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Volume 33, Number 1 Spring 1979
Murray McMillan
UBC Alumni Fund 1978
Eleanor Wachtel
EDITORS Susan Jamieson MeLarnon, BA'65
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Christopher J. Miller (BA, Queen's)
COVER Annette Bruekelman
Editorial Committee
Dr. Joseph Katz, Chair; Dr. Ross Stewart, BA'46 MA'48
deputy-chair; Dr. Marcia Boyd, MA'75; Paul Hazell, BCom'60
Harry Franklin, BA'49; Geoff Hancock, BFA'73, MFA'75
Michael W. Hunter, BA'63, LLB'67; Murray McMillan; Bel
Nemetz, BA'35; Lorraine Shore, BA'67; Nancy Woo, BA'69.
Alumni Media: Vancouver (604) 688-6819
Toronto (416) 781-6957
ISSN 0041-4999
Published quarterly by the Alumni Association of the University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, Canada. The copyright of all contents is registered. BUSINESS AND
EDITORIAL OFFICES: Cecil Green Park, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1X8, (604)-228-3313 SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Alumni
Chronicle is sent to all alumni of the university. Non-alumni subscriptions are
available at $3 a year; student subscriptions $1 a year. ADDRESS CHANGES:
Send new address with old address label if available, to UBC Alumni Records.
6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T1X8.
Return Requested.
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Member, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Indexed in Canadian Education Index
Official Notice
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting
of the UBC Alumni Association will be held at
the hour of 8:00 p.m.. on Monday, May 28,
1979 at Cecil Green Park, 6251 Cecil Green
Park Road, Vancouver, B.C.
For further information call the Alumni Office,
Harry J. Franklin,
Executive Director
Plan on making an evening out of it and take
advantage of the informal buffet that will be
available prior to the meeting ($6/person). Reception from 6:00 p.m., buffet at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations are essential. To make yours, call
the Alumni Office at 228-3313.
Coming Soon...
The UBC Board of Governors will be holding
an off-campus meeting in Kelowna on April
30,1979. A dinner, highlighting this important
event will be held at Kelowna's Capri Hotel
($10/person). Reception (no-host) from 6:00
p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can be obtained by writing to the UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1X8, or from the
alumni contacts in your area. Full details will
be mailed early in April.
Reserve early —
Limited reservations.
Everyone is welcome.
< UBC Alumni Association
Board of
On these two pages you will meet the 13
candidates nominated for members-at-large,
All executive positions were filled by
acclamation. (Information on these officers
and the 8 members-at-large who complete
their terms in 1980 is found at the end of this
VOTING: All ordinary members of the UBC
Alumni Association are entitled to vote in this
election. (Ordinary members are graduates of
UBC, including graduates who attended
Victoria College.)
BALLOTS: Two ballots, two Identity
Certificates and voting instructions appear on
page six following the biographical
information/The duplicate spouse ballot is
provided for use in those cases of a joint
Chronicle mailing to husband and wife, both of
whom are graduates. (Check your mailing
label to see if this applies toyou.)
The seven digit identity number on theright
ofthe address label (in case of faculty alumni,
this is a three digit number) must apjifar on
your Identity Certificate and f ©company your
Please follow the directions on the ballot for
its completion, then (jut it ouf and mail it to us.
The list of elected candidates will be published
by May 1,1979.
Ballots received after 12 noon, Tuesday,
April 1?, *i79 will not be counted.
Nancy E. Woo, BA'69,
(M$c, American University)
Afiimhi Fteiiiming&®cer
Robert Angus, BSc'71. Campus
Activities: A.M.S. coordinator,
1971-72; chairman, SUB management committee; chairman,
PIT construction committee;
chairman, aquatic facility users
committee. Community: treasurer, Instrument Society of
America. Occupation: computer
Candidate's statement: I feel
that the alumni association has
the capability of influencing
change at UBC. As an alumnus,
I would like to feel that the association was working towards
expressing views on continuing
education programs in
specialized fields, greater community access to the university
facilities and what kind of university we can expect for our
children. If I receive'your support, these are the areas that I
will work on.
