Paul N. Carlin, a Postal Service veteran who unsuccessfully challenged his firing as postmaster general for what he said was retribution by a corrupt board member but rebounded by starting two lucrative businesses that focused on rapid sorting of mass mail, died April 25 at a hospital in Arlington. He was 86.

The cause was bronchitis and pneumonia, said his wife, Azucena Carlin.

Mr. Carlin, an expert in business administration, became President Richard M. Nixon’s liaison with Congress on postal matters in 1969 and was a key player in the old Post Office Department’s shift in 1971 from a federal agency to the semiautonomous U.S. Postal Service.

He later became administrator in charge of the service’s largest region, based in Chicago, before being named postmaster general in January 1985. A year later, he was fired. A “changing environment that required a different marketplace perspective” was the official reason given for Mr. Carlin’s dismissal.

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Source: Washington Post