[UPDATE] Remembering Dora Stuttman

Dora Stuttman — a tireless volunteer in Democratic politics for over 50 years — died yesterday. She was 90 years old.

Dora Stuttman

Dora Stuttman

Former managing editor of a national fashion magazine, Dora joined the Westport Democratic Town Committee soon after moving here in 1962. Her organizational skills were a hallmark of her more than 50 years of service.

She served 1 term as DTC chair, organized Democratic headquarters and volunteers during numerous elections, and ran several individual state campaigns.

She also headed Diane Farrell’s successful campaign for first selectman, and Farrell’s 2 unsuccessful runs for Congress against incumbent Chris Shays.

Last fall, the Democratic Town Committee honored her by creating a Dora Stuttman Campaign Leadership Award.

Dora was also a PTA president, PTA Council member, and head of several local boards and commissions.

Dora’s funeral will be held on Thursday, July 9 (11 a.m.), Abraham Green & Son in Fairfield. Following the service, internment will be at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport. Refreshments will be served afterward at the Stuttmans’ home: 2 Cardinal Lane, Westport.


Click below to see Dora Stuttman and Martha Aasen talk about 50 years of local politics:

8 responses to “[UPDATE] Remembering Dora Stuttman

  1. Mark J. Marcus

    Dora was a selfless person. She worked tirelessly on behalf of other people never seeking or asking a thing for herself. She was a dear friend and Jan and I will miss her terribly.

    Jan and Mark Marcus

  2. Robin Greenhut Markus

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Stuttman family. I have some great memories of so many wonderful families on Cardinal Lane!

  3. Brett Aronow

    Dora was an incredible inspiration. Westport will certainly miss her.

  4. This makes me very sad; Dora was beyond smart, and could have run the world in her gracious way. mmm

  5. Dora had a sly sense of humor, great judgment and a deep understanding of Westport politics. She was also very brave. I was honored to know her, ahd offer my deepest sympathy to her family.

    Helen Garten

  6. Gerry kuroghlian

    When I remember great parents, the Stuttmans rank high always speaking about quality education for “our children” and never about “my child”. They helped to build community through out their careers. Dora was a really remarkable woman!

  7. Dee chapman

    When I’m asked in town where do you live? Often after I respond they ask do you know Dora & Burt? Yes I do, they are my neighbors. I enjoyed conversations with Dora for many years on Cardinal & Tueplo. Dora was a woman who volunteered her time making Westport the town we all love to live in.
    She was a friend of Westport and we were a fan of Dora’s.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Burt and The Stuttman Family.
    Dee & Brian Chapman

  8. Karley Meltzer


    I had Dora’s daughter in the Alternative program at Staples. I can’t remember her name (I’m 75 :-))..but I like to remember her and her Mom these many years later as great supporters of public education and in particular, education for those who were considered a little outside the ‘norm’.those who were brilliant, sensitive, eager to learn.. needing the best teachers. Among her’s were Dick Leonard, Dave Goby, Frank Corbo, Jack Culbert, and others who hung on to the belief that the needs of our neediest children deserve the best teachers.

    I know that you have covered this Staples ‘experience’ before; thank you for honoring her.

    Karley Meltzer