William      S.      Armstrong,
BCom'58, LLB'59, (LLM, Columbia) . Alumni Activities: advisory committee to the UBC wills
and bequests committee. Campus: treasurer, Open House.
Community: director, Chris
Spencer Foundation; past-
president, Estate Planning
Council of Vancouver; team captain, business campaign, Heart
Fund; former director,
Vancouver-Richmond Association for the Mentally Retarded.
Occupation: barrister and solicitor.
Return ballot
W. Gordon Blankstein, BSc'73,
MBA'76. Alumni Activities:
A.M.S. representative, 1974-75;
member-at-large, 1978-79; student affairs, 1978-79; special
events, 1978-79. Campus: president, A.M.S., 1974-75; vice-
president, A.M.S., 1972-73-74;
Senate, 1975-76. Community:
Association of Professional
Economists; Association of Professional Agrologists; Industrial
Relations Management Association. Occupation: management
Candidate's statement: The
most important role the alumni
association can fulfill is thai of a
sounding board for the university between the business community and government. The
requirements of the business
community should be transmitted to the university. The alumni
association can assist the university in approaching the provincial government for funding of
programs that have solid community support.
Grant D. Burnyeat,  LLB'73.
Alumni Activities: A.M.S. representative, board of management, 1971-72; member-at-
large, 1977-79; chairman, student affairs, 1978-79; president's
special advisory committee;
branches; government relations.
Campus.-pres., A.M.S., 1971-72;
Law Students Association, 1971;
Delta Kappa Epsilon. Community.'Vancouver board of variance,Safety Council; Aquatic
Centre management committee. Occupation: lawyer.
Candidate's statement: Our association must continue to expand programs of interest to
alumni. Our branches and division programs can meet this
need and require increased funding and prominence. If elected,!
4  Chronicle/Spring 1979 will continue efforts to improve
and expand these areas.
Margaret    Sampson    Burr,
BMus'64, (ARCT, Conservatory of Toronto). Campus Activities: publicity chairman,
MUSSOC, 1960; Jazz Society;
CHORSOC; president, UBC
Choir, 1961-62. Community:
Bach Choir; founder and conductor, Princeton United
Church Choir; VOA Chorus;
Cantata Singers. Occupation:
professional singer, Vancouver
Chamber Choir; housewife and
David    William    Donohoe,
LLB'71, (BA, McGill; LLM,
London School of Economics).
Alumni Activities: president,
Young Alumni Club, 1977-78;
secretary, Young Alumni Club,
1976-77; interim member, board
of management, 1979. Campus:
external vice-president, Law
Students Association; UBC student court. Community: vice-
president, Deep Cove-Dollarton
Community Association. Occupation: barrister.
Jo Ann Hinchliffe, BA'74.
Alumni Activities: branches
committee, 1977-78. Campus:
Big Block. Community: executive, Vancouver Women's Field
Hockey Association; president,
Jericho Old Girls Athletic Club;
volunteer, Ministry of Human
Resources. Occupation: administrative assistant, department of
physical education, UBC.
Candidate's statement: The
UBC Alumni Association has
potential that grows every year.
As an undergraduate, I worked
with the alumni association
through athletics; as a grad, I
take UBC to the community
through the branches committee. As a member of the board I
will work towards more involvement of both campus and
community to make our association part of an exciting future.
Robert B. Mackay, BCom'64,
(LLB, Alberta). Campus Activities: president, Commerce
Undergraduate Society, 1963-
64; A.M.S. representative,
board of management, 1963-64;
Alpha Delta Phi; faculty of
commerce curriculum council,
1971-72. Community: past president and member, board of directors, B.C. Chapter of the
American Marketing Association; treasurer, Media and
Communications Law Subsection, B.C. Branch, Canadian Bar
Association. Occupation: barrister and solicitor.
Robert F. Osborne, BA'33,
BEd'48. Campus Activities: president, Men's Athletics; Big
Block; Phi Gamma Delta. Community: vice-president, Canadian Olympic Association;
chairman, Committee on Sports
and Athletic Activities for B.C.
Centennials, 1958, 1966, 1967;
first president and life member,
board of directors, Recreation
Association. Occupation: professor emeritus.
