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Nursing pioneer Dorothy C. Hall passes away

Published: November 16, 2011
Dorothy C. Hall and Ruta Valaitis
Dorothy C. Hall and Ruta Valaitis

It is with deep regret that the School of Nursing announces the death of Dorothy C. Hall.

The Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing was established in May of 2002 in her honour. She also received an honourary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from McMaster University at the nursing convocation in June 2007.

Hall was a pioneer in primary health care nursing and long-time international nursing consultant with the World Health Organization, working in numerous countries such as Afghanistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Denmark to build nursing capacity in primary health care. She was also instrumental in moving the province of Ontario to adopt primary health care nurse practitioners into the provincial health care system.

Please see the message below from Dr. Ruta Valaitis, Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing:

I would like to send my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dorothy C. Hall. I currently have the honour and privilege of being the inaugural holder of the Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing at McMaster University. Over the last five years, I have also had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Hall a number of times. Her passion for nursing was highly evident during each visit and continued over the last year of her life. During my visits or phone conversations with Dr. Hall, she always made it clear how important it is to advocate for and support nursing locally, provincially and globally. It is with great sadness that I will not be able to attend the memorial service, since I will be participating in an inaugural nursing conference on equity and access in Port-au-Prince, Haiti hosted by the Haitian Nursing Association and attended by senior nursing leaders in Haiti, as well as other international guests. During my visit there, in honour of Dr. Hall's international work, I will be donating a stethoscope – engraved "À la mémoire de Dorothy C. Hall' (In memory of)' – along with a blood pressure cuff to the National Nursing School in Port-au-Prince. This school was devastated by the earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 100 students and teachers. I know that Dr. Hall would have understood my absence from her memorial in order to attend this critically important and influential meeting for nursing in Haiti.

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