David Petrash

Honorary Membership
Grayson County College

Dr. David Petrash retired from Grayson County College as Associate Vice President of Admissions, Records, and Institutional Research in May 2006 to become Chaplain of Home Hospice of Grayson County.  He started at GCC in 1971 as a professor of music and later was promoted to Associate Vice President /Registrar in 1989.   Jan Pfeifer said, "When he retired from GCC this past May we were sad to see him leave, but pleased that he would be helping so many others in his new position with Home Hospice."

David received a Bachelor of Music in 1970, a Master of Music in 1971, and a Doctor of Music in 1975 with a major in organ in all three degrees from University of North Texas.

David served in many capacities in TACRAO including moderator, recorder, or presenter at nearly every yearly conference.  He served on many committees including Auditing, Resolutions, Nominations and Elections, Texas Common Course Number, Conference Selection, as well as several program committees.  He also served on the TACRAO Executive Committee as Secretary for two years and then as President Elect, President, and Past President.

Among his outstanding TACRAO characteristics, one must list his ability to dance.  This man is the first on and the last off the dance floor.  Anytime TACRAO members get a group together to dance, David is a leader.  And speaking of his leadership – if you search for ‘servant leadership' in Wikipedia, you will find David's picture right next to the definition.  He provides quiet, calm, steady leadership that brings everyone together to accomplish the most possible and gives credit to everyone else.

He served in his community as the President of the Lions Club in Sherman and as an ordained deacon for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Denison.  He and his wife Laura have two daughters and two sons.

David, for your contributions, vision, and professionalism to the association and friendships you made as you mentored others through the years, it gives me great pleasure to award you honorary membership in TACRAO.