Dr. Graham McCleave, a Fellow of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC), died Oct. 6 at the age of 82.
Born in Digby, N.S., on Jan. 6, 1936, McCleave graduated from Digby Regional High School in 1954 before graduating from Dalhousie University Medical School about a decade later. Following a year-long internship at Victoria General Hospital and a few years in general practice in Dartmouth and Nashwaaksis, he returned to Dalhousie and graduated with a degree in radiology in 1973. He then worked as a radiologist (including a term as department head) at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, N.B., until retirement.
An avid philatelist and award-winning exhibitor, McCleave belonged to The RPSC; the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS); the Fredericton and District Stamp Club; the Nova Scotia Stamp Club; and the American Philatelic Society. In addition to being named a Fellow of The RPSC in 2004, he was a long-time director of that society as well as BNAPS.
The British North America section of Eastern Auctions’ Nov. 9-10 sale comprises McCleave’s New Brunswick postal history collection of the early colonial and decimal periods “with many rare postal markings, rates and combinations. Many exceptional items (including some never reported before) were meticulously added to this noteworthy collection for well over 30 years.”
McCleave was also a member of other professional societies, including the Canadian Medical Association; Canadian Medical Protective Association; Radiology Society of North America; New Brunswick Medical Society; and American Roentgen Ray Society.