Dorothy Maisie Lambeth

April 16, 1933January 2, 2021

Dorothy Lambeth passed away January 3, 2021 with her wonderful friend Iggy by her side. She was born in 1933 to her parents Maisie and Tom Lambeth. She was predeceased by her brother (Tom) Michel Lambeth and sister Joan Emery. She is survived by her nieces Karen (Roy), Diane (Rick), Marilyn (Doug), great-niece Susanne (Jeff), great-nephews Scott and Marc (Paula) plus a great-great niece Nathalie and great great nephew Cyrus. Dorothy pursued a career in nursing obtaining her BA, MA and BSCN through universities in Toronto and Hamilton. She spent several years nursing in Thunder Bay then became a leader in Nursing Education in Hamilton spending 40 years at Mohawk College until her retirement in 1998. She began teaching courses then developed nursing programs that were distributed to other nursing educators across Canada and then rose to the position of Dean of Applied Arts and Health Care to become the first female dean at Mohawk College. In her last ten years she took her programs and partnered internationally with South China, Cairo and the Middle East. She was a member of many College Boards and also sat on Boards outside the College such as Amity Goodwill Board, RNAO, First Unitarian Church Council and Ontario Council of College Nurses. For her enjoyment she played golf, joined art groups and supported the Shaw and Stratford festivals and became a member of the AGO. She enjoyed collecting works of art to display throughout her home. She had a great love of travel and took trips to Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, American Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, France and her favourite country Spain. Dorothy filled her life with her love of animals especially her cats. She always had the companionship of one or two cats during her life. She added a dog now and then with her German Shepherd Lady earlier in her life and her beloved poodle Pierre in her later years. If you wish to honour Dorothy's memory, please make a donation to the animal shelter in your community.


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January 10, 2021

Over a span of approximately 30 years as a colleague and as my boss I came to know Dorothy as an exceptional woman. Academically she distinguished herself as a brilliant visionary educator within the college system and beyond. A forward looking, innovative thinker, Dorothy provided the leadership to dedicated, skilled nursing faculty assigned to design and rewrite the curriculum of the college's nursing program. This effort clearly enhanced Mohawk's reputation as a leader in health sciences education both nationally and internationally. This is as relevant today as it was then!

Dorothy could be controversial, direct and certainly challenging. She expected much of her staff and faculty but she gave more. Always, she was guided by her conscience which defined her decency and integrity and revealed a kind, generous, deeply caring heart.

I respected and admired Dorothy greatly.

Dorothy called me her friend. I cherish the memory of her friendship.

Heide Bell-Leiss

Rosemary Knechtel

January 8, 2021

Dorothy was a remarkable lady. Her leadership in nursing education at Mohawk College and her accomplishments furthering health sciences education locally, provincially and internationally will always be remembered. I have many memories of working with Dorothy but personal highlights include the nursing partnership with Mohawk College and McMaster University, and international nursing/ health sciences projects in China and the Caribbean. During these experiences, I grew to respect Dorothy's knowledge, experience and strong leadership skills. She was an advisor, teacher and mentor.

Dorothy was determined - she expected the best from you every day because she knew you had it in you. Still Dorothy was a good soul, who was more than just a boss. She was genuinely interested in the well being of the faculty, staff and students. My thoughts are with Dorothy's family on their loss.

Rest In Peace

Rosemary Knechtel

Paul Armstrong

January 6, 2021

I had the pleasure of being a student and then starting my career at Mohawk when Dorothy was Dean. One of the first opportunities I had was to participate in an International project that Dorothy set up through CIDA at the time. A wonderful opportunity and start to my time at Mohawk. For years I would be reminded of Dorothy as I sat in the boardroom at the IAHS looking at the paintings that she had donated.

Rest in peace.

Ron McKerlie

January 6, 2021

On behalf of the Mohawk College family we would like to offer our condolences on the passing of Dorothy Lambeth. Dorothy was well loved at Mohawk College during the many years she served here.

She was a trail blazer, serving as the first female dean at the College, the Dean of Applied Arts and Health Care. Our thoughts are with her family and friends as you celebrate her life.

Francine Walsh

January 5, 2021

I loved that lady,
Dorothy was the best boss of all of the bosses I had. She was true to herself and the cause of nursing. She was not a « yes man » as those who followed her but stood up for the nursing profession above all.She did so much to advance the profession of nursing and was very influential in conferring a university degree on the registered nurse. She was quirky in her own way letting us know when we had taken too much food on our plates. This gave us a chuckle.
She would state her case but knew when to back down. A super lady.
Rest In Peace Dorothy.
Francine Walsh

Eleanor Latta

January 5, 2021

Dorthy hired me to teach Paediatric Nursing when we were still separate schools but we were working to develop the curriculum for the Mohawk College program. There were times when we thought she was being difficult but underneath that surface was a woman that cared about her faculty and the health science program. She did battle for us with upper management many times to be sure we got what we needed to make our lives easier and to maintain the standard of our program and it’s graduates.

I went to Egypt with her a couple of times to do assessments. She worried more about me and my safety than she did about herself.

I have a great deal of respect for Dorthy and am sorry that we have lost her. She will be comfortable now. My sincere condolences to her family. Ellie Latta

Lisa Karl

January 5, 2021

Dorothy was a wonderful friend and boss to my late Mother, Fran Welch. We will always remember her for her kind deeds and care she showed my mom and our family during difficult times. I will also remember Dorothy as a strong, knowledgeable leader of the nursing program at Mohawk College. A program I am proud to say I graduated from. Rest In Peace Dorothy❤️