By Bob Beck
Saratoga, WY – University of Wyoming history professor Adrian Bantjes is being remembered as an excellent scholar who was well liked. Bantjes was killed and his wife and daughter injured when their vehicle was hit head on by a vehicle driven by 82 year old Ella Young of Saratoga. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the incident occurred on Highway 130 near Saratoga Friday night. The patrol says that Young was driving in the wrong lane,with her lights off, when she crashed into the Bantjes vehicle. Young also died in the crash. U-W Arts and Sciences Dean Oliver Walter says Bantjes was a highly respected scholar of Latin American history. But adds that he was also a good colleague. "He was one of those instructors who was just broadly admired by all of his students. Almost never was their ever a negative comment about him. They really recognized his academic credentials and really appreciated the way he presented his class.
He was a very, very thoughtful person. You could always depend on him when asking for advice or asking his opinions on something."
Bantjes was entering his 19th year at U-W.