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David Vincent Grayson

May 12, 2021 | 11 comments

David Vincent Grayson, 80, of La Crosse and formerly of Oak Park, IL passed away peacefully on May 8, 2021 at the Bethany Riverside Healthcare Center in La Crosse.  He was born January 13, 1941 to Edgar and Hazel (Devitt) Grayson.

David will be remembered for his great sense of humor and generosity with his time.  He enjoyed magic tricks and ventriloquism.  He was a Master Certified Graphoanalyst and was a member of the International Graphoanalysis Society and The Handwriting University.  He was the former President of the Illinois Chapter of Handwriting Analysts, VP of The American Association of Handwriting Analysts, Illinois Handwriting Analyst of the year in 1983 and 1989, International Graphoanalyst of the year in 1985, and was Handwriting Analyst of the year for The Handwriting University in 2014.  He had a 1st Class FCC broadcast license and was staff announcer for WTAQ in LaGrange, Illinois for 18 years.

David is survived by his brother, James (Barbara) Grayson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Daniel and Michael.

His family would like to thank the caregivers at Bethany Riverside for their passionate care over the years.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am with a visitation one hour prior at Mary Mother of the Church Parish, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse.  Father Brian Konopa will be the celebrant.



  1. Mary Pegues

    Dear James and Barbara,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am a member of the Illinois Chapter of Graphoanalysts and have known Dave for many, many years. He was the mortar to our bricks of the chapter and was loved by all. He worked tirelessly to keep our chapter afloat. His friendship and incredible understanding of handwriting analysis was treasured by all of us. Dave will be one of the members that we all remember as one of “the greats”. I will miss him.

    Mary Pegues

  2. Valerie Weil CG

    Dave was an amazing graphologist and good friend. As an officer of the American Association of Handwriting Analysts and leader of several groups for IGAS and Handwriting University, Dave made a wonderful impression on a great many people. We are all going to miss his contributions, his humor and his grace.

  3. Mary Ann Babich

    Dave was one of our most treasured Graphoanalysts. He wrote several books which I was able to purchase. The last three he simply gave to me. I will always treasure them. God bless him and keep him close.

  4. Angela White Burrage

    Dave Grayson was such a pleasant man. I enjoyed his written correspondence these last 25 years. Zoom made the last months of our life much better as we were able to meet on Monday nights and talk. Dave had a major influence on my life and still does. I miss you Dave Grayson.

  5. Mary Jaeger

    I am so sorry for your loss! I met Dave through my friends at Manor Homes, and then visited Dave when he was a resident of Bethany Lutheran. I was impressed with his wide range of knowledge, sharp mind, and his dedication to friends. I know he enjoyed his Tuesday pizza dates with friends from Manor Homes, here in La Crosse, WI.

  6. Ellen Bowers

    Dave was a good friend as we worked together to encourage growth in the field of handwriting analyses from differing points of view. I treasure his words and short notes.

  7. Kat Hammond

    Doc/ Dave Grayson has been a friend and mentor of mine for several years. His humor and wit are just two things that I will remember of him. He had a big heart and I was honored to know him. He taught me much about the subtitles of handwriting analysis and guided me in reaching Master level training. I will miss him in the handwriting community and our many phone calls.

  8. Maureen monk

    I met David at morning mass at MMOC we found out that we had relatives from alamakee Iowa and a common friend sr Francine Quillin, my cousin. She is a presentation sister from Dubuque Iowa. May God rest his soul, Maureen Quillin monk

  9. Sue Yackel Passamani

    Sending our sincere sympathy to Dave’s family from Iron River, Michigan. He was a close friend to my parents Ed and Lou Yackel (they had a camp near his). He treasured their friendship with him. I corresponded with Dave after my parents passing. I enjoyed his friendship. Sadly we never actually met. We loved receiving his special Christmas cards. So happy he went peacefully. We prayed for that. Sending caring thoughts.

  10. Vanessa Park

    Dear James, We have never met but I have worked with Dave for many years as his editor. I edited a book for him 6 or 7 years ago, and several articles in between, and most recently his last book about Graphotherapy. Over those years I became so incredibly fond of him. I found him to be a sweet, honest, kind, humble man with great talents and gifts. I had not heard from him in quite awhile despite a few emails (admittedly of a rather worried tone) and he has been constantly on my mind. I knew of his health issues and a few weeks ago did an online search and was delighted NOT to find any news of his passing. I did the same today, and found the record of his passing and about his services, and saw this page. I am grateful that I can reach out to you. I had wished I had contact information for you all along but it was not really appropriate. Though Dave spoke of you often, I do not think he ever mentioned your name… I had no idea how to find you! If you are of a mind to reach out to me when the dust settles, I’d love to share some stories with you and have a chance to get some closure, despite not being a close family friend. My email is vanessa@vanessasredpen.com if you wish to reach out. Gratefully and with sincerest sorrow at your deep loss of a truly lovely man…

  11. Jim Hargadon

    Dave was a fine man, a faithful, Faith-filled friend.
    I had the honor of knowing Dave in Oak Park and will always be grateful for his kind presence.


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