A Service of Witness and Celebration for Lorraine Elise Dudley Stanfield was held on Saturday, September 23.
Service of Witness and Celebration
STANFIELD, Lorraine (Dudley) M.D. Of Milton, age 56, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, from metastatic breast cancer. A strong and compassionate member of the Boston community for more than 25 years, she served as primary care physician at Dot House Health and as a respected professor and director of clinical medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. A graduate of Princeton University with a BA in biochemistry, Dr. Stanfield received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1988. She spent three months at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, and completed her residency at Brown University’s Rhode Island Hospital, joining the staff of Dorchester House as a primary care provider in 1991 and becoming a professor at BU School of Medicine soon thereafter. At BUSM, she received multiple awards for her teaching. Throughout her illness, she continued to see patients at Dot House Health and to teach at BUSM. Dr. Stanfield’s patients never experienced anything less than the best care, even when she was receiving treatment herself. She also continued to delight in her children, sing with her church choir, and savor life. Dr. Stanfield is survived by her husband, Rev. Burns Stanfield, and their three children, Elizabeth, Nathan, and Grace; by her mother, Ruth Dudley of Sudbury; by her sisters, Susan Dudley (Brian Mannix) and Jeanne D. White (Geoffrey White); and by many loving nieces, nephews, and siblings-in-law. Visitation in Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester Street South Boston, on Saturday from 9:00 – 10:30 AM. Funeral Service to follow at 10:45 AM. Relatives and friends are welcomed to attend both services. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lorraine Dudley Stanfield Memorial Fund in support of community health medical education at www.dothousehealth.org. or mail checks to, Dot House Health, 1353 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122
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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 21, 2017
With much sadness I share the news that Lorraine D. Stanfield, MD, assistant professor of medicine, director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine 2 (ICM-2) course, director of our Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, student advisor, and CCHERs instructor for more than 20 years, died this morning from breast cancer. She was 56.
A member of our community since 1991, Dr. Stanfield was loved, admired and respected by students, faculty and staff alike.
In 2013 she received the Committee on Faculty Affairs Educator of the Year Award in Preclinical Sciences as well as the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award for her clinical excellence, compassionate delivery of care and respect for patients, their families and healthcare colleagues. In 2015 she received the Stanley L. Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching, our highest teaching honor.
A graduate of Princeton University with a BA in biochemistry, Dr. Stanfield received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1988. During her third year of medical school she was named an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and spent three months at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon. After completing an internal medicine residency at Brown University’s Rhode Island Hospital, she became a primary care provider at Dorchester House in 1991. Lorraine then became interested in a program to teach medical students in community health centers, and volunteered at BU School of Medicine. She was a natural teacher and by 1993 became the director of ICM-2. Dr. Stanfield also served as an advisor and mentor in what was then called our Academies program.
Throughout her illness, she continued to see patients at Dot House and work here at BUSM. Dr. Stanfield’s patients never experienced anything less than the best care, even when she was receiving treatment herself. Words cannot accurately describe her strength and character.
Lorraine is survived by her husband Burns and their three children Liz, Nathan, and Grace; her mother Ruth Bowie Dudley; sisters Susan Dudley (Brian Mannix) and Jeanne White (Geoffrey White).
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to places that Lorraine loved.
Many have already made contributions to Fourth Church in Lorraine’s memory. These are appreciated and will be used to support community programs for children and youth, in whom she consistently found great delight.
The family also invites those interested in honoring Lorraine with their generosity to consider a gift to a special fund at DotHouse Health, where Lorraine worked for 26 years. The Lorraine Dudley Stanfield Fund will support medical education and community-based primary care, two of her passions.
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