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Dora Ann Stinson

July 20, 1939July 25, 2020

Dr. Dora Ann Stinson, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, died on July 25, 2020, at the QE11, after a brief illness, Dr. Stinson was born to missionary parents, Mary Isabelle (Morris) and Rev. John Wesley Arnold Stinson., in China, on July 20, 1939. She is survived by her loving husband , Rev. Ted Thompson, and his children Ann Stalker, John (Wendy) Thompson, and their families; brothers David (Heather) Stinson, Fordwich, ON,; Maurice (Jane) Stinson, Peterborough, ON; sister Mary Belle (Phillip Jarman), Costa Rica. Dora was much loved by her nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and a host of family and friends world wide.

Dr. Stinson was Associate Professor [post retirement] of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dalhousie University and a Neonatalist at the IWK.

Her early education was in China at the Canadian school, and later, in Ontario. Dora graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario and later, was a resident at the Montreal General Hospital. She was a Research Fellow in neonatology at the University of Pittsburgh and Magee Women's Hospital.

After 15 years in Pittsburgh, Dora came to Halifax and joined the staff at The Grace Maternity Hospital, and at the time of her death, was an active neonatologist at the IWK Hospital.

Dr. Stinson, at the local, national and international levels, was actively involved in every aspect of neonatal medicine for many years, in research, administration and directly in clinical treatment of children. Thousands of children and their families have known her skills and wonderful caring ways.

Dora's medical and other humanitarian contributions were noted in various ways, including the John Lindsay Humanitarian Award, the Canadian Medical Association Honorary Membership, Community of Scholars Award of Excellence in Clinical Practise, Honorary Life Membership from the IWK Health Centre and The Doctors of Nova Scotia Award.she will also be remembered in the hearts of thousands who have been helped by her skills, kindness and selflessness.

As an accomplished musician, with memberships in the St. Matthew's United Church choir and bell choir, her gifts were also shared as Clerk of Session and Recording Steward of St. Matthew's United Church, a valued member of Zonta, a Friend of MacNab's Island and a generous supporter of individuals and charities, her presence will be greatly missed.

Among those deeply touched by her passing are her husband, Rev. Ted Thompson, her many relatives, medical colleagues and a wide circle of friends who deeply appreciated her love and compassion.

Cremation has taken place and her burial will be in the Brookside Cemetery, Bedford , following her funeral service at St. Matthew's United Church on Friday July 31, 2020 at 2 p.m. The funeral will be live-streamed on the St. Matthew's Facebook Page at this link: www.facebook.com/stmatthewsunitedchurch.

Donations in memory of Dr. Dora A. Stinson can be made to the IWK Foundation or to St. Matthew's United Church.


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020



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Carolyn Thomson

August 1, 2020

It has been my great privilege to know Dora for the past 30+ years. She taught me in medical school and I always appreciated her skill, patience and genuine passion for medical education. As a colleague at the the IWK, it was clear that she was adored and respected by her patients’ families and her colleagues. She was a mentor to me and always available if I needed medical advice. I admired her dedication and engagement in all aspects of her profession whether it was clinical care, research or education. I was honoured to be Dora’s family doctor for the past few years and got to know her personally. I will miss her! My deepest condolences to Ted and her family.

Brenda Sands

July 31, 2020

I worked as an RN alongside Dr. Stinson from 1975-1978 in the Special Care Nursery of the Grace Maternity Hospital. Her passion for her work was unmistakable. She was an inspiration to all those around her. She will be remembered for her kind, gentle demeanour and for her wisdom. She will be missed.

Stephanie Pitman

July 31, 2020

My deepest condolences. I had the pleasure to know Dr Stinson through our mutual interest in neonatal resuscitation and RCP. I work at Yarmouth Hospital as a RN and have so much respect for DrStinson. She will be missed.

Darlene Chapman

July 31, 2020

My condolences to the family of Dr. Dora Stinson. She was a remarkable woman who I will sadly miss at the IWK (and St. Matthews).

Darlene Chapman

Barbie Leggett

July 31, 2020

My deepest condolences to Dora's family. I met Dora in the mid 90s when I was a neonatal/pediatric flight nurse and later we worked together when I was the manager of NICU and she was the medical director. She was kind and compassionate, brilliant and dedicated, and respected and loved by everyone who met her. She was truly one of the nicest people I have ever had the privilege of working with throughout my career, May you rest in peace, Dora, and be forever surrounded by love.

John/Betty Anderson

July 31, 2020

Dear Ted,
We were so sorry to hear of Dora' s passing. Dora and I(John) were in Medicial School together although she was a year behind me ,and we met again at the Children''s Hospital in Monteal. I was thrilled to see her come to the Dalhousie Dept of Pediatrics where I had settled as well. I knew she would be a real assist to the Dept., as I had witnessed her care and compassion for children in Montreal. Dora carried these wonderful characteristics throughout her Pediatric career and was well loved and respected by the chidren and families as well as her colleagues at the IWK. We we all so delighted at how happy she was when she met you, Ted and got married.
Our sinere sympathy to you and all of Dora's family.
John and Betty Anderson

Eli Rees

July 31, 2020

I worked with and knew Dora well from 1964, as a Pediatric resident in Montreal, through Pittsburgh and then Halifax, until now and her death.
Dora was dedicated to Neonatology for all those years and worked faithfully and hard. She was also dedicated to other things as well and worked and was faithful to them.
Wendy and I attended her wedding to Ted, which made us very happy. Unfortunately, we will not be attending the funeral in person, but will "attend" via the internet.
There are many other good things I could say about Dora and her life, but they are memories shared by many of us,

Pam and David Behm

July 31, 2020

We met Dora in St.Andrews at a Jarvis/Snell reunion. I am on the Snell side and met quite a few new cousins. Dora was so interested in family and she certainly loved the piano. Music brings people together. I believe it was 2012 she joined us in StAndrews for my Aunts interment. She had taken the time the year before to visit Aunt Elizabeth in Belleville. They had a lovely visit.
She certainly has helped a lot of people in her lifetime. You will be missed

Dr. Marian Macken

July 31, 2020

I worked with Dora for many years as a radiologist with an interest in neonatal imaging. She LOVED her work and cared deeply for the tiny ones under her care. She bristled if any one asked her about retirement, and last time I met her about 18 months ago ,was so interested in the research she was involved in, and the follow up clinic for the graduates from neonatal intensive care. Her enthusiasm and positive outlook will be missed by many.

Glenda Carson

July 31, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to Dora’s family. “Dr. Stinson” was such a constant positive presence throughout my career at the Grace Maternity and IWK. Her dedication to her patients and teams and her love of teaching was exceptional and will forever be a high bar to match. Such a loss of a beautiful and brilliant person. She will forever be part of the wonderful memories in my life.