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 David P. Mayer

David P. Mayer

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Death 2004 (aged 85–86)
Burial Harbeson, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 76488273 · View Source
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Saturday, April 17, 2004; Page B07
David P. Mayer Director, Graphologist

Dr. David P. Mayer, 86, a graphologist and former director of Manpower Management for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington during the early 1960s and 1970s, died April 4 in Lewes, Del. He had pneumonia.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Mayer studied handwriting analysis. In the late 197os, he founded the American Academy of Graphology in Washington. He lectured on the subject of graphology at the Department of Speech Pathology at American University, where he also was an instructor. He consulted in criminal and civil cases as a handwriting expert and often did speaking engagements on television and radio across the country. A former resident of Hyattsville, Dr. Mayer spent 35 years with the federal government. He headed personnel departments in VA hospitals throughout the country before accepting the Washington position in 1961. He retired in 1973. Dr. Mayer was born in Stetsonville, Wis., and grew up in Port Washington, Wis. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps in the Pacific from 1940 to 1941 and was stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii. He contracted spinal meningitis and spent nine months in a veterans hospital in Hawaii. He was discharged just prior to Pearl Harbor. In 1943, Dr. Mayer became administrative officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Baraboo, Wis., during the construction of a gunpowder plant, a part of the Manhattan Project. At the project's completion, he was appointed special agent in charge of the U.S. Civil Service Commission's office in Milwaukee. Later, he became director of personnel with the VA hospital in Wood, Wis., and then held similar positions at VA hospitals in Miles City, Mont.; Portland, Ore.; Fort Thomas, Ky.; and Cincinnati. From 1975 to 1990, Dr. Mayer was director of administrative services with Carl Freeman and Associates, a land development and construction corporation in Olney. He also worked part time as a therapist at a psychiatric clinic in Washington in the 1970s. Dr. Mayer attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University in Wisconsin with bachelor's degree in business administration. He also received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Xavier University in Ohio and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Kansas City in Missouri. He and his wife moved to Lewes in 1983. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruth Buelke Mayer of Lewes; four children, Gary Mayer of Laurel, Gail Osten of Colorado Springs, Roxanne Winkler of Annapolis and Jeffery Mayer of Bowie; a sister; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


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  • Created by: Ronald Walter Tipton
  • Added: 14 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76488273
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David P. Mayer (1918–2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76488273, citing All Saints Cemetery, Harbeson, Sussex County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Ronald Walter Tipton (contributor 46984376) .