Candidate's statement: My in
terest and involvement with
UBC has been continuous since
undergraduate days. My experience as a faculty member was
quite varied, leading me to believe that the maintenance of
alumni interest and general public awareness is essential to the
well being of the university.
David Richardson, BCom'71.
Community: member of the
board, B.C. Perinatal Health
Society; Provincial Steering
Committee on Infant Development Programmes. Occupation:
administrator, Sunny Hill Hospital for Children.
Candidate's statement: I am
looking forward to the opportunity to participate actively in the
affairs ofthe alumni association.
Peggy L.E. Andreen Ross,
MD'58, (BSc, F.R.C.P.(C), Toronto). Campus Activities: student council; president, Delta
Sigma Pi; Gamma Phi Beta;
executive, medical undergraduate society; Alpha Omega
Alpha medical honorary society.
Community: volunteer teacher of
first-aid courses; Occupation:
Candidate's statement: I would
like to contribute some time and
effort to the board as I feel that
the representatives should be
from many and varied facets of
the community, including medical personnel.
Barry Sleigh, BASc'44. Alumni
Activities: class chairman,
Homecoming, 1974. Campus:
president, Delta Upsilon, 1944;
president, Inter-Fraternity
Council, 1943; president,
Graduating Class, 1944; Rowing
Club; Players Club. Community:
Vancouver Community College
council; Society of Automotive
Engineers. Occupation: retired,
regional marketing manager and
marketing consultant.
Candidate's statement: As an
alumnus of 35 years standing, I
have seen the effectiveness of active leadership in the organiza-
ton. Many busy members have
come forward to provide leadership and have improved their
community. I feel now is the
time for me to return some ofthe
benefits I have received from the
community over the past 35
years and I believe that I can contribute positively to the strength
of the UBC Alumni Association
in 1979.
David G. Smith, BSc'69.
Campus Activities: president,
student chapter, Chemical Institute of Canada; yice-president,
Photographic Society. Community: Association of Professional
Economists; Industrial Relations Management Association;
Occupation: management consultant.
Candidate's statement: Does
today's university relate to the
challenges and realities of an industrial workplace that is about
to enter a new decade of sophistication and complexity? UBC
must provide for the academic
needs of the community in a
shrinking economy while preparing its graduates for the real
world. This requires strong
input from industry, something
I believe I can provide with your
Chronicle/Spring 1979  5 Voting Instructions
Who may vote
All ordinary members of the UBC
Alumni Association are entitled to vote
in this election. (Ordinary members are
graduates of UBC including graduates
who attended Victoria College.)
There are 10 vacancies for the position
of member-at-large, 1979-81 and there
are 13 candidates for these positions,
listed below on the ballot. You may vote
for a maximum of 10 candidates.
There is a ballot and a spouse ballot
provided on this page. The spouse
ballot is provided for use in those cases
of a joint Chronicle mailing to husband
and wife. (Check your address label to
see if this applies to you.)
Identity Certificate
The seven digit identity number on the
mailing label of your magazine (this is a
three digit number for faculty alumni)
and your signature must accompany
the ballot. You may use the Identity
Certificate form provided below and
detach it from the ballot if you wish.
To Return Ballot
1. Place the completed ballot and
Identity Certificate in your envelope
with your stamp and mail it to The
Returning Officer at the address
2. OR if you want to ensure the
confidentiality of your ballot, detach
it from the signed and completed
Identity Certificate and seal it in a
blank envelope. Then place the
sealed envelope with the Identity
Certificate in a second envelope,
with your stamp, for mailing.
The mailing number and signature
will be verified and separated from
the sealed envelope containing your
ballot before counting.
NOTE: Failure to include your
correct mailing label number and
signature (the Identity Certificate)
will invalidate your ballot.
3. Mail to: Alumni Returning Officer
P.O. Box 46119
Postal Station G
Vancouver, B.C. V6R4G5
4. Ballots received after 12 noon,
Tuesday, April 17, 1979, will not be
University of British
Alumni Association
Members-at-large, 1979-81 (Place an "X"
in the square opposite the candidates of
your choice. You may vote for a maximum
of 10.)
