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Charles Herbert Stinson
Birth: Dec. 17, 1931
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 2012
White River Junction
Windsor County
Vermont, USA

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Charles was a nephew of my cousin, Anne Nichols, the playwright who wrote the play "Abie's Irish Rose." He was the son of Anne's sister, Evelyn Nichols Stinson, who played "Rosemary" in the play "Abie's Irish Rose." His father was Herbert Hunter Stinson, who was a writer for Black Mask and other detective magazines, as well as writing a novel called "Fingerprints.' My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, especially his sister JoAnne. I had the pleasure of talking to Mr. Stinson on the telephone prior to his death.

The following from the Departmet of Religion Dartmouth College:

Charles H. Stinson, a specialist in medieval Christian theology and a long-time member of the faculty of the Dartmouth College Department of Religion, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction, VT.

Stinson was born in Los Angeles on December 17, 1931, to Herbert H. and Evelyn Mae Stinson. He was educated at Immaculate Heart College, also in Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude in 1962, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Scholastic Philosophy. He went on to earn a Masters of Arts degree at Georgetown University, awarded in 1964, in Hellenistic and Medieval Philosophy, and then another Masters of Arts degree, awarded in 1966, in Dogmatic Theology from the Catholic University of America. He received his Ph.D. in 1970, from Columbia University-Union Theological Seminary, in the field of Historical Theology. Stinson's doctoral dissertation was on the history of the use of the concept "substance" in Christian theories about the Lord's Supper.

In 1968, while still finishing up his doctoral work at Columbia University-Union Theological Seminary, Stinson came to Dartmouth, first as a research instructor. Then, in 1970, upon being awarded his doctorate, he was appointed to the professorate. He remained as a beloved member of the faculty of the Department of Religion until his retirement in 2003.

In his early years at Dartmouth, Stinson began work on the scholarly project that dominated his interest for all of his career: a book on the Benedictine monk and priest Bede, who lived in northeast England in the late seventh and early eighth centuries AD. Bede is known primarily today as "Father of English History," due to his five-volume work, the Ecclesiastical History of the English People, which covers British history from Roman times to the arrival of the missionary Saint Augustine in 597 AD. Stinson's work on Bede, though consistent with his training and interest in medieval theology concerned Bede's more explicitly religious writings: Bede's sermons and his works of biblical exegesis. In his attempts to describe Bede's theology as expressed in these documents, Stinson was legendary for his meticulousness. He spent his last sabbatical before his retirement, for example, examining microfilmed manuscripts of Bede's work from the medieval period, in order that he be able to report accurately to his readers on problems of syntax and of conception in some five to six passages of Bede whose rendition in modern scholarship he had found to be flawed. Stinson equally insisted on producing his own translation of Bede's Latin that was, in his words, "as immaculately accurate to the letter as is possible."

The same degree of erudition and attention to detail characterized Stinson's teaching. Colleagues and students alike regarded him as a walking encyclopedia, given his in-depth knowledge of seemingly innumerable matters, no matter how obscure or arcane. Students in his courses on "The Theology of Augustine" and "The Theology of Aquinas" remember him as a masterful guide through those authors' often dense and difficult theological arguments. But no less do his students in "Contemporary Christianity," which dealt with matters centuries removed from Stinson's period of expertise, remember him for his broad and thorough grasp of Christian religious movements of the modern era. Indeed, one of his last published articles was on feminist and "New Age" movements within the Catholic Church.

In addition to his expertise in the field of religion, Stinson sustained a love for popular culture, especially popular film. His own father had been a Hollywood screenwriter, as well as a journalist for The Los Angeles Times, and Stinson followed in his footsteps by serving as a film critic for the Times during the 1950's. Ever afterwards, he kept a large file of newspaper clippings that recorded the comings and goings of Hollywood personalities. A model of a trolley car on his office bookshelf was a reminder of his love for his home city and its long gone public-transport system. He furthermore never lost his love for Southern California's balmy climate, as evidenced by the fact that he always taught in Dartmouth's summer quarter so that he could take the months of January and February off to return to Los Angeles and avoid New Hampshire winters. And even during New Hampshire summers, he would typically be seen wearing a turtleneck or a sweater, as he found that whatever the temperature of a New England August, it could never match his California-bred expectations regarding adequate warmth.

Stinson is survived by a sister and several cousins. A memorial service is being planned for April 27, 2012, in Hanover, NH. Details will be forthcoming.

When he worked as a movie review critic he reviewed the Pit And The Pendulum starring Vincent Price.The poor review made Vincent Price so angry that he wrote a letter to Mr. Stinson. However he never mailed the letter but put it into his "Letting Off Steam" file.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Herbert Hunter Stinson (1896 - 1969)
  Evelyn Mae Nichols Stinson (1900 - 1979)
 
 Siblings:
  William Russ Eldridge Stinson (1918 - 1989)**
  Charles Herbert Stinson (1931 - 2012)
  Joan Lillian Stinson Humphries (1933 - 2015)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
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