Dr. Stephen Dodge - Feb. 9, 1899

In the Halifax, N.S. newspaper "Morning Chronicle", Vol. XXXVII, No. 30, Sat. Feb. 9, 1899

Cause of Death Supposed to Be Aneurism of the Heart - Practised Medicine Nearly Forty Years - Brief Sketch of His Life
Dr. Stephen Dodge, who has praticed in Halifax for many years, and whose gratuitous service to the inmates of many of our institutions has won for him the gratitude of many people, died suddenly in his office yesterday afternoon. No one who seen the doctor at any time during the day would have suspected that the grim hand of death would so soon be laid upon him, and therefore the intelligence of his death came not only to the deep regret but the intense surprise of all. Dr. Dodge presented every appearance of a man in good health, and in his strong, brisk walk and robust looking figure would have led every one to expect many years of vigorous, active life. But a trouble that often but little warning of its presence affected him, and manifesting itself suddenly took him away before medical assistance could do aught to help him.

C.W. Romans, who has an office in the same building, met the doctor on the stairway about three o'clock and exchanged a few words with him, when he seemed to possess the same cheerfulness that always characterized him. There was apparently nothing the mattar with him then. A few minutes later, however, as Mr. Romans came out of his office, he heard very heavy breathing in the doctor's office, and feeling that it was not natural, he went to investigate. To his horror, he found the doctor lying on the floor unconscious. Drs. Bigelow, Trenaman and Finn, who quickly answered a summons for assistance, did what they could to restore him, but in vain. Life was fast ebbing and nothing could stay the rapid approach of death. He passed away without speaking a word. It would appear that he had been standing near a table when the sudden illness attacked him, and as he fell senseless to the floor, his cheek and nose came in contact with the table from which resulted several bruises.

Dr. Dodge was born near Newport, Hants county, sixty - seven years ago. His early education was received at the Presbyterian academy at West River, Pictou county. He studied his profession in New York and then graduated from the college of physicians and surgeons in 1859. He first practiced in Kentville and afterwards made a special study of diseases of the eye, ear and throat and as well, deformities. He then came to Halifax where he commenced practice as a specialist in those diseases, thus becoming the pioneer specialist of the province. He devoted attention at one time to nervous diseases and won considerable fame for his successful treatment of such diseases.

Besides attending to his practice, Dr. Dodge found time to do much work for such as would otherwise have to suffer without help. He was connected with the dispensary from its inception and the annual reports of the School for the Blind and the Deaf and Dumb Institute for many years have spoken with great appreciation of his service rendered gratuitously. He was also connected with the Victoria General Hospital. His kindness will be long remembered by those who, in his way, have come under his care.

For a long time he held an honored position in the councils of the Nova Scotia Medical society. He was a very active member of that society and during his long connection with it has read any valuable papers. At one time, his services to the society and his ability in discharging duties in connection with it were recognized by his elevation to the presidency of that body. His activities extended even further and, as a professor in the Halifax Medical college, he has done a work the influence of which has extended to all parts of the province. He occupied the chair of ophthalmology and otology and while he discharged faithfully the duties in connection therewith for many years he has also, of late years, lectured on diseases of the nose and throat as the successor of Dr. Tobin. He was also a very active and useful member of the provincial medical board, from which he retired only a short time ago.

As a man he possessed many fine qualities. he was always cheerful and kindly in disposition. As a Presbyterian, he was an active member of Fort Massey Church, at times acting as a member of the board of management of which he was once chairman. He was square and upright in his dealings with men, possessed strong convictions which he expressed fearlessly and in very clear, well chosen language. He was fond of debate and being logical in his method of discussion put points very clearly. In politics, he was a strong Liberal and kept always well posted in the current political history of the province and country.

He married Miss Blanchard, daughter of the late Judge Blanchard of Kentville who survives him. He also leaves three children, two sons and a daughter. Blanchard, the elder son, is electrician on a British government surveying ship, and Rae, the younger son, is an electrician in Halifax. His daughter is Mrs. Ings, of Charlottetown.

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