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Longtime dentist Dr. Lawrence Bell Jr. dies at 77

Ursula V. Battle | 5/25/2018, 12:34 p.m.
Dr. Lawrence Bell was among the University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s first black graduates
Dr. Lawrence Bell, Jr. passed away at age 77. He practiced dentistry for 44 years. His practice located at 3326 Auchentoroly Terrace was well known in Baltimore. Courtesy Photo

— According to Bell, his mother who is a retired 35-year Baltimore City Public School teacher - helped his father run the practice.

“They did everything together,” said Bell.

In addition to membership in Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Inc., Baltimore Alumnae Chapter, and the Auchentoroly Terrace Association, Dr. Bell was a member of the National Dental Society, Inc., State of Maryland Chapter; member of the Frederick Douglass High School Alumnae Organization; and lifetime member of the NAACP, Baltimore City Chapter.

“My father really did a lot for people,” said Bell. “Over the years, he employed many people. I got my commitment to serve the community from my father. “He was really committed to his Alma Maters Douglass High School and Morgan State.”

Dr. Bell was the second of five children born to the late Lawrence Bell, Sr. and Roxie Bell. He regularly attended The House of Prayer for All People with his family, and in recent years, reconfirmed his faith by being baptized at Christian Memorial Church. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, which included The Thurgood Marshall Award by the NAACP, Baltimore City Chapter in 2012.

“My father was a staple in the community,” said Bell. “We will keep the Bell Dental Center going in his legacy. He had other dentists who are here now. It will remain open in his honor.”