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Ann K.
Democrat NH 2

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  • Recognizing the Life of Professor John Arthur Rassias

    by Representative Ann M. Kuster

    Posted on 2015-12-10

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    KUSTER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. KUSTER. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize the life of a truly extraordinary Granite Stater, Professor John Rassias, who passed away last week in New Hampshire at the age of 90.

    Professor Rassias was a lifelong Granite Stater, a World War II veteran, and an internationally renowned language professor at my alma mater, Dartmouth College. He developed the Rassias method, a revolutionary way of teaching languages that includes rapid-fire drills and dramatic flair, allowing students to be immersed in the language and culture.

    He was an extraordinary mentor. His teaching style has been widely adopted at universities and institutions around the world, including in the Peace Corps, where Dr. Rassias was the first director of language programs in 1964.

    His legacy extends far beyond simply teaching language. Dr. Rassias' deep commitment to cultural dialogue and understanding shaped the perspective of countless students and inspired them to make the world a better place. He will be truly missed by the entire Granite State and members of the Dartmouth community throughout the world.


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