Jacqueline "Jackie" Duncan, a volunteer and former journalist who edited The Bee's society pages, died May 31 of age-related causes, her family said. She was 85.
Mrs. Duncan was a journalism pioneer in a male-dominated profession.
She was editor of a small newspaper in Banning before moving to Sacramento during the mid-1950s.
As social editor, she oversaw The Bee's extensive coverage of weddings, cotillions and other genteel happenings in Sacramento.
She led a staff of women reporters who fought in the newsroom for equal pay with male colleagues while competing with the Sacramento Union to be first to publish the Junior League debutantes' names.
"She was a hell of an editor," former Bee reporter Flo Sleeper said. "She could take one word out of your copy and you were ready for a Pulitzer."
Mrs. Duncan retired from The Bee after covering the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics to raise a family and to volunteer.
She served as president of the Junior Music Sponsors and worked in the kitchen of Casa Garden Restaurant at the Sacramento Children's Home.
She wrote for the Episcopal Archdiocese newsletter.
Jacqueline Gage was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Seattle. She studied journalism and music and graduated from the University of Washington. She had twin sons with her husband of 51 years, Louis Duncan, who died last year.
Survivors include her sons, Harry and Philip Duncan, both of Sacramento; and two grandchildren.
A celebration of her life is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24. For information, call Philip Duncan at (916) 799-7700.