Major Raleigh Rogerson Gleason, Jr., M.D.
Chief of Psychiatry, US Army Hospital, Okinawa, and Brooke Army Hospital, San Antonio.

Photo by Ann Mays Harlan


Raleigh graduated from Minden High School in 1945 and received his bachelorís degree from Baylor University in 1949. He was a member of the Army Reserve while studying medicine at LSU and while serving as intern at the VA Hospital in Shreveport. In 1956, Dr. Gleason was called to active duty and was first stationed at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, as a staff physician. Later, he became a resident physician in psychiatry at Letterman Army Medical Hospital in San Francisco. From 1962-1965 he was Chief of Psychiatry at the US Army Hospital, Okinawa, where many casualties from the Vietnam War were treated. Major Gleason completed his Army service as Chief of Psychiatry at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. On January 24, 1978 he passed away in Wharton, Texas, where he had continued to practice his profession after leaving the Army. 

Characterized by his fun-loving personality and quick wit as well as his great reverence for the practice of medicine, Raleigh would be proud to know that his son, Raleigh R. Gleason, III, practices today as a specialist in pulmonary disease in Fort Worth, Texas.

Raleigh is buried in the Gleason plot at the Old Minden Cemetery along with his parents, his grandfather, and other relatives.

Old Minden Cemetery - Gleason Plot  G-1

Gleason, Dr. Raleigh R., Jr.

3 Nov. 1928 - 24 Jan. 1978

He was a son of Zelma Goodwin and Raleigh R. Gleason, Sr.