A Small Tribute for Dr. Frank Williams – By Eusi Kwayana

A Small Tribute for Dr. Frank Williams

By Eusi Kwayana   (read on Thursday 10 September 2015)

Dr Frank Middleton Warner Williams, who was 98 at the time of his passing, was celebrated in ‘Music & Words’ at the Promenade Gardens on September 10, prior to his remains being interred.

In what beat, what rhythm shall we celebrate the life of this music-loving physician?

In  his early years he  played  the organ at St Sidwell’ Church for the funeral of  Lawyer  AB Brown, the first African Guyanese  to be elected  as  Financial  representatives (an MP of those times) in colonial  Guyana. And the Honourable AB Brown was, like today’s Guest of Honour,  Dr. Frank Williams, (98)  a Den Amstel villager.

Now at this Celebration that is for his life, there is no Church.   

He had fallen in love with science that the Church had long regarded with suspicion.  But pure Comfa and pure Hindu and pure Islam are not suspicious of science.   As a lover of science he chose a profession where he could apply it usefully. He became a doctor of the Healing Arts.

So much for these questions.

I beg those now living to regard this mortal as living, though dead for these reasons:

He is a result of the social revolution of the 19th Century from 1839 that gave us Den Amstel, and other villages. He is “a citizen of no mean city.” Dr. Williams, if not the first was, as he would be careful to say, one of the first physicians in Guyana to consider STRESS as a health factor.

As a scientific mind who chose medical arts   and a child specialist, he proclaimed the value of breast feeding and inspired a “Back to the Breast” campaign, one of the most important to come from the profession.  It also increased respect for women as mothers.

Finally, he had warned the administrations that if they continued to neglect control measures, Malaria would return.  Malaria did return when the warning was not heeded.

The things you attempted to teach, Dr. Williams, will have to be taught again and again, because the need remains and you live on in these teachings.

You and her Mother have left us a daughter of precious worth of which we are aware.

I am restrained in my tribute because the Guest of Honour had no time for self promotion and pomp. He enjoyed his mission as a doctor and the people at large had learned to trust him. In matters of race, class and gender he strove for fairness and succeeded to a greater extent than many of his time and social and professional standing. In social attitudes he was a path- breaker.

May his works be a source of knowledge and inspiration to Guyana’s population.

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  • de castro  On 09/13/2015 at 7:06 am

    Wonderful tribute to a Guyanese I was never aware of or ever met.
    Would love to read his biography if there is one.
    Humility seems his virtue.
    Thanks to comrade Kwayana (king) for this enlightment of guyana s history.
    98 his afterlife has just begun….if there is one ….now he will live on in the mindsad hearts of all who follow Guyanese Online.
    WillGgoogle Dr Frank Williams now.


  • Camille Barrow  On 09/13/2015 at 4:57 pm

    I ran into Dr. Williams’ office with my baby 40 years ago when my newborn daughter was picked up by her 2 year old brother and dropped on her head! Dr. Williams was so reassuring, said baby was fine but the mother was the one who needed help!!!

  • Thinker  On 09/14/2015 at 4:07 am

    A life welll lived. Courageous to the end. Passed on these gifts to his daughter.

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