Scholarship to honor Dr. Kantzer

June 3, 2014

kantzerBryan College has established the Ruth Kantzer Scholarship in English as a memorial to Dr. Kantzer, who died Nov. 1.

Dr. Ruth Kantzer Steve Keck, director of gift and estate design, said Dr. Kantzer’s family approved the scholarship plan as a way to honor the long-time English professor, who also taught fine arts and was an enthusiastic supporter of music and theatre programs.

Dr. Kantzer was stricken shortly after participating in a program Oct. 28 at Bryan College honoring Dr. William D. Black for his gift of five prints by American Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry (see story). She and Dr. Black had collaborated in 1984 on a major exhibition at the college of Curry’s works. She taught full-time at Bryan from 1973 to 1992, and continued to teach part-time until her death.

“Dr. Kantzer was a highly respected professor who wanted no recognition for her contributions to the college and the lives of her students,” Mr. Keck said. “Despite this, it is only fitting that we honor her in this way so her legacy will live on in the lives of students who receive the Kantzer scholarship.”

A memorial service was held Nov. 13 in Dayton, with a committal service on Nov. 16 in Ashland, Ohio. For more information about the scholarship, email Mr. Keck at or call him at 423.775.7581. Visit the Vanderwall Funeral Home website to read Dr. Kantzer’s obituary.