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John Rassias (1925-2015) R.I.P.

John Rassias has passed away. No Dartmouth faculty member meant more to us, perhaps because we all meant so much to him:

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John celebrated his 90th birthday in August, and he was alert and vigorous for his entire life. His last session with his personal trainer was a month ago, and despite a mild illness in November, the sparkle in his manner never left him. He was drinking wine and singing Greek songs on the day of his passing.

John’s wife “Saint Mary” Rassias died three and a half years ago.

Addendum: John’s theme song was the Eagles’ Take It to the Limit (One More Time). Anyone who took one of his classes will know what I mean.

Addendum: Dartmouth Now has an obituary for John here, and the Dartmouth flag on the Green will hang at half mast on December 3-4. The Valley News’ obit, written by former Rassais student and VN reporter Rob Wolfe ‘12, is here.

Addendum: Peace Corps workers Don and Beth Robinson write in:

My wife and I were trained under John Rassias at Dartmouth for peace corps service in Cote D’Ivoire. Thereafter we tried our best to teach like him in our African classrooms. During that time (mid to late 60s) there were no doubt a few hundred faux Rassiases prowling classrooms all over West Africa. We returned to the States at the conclusion of our tour and joined his staff running training for the next wave of volunteers. We then went off to lead our lives but never lost touch with John, Mary and his extended family. As time passed we became more and more impressed with the impact both direct and indirect he had on not hundreds but thousands of lives. Thank you for your kind words or recognition on his passing. We won’t see another John Rassias in our lifetime!

Addendum: Phil’s message to alumni is in the extended.

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