Woman who trained hundreds of nurses and holder of MBE

Dorothy Marsden meets Queen Elizabeth in Edinburgh during the 1950s
Dorothy Marsden meets Queen Elizabeth in Edinburgh during the 1950s

THE former Principal Nursing Tutor at the former Royal Halifax Infirmary has died aged 90.

Dorothy Marsden’s lifelong career in nursing resulted in her being awarded the MBE in the 1981 New Year’s Honours List.

Miss Marsden, of Halifax, was born in Leeds and in the 1950s worked in Tanganyika, now Tanzania, East Africa.

During a sandwich year at the Royal College of Nursing, Edinburgh, she trained as a tutor.

She worked at the RHI from 1960 to 1965 and then St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, for nine years.

In 1974 she joined the Calderdale School of Nursing which trained about 100 nurses annually. She retired in 1981.

Her brother, Arthur, said she was a determined woman who worked hard.

While in Africa she learned the local language and taught girls in the remote Moshi area to become nurses and midwives.

“She did everything out there. What needed doing, she did,” she said.

“She was brightest of all of us, small but dynamic and would have a go at anything, and was a regular giver to charities but didn’t publish the fact.”

Miss Marsden was a member of St Alban’s Church, Halifax, and Soroptimist International of Halifax.

She also enjoyed tapestry, drawing and DIY.

Miss Marsden, who never married, also leaves sisters Lilian, Mavis and Valerie.

A memorial service will be held at St Alban’s Church on Tuesday, March 6, at 6 pm, and her funeral service the following day at 11 am.