Both the Dartmouth College community and educators worldwide are mourning the loss of a highly-acclaimed language professor who died Wednesday in his Norwich, Vermont home at the age of 90.
John Rassias was a French and linguistics professor at Dartmouth for nearly half a century where he grew international recognition for creating a teaching method to help students absorb the rhythms of unfamiliar languages.
The method, known as the Rassias Method, uses cadence drills to help students pick up the flow and sounds of languages, and has been implemented in schools throughout the world.
Members of Rassias’s family broke the news of his death on Facebook, saying “the gifted teacher and humanitarian will now be guiding us from above.” Dartmouth recognized Rassias with a lengthy memorial posted on the college’s website, acknowledging the professor’s many feats over his 50 years at the Ivy League Institution.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced by the family.