Dr. Hernando Posada

February 07, 1927 ‒ November 11, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dr. Hernando Posada, age 91, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Knox Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 7, 1927 in Bogotá, Colombia, the son of Roberto and Carmen (Contreras) Posada.

Dr. Posada practiced medicine for 60 years. He received his B.A. from the Colegio Americano (1947) and M.D. from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (1954) in Bogotá, Colombia. He did his pediatric training in Colombia and his passion for learning and pursuit of a brighter future brought him to the US in 1958. Dr. Posada received a fellowship for post-doctoral studies at Harvard University, School of Public Health, and was an instructor at Harvard Medical School while working at Children’s Hospital in Boston. With an interest in pediatric pathology, Dr. Posada completed his pathology training in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Posada has worked at hospitals in numerous cities including, Pittsburgh, PA, Youngstown, OH, Lynchburg, VA, Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD and Patterson, NJ, and in 1974 he accepted the position as pathologist with Martin Memorial Hospital and moved his family to Mount Vernon. Dr. Posada loved Mount Vernon and he remained here in family practice until his retirement in 2013 after 39 years of helping his patients and the community of Mount Vernon.

He was an active member of Rotary, Knox County Medical Society and the American Medical Association.  He was influential in the Spanish Table at Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene College and was co-founder of both the Spanish Culture Club “ECO” in Columbus and the Adult Day Care Center of Knox County. Dr. Posada had a life-long curiosity for knowledge. His myriad of interests included art, history, archaeology, science and geography, and he traveled the world. He had a passion for books and his extensive personal library has been donated to the Knox County Public Library for others to enjoy. Dr. Posada will be sadly missed by his family, friends, co-workers and the many patients he has helped over the years.

He is survived by his former wife of 40 years Elvira Posada of Sarasota, FL; children, Carmen (Michael) Posada DeSenne of Arlington, VA, and Hernando J. Posada of Dublin, OH; three grandchildren, Lorena Posada DeSenne, Alycia Posada and Lily Posada; and a sister, Leonor MacDonald of Rockville, MD.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by three siblings, Roberto, Carlos and Cecilia Posada.

The family will observe private services.  The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Dr. Hernando Posada.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kenyon College, The Dr. Hernando Posada Scholarship Fund, 103 Chase Ave., Gambier, OH 43022-9623; www.kenyon.edu/give-to-kenyon/

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • We are sorry to hear of Dr. Posada’s passing and our prayers are with the family. <ay the God of all comforts bring comfort and peace to the family.

  • Nancy and I are so sorry … Our condolences to the Posada family. Hernando and I had a GREAT friendship … Tremendous man with many talents and experiences that he shared often with us … We we’re so fortunate our paths crossed …

    Dick and Nancy Laslo

  • Dear Hernando and Carmen,
    My deepest condolences to you and your loved ones. This loss is felt by many. I will be forever greatful to have known your father and will cherish the memories we had. You both will always hold a special place in my heart. Keep in touch.

  • Hernandez and Carmen I am so sorry for your loss I enjoyed working for father I learned a lot from him in 20 years I worked for him I have a lot of memories

  • It was an honor to know such a fine gentleman and outstanding physician. May Dr. Posada rest in peace and live on in the hearts and memories of all those whose lives he touched.

  • Carmen and Hernando,
    So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I enjoyed talking to him about one of his passions, Egyptian history. His eyes would light up talking about the treasures of Egypt and about his research. I with miss him and remember him fondly. Prayer and thought to both of your families.

  • Hernandez and Carmen. My sympathy to you both and your family. It was a privilege to have met and served you when you arrived. May your memories bring comfort and peace.
    Jane Taylor

  • My deepest sympathy to Dr. Posada’s family. He was such a kind man and so good to his patients. He was first a friend of my Mom and Dad’s, then he was my Mom’s doctor. I saw such patience when he would treat her. He will not be forgotten. Sincerely, Susan (Nash) Huggins/Fredericktown

  • What a kind and gentle man he was! Praying for peace and happy memories for his family and all of us who loved him.

  • Dr. Posada was a very good family friend. Neighbors too. He was full of life and humorous. I will always remember his patented smile. Rest in Peace Dr. Posada.

  • Condolence to Carmen, Hernando Jose & Elvira. We were deeply saddened to hear Hernando’s passing. He was a great friend!

  • Dear Carmen & Hernando

    I am sure the two of you realize I truly enjoyed working with your dad as a fellow physician and also enjoyed a long patient physician relationship. He truly cared for his patient as was demonstrated by all the former patients he encountered during his illnesses who expressed how he influenced there lives.

    I also enjoyed my visits to his apartment and how I always got a history lessons . It is at theses times I wish could have i sites him a little more frequently. He also enjoyed talking about the local politics and how they influenced the local medical community.

    He will truly be missed and I will always be indebted to him for his support.

    Peace be with the two of you and stay in touch


  • Carmen and Hernando,
    Your father is forever imbedded in the fiber of our hearts as a dear uncle who influenced us in so many ways. We will never recall our childhood without the presence of your dad. You know that you are more than cousins…you are siblings to us. We give thanks for your dad’s love, for his commitment to our family and our well being and for the many gestures, small and large, that showed us that he loved us. We are eternally grateful for the years of time spent together, weekends and summers spent visiting tio and tia’s house, his periodic visits when I began college to check on me (the first time I got sick away from home, he was at my dorm door within minutes of the phone call)….Your dad was well loved by all of our college roommates, in fact, as we all enjoyed going to our “home away from home”, where both your mom and dad received us with open arms! We love you and are here to support you during this time of tremendous loss and we assure you that your dad will always be remembered and held in a place of honor in our hearts. Love, Claudia, George, Andrew and Isa