Norman Lassiter Dental Society

Dr. Norman Lassiter was instrumental in establishing the Old Dominion Dental Society in 1913.  Dr. Lassiter along with other African American Dentists met at the We-US Hotel in Newport News, Virginia and officers were elected.  Dr. Norman Lassiter was the first president of this society.  Dr. Lassiter opened his dental practice in 1909.  He fought for better housing for African Americans in his community.  He often held meetings at his home and raised funds for housing.   Due to Dr. Lassiter’s efforts for better housing, African American citizens were able to move in neighborhoods that were previously denied to them.  Dr. Lassiter died suddenly on March 25, 1929.  In 1947, the federal government along with the city of Newport News, Virginia honored Dr. Norman Lassiter by naming a new housing development after him calling it, “The Lassiter Court Apartments”.

Due to Dr. Lassiter’s efforts for better housing, African American citizens were able to move in neighborhoods that were previously denied to them.

Dr. Norman Lassiter

Meetings Held:
4th Monday of each month

President:
Dr. Lorenzo Modeste

Secretary:
Dr. Rana Graham-Montague

Treasurer:
Dr. Rana Graham-Montague

The secret to success in life is for a man to be ready when his opportunity comes.

There are other members of the Norman Lassiter Dental Society that have contributed to their profession and community such as:

Dr. McKinley Price

  • First African American mayor of Newport News, Virginia
  • Fellow in the Virginia Dental Association, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists
  • Chairperson of Newport News, Virginia School Board

Dr. James Watkins

  • Member of the Virginia State Board of Dentistry for 4 terms
  • First African American to serve as president of the Virginia State Board of Dentistry
  • United States Navy Dental Corps and a Commanding Officer
  • First African American commanding officer of Bethesda Naval Dental Reserve Unit In Bethesda, Maryland
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