The well-known physician of Brooklyn, Dr. V. Leonard Williams, was born on March 4, 1896 to Simmie B. and Lee Belle (Bragg) Williams, in Houston, Texas. He went west for college along with his brother and enrolled at Pomona College in Claremont, California. After completing his sophomore year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War I. He served in France and advanced to the rank of 2nd lieutenant. Upon discharge he was commended for bravery in action.
After returning to the States, Williams completed undergraduate studies at New York City College before attending Dartmouth Medical School and earning the two-year M.S. degree in 1923. His time at Dartmouth was recalled by fellow alumnus, Elijah H. Allen, Jr. '24, who in 1951 submitted to the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine an old photo of six black students on the Hanover campus in the winter of 1924 - Williams, Allen and four others.
Williams completed his medical training at the University of New York and Bellevue Medical College. He established a successful medical practice in Brooklyn and for a time had a joint practice with Dr. William R. R. Granger, Dartmouth '16. Dr. Williams and his brother, Dr. Arthur M. Williams, were active in campaigns to open city public and private hospital admitting privileges to black physicians of Harlem and Brooklyn.
Dr. V. Leonard Williams died on March 18, 1963 in White Plains, New York. His obituary was published in the New York State Medical Journal. FAL.