Dr. George Edward Washington, 78, a nationally well-known veterinarian and distinguished citizen, died after a long illness on February 26 at the Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.
“Doc” Washington, a native of Loudoun County, was born on a working farm in Lovettsville, March 9, 1940, to the late William Wright and Mildred Washington. He always referred to himself as a “cow” doctor, a country boy, whose life was changed through his involvement with Loudoun’s 4-H Club. Joining at age 9, he was given the honor of being the recipient of Loudoun County’s 2002 4-H Fair Dedication after his 33 years of service as Fair Veterinarian. While attending Loudoun County High School (1958), he won first place in the State Sheep Shearing Contest and placed third nationally. In 1996 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Northern VA 4-H Educational Center, Front Royal.
He graduated in 1958 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University followed by graduation from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1966. On August 25, 1968, he returned to Purcellville, where he began working as a veterinarian with Dr. Kent Roberts, who started Loudoun Animal Hospital in 1952 as a Dairy Practice. On January 1, 1975, he bought the large animal part of the practice and changed the name to Loudoun Veterinary Service. April 30, 1980, he and the late Dr. Mark Chamberlin bought the small animal portion from Dr. Roberts. In 1983, Dr. Steven Stang joined the practice and continues to run the Loudoun Veterinary Small Animal Clinic.
One of the highlights of “Doc” Washington’s career was becoming Virginia Veterinarian of the Year in 1989, and being elected President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners followed by his election to the Board of Supervisors from 1992-1995. He was Alternate Delegate from VA to the American Veterinary Medical Association, House of Delegates, 1992-1996. In 2003, he served as Elder in the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church where he was the director of the building committee for their fellowship hall. The last 7 years, he was a faithful member of the Berryville Presbyterian Church where the Rev. Jonathan Bunker is the pastor. Everyone who ever encountered “Doc” would agree it was a blessing to be in his presence. He was humble, hard working, full of gratitude and humor with a keen mind, a devoted family man, and devoted to helping farmers and students alike with their animals.
Survivors are his wife Patti of 33 years, son Dr. Phillip Washington and wife Dr. Kristen and their children Sadie, Addie, and Harry; daughter Lisa Washington; brother William “Bubby” Washington and wife Pat, sister Clara McCartney, sister Catherine Keller and husband Jerry, sister Jean McCammon and husband John; and numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses and children; and was predeceased by his eldest sister Mary Gabriel.
Services will be held on March 9, 2019 at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 12942 Lutheran Church Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180, 2:00 p.m. The life memorial service will be officiated by the Rev. Jonathan Bunker, Berryville Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Krista Vingelis, NJ Lutheran Church.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational & Conference Center, 600 4th Center Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630 or Round Hill Rescue, 4 Main Street, Round Hill, VA 20141.