Boyd Post was born and raised in Corning, Ohio in the forested region of Ohio where railroads and coal mines were the major employers. He graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in botany (pre-forestry). He went to work for the Ohio Division of Forestry (ODF) and worked as a lifeguard. Boyd joined the Air Force, attended Officer Candidate School and spent three years in the service.
He returned to ODF, but not for long. Off he went to Duke School of Forestry for graduate studies and joined SAF in 1958. He later taught and did research at University of Vermont for 10 years. In 1969 he joined the USDA Cooperative State Research Service (the predecessor of CSREES) as the Forest Biologist providing leadership for the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program. He became a Fellow in 1987.
He was active in international programs and served on projects in Syria and Jordan. He and his wife have a 50-acre woodlot in Ohio where they will soon harvest some timber and recoup some of the time and cash they have been investing.