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IN tribute to Huw Llywelyn Williams (VR, October 3, 2015, vol 177, p 344), David Noakes, Hugh Reed and Agnes Winter write: Huw Williams originated from St Clears in Carmarthenshire where his family ran the nationally known and well-respected Grove Friesian dairy herd. After his father died, his two eldest brothers continued to run the two family farms, so Huw, being the youngest of five brothers, pursued his agricultural interests independently along the academic route with a particular interest in sheep husbandry. A third brother (Eric) had a very distinguished veterinary career in America where he lectured in infectious diseases in cattle at Oklahoma State University. By coincidence, Eric was awarded the R. W. Hall of Barry, Glamorgan Prize at the same time as Huw was made an Honorary Associate of the RCVS at the 1995 RCVS AGM. A further brother had a successful career in banking.
After attending Whitland Grammar School, Huw went to the University College of Wales (Aberystwyth) where he graduated with a BSc in 1949. After obtaining further diplomas in dairying and dairy husbandry, he spent four years as an experimental officer with the Animal Breeding Research Organisation before being appointed a lecturer in animal husbandry at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).
One of us (HR) had known Huw Williams since joining the RVC in 1961 to do a PhD in Professor Archie Laing's department of animal husbandry at Boltons Park. Huw generously allowed HR to share his office in the farmhouse until the new departmental accommodation was built some two years later. This was the …