Larry Williams was a producer of medical documentaries and TV programs, including the first live televised open-heart surgery.
The collection consists of scripts, production materials, and photographs related to Williams' career writing and producing
medical and health-related television productions.
Lawrence (Larry) A. Williams was a native of Ottawa, Ill. and a student at the University of Arizona. He moved to San Francisco
in 1944 where he wrote radio scripts for
Skippy Hollywood Theater, and
Dink Templeton. During this time, Williams also worked for Drury Co. advertising agency. In 1950, he became a writer-producer for the award
Science in Action, produced by the California Academy of Sciences and wrote and produced Dr. Harvey Whites first television appearances. His
additional credits include,
A Life in Your Hands (Oct. 1953-Mar. 1954),
The Wall Outside (1955),
House Call (1956-58),
Doctors News Conference (1956),
Medicine of the 1960s and
Vital Signs. His programs won awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Cancer Society and the American and
California heart associations. In 1959, Williams, along with his wife, Mary, incorporated Lawren Productions. Williams, who
had a lifelong battle with osteomyelitis, died in May 1996.
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