Presley McLeod


Presley Archer McLeod, BA, MD, CM, FRCS(C), FRCOG
1900 - 1977
Obstetrics & Gynaecology 1929 - 1968

PRESLEY MCLEOD, the son of Winnifred and James McLeod was born in Kingston 15th of October, 1900.

Following primary and secondary education in Kingston schools he entered Queen's University in 1917 earning a BA in 1921. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1926. He had an illustrious undergraduate career playing 'flying wing' on four tricolour championship teams, three of which won Dominion football championships between 1922 and 1924. While in the Faculty of Medicine, he served as president of the Aesculapian Society for 1925-26.

Postgraduate study included a surgical internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal 1926-27 followed by a residency in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Women's Hospital New York, 1927-1929. In 1935 Dr McLeod was the first faculty member to earn a higher degree in obstetrics and gynaecology when he successfully completed the examinations for membership in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, England.

He returned to establish his practice in obstetrics and gynaecology in Kingston in 1929 and in the same year was appointed clinical assistant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Queen's. He was promoted to assistant professor in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1933. The same year he was ap pointed as Frontenac County coroner, a responsibility he continued until his retirement in 1968.

Dr McLeod served during the second world war as Lt. Col. in command of No. 1 Field Ambulance Corp based in Vancouver and as a medical advisor to the department of national war services between 1941-1944.

Dr McLeod returned from his wartime service leave of absence in 1944. He was granted a fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1945 and elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1947. That same year he was promoted to associate professor in obstetrics and gynaecology. For the next twenty years he provided excellent patient care and responsible undergraduate and graduate teaching until his retirement in 1968.

Dr McLeod was active in obstetrics and gynaecology outside Queen's. He was a member of the Canadian Gynaecological Travel Society serving as its president in 1940. He served as president of the Eastern Ontario Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1949, and was a charter member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

He was perceived as a modest, self-effacing man and a master at bridge. Presley and his wife Dorothy had three daughters, Margaret, Jane and Pat.