Herschel Post MBE, one of the founders of Earthwatch Europe and Chairman from 1997-2010, sadly passed away on 25th August. Herschel and his wife Peggy were instrumental in establishing Earthwatch as a UK charity, working with a small group of like-minded colleagues with a passion for science, conservation and education to set up an office in Oxford. We remain in Oxford to this day, now with a team of more than 60 staff.
Everyone who met Herschel remembers his warmth, humour and commitment to Earthwatch’s mission. Despite demanding senior roles in this professional life, Herschel always made time available to be an active and highly involved Chairman and oversaw many important developments – not least the expansion of our work into Africa, the Middle East and India.
Brian Rosborough, Founder Chairman of Earthwatch in the United States in 1971, remembers: ‘as a gentle force Herschel Post helped make Earthwatch a respected name in conservation science and to advance the education of successor generations of scientists and citizens whose discoveries make the world more understandable, more livable, and more sustainable’.
My personal memories of Herschel and the support he offered me are equally fond. As a young new Earthwatch recruit in the early 2000’s, I took notice that the Chairman had time to say hello, ask about my background and interests and welcome me to the organisation.
Herschel will be hugely missed across the international Earthwatch network. He left a great legacy and laid foundations on which we continue to build today. Herschel is survived by his wife Peggy, children Day, Clarissa, Eliza and Olivia and seven grandchildren.
Steve Gray, Chief Executive