Dr. R. Leroy Howell was born on September 18, 1930 in Southampton County, Va. He is the son of Parker D. Howell and Mattie Carr Howell. He attended Chuckatuck Elementary School and graduated from Chuckatuck High School in 1947. He entered Elon College and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry. He then entered the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry and graduated in 1955 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After an Internship in the Department of Oral Surgery at MCV he entered the military as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. He served two years of active duty as a Dental Officer at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. After serving six years in the active reserve he was discharged as a Major, Dental Corps, U.S. Army Reserve. He has practiced general dentistry in Suffolk, Va. since the fall of 1958 (for over 50 years) and is still actively practicing. He is a member of the Tidewater Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He served as President of the Tidewater Dental Association and is a Fellow of the Virginia Dental Association, the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.