Dr. Lawrence Singer, founder of the Old Town-based DC Smiles Holistic Cosmetic Dentistry practice, died suddenly April 10 at the age of 50.
A survivor of childhood cancer, Singer continued to battle medical complications throughout his life.
“He fought hard for most of his life to live another day,” said Singer’s wife Tonya in announcing Singer’s death. “Lawrence loved life more than anything. He often would say, ‘Any day you open your eyes is a good day.’”
Born Oct. 31, 1968, Singer earned a bachelor of science in Human Development from Vanderbilt University and a doctor of medical dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He founded DC Smiles in 1995, which included locations on Cameron Street in Old Town and in Washington D.C.
At the time of his death, Singer held the title of Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the George Washington University Hospital. His work there included treating facial trauma patients, performing reconstruction surgery on cancer patients and helping other medically compromised patients.
“My heart is broken for the loss of my boss,” posted Kathleen Delmore on social media. “Dr. Singer was a phenomenal clinician, mentor, friend and an amazing human being. I feel blessed to have been part of his practice.”
In addition to his practice, Singer was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, instructing doctoral candidates in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He prepared several articles on oral healthcare economics for the Swedish Government at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Since 2000, Singer was the official cosmetic dentist for the Washington Redskins cheerleaders.
“Laz was such a brave man,” said Steven Olmos, referring to Singer by his nickname among friends. “Struggling with his health and dedicated to helping others with chronic pain. Such an intelligent person. The world has lost one of the great ones.”
Survivors include Singer’s wife Tonya, son Maximillian, 13, and daughter Chloe, 11.
A visitation will be held Saturday, April 27, from 1-2 p.m. at Cunningham Turch Funeral Home, 811 Cameron St., followed by a Celebration of Life funeral service at 2p.m. at the same location.
“The world has lost such a brilliant doctor, good friend, father and husband,” said Pam Washkewicz in a social media tribute. “He sure did love life and achieved so much while battling medical problems. Laz will be missed but never forgotten.”