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November 8, 2001 In Memoriam


John David Grayson

We regret the passing of former associate professor John David (Jack) Grayson in Montreal in August, after a long illness. Dr. Grayson was a member of this department, both in linguistics and in Spanish, from 1963, at Sir George Williams University, until 1993, when he took early retirement from Concordia University.

For many of his later years at Concordia, Dr. Grayson’s teaching concentrated on linguistics; in addition, he taught courses in Portuguese and Arabic. He authored a text for beginners in Arabic, published by the Edward Mellen Press in 1988, and co-authored a textbook titled Beginning Spanish: A New Method, with Gerry Pratt, of our part-time faculty complement, that was used in some of our courses for several years following its introduction in 1993.

I have fond personal memories of Dr. Grayson’s teaching, as I took advanced Spanish courses with him in the 1960s, and I know mine reflect many students’ evaluations of him as a first-rate, inspiring teacher.

Catherine Vallejo
Chair, Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics