Biologist Herbert Posner dies

Biologist Herbert Posner dies

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences Herbert Posner died Dec. 14, 2012.

Posner began teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences at Harpur College in 1964 after receiving his doctorate at Yale University in 1962 and completing post-doctorate work at Brookhaven National Laboratories. Over his career, he taught cell and molecular biology, plant physiology and bioethics. In the early 1970s he was a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Admired by his students, Posner was honored in 1979 with the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was a recipient of grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Science Foundation and the state of New York. Posner was a 50-year member of the scientific research society Sigma Xi. After he retired from teaching in 2000, he was named professor emeritus.

He and his wife moved to the Washington area in 2004. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, attending musical and other cultural performances in the Washington area, as well as traveling in the United States and abroad with his wife and family. He was a patron of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Performing Arts Society.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Binghamton University Foundation.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Spector Posner of Silver Spring, MD; his daughter, Lisa Posner Pafe, son-in-law, Robert Pafe, and grandchildren, Rachel and Benjamin Pafe of Fairfax, VA; and his daughter, Sarah Posner, son-in-law, Douglas Wolfe, and grandson, Nathan Wolfe of Bethesda, MD.