1922 - 2012
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Austin Stuart Post passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012 in DuPont, WA at the age of 90 years. A world-renown glacier photographer and scientist, his work for the U.S. Geological Survey and Universities of Washington and Alaska included aerial photography of glaciers from Alaska to Patagonia and Greenland. He served four years in the US Navy during World War II. He was born on March 16, 1922 and attended school in Chelan, WA, but dropped out during the depression when he was 15 and began a career as a forester, photographer, map-maker and glaciologist. He co-authored "Glacier Ice" with Edward LaChapelle in 1971 and published 50 scientific papers, many of them considered outstanding contributions to glaciological science. In 2004 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Sciences degree by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Preceding in death was his sister Phyllis Post Hubbard, of Vashon Island, WA, nephew Austin Bruce Hubbard, and his former wife Elisabeth Black "Betty" Post, mother of his sons. Surviving Austin are his wife of 28 years, Roberta Post, sons Charles Austin Post (Pen Post), Richard Hubley Post (Susan Bartlett) , adopted son Charles Anthony Post (Debbie), stepchildren Melinda Patience, Alice Salinero, Bonnie Patience, and Art Patience, brother-in-law Henry Winfield Hubbard of Vashon Island, nephews Stuart Hubbard and Philip Hubbard, niece Mary Wise, former wives Lucy Varty, Patricia Hubbard, and Marjorie Pickett (mother of his adopted son), and surrogate grandchildren Kevin and Kim Ward and great-grand-children Austin Cole Ward and Parker Stuart Ward, also of Vashon Island.
Published on NYTimes.com from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012