From 1949 to 1953 Struble was chief assistant to Jack Taylor, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. He also pioneered welfare reform in Washington state during his years (1957–1967) with the non-disabled program (NDVR) within the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Under Struble"s leadership, the NDVR program attracted national attention for its initiative in converting welfare from handouts to career retraining.
Administratively, NDVR sought to apply the proverb about teaching people how to fish rather than merely giving fish to needy people.
In the mid-1950s, during the nascency of television in Spokane, Struble was an executive with KXLY.
"She (Alicia Carlington) could have dimmed her ambitions and thus found help within the rules of the welfare system. But she would then have failed.
That she did not have to fail is a tribute to the humanity of Johnson, Struble, Murphy and others who cared enough to become involved with another person, to give part of themselves, to go out of their way – to use all the human resources of a system that is too often applied impersonally, thoughtlessly, grimly. They dared to break, or at least bend, some of the habits that so often make a prison of a society crammed with treasures.
"Why did they do it? Perhaps they are better men than most.
Perhaps they saw in Mistress Carlington an uncommon spirit and a chance for a return on their risk. Whatever the reason, Mistress
Carlington got the help she had to have.
She used lieutenant" (See below, References, J Polly article).