Robert Angus H
William S. Armstrong D
Gordon Blankstein □
Grant D. Burnyeat □
Margaret Burr □
David Donohoe □
Jo Ann Hinchliffe □
Robert B. Mackay □
Robert F. Osborne □
David Richardson □
Peggy Ross □
E. Barry Sleigh □
David G. Smith □
Identity Certificate
The information below must be completed
and accompany the ballot or the ballot will
be rejected.
NAME (print)	
(7 digit no. from mailing label)
(faculty alumni will have 3 digit no.)
I certify that I am a graduate of the University of British Columbia
(sign here)
University of British
Alumni Association
Spouse Ballot/1979
Members-at-large, 1979-81 (Place an "X"
in the square opposite the candidates of
your choice. You may vote for a maximum
of 10.)
Robert Angus □
William S. Armstrong □
Gordon Blankstein □
Grant D. Burnyeat □
Margaret Burr □
David Donohoe □
Jo Ann Hinchliffe □
Robert B. Mackay □
Robert F. Osborne □
David Richardson □
Peggy Ross D
E. Barry Sleigh D
David G. Smith □
Identity Certificate
The information below must be completed
and accompany the ballot or the ballot will
be rejected.
NAME (print)	
(7 digit no. from mailing label)
(faculty alumni will have 3 digit no.)
I certify that I am a graduate of the University of British Columbia
(sign here)
6  Chronicle'Spring 1979 Officers
The following officers
for 1979-80 were
elected by acclamation.
George E. Plant, BASc'50.
Alumni Activities: vice-
president, 1978-79; treasurer,
1977-78; member-at-large,
1976-78; co-chair, Reunion
Days committee, 1975; chair,
Port Alberni alumni branch,
W.A. (Art) Stevenson,
BASc'66. Alumni Activities:
chair, branches 1977-79;
officer, 1976-77, 1978-79;
chair, Reunions '66 Engineering; member, student affairs,
special programs, president's
special advisory committee.
Robert J. Smith, BCom'68,
MB A'71. Alumni Activities: treasurer, 1978-79; branches committee, 1973-75; commerce
alumni, 1976-77.
Douglas    James    Aldridge,
BASc'74. Alumni Activities:
AMS representative, board of
management, 1972-73; chair,
student affairs committee,
1975-77; member, special programs committee, 1976.
Harold N. Halvorson, BA'55,
MSc'56, PhD'66. Alumni Activities: Margaret Armstrong
memorial fund, organizer.
Brenton D. Kenny, LLB'56.
Alumni Activities: member-at-
large, 1976-78; member, allocations committee, 1975; chair, allocations committee, 1972-73.
John F. Schuss, BASc'66.
Alumni Activities: member-at-
large, 1976-78; member, Reun
ion Days committee 1976;
member, branches committee,
1977-78; chair, special programs
committee, 1978.
Oscar Sziklai, (BSF, Sopron.
Hungary), MF'61, PhD'64.
Alumni Activities: executive officer, 1976-78; member-at-large,
1974-78; chair, speakers bureau,
1975-76; co-author, Foresters in
Exile, the story of the Sopron
Forestry School graduates.
Robert E. Tulk, BCom'60.
Alumni Activities: chair, commerce homecoming, 1970.
Barbara    Mitchell    Vitols,
BA'61. Alumni Activities: officer, 1977-78; member, speakers bureau committee, 1976-78;
executive, Young Alumni Club,
1977-78; constitution revisions
committee, 1977-78; program
director, UBC Alumni Association, 1966-72.
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Nancy E. Woo, BA'69, (MSc,
American University). Alumni
Activities: member, awards &
scholarships committee, 1976-
78; communications committee,
to the Board of
These representatives
may be elected or
appointed in the
following categories:
The honorary president
(the president of the
university); the
immediate past
president of the
association; two of the
convocation members
of the university senate
(served in rotation by
the 11 members); two
representatives of the
faculty association; two
representatives of the
Alma Mater Society; and
a representative from
each active alumni
division. In addition, any
other individuals as the
board may designate,
for example committee
chairs who are not
elected members and
special appointments.
