Jim Stinnett recently passed away at his home in Yardley, Penn., surrounded by family and friends. He was the husband of Carol Stinnett, Art Committee member and former Phillips’ Mill Art Show Chairperson. Jim and Carol were Lathrop Circle members and have, for many years, given an art show award for abstract painting.
A graduate of Princeton University, Jim earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1972 he joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty as a Professor of Psychiatry. In 1978 he was appointed Director of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, serving until 2005. He held many leadership roles in the Penn Medicine community, including Director of Clinical Services in the Department of Psychiatry, Chairman of the Medical Board, and Acting Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs.
He was recognized with the Resident Teaching Award from the Department of Psychology multiple times, and the Penn Pearl Teaching Award from the School of Medicine. He also received the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching and the Albert Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award.
Jim received many accolades and honors throughout his career, including being recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” many times and designated a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine. He received a Master Clinician Award from the University of Pennsylvania Health System and was named Practitioner of the Year by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.
One former student noted, “He was my most influential teacher, and 23 years later, I still consider ‘What would Dr. Stinnett do?’ on a regular basis in my practice.”
Jim epitomizes “A Life Well Lived” and will be dearly missed.