Born in France, Raymond Gaillaguet (1920-2011) and his late wife, Denise, immigrated to the United States after World War II. Ray had studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and served in the OSS during the war. Both he and Denise enjoyed philately and exhibited at local shows, nationals, and internationals. Ray won grands and major awards for his exhibits “Bordeaux: Birth of the Third Republic” and “Early Sower Issues.” He served as president and treasurer of the Rhode Island Philatelic Society, president of the Philatelic Group of Boston, trustee of the Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum, show chair of RIPEX, board member of France and Colonies Philatelic Society, and U.S. Commissioner to PhilaFrance 82, Bangkok 83, Ameripex 86, and PhilaFrance 89. He was an APS judge emeritus. In addition to owning Emile’s of Paris, a hair salon, he enjoyed glee club, history, good food, wine, and friends.
Ray’s award-winning exhibit of French Sower postal stationery is part of the museum’s permanent collection, as is some of his French military postal history. His library of specialized French literature added over fifty volumes to the museum library.