Dr. Her­bert D. David­son

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Dr. Her­bert D. David­son of Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia and Boca Ra­ton, Florida died Novem­ber 9, 2018 at Vir­ginia Hospi­tal Cen­ter in Ar­ling­ton of pneu­mo­nia. He was 91 years old. David­son was born in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia in 1927, the son of a Lat­vian im­mi­grant who lacked a high school ed­u­ca­tion. His fam­ily moved to Washington, D.C. dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion. Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion from Ana­cos­tia High School, David­son com­pleted one se­mes­ter at Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity be­fore en­list­ing in the United States Navy. He served as a med­i­cal corps­man at Bethesda Naval Hospi­tal and was pre­par­ing to join the Fleet Marines for the in­va­sion of Ja­pan when the Sec­ond World War ended in 1945. Com­plet­ing his mil­i­tary ser­vice, he re­turned to Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity and earned a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in 1949. He re­ceiv­ing ad­mis­sion to Georgetown Univer­sity, where he earned a Doc­tor of Den­tal Surgery (DDS) de­gree in 1953. His G.I.

Bill ben­e­fits had ex­pired in 1949 and David­son was obliged to work his way through four years of den­tal school. Af­ter com­plet­ing his den­tal de­gree, he re­ceived a Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Orthodon­tics from Tufts Univer­sity in 1955. Re­turn­ing to the Washington, D.C. area, David­son estab­lished the first or­thodon­tic prac­tice in Fair­fax County, even­tu­ally found­ing of­fices in Falls Church, Hern­don, Vi­enna and Oak­ton.

Dr. David­son was pres­i­dent of the Fair­fax County Den­tal So­ci­ety, pres­i­dent of the Eastern Com­po­nent of the E. H. An­gle So­ci­ety of Orthodon­tists, fel­low of the In­ter­na­tional Col­lege of Den­tists and an in­struc­tor for the Charles H. Tweed Foun­da­tion for Or­thodon­tic Re­search, as well as a mem­ber of nu­mer­ous other den­tal and or­thodon­tic so­ci­eties.

David­son mar­ried Ann Louise Gor­don in 1950, with whom he had two chil­dren. Af­ter Ann died in 1980, he met re­cently wid­owed Judy Dut­ton at a Po­tomac, Mary­land Box­ing Day party. They mar­ried in 1983, pro­vid­ing Dr. David­son with a sec­ond fam­ily of five stepchil­dren and as­so­ci­ated rel­a­tives. Fol­low­ing mul­ti­ple at­tempts to re­tire from or­thodon­tic prac­tice in the mid-1990s, David­son could of­ten be found play­ing golf and gin rummy at the Washington Golf & Coun­try Club in Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia, the Wood­mont Coun­try Club in Rockville, Mary­land, Adios Coun­try Club in Co­conut Creek, and the Royal Palm Yacht & Coun­try Club in Boca Ra­ton, Florida. He found mu­tual trust and friend­ship among the many per­sons with whom he spent his fi­nal years.

David­son is sur­vived by his wife Judy, two chil­dren from his first mar­riage Su­san D. Simp­son (Glenn) and Dr. Kim David­son-Rogers (Bruce), five step-chil­dren from his sec­ond mar­riage Robert Dut­ton, Dr. Heather Dud­ley (Tim), Paul Dut­ton (Hi­lary), Holly Dut­ton and Kim­berly Dut­ton, seven grand­chil­dren and nine great-grand­chil­dren.

A vis­i­ta­tion will be held Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mur­phy Fu­neral Home, 4510 Wil­son Boule­vard, Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia. The fu­neral ser­vice will oc­cur on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15, at 11 AM at the Mur­phy Fu­neral Home, fol­lowed by in­tern­ment at Columbia Gar­dens in Ar­ling­ton. Fol­low­ing in­tern­ment, the fam­ily will host a Cel­e­bra­tion of Life at Washington Golf and Coun­try Club, 3017 North Glebe Road, Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily in­vites friends to pro­vide con­tri­bu­tions to the Chronic Lym­pho­cytic Leukemia Re­search Moon Shot Pro­gram at the MD An­der­son Cancer Cen­ter in Hous­ton, Texas.

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