Witzke Funeral Homes Inc.

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Hilton G Stanford

July 17, 1929September 28, 2019

Dr. Hilton G. Stanford (known as Stan to some) was the oldest of three children; born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 17, 1929 to parents Hilton and Vallye Stanford. Both his sister Judy and brother, Reginald preceded him in death. After losing his parents, Stan went to live with his Aunt in Los Angeles, California. He attended LA Public Schools and then UCLA, graduating with a BA degree in 1950. While at UCLA he became fluent in German and pledged the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Following graduation, Stan embarked on a cross country road trip from LA to NY. Checking in at the draft office with only one day left to register, he was informed he needed to check in at his home state of California. With no time and few resources to make the return trip, Stan was drafted into the military. He served 4 years in the Medical Services Corps then entered Howard University in 1955 earning his DDS in 1959. He re-entered the military in 1959 and completed an oral surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. During his schooling at Howard University, Stan married his wife, Sylvia Beverly. Their union was blessed with three children, Ronald, Donna and Eric (Dana), three grandchildren, Nicholas (Megan), Royce (Dossé-Via), and Angela, and three great grandchildren, Nova, Rémy, and Linnéa. Stan moved with his family to Columbia, Maryland in 1968 where he resided until his passing. He retired as a Colonel from the military in 1977 and entered private practice, opening a dental office in Baltimore serving the community through the late 80’s. He remained active in academia serving at George Washington University, Howard University Dental School, and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He also volunteered in Columbia at the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and Neighbor Ride. Building on his language studies at UCLA and two tours of duty in Germany, Stan enrolled in German language classes at Howard Community College and joined various conversational groups. Stan was an avid golfer and played regularly with both family and friends. Bridge was also a favorite pastime, getting together monthly for couples’ bridge in Columbia. He also enjoyed listening to classical and jazz music. A devoted family man, Stan found great joy in family gatherings. He shared stories of his nieces and nephews, Helen, Hilton, Reginald and Regina, and he intently followed (sometimes with great anxiety) the travels and growth of his children, grandchildren and most recently great grandchildren. Stan, Uncle Hilton, Papa, Dad – your legacy lives on through us all.


  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019


Hilton G Stanford

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