Herschel E. Post Jr.


Died October 9, 1939 – August 25, 2018,London

College: Jonathan Edwards
Major: Political and Economic Institutions
Graduate School: Oxford University, B.A., Modern History, 1963; Harvard Law School, LLB, 1966; Oxford University, M.A., Modern History, 1984

Widow: Ms. Peggy Mayne Post
4 Holland Park, Flat 1
London W11 3TG, England
44-207-243-2775 (Fax)
44-7917-674-246 (mobile)

Children: Clarissa, 1975; Olivia, 1982; Eliza, 1977; Day, 1969
Grandchildren: Emma Page, 2007; Noah Page, 2010; Eloise Hegeman, 2007; Oliver Hegeman, 2007

Herschel Post MBE passed away peacefully on 25th August 2018, aged 78. He had an amazing life and left a lasting impression on all he shared it with. His memory will be lovingly cherished by his wife Peggy, his children Day, Clarissa, Eliza and Olivia and seven grandchildren. There will be a private cremation but notice will be given for a memorial service in due course.

Published in The London Times on Aug. 30, 2018

Peggy and I settled in New York in 1966 where I set to work as a Wall Street lawyer, and she began a teaching career. 1969 was a pivotal year. We adopted our son, Day, and I took on the role of Executive Director of the Parks Council of NY. In 1973, my parks career culminated with me serving as First Deputy Administrator of the N.Y. Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Administration. One legacy of this period was the establishment of a central plan for the rehabilitation of Central Park. My parks career came to an end when John Lindsay left office as Mayor, and the Post family moved to Brussels where I tried my hand at running Euroclear, a bond settlement system. Quite a change!

In 1978, now with 3 children, Peggy and I moved to London which has now been home for 33 years. I have had quite a variety of assignments: president of two investment management companies; Chief Operating Officer of Lehman Brothers Europe; Deputy Chairman of the London Stock Exchange; CEO of Coutts & Co., the leading private bank in the UK; and my last full time job, International Managing Director of Christie’s, the auction house. Throughout most of this period I have been involved with the charity, Earthwatch, which engages the layman with important field science in the environmental area. For the last five years, I have continued to work as a non-executive director of several financial institutions. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, so the roster of external activities is finally beginning to slow down, but this is more than compensated by the enjoyment of our internationally diversified family.