Dr. Emile M. Webster Sr., a retired dentist, died on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. He was 89.
He was a resident of the District of Columbia for 55 years before moving to Philadelphia in 2018 to be with his son, due to declining health.
He was born in Montreal, Canada, to Alice M. Webster and William Webster and grew up in St. Johnson Village in Basseterre, St. Kitts. After graduating from St. Johnson Village School, he taught there for about two years before moving to New York when he was 20. He enrolled in evening classes in the Bronx to get his high school equivalency.
Webster was drafted for active duty into the U.S. Army, where he passed the GED high school equivalency test and was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. He was a veteran of the Korean War and received an honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant first class.
In junior college, he became interested in dental technology. He worked for a prestigious dentist who recognized his gift in dental technology and encouraged him to pursue a career in dentistry.
He received an associate of applied science degree in dental technology from New York City Community College, graduating first in his class with honors. He received his bachelor of science degree from Howard University in 1963 and his doctor of dental surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in 1968.
In 1976, he married Carolyn R. Parker and one son was born to their union. Their marriage ended in divorce but they remained friends for the remainder of his life.
Webster had a private dental practice in Washington, D.C., for more than 35 years. He was an assistant professor at Howard University College of Dentistry in the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry and retired with more than 43 years of service.
He was a member of the American College of Dentists and an emeritus fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry where he served as president from 1994 to 1996. He was a life member of the District of Columbia Dental Society and the American Dental Association.
Webster was a member and friend of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University. He received the prestigious Sterling V. Meade Award for outstanding achievement in dentistry from the D.C. Dental Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Howard University College of Dentistry Student Council and the Howard University College of Dentistry Distinguished Faculty Award.
He served on numerous international committees and was a founding patron of the Mayor’s Advisory Political Action Committee on Caribbean-American Affairs.
In addition to his former wife, he is survived by: his son, Emile M. Webster Jr.; stepdaughter, Caroline De Marco of Philadelphia; son-in-law, Jason De Marco; grandsons, Carson A. De Marco and Noble De Marco; niece, Emelda Woodley-DeGrasse; great-niece, Jacqueline Woodley of New York; and other colleagues and friends.
Services were held Dec. 30, 2019, at St. Paul’s Rock Creek Episcopal Parish, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street, Washington, D.C. He is buried in Rock Creek Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Webster’s memory to the Dean’s Special Projects Fund or the Marwah Clinic Fund at the Howard University College of Dentistry.
Beckett-Brown and Hodges Funeral Home handled the arrangements.