Roger Hombs, who served 33 years as a military dentist before retiring in 1975 as assistant surgeon general for dental services of the Air Force with the rank of major general, died Sept. 14 at his home in Alexandria. He was 90.

The cause was respiratory failure, said his daughter Mary Ellen Hombs.

Gen. Hombs began his military dental career in 1946 with the Army Dental Corps before transferring to the Air Force in 1949. He served in the United States, the Philippines, Greenland and the Panama Canal Zone.

Roger Hombs was born in Keokuk, Iowa. In 1945 he received a doctor of dentistry degree from Washington University in St. Louis, then began his military career.

Gen. Hombs was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria and was active in its programs for the hungry and homeless.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Marie Powell Hombs of Alexandria; and two daughters, Peggy Hombs of Richmond and Mary Ellen Hombs of Boston.

— Bart Barnes