Born on December 17, 1943 in Durham, NC, Dr. Owen W. Justice Jr. DDS was educated in public schools. He graduated from high school in 1961, and attended North Carolina Central University, graduating in 1964 with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. Later, Justice accepted employment with the Department of Agriculture and moved to Modesto, California to work as a processed food inspector. In 1965, he would be drafted into the United States Air Force, where he applied for Office Training School.
Doing his initial active duty as a corpsman, Owen Justice Jr. was stationed at RAF Lakenheath Air Force Base in Great Britain. After being accepted into Office Training School in May of 1967, he was excited to graduate in June as a 2nd Lieutenant. He traveled back to Durham, NC to marry his college sweetheart, Ms. Nancy Jones. They would move to Glendale, AZ, where he was stationed at Luke Air Force Base as a weapons controller for one year, until they moved on to Shemya Air Force Station in Alaska as a Space Surveillance Officer for just one year, as well. After a short time at Ft. Fisher Air Force Station in Wilmington, NC, Justice separated from the Air Force in 1971 and decided to attend Dental School at the University of North Carolina.
As the first Black student to be admitted to this dental school at all, three and a half years later he was also the first Black student to ever graduate. Dr. Owen W. Justice Jr. DDS was instrumental in initiating recruitment programs for minority students and setting up orientation programs for these students while he was in school at the University of North Carolina Dental School. After graduation he was employed by the Department of Health in NC as a public health dentist, but rejoined the Air Force as a Captain in 1975 with intentions to make the military his career.
Instead, Dr. Justice decided to open his own practice in 1979 and never turned back. He has found his passion in this field and his future.
“I really enjoyed the nine years, three months, and thirteen days that I spent in the military. Also, the training that I received was outstanding, and I have no regrets. I have now been in private practice for over thirty years, and I have been very satisfied with my decision. It feels as though I’m cheating – employment that I enjoy and am reimbursed for! I love relating to patients, explaining and treating them.” Dr. Justice states.
Consistent and continued training has prepared Dr. Owen W. Justice Jr. to greatly expand his treatment options, and he and his office are prepared to grow into the future.