Llewelyn Williams 's chief contribution was in public health and in the organisation of medical education . He was a pioneer in his endeavour to convince local authorities and the Welsh people of the importance of preventive medicine . Much of the initial success of the health insurance scheme in Wales can be attributed to his labour and skill, despite great difficulties. He travelled widely in Wales to address meetings on health problems, temperance and morality and wrote extensively in Welsh on these subjects. The results of his labours were not confined to Wales .
He worked hard in France during World War I in the interest of the medical welfare of people living on the edges of the battle-fronts , and his services were acknowledged with the awards of the Médaille des Epidemics and the Médaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise . He was equally enthusiastic in the cause of medical education . From the outset he was a zealous supporter of the movement to establish a school for the training of doctors in Wales , and when the Medical School was set up in 1930 , he was made a member of its Council . Soon afterwards he was elected deputy chairman of the Council , an office which he held until his death. He was a member of the council of the Welsh National Memorial for the Prevention of Tuberculosis from its establishment in 1912 . He was awarded the degree of LL.D. ( honoris causa ) by the University of Wales in 1947 .
At one time Llewelyn Williams intended to become a missionary in India , and though this did not become possible, he retained throughout his life his interest in the Foreign Mission of the Presbyterian Church in Wales in Assam . He was one of the three commissioners sent to inspect the Mission Field in 1935 , and he did much to bring the good work done in the field by the Mission's hospitals to the attention of his fellow-countrymen.
Alun Llywelyn-Williams, (1913-88), Bangor
Published date: 2001