Chronicle/Spring 1979  7 TheNfolkswagen Rabbi
Recently, we at Volkswagen have
noticed an increasing number of
Rabbits popping up in the most
exclusive parts of town. And, while
this pleases us, it
doesn't surprise us.
The VW Rabbit is
one fine automobile. An unequalled
combination of
room, economy,
and performance.
So, let's take a
moment to find out
why people who
can afford almost any fine car, appreciate our fine car.
And, let's start with the heart of the
Rabbit. The 1.5 litre engine. It zips the
Rabbit from 0 to 80 km/h in just 8.3
seconds and does so most economically. That's a combination anyone
can appreciate. Transport Canada's
comparative fuel consumption rating
for the Rabbit is 8.0
litres/100 km*; for
the Rabbit Diesel
5.4 litres/100 km*
which is the best
fuel economy in
Like the Alfa
Romeo, the Rabbit's
engine is
Four wheel independent suspension.     fue| jniected
Like the Cadillac Eldorado,
the Rabbit features front wheel
Then, there's the Rabbit's
fine car ride. Uncommonly
Fuel injection.
smooth thanks to a four wheel independent suspension system with
MacPherson struts up front and a
unique T-bar stabilizing axle in the
rear. An abundance of sound
deadening insulation makes
this smooth ride, a quiet ride.
But, quiet is only one luxury
tc be found inside a
VW Rabbit.
"Riding in the lap of
luxury" that's what Car
and Driver, July 1978, said
about the VW Rabbit.
Once inside the Rabbit,
you'll know why. Everything
has been totally thought-out,
worked-out. Instruments are
instantly visible. Controls are
immediately accessible.
VW logo,   Volkswagen   and   Rabbit   are registered trademarks owned by: Volkswagenwerk A.G. West Germany. Registered user: Volkswagen Canada Inc., Toronto.
"According to laboratory tests using vehicles equipped v/ith 4-speed manual transmission. Fuel consumption will vary depending on how and where you drive, weather conditions, op I If you've got it, flaunt it.
Road visibility is remarkable.
There's almost 26 square feet of glass
in the Volkswagen Rabbit. Seats are
anatomically designed and finished
in a most craftsman-like way. The
Seats finished like
fine furniture.
front bucket seats are fully reclining.
The carpeting in the Rabbit Deluxe is
deep, lush, and extends up to cover
lower door panels. Room is another
luxury the Rabbit has to offer.
If you think the Rabbit is a sma
car, you've only seen it from the
outside. There's ample room
for four large adults, no
space-stealing hump
on the floor
and, with
the rear seat folded down, it offers
more cargo space than a Cadillac
Fleetwood. It also offers something
else of prime concern. Safety.
Commenting on the Rabbit's
construction, Car and Driver, in the
same July issue, said; "A structure that
feels as substantial as a Mosler safe."
The Rabbit's body is welded not
bolted. There are steel beams in the
doors, and a passenger safety cell
compartment. There's a collapsible
steering column, a gas tank that's
positioned in front of the rear axle
for greater safety, and a dual-
diagonal braking system for surefooted stops.
And, if you think all of this is
saying the Rabbit is an expensive
Something no one else offers.
Seat belts that put themselves on.
fine car it's not. Car and Driver, July
1978 said this about the Rabbit; "you
get what you pay for"
That makes the Rabbit more than
a fine car. It's a smart buy.
Don't settle for less.
nal equipment and condition of your car. New Directions
In Research
Incentives Aid the Development
of High-technology Industries
Murray McMillan
"And the princes said unto them, let
them live; but let them be hewers of
wood and drawers of water unto all the
congregation . . . ."
-Joshua IX, verse 21.
Hewers of wood...drawers of water....The Biblical phrase has been
tossed about so regularly in our national political and industrial debates that
an initial impulse in looking for its source
might be to turn to Colombo's Canadian
Quotations rather than the Bible.
To try Colombo brings a somewhat
poignant reward. In 1849, Abraham
Gesner, a Halifax scientist who had devised a method of producing kerosene and
who was a critic of trade reciprocity,
"It is vain to suppose that a free trade
system will be beneficial to a new and
struggling colony, which has nothing to
export but raw materials; it is rather calculated to enrich an old commonwealth,
whose people by their skill and labor make
such raw materials valuable, and then return them for consumption. The result of
the system alluded to has been that the
suppliers of the raw material at last become hewers of wood and drawers of
water to the manufacturers."
