Dianne Ganz Scheper
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Dr. Dianne Ganz Scheper (Ph.D., Religious studies, Catholic University) died of cancer at home in Bolton Hill on February 19, 2021. After an outstanding career at Montgomery College, where she served as Director of the Honors Program and was a founder of the award-winning Montgomery Scholars Program, Dianne Ganz Scheper retired in 2002 as Professor emerita. In a second career, Professor Scheper came to Baltimore, upon her second marriage, to Humanities Professor Dr. George Scheper, and she conducted adjunct teaching for the Adult Humanities Program at CCBC, and, as adjunct Senior Lecturer, for the MLA, Odyssey, and Osher programs at Johns Hopkins University, where twice she received the Outstanding Teacher award.

Dianne Ganz Scheper is survived by her husband, Dr. George Scheper; by two children from her first marriage, to Paul Ganz: Brian Ganz, a concert pianist, and Dr. Nicole Ganz, a chiropractor; and by two stepchildren, Dr. Jeanne Scheper, Chair of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Irvine, and David Scheper, an ironworker and fabricator for film and television; by her sister Suzanne Liggett, of Berryville, Virginia; four grandchildren, four nieces, a sister-in-law, and two nieces-in-law and a nephew-in-law. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, no funeral service is being held, but a memorial will be planned and announced when the pandemic is effectively over.

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Published in Baltimore Sun from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 2, 2021
It is with sadness that the Odyssey family mourns our colleague, Dianne Scheper’s peaceful passing on the evening of Friday, February 19, 2021. Many of us knew Dianne well and know the wholly positive impact she made upon her students and colleagues within the Odyssey and
MLA programs at Johns Hopkins University. Odyssey and all of the Johns Hopkins Liberal Arts community will miss her presence greatly. We send our heartfelt condolences to her husband and our colleague, George, and to her extended family.

With sincere affection,

Douglas Blackstone
Director, Odyssey, 2015-present
February 24, 2021
It is a measure of a life well-lived that so many people are simply gutted by Dianne's passing. She will be sorely missed, and lovingly remembered.
Raine Spencer
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February 24, 2021
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Raine and Bill Spencer
February 23, 2021
Dianne was well loved by, and had a great positive impact on her students in the MLA program and Odyssey. We shall miss her greatly. - Douglas Blackstone, Director: Odyssey at JHU.
Douglas Blackstone
Friend
February 23, 2021
The meaning of our life is incorporated in the way other people feel about us. Once we die, our lives will acquire meaning in the way they see whatever it is we did, for them, for the world, for all the people we have known. Dianne has captured the love of so many in her life that we can assume she is has experienced what the rural Irish simply call a ‘good death’
Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Family
February 23, 2021
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February 23, 2021
It's almost too difficult to write anything. Dr. Scheper was a massive inspiration to me as a graduate student. Truly amazing.
Jimmy Monack
Student
February 23, 2021
Sister of the heart, friend, colleague. I will miss the gathering of "old drinks for old broads" where we would sit for hours talking about books, ideas, politics, our families, everything.. We travelled together to Death Valley this time last year and she was so much fun. Her laugh, her heart, her warmth. All this remains. I'll miss her so very much. Watch for the owls.
melissa hilbish
February 23, 2021
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February 23, 2021
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February 23, 2021
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February 22, 2021
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February 22, 2021
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Stephanie and Bob McBride
February 22, 2021
A French proverb says that "Gratitude is an expression of the heart." I am saddened by her loss, and extend deepest, deepest sympathies to her family and friends. I was lucky that our paths crossed when I was a student at JHU's MLA Program, and for that I am very grateful. May her memory be a blessing to us all.
Tony Teano
Student
February 22, 2021
So many memories of Dianne. A wonderful, warm colleague and friend. A generous team teacher with a profound love of literature. An essentially good person. Sorely missed.
Mary Furgol
Friend
February 22, 2021
Dr. Dianne Scheper was my mentor and my dear friend. She helped me to find my voice and gave me the confidence to achieve my academic and personal goals. She had a way that was all her own...A way to make each person feel like they were a treasure. It was in the way she listened. It was in the way she smiled at you. It was in the way she laughed at your jokes. It was in the way that she could give constructive feedback while simultaneously praising your work. She seemed like she had never ending energy and devotion for her students. I will never be able to accept that she has passed, because I am who I am today because of her. I carry her life lessons within me. She has shaped my life for the better just by being the extraordinarily caring, warm, and gentle guiding light that she was. The world has been made so much better because she lived. I will always love her.
Donna Burke
Student
February 22, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Rita Walters
Friend
February 22, 2021
A better human is rare to be found. Dianne lifted up others...students, colleagues, friends, family and "strangers". She could light up any room upon entry, and keep the light shining the entire time she was present. Her bright, generous spirit will be missed by so very many. I am deeply grateful for the ways she enriched my life with her guidance, her wisdom, her generosity and her spirit. Part one of my messages moving forward...one of her fortunate nieces, Georgie Derick Giordano
Georgie Derick Giordano
February 22, 2021
Dr Dianne Scheper taught me at Johns Hopkins University. When I moved to Baltimore alone in 2013 she provided immense emotional support and love. I will always remember our long conversations and her delightful company. Her mind was as beautiful and as brilliant as her heart and soul. She inspired me, helped me heal and taught me so much. I loved her. She was a remarkable woman; very sharp, generous, charming and kind. I still remember her contagious laughter. She made this world a better place. I usually don’t like taking pictures and silently get out of the shot whenever a picture is being taken but I remember I specifically requested this one because I wanted to be in the frame with her. I am glad I did. I miss her dearly.
Saniya
Student
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