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February 22, 2024 | Latest Issue
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Foreign language teaching innovator John Rassias dies at 90, funeral services will be held in Hanover on Dec. 11

Creator of the Rassias Method of teaching languages and College professor John Rassias died in his Norwich home Wednesday morning.

Rassias had been a faculty member for 50 years. He developed the Rassias Method in the 1960s, used not only in all of the College’s introductory spoken language classes but also to teach thousands of Peace Corps members, language teachers and business leaders.

Since the news of his death, numerous people have taken to social media to post memories and messages of support.

Rassias' funeral will be Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. in Rollins Chapel. A luncheon will follow. There are calling hours on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rand Wilson Funeral Home in Hanover.

The Dartmouth will run a full obituary online in the near future. If you would like to share a memory, please email