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Dr. M. Hayward Post, Jr., who is engaged in medical practice in St. Louis, is a representative of one of the oldest American families, his ancestors having come to the new world on the Mayflower. His grandfather was Rev. Truman Marcellus Post, who is mentioned by a former historian as one of the eminent Missouri preachers of his day. His father was M. Hayward Post, who was a well known physician and a prominent oculist of St. Louis. He served for twenty years as a member of the board of the Missouri School for the Blind and passed away in 1914, at the age of sixty-three years. His brother, Truman A’. Post, was a soldier of the Union army during the Civil war. The mother of Dr. Post of this review bore the maiden name of Mary Lawrence Tyler and she, too, was a representative of one of the old American families that has been in the United States through five or six generations, the family home being maintained for many years in Kentucky. The marriage of Dr. Post and Mary Lawrence Tyler was celebrated in St. Louis in 1883 and to them were born two sons, of whom M. Hayward, born October 5, 1886, is the elder. The younger is Dr. Lawrence Tyler Post, born December 25, 1887, who is practicing in the office with his brother and who wedded Mary Tanner. There are also two half brothers, Edward and Frederick Tanner.
Dr. M. Hayward Post, Jr., pursued his preparatory education in Smith Academy of St. Louis, from which he was graduated with the class of 1904. He afterward attended Amherst College at Amherst, Massachusetts, and there completed his more specifically literary course by graduation with the class of 1908, at which time the Bachelor of Arts degree was conferred upon him. He next entered the Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore in preparation for a professional career and won his M. D. degree in 1912. His theoretical training was then put to the practical test through an interneship in the St. Louis City Hospital during the years 1912 and 1913. In the following year he began practice in connection with his father, specializing in the treatment of diseases of the eye, and like his father he has won distinction and prominence as a St. Louis oculist, his practice now being extensive and of a most important character. Since 1915 he has served on the staff of St. Luke’s Hospital, is assistant surgeon of the out-patient department of the Barnes Hospital, is a member of the faculty of Washington University and a member of the staff of the St. Louis City Hospital No. 2.
During the war period Dr. Post served as a captain in the Medical Corps and went overseas, being located at Portsmouth, England. He continued in the service altogether for eighteen months and was discharged at Camp Upton, New York, on the 5th of February, 1919. He is identified with many professional societies. In his college days he became a member of Chi Psi and now has membership in the St. Louis Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Oto-Laryngology.
On the 22d of August, 1916, at Pleasant Valley, Connecticut, Dr. Post was married to Miss Dorothy Lee Rice a daughter of James Q. and Helen (Howd) Rice, representatives of one of the old Connecticut families. Dr. and Mrs. Post have one daughter, Dorothy Lee, who was born in New York, December 23, 1918. Dr. Post belongs to the First Congregational church of St. Louis county and is well known in club circles as a member of the St. Louis Country and University Clubs. His social qualities and unfeigned cordiality make for popularity wherever he is known and he now has an extensive acquaintance and many warm friends in St. Louis.