Joseph F. Williams, a retired Timonium dentist who was known for his generosity in not charging patients, died Monday of respiratory failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 83.
Joseph Francis Williams was born and raised in Waterbury, Conn., where he graduated in 1947 from Crosby High School.
He was a 1951 graduate of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., and earned a degree in 1955 from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
After earning his dental degree, Dr. Williams enlisted in the Navy and served at the Norfolk Naval Base and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence during the Cuban missile crisis. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander by the time of his 1962 discharge.
Dr. Williams practiced dentistry in Marblehead, Mass., until moving to Baltimore in 1970 when he joined Dental Associates in Timonium.
A devoted Roman Catholic, Dr. Williams offered free dental care to students at several schools.
"He treated nuns and priests in the Catholic church and did not charge them," said Alexander Martick, a friend, of Baltimore.
Dr. Williams retired in 2010.
"His patients loved him and did not want him to retire," said his wife of 42 years, Judy M. Burch.
Throughout his life, Dr. Williams remained faithful to St. Mary's College, a Jesuit institution. His philanthropy included its School of Science and athletic department.
He endowed a scholarship that helped a needy student attend the college, and he also donated a stained-glass window in the college chapel. He had been a member for 16 years of St. Mary's President's Club.
The former resident of Northwest Baltimore had since 2006 lived in a replica of the Samuel Owings House on St. Thomas Lane in Owings Mills. He was a music and art lover.
He had been a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road, Rodgers Forge.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Williams is survived by a son, Brien P. Williams of New York City; a daughter, Dierdre P. Bond of Silver Spring; a stepson, Hans R. Wilhelmson of Jarrettsville; a stepdaughter, Kirsten W. Greenwell of Phoenix, Baltimore County; and 10 grandchildren. Another daughter, Sharon A. Murphy died in 1997.
An earlier marriage ended in divorce.
—Frederick N. RasmussenCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun