Hervey Milton Cleckley, M.D.

Dr. Hervey Cleckley was born in Augusta, GA in 1903. He was the son of Dr. William Connor Cleckley and Cora Davis.

Dr. Cleckley graduated from Richmond Academy in 1921 and received top honors. He was also on the track team and the football team. Besides playing both company football and varsity football, he broke the fooling records: the 100 yard ash, 220 yard dash, the running broad jump, the 12 pound shot put and the junior discus.

After graduation from Richmond Academy, he attended the University of Georgia where he was not only a scholar but was a letterman on the football team. In 1923, the star of the season ending upset tie with Centre (the number 1 team in the South) was none other than Hervey Cleckley. Besides being a football hero, he was also Southern Dash Champion.

Dr. Cleckley graduated from University of Georgia summa cum laude and as a Rhodes Scholar went on to England to student at Oxford. After receiving his degree from Oxford, he entered the Medical College of Georgia where he eared a degree in 1929 and was named Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology. In 1937, he was named Chief of Psychiatry and Neurology at University Hospital in Augusta. 

In 1941, Dr. Cleckley authored his Magnum Opus," The Mask of Sanity". This was an attempt to clarify some issues about the so-called psychopathic personality. This became a landmark in psychiatric studies. In 1955, he was appointed Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia and became the Founding Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior.

He authored many books andi n 1956 he co-authored "The THree Faces of Eve" with Corbet Thigpen which served as the basis for the 1957 film starring Joanne Woodward. Other notable professional distinctions of Cleckley include Fellowship of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was also a psychiatrist in the trial of Ted Bundy.

Dr. Cleckley's principal at Richmond Academy was Major Butler and when Butler was asked by his wife, after he has served at the Academy for 30 years, if he could think of one "cadet" as the most outstanding he replied: "without a doubt it would be Hervey Cleckley!"

Dr. Cleckley died January 28, 1984 at the age of 86 and is buried at Westover Cemetery.





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