, although I was aware of his fragile condition following his surgery. Jim was an important and positive influence in my life during his tenure as Program Director at WMGW and was also a mentor to many others during his varied career. He was an important force for good to the Meadville area during his long and active life and will be greatly missed. My sincere codolence to Joan.

- Larry Perrotto
May 1, 2012

To my friend, mentor and patient, You will be deeply missed by many. You were an inspiration to my ' other' career with your advice and work ethic.

My condolences to your family and lovely wife, Joan

Dr Tom Arno

- Dr Tom Arno
May 1, 2012


I am so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I have many wonderful memories of you and Jim, especially during the time you lived at Conneaut Lake. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

-Jim, Linda, and Travis Stright (Columbia, MD)

- Jim Stright
May 1, 2012

Dear Joan and Jim's family.
My deepest condolences on Jim's passing.
He and I shared in the growth years of local media here in the Meadville area...Jim at CTV13 and I at WMGW. Jim was surely a positive factor in the development of cable TV in Meadville, but he is also fondly remembered as a "gentleman and a scholar."
He will be missed.

Nick Bernard

- Nick Bernard
May 1, 2012

Jim was a wonderful man who shared his time and wisdom with all. He loved his wife, his friends, his students and his pets. I will never forget watching him try to "train" Beau. He will be missed. All our thoughts and prayers are with you, Joan.

Sylvia and Jim

- Sylvia White
May 3, 2012

I did not know Professor Strickler as well as other students but I always looked forward to his communication arts class when I was an Allegheny freshman in 2007. I was sorry to hear he passed but so happy to have known him.

- Katrina Tulloch
May 10, 2012

I had the honor of knowing Professor Strickler through teaching Media and Society Com Arts class at Allegheny College. He was loved by all. He was very inspirational and gave us energy. On the first day of class he said, "I could be at the Seniors Center playing cards, but instead I want to be here with you young people." He was very intelligent and went out of his way to help us understand and give us real life examples of what he was teaching. He will be missed by all! I always recommended his class! :) One of the best professors I have had! I am lucky I got to be in his class and know him!

- Anonymous
May 10, 2012

Professor Strickler will always hold a very significant place in my heart. I was privileged to take the last class that he taught at Allegheny College. His passion for communications convinced me to study Communication Arts. The way he taught was so incredible and I will forever remember his sincerity and life changing advice. His contributions to society span more than just Allegheny College. This man is a legend.

- Zeben Ashton
May 10, 2012

I have many fond memories of Professor Strickler from his Media in Society class at Allegheny College. I learned more from one semester with Professor Strickler than I have in most other classes. His wisdom and profound insight that he obtained through his career are unmatched, and his love for the topics he taught could not go unnoticed. Professor Strickler is one of the few educators I will remember for the rest of my life. I have told so many friends about Professor Strickler and the amazing life he lived. Jim will live on through the countless Allegheny students like myself who will continue to share his stories.

- Josh Alberts
May 11, 2012