During his lifetime, Harvey Webb, Jr. has experienced multiple careers: U.S. Army Officer, practicing dentist, dental educator, health care administrator, civil rights activist, author and humanitarian. He has been involved with a variety of organizations and has accepted leadership roles on the local, regional and national levels.
Harvey is a graduate of Cardozo High School, Washington D.C. In 1948 he joined the U.S. Army. He attended Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Riley, Kansas and spent five years as an Anti Aircraft Artillery Officer in the U.S.A. and Korea. In 1953 he matriculated at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and received a BS-1956, Doctor of Dental Surgery-1960 and The Master of Science Degree-1962. In 1967 he attended Johns Hopkins, School Of Hygiene and Public Health, subsequently receiving the Master of Public Health Degree.
Dr. Webb taught at Howard University College of Dentistry, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, University of Maryland School of Nursing and The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He served as consultant to the Nursing Home Improvement Project in the District of Columbia, Department of Health and in 1969 became Associate Director of Out-Patient Departments at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
He was elected President of the National Dental Association, Physically moved the headquarters of the National Dental Association from Charlottesville, Virginia to a place of prominence in Washington, D.C.
President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Medical Committee for Human Rights and Regional President the National Association of Community Health Centers, Region Three. He Commanded the 2287th Medical Services Detachment in the Army Reserves and retired a Major in the Army Dental Corps.
Dr. Webb was architect and Project Director of “Charet” Status of Dental Health In the Black Community” in 1972, and documented the dental needs of the African –American Community for the Department of Health Education and Welfare. The report was disseminated to national health care organizations, colleges of dentistry and public libraries throughout the nation. Dr. Webb served sixteen years, as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Constant Care Medical Center in Baltimore, a precursor to the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), where he directed an innovative health care system for the underserved population.
Professional Activities and Memberships
Dr. Webb practiced dentistry in Washington, D.C. for seventeen years and served his profession in numerous roles of leadership. He was active in The Robert T. Freeman Dental Society, The National Dental Association, The American Dental Association, The National Association of Community Health Centers, The Medical Committee For Human Rights, Physicians Forum and a frequent speaker for civic, church, college and business organizations.
In 1973 Dr. Webb received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Howard University, College of Dentistry. As an Artillery Officer he received the Korean service ribbon with seven oak leaf clusters. In 1979, The Afro-American News paper awarded him, Outstanding Man of The Decade. He received the Presidents Award, Maryland Primary Care Association; Outstanding Achievement, Presidents Award from the National Dental Association and the Outstanding Community Service Award, Model Cities Council, Urban Services Agency. Doctor Webb is listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans.
Harvey recently served as Archon Grapter in Gamma Xi Boule’ of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, in Sarasota Florida, President of Sarasota Fiction Writers and is a founder and president Emeritus of The Howard Club of Southwest Florida. He has held membership in numerous fraternal, community and civic organizations including: Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Pi Phi, Chi Delta Mu, Kiwanis, PTAs, Chambers of Commerce, Civic associations in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md. and Sarasota, Florida. He wrote the proposal for, obtained funding and directed “Charet” StatusDental Healthin The Black Community. Dr. Webb also served on the Health Coordinating Committee for the March on Washington. He organized and coordinator for dental services for the Poor Peoples Campaign in Resurrection City. He served on the Board of The Hospice of Southwest Florida, Board of The Venice Foundation, The Tiger Bay Club, The Sarasota County Democratic Executive Committee, Board of The Sarasota County Educational Assistance Program and The Manasota Basin (water) Board of Southwest Florida. Dr Webb holds life membership in the NAACP and initiated the first Black History program in the City of North Port, Florida in 2002.
Currently Dr. Webb is active in reflection and introspection. He has written regular articles for the Sigma Pi Phi National Journal, and published several books of poetry, I,E, The Greatest Day of My Life in 2000, From My View in 2005, The Buzzard Tree in 2008. His first historical novel, Wash: Faith in Hard Times, was published in 2011. Currently Dr. Webb walks watches sunrises and sunsets and attempts to capture the beauty of nature in his writings. Dr. Webb continues to support and promote worthy causes for the encouragement of minority and under privileged communities. He seeks to identify and complement people that share their talents and services with others.
He was married forty-seven years to the late Zadie Ozella Webb M.D of Washington, D.C. Harvey and Ozella have three children a daughter Tomai Webb-Kessler, Albuquerque, New Mexico and two sons Harvey 3rd, Sarasota, Florida and Hoyt, Ridgefield, Conn. Two grand children Hayden Maxwell Webb and Melina Zadie Webb of Ridgefield, Conn.