Dec 3, 2015 12:50 PM

Dartmouth professor who created Peace Corps language method dies at 90

The Associated Press

HANOVER — A Dartmouth College professor who created a unique language-teaching method that was adopted by the Peace Corps in the 1960s has died. John Rassias was 90.

The college says Rassias died Wednesday at his home in Norwich, Vermont.

Rassias was a consultant and developer with the Peace Corps in 1966 when he began a program to teach languages in Africa. The Rassias Method features rapid-fire drills, cultural immersion and a touch of theater.

He joined Dartmouth in 1965, founded its Language Study Abroad programs and directed the foreign study programs for several years.

Rassias grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, and served in the U.S. Marines, piloting an amphibious tank during the Battle of Okinawa.

His wife, Mary Evanstock Rassias, died in 2012. He is survived by three children.

--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --



Must Read on

Concord, NH
Broken Clouds 37°
12pm 38°
1pm 39°
2pm 40°
3pm 41°


N.H. DollarSaver

 Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. - Hearing on SB 9, a bill to strengthen rape victims’ privacy rights

Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. - Hearing for Gov. Sununu AG nominee Gordon MacDonald

Tuesday, 7 p.m. - Trump gives remarks for Senators and their spouses



NH1 on Facebook

Download NH1 App

NH1 on Twitter

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome