Richard Graeme, a native of Bisbee, Arizona, has been a collector and student of the minerals from this classic locality since 1950 and worked as an underground miner at Bisbee for a dozen years. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Geological Engineering in 1972 and continued to work in Bisbee as the Resident Geologist. The mineral graemite was named in his honor in 1975, as he had discovered the type material in 1959.
Professionally, Mr. Graeme, now retired, has served most recently as Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Lumina Copper SAC; Vice-President and General Manager of Gold Fields La Cima; both located in Peru and as Vice President and Country Manager of Gold Fields Venezuela. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Head of Operations for Gold Fields Ghana, Ltd., located in West Africa.
He was also Vice President of Operations for Sharon Steel Natural Resources based in Denver and later as Vice President of Operations for Golden Queen Mining Company, in Mojave, California. Before that Mr. Graeme was the General Manager of gold mines in California, New Mexico and Nome, Alaska as well as a coal mine in Utah and a copper mine in New Mexico. In all, he worked in the mining industry for 55 consecutive years.
He is a member of the Society of Mining Engineers.