Dr. Richard Gary Meltzer

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Dr. Richard “Dick” Gary Meltzer, of Potomac, passed away on Nov. 18. He was 71. Richard was born on May 24, 1949, and was the middle of three sons of Ruth and Seymour Meltzer. At age 12, he moved to the Washington area from Rochester, N.Y. Richard graduated from the University of Maryland and Georgetown Dental School, with a residency at Providence Hospital.

Upon graduating, he ran a private dental practice in Aspen Hill for 40 years, providing care to thousands of patients. Combining his dentistry and singing skills, Richard was known as the “singing dentist.” He was a pioneer in IV sedation in the dental office and served in associations such as Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners, as a Diplomate of The American College of Forensic Dentistry and as the volunteer dental director of the dental clinics at The Hebrew Home. His efforts culminated in him being awarded the Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, a recognition only given to 3 percent of dentists. He was also a member of the Ethics Committee of Southern Maryland Dental Society and the Maryland State Dental Legislative Committee. He helped write the laws for sedation dentistry in Maryland and Washington.

Richard is survived by his wife of 48 years, Helene; his children, Kimberly (Evan) Weisman and Jason (Fara) Meltzer; his grandchildren, Natalie and Jocelyn Weisman, and Dylan, Ariana and Landon Meltzer; and his brother Steve (Harriet). Richard is preceded in death by his other brother, David (Sherry). Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

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