In Memory of Susanne and Half Zantop

The Dartmouth community, the Departments of Comparative Literature, Earth Sciences and German Studies, marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic loss of Susanne and Half Zantop, professors of Dartmouth College, who were murdered in their home on January 27, 2001. At the time of her death, Susanne Zantop held the Parents' Distinguished Research Professorship in the Humanities, was chairing the German Studies Department, and was Graduate Director of the Comparative Literature MA program.  Author and editor of numerous books including the pathbreaking Colonial Fantasies: Conquest, Family, and Nation in Precolonial Germany, 177-1870 (1997), Susanne was a much beloved teacher and colleague.  The Zantop Memorial Lecture in Comparative Literature has been held in her honor since 2002. Half Zantop, Professor of Earth Sciences, was a specialist in the field of economic geology and loved to engage his students in field study. Both the Zantops were fluent in German, English, Spanish and French.  Susanne and Half are deeply missed by all who knew them. The Zantop Garden between Rollins Chapel and Wheeler Hall honors them both with beautiful rocks taken from the Dartmouth Grant and beautiful plantings. Susanne loved to garden. They are survived by several brothers and sisters in Europe and two daughters who live with their families on the West Coast.