John Lloyd Thomas

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In this multi-word name, the family name is Lloyd Thomas, not Thomas.

John Roland Lloyd Thomas[1] (22 February 1908 – 11 April 1984)[2] was an Anglican priest and the Principal of St David's University College from 1953[3] to 1975. He was, himself, a graduate of St David's College, gaining a BA from the institution before completing a second BA in Theology at Jesus College, Oxford. He was the first Lampeter graduate to become Principal of St David's.

He was ordained in 1933 and was the Curate at St John the Baptist, Cardiff from 1932 until 1940[4] when he became a Chaplain to the Forces.[5] After this he held incumbencies at Canton, and Newport before becoming Dean of Monmouth, a post he held from 1952 until 1953.[6]

During his years as principal, he led the college into membership of the federal University of Wales.[7] Previous principals had fought to maintain the college's independence, and the move was not universally popular, but it ultimately proved to be a turning point in the college's history, and saved it from near-certain bankruptcy. He later wrote about these events in a book, Moth or Phoenix? St David’s College and the University of Wales and the University Grants Committee (ISBN 0-85088-503-5).[8] The title parodies previous claims that the college was like a moth, burning its wings as it tried to escape the light of the University of Wales.

Lloyd Thomas' name lives on at the college in the residential Lloyd Thomas Hall and refectory.


  1. ^ BBC portrait
  2. ^ Rev J. R. Lloyd Thomas. The Times (London, England), Thursday, 19 April 1984; p. 14; Issue 61810
  3. ^ Ecclesiastical News. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, 16 June 1953; p. 8; Issue 52649
  4. ^ ‘THOMAS, Rev. John Roland Lloyd’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014 accessed 16 March 2015
  5. ^ London Gazette
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1959/60 p 1153 London, OUP, 1959
  7. ^ Wales Ac
  8. ^ British Library web site accessed 16 March 2015
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Joseph Davies
Dean of Monmouth
Succeeded by
Ellis Evans
Academic offices
Preceded by
Henry Kingsley Archdall
Principal of St David's College
Succeeded by
Position Discontinued
Preceded by
New Position
Principal of St David's University College
Succeeded by
Brinley Rees