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Professor Bost is married to Jennifer M. Bost. They met in Sierra Leone, West Africa, in 1967 when he was serving in the Peace Corp and she was serving as a British volunteer. John taught science at a small teachers training college. It was so small that he was the entire science department.
Jenny taught English literature and French language at the high school across the street from the college. They married shortly after they met. After their two years service was completed they spent six months in Holmfirth (the Yorkshire Dales), England, where John got to meet Jenny's family. They then traveled across Europe in an old Austin mini-van the size of a breadbox. Destination, Greece, where they stayed for six weeks.

By August of 1970, John was enrolled at Hastings College of the Law, University of California, and Jenny was working as a clerk at a pharmacy in the business district of San Francisco. By the following year, Jenny was working on her Masters in Special Education (teaching the visually handicapped). They both graduated in May of 1973. John passed the bar exam that summer and Jenny landed a teaching job with San Dieguito Union High School district in North San Diego County.

After a few years of private practice in a small Encinitas law firm, John started teaching at San Diego State in 1979. Jenny completed 30 years of teaching on July 3, 2003 and officially retired on July 4th, giving a new meaning to freedom.  At the end of July, they moved tot heir home in Santa Cruz.  John plans to teach only in Spring semesters, spending the rest of the year at their home in Santa Cruz. He continues to do a very limited law practice, mostly estate and gift taxation (return preparation and audits), with a few wills and trusts for friends and faculty.

They have two daughters. Heather earned a BS in Chemistry, with a Bio-Chemistry emphasis from the University of California, Santa Cruz in June of 2000 and graduated with hermasters in environmental health from the University of Washington. She got engaged to Ryan Day on Valentine's Day of this year, and a wedding is planned for next summer. Ryan should have his PhD in chemistry from the University of Washington in June of 2005. Laura graduated with a degree in Physics from UC Santa Cruz in June of 2003. She is enrolled at UC San Diego in a masters-teaching credential program. She plans to teach high school or community college math and physics. On Valentine's Day, 2003, she became engaged to Dan Zieber (computer guy from Santa Cruz now working at the Palomar Observatory). On September 19, 2003, they had a lovely wedding in a wooded area of Big Bear, California.


Professor Bost has a law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, (1973), a Master of Science (emphasis taxation) from SDSU (1979), and a Bachelors in Science (Zoology) from SDSU (1967).

He served on the Taxation Law Advisory Commission (October 1999 to October 2002). The Taxation Law Advisory Commission Advises and assists the California Board of Legal Specialization in the administration of the taxation law certification program; passes on applications for certification and re-certification as a legal specialist; prepares specialist examinations; evaluates and accredits programs of continuing legal education; and otherwise assists the Board of Legal Specialization in administering the program.

Starting January of 1994, he served three years as one of the seven members of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards' Board of Examiners. Each member was a recognized expert in one of the examines content areas. Of course, his was in estate planning. In 1996, he was elected the Chair of the Board of Examiners, and as Chair was also an ex-officio member of the CFP governing board.