|Harry White Williamson Jr.
-- Joe Holley The Washington Post 2009
Harry White Williamson Jr., 90, a retired Washington dentist and longtime legal aid
volunteer in Northern Virginia, died Aug. 28 of septicemia at Virginia Hospital Center in
Arlington County. He was an Arlington resident.
He was born in Cleveland and moved to the Washington area in 1927. After graduating
from Western High School in 1937, he received his bachelor's degree from George
Washington University in 1941 and his dental degree from Georgetown University in
1944. He was an Army captain during World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and
Pacific theaters. In the Pacific, he served as a dental officer with a MASH unit. He also
served in occupied Japan immediately after the war.
He opened his practice in downtown Washington in 1946 and remained until his
retirement in 1979. He also taught at Georgetown University Dental School in the late
In college, Dr. Williamson had considered going to law school, and he remained
interested in legal issues his whole life. From 1982 to 2002, he was a volunteer paralegal
with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where he helped clients with medical claims. He
was a member of the Civil War Roundtable and the Washington Dental Club.
Dr. Williamson's marriage to Jean Orem Williamson ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Ramona "Mona" Forinas Williamson of Arlington;
three children from the first marriage, Karen Williamson Lepping of Davidsonville, Jay
Williamson of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Neil Williamson of Greenbelt; and two