USC Dentistry Hall of Famer Lawrence J. Warner dies at 89

USC Dentistry Hall of Famer Lawrence J. Warner dies at 89


27 Apr 20

Lawrence J. Warner, 89 died April 23, 2020 at his home in Sherman Oaks, California after a long struggle with dementia.

Lawrence was born in Los Angeles on July 26, 1930. He grew up with his beloved parents, Lila and Harry Warner and his brother Bud (Bernard).

Lawrence attended Fairfax High School, then served in the United States Coast Guard as a paramedic before attending college and dental school at USC. As an avid USC Trojan fan, Lawrence never missed a USC football game or basketball game.

After graduating from USC Dental School in 1958, he began his dental career and practiced in Encino and then in Tarzana where he was loved by his patients, both young and old.

Lawrence dedicated many years of service to organized dentistry at both state and local levels. He was a trustee of the California Dental Association and president of the San Fernando Valley Dental Association.

Upon his retirement from his dental practice, Lawrence became the Assistant Dean of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, where he mentored many dental students who adored him.

In November 2010, Lawrence was inducted to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry Hall of Fame.

Besides his career as a revered dentist, he was an accomplished wood worker, clock maker furniture builder and pottery maker. He looked forward to his Tuesday hikes with his friends.

Lawrence and his wife, Dona, were married in 1999 and spent many happy years having extraordinary adventures, including river rafting and traveling to Thailand, Turkey, Africa and Europe. One very fond memory was their 20 years of family trips to Cabo San Lucas.

Lawrence leaves behind his wife, Dona, and his brother, Bernard (Bud). He is also survived by his daughters, Karen (Ron) Lepp, Lisa Barragan, Tracy (Michael) Swan, and his son, Scott (Robin) Warner.

He also leaves behind his grandchildren Alex, Daniela, Carly, Adam, Dylan, Ashley, Hailey, Kyle, Jonathan, his great-grandson, Grayson and step-children Steven, Julie, Michael, and Jennifer (Bryce Moore). Their children Ruby, Cecilia, Benji, JJ and Cisco were very dear to him. Lawrence will be missed by all but forever remembered in our hearts.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on April 26, 2020

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