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Washington, D.C.
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Interview Date: 6/7/2018

Military officer Col. Lawrence Washington was born on October 20, 1935 in Washington, D.C. to Charlotte and Isaac Washington. He attended Union Academy in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Pine Forge Academy, in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania. Washington received his B.S. degree in nursing in 1968 from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He went on to receive his M.S. degree in nursing in 1972 from The Catholic University, in Washington, D.C.

Washington completed basic training at Fort Houston in 1954, and served as enlisted medical aidman at Walter Reed General Hospital, from 1954 to 1956. He was sworn in as 2nd Lieutenant Reserve Officer, Army Nurse Corp at Fort Meade in 1962 and then worked as a course director for psychiatric mental health nursing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1966 to 1967, consultant clinical nurse specialist psych/mental health at Howard University Hospital Nursing Department in 1972, and assistant professor of the University of Maryland, Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing from 1972 to 1977. Washington received his military science certification in 1978 from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, in Leavenworth, Kansas, and worked as health services command nursing methods analyst on the Manpower Survey Team at Fort Sam Houston from 1978 to 1980. Washington served as chief of the Department of Nursing, U.S. Army Medical Activity, in Berlin, Germany from 1981 to 1983. Promoted to Colonel at William Beaumount Army Medical Center, in El Paso, Texas on April 11, 1983, he was named assistant chief, Department of Nursing at Beaumont where he worked from 1983 to 1987. He also served as relief supervisor and nursing services consultant, at R.E. Thomason General Hospital in El Paso from 1986 to 1987. Washington retired from military service at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1987.

Washington was an instructor at El Paso Community College from 1989 to 1992 and the University of Texas at El Paso, from 1992 to 1993. He was named assistant professor of Nursing, Associate Degree Program, at Louisiana State University in New Orleans from 1993 to 1996. Washington received the State of Louisiana Board of Nursing clinical nurse specialist certification in 1996, and was named Commonwealth assistant professor of Nursing at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia from 1996 to 2002. Washington established WHEN INK, LLC. in San Antonio, in 2002. He then served as nursing instructor at Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland from 2003 to 2004, and clinical instructor, Family Nursing Care at University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing in San Antonio from 2007 to 2011. Washington worked at U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center from 2008 to 2009. He began his Ph.D. in nursing at University of Arizona Graduate College of Nursing in 2012, and was the State of Texas Board of Nursing Examiner through 2013.

Washington and wife Audrey have one adult child, Matrice.

Col. Lawrence Washington was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 7, 2018.

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