Alan Post, who had an important career in public service for the State of California, died March 26, 2011. He was 96.
From 1949 to 1977, Post was legislative analyst for the California State Legislature, providing nonpartisan fiscal and policy advice. In 1999, California Journal chose him as one of the 20th century’s 30 most influential California public-policy makers. He was also a recognized painter.
Post earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and art from Occidental College in 1938, while studying painting at the Chouinard Institute. Awarded a fellowship to Princeton for graduate study in economics, he completed two years and passed the general exams in 1940, but neglected to apply for a master’s degree. This he did in 1969, and formally received the degree then.
After Princeton, Post taught at Occidental and American University before receiving a commission from the Navy in 1943, where he served until the war’s end. After the war, Post worked for the State Department and the Utah Foundation. He then began his career with the state government in Sacramento.
Post is survived by one son, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased last year by Helen, his wife of 70 years.
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