Dr. Dana Nelson Jost, 93, Biology Professor at Framingham State, WW II Veteran





Framingham – Dr. Dana Nelson Jost, 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, from complications associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was the husband of Mary (Betty) Elizabeth Jost (Gerstner) to whom he was married for 71 years. He was the son of Nelson M. and Pauline Jost (Crosby) formerly of Needham and Harwichport.

He earned his PhD in Microbiology from Harvard University, previously attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Needham High School.

He leaves behind his wife Betty, his son David and his wife Donna-Jean of Ashland and was predeceased by both his son Robert and his daughter Debbie. He was the brother of Martha Claxton of Cherry Hill, NJ, and was grandfather to Christopher Jost of Hopkinton, and Katie Jost of North Hollywood, CA.

During World War II he served with Company D, 18th Tank Battalion of the 8th Armored Division and participated in the European Theatre of Operations.

He was a professor of Biology at Framingham State College for over 40 years and served as the Department Chair for many years. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Continuing Education program at the College.

He was an active gardener and served the New England Wildflower Society on the Building Committee, Awards Committee, and as a Trustee.

After the passing of his son Robert, he and Betty established The Garden of Hope behind the Cancer Care Center at MetroWest Hospital to honor those whose lives were impacted by cancer.

He also served the town of Framingham by serving on the Board of Health and as a Library Trustee. He was also part of the Civic League players.

He continued to enjoy weekly gatherings to read and perform plays with close friends up to the time of his passing.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Wednesday, February 6th, at 11:30 a.m. at The Plymouth Church on Edgell Road in Framingham. Burial will be private.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. At the family’s request there will be no visiting hours.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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