Eugene L. Kanter, D.D.S.

by | Aug 16, 2012 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—Eugene L. Kanter, D.D.S., 82, died Thursday, July 26, 2012.

He was born in Norfolk to the late Rose and Samuel Kanter.

Dr. Kanter was a graduate of Maury High School, received his degrees from the College of William and Mary, and M.C.V School of Dentistry.

Gene was a naval officer and veteran of the Korean Conflict and served a tour on the U.S.S. WISCONSIN. He maintained a dental practice in Norfolk for more than 30 years. He was a life member of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity and was made a Fellow in the honorary International College of Dentistry. In 2003, he was inducted into the distinguished honorary Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Kanter provided dental care on a volunteer basis to disadvantaged patients in Israel.

Gene was past president of the Norfolk Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Commodore Lodge No. 3, and was a past president of Congregation Beth El.

He was a docent for the Hampton Roads Naval Museum aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin. He provided 12 years of service to Jewish Family Service, served on their board, and was also on the committee for Russian Resettlement.

One of his great loves was show business and he participated in many local productions including with The Norfolk Little Theater.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Nancy Kaplan Kanter; his daughter, Lisa Kanter; his son, Steven Kanter and wife, Laura, and their sons Zachary and Matthew; his brother, Dr. Jack C. Kanter; and his niece, Andrea Meltzer. Gene cherished the warm, close relationship he shared with his many friends.

Funeral Services were held at Congregation Beth El with Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, and Cantor Gordon Piltch officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations to Congregation Beth El. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be sent to the family at