Gesner wrote a Canadian history lesson
130 years ago, and today it is fair to wonder whether we have learned anything
from it. Canada remains an economy of
hewers and drawers — admittedly, fairly
sophisticated ones — but hewers and
drawers nonetheless. And all fingers point
to one cause: the great lack of research and
development carried on in this country
compared with the efforts of other Western industrialized nations.
The statistics are disheartening. The
Organization for Economic Co-operation
and Development uses as its basis for
comparison the percentage of gross national product which each of its member
nations spends on research and develop
ment in a given year. In 1975, the U.S.
spent 2.3 per cent of its GNP on R&D; the
United Kingdom, 2.5 per cent; Sweden,
1.6 per cent; Italy, 1.1 per cent. Canada
ranked last. According to Statistics
Canada, total expenditure in Canada on
R&D in 1975 was .97 per cent of GNP.
By 1977, it was down to .92 per cent.
While Canada's competitors have been investing money in research and development — the essential elements in striving
to make an economy grow — Canada has
been dropping behind in the share its governments, universities and industries
spend to prime that economic pump.
Who, if anyone, is to blame? Governments point the finger at each other, one
level accusing the other of not carrying a
full share of the load. They also point at
the universities, saying these institutions
have not been responsive to industrial and
social needs. They point, too, at industry
— particularly foreign-owned industry —
accusing the multinationals of importing
far too much of their technology when
they should be developing it in Canada.
The universities point at government
— especially the federal government —
for a slide in research grants and contracts
which has only recently begun to turn
around. Since 1971, while grants may
have increased slightly each year, they did
not begin to keep up with the effects of
inflation, let alone gain ground. (According to Statistics Canada, the total R&D
expenditure in the country in 1971 was
$1,130 million; in 1977 it was $1,191.6
million — but that $1,191.6 million was
only worth $ 1,111 million in terms of 1971
dollars — in effect, a decline over six years
of $19 million in 1971 dollars.)
Government also comes under fire from
industry, both for stingy policies limiting
research grants and contracts, and for taxation policies which have not fostered
R&E) in Canada. The policies and attitudes appear to be starting to change.
There seems to be growing realization that
Canada must begin to make some major
strides toward development of high- technology industries if the country is
going to hold its own in the industrialized
In a statement in the House of Commons last June 1, Judd Buchanan, then
minister of state for science and technology, announced substantial federal government initiatives to stimulate industrial
research and to provide increased support
for university research programs. The
minister put the cost ofthe new programs
at $28.7 million, a sum in addition to that
already allotted to the federal granting
For those who had watched Canada's
declining percentage-of-GNP figure on
the OECD chart, there was also the heartening announcement that the government
was setting a national target for R&D expenditure of 1.5 per cent of GNP by 1983.
Despite subsequent cutbacks in Ottawa's
spending, the ministry says the 1.5 per
cent policy target still holds.
At the same time, the minister announced job creation programs for scientific and technical personnel, and allocation of more federal funds to be spent
contracting out government research to
private industry.
Perhaps most intriguing was a brief
paragraph in Buchanan's notes for the announcement which said the government
would "use...procurement practices to
support Canadian industrial research and
industrial development in Canada." An
accompanying document explained the
move in terms of "strengthened
guidelines on good corporate behavior"
and the "autonomy of foreign-controlled
firms with respect to product lines and
R&D," and it all added up to hints of
some federal arm-twisting, as at least one
newspaper editorial put it. The federal
government had decided to put more
pressure on multinational corporations, in
some cases using the Foreign Investment
Review Agency, to induce them to conduct more of their research and development in Canada.
"At present, with a few exceptions, all
of our best industrial labs are minor adjuncts of parent labs in the U.S.," says
Erich Vogt, UBC vice-president for faculty and student affairs, and recently appointed to chair the Science Council of
British Columbia. He says that Canada
should insist that one of the prices a multinational corporation pays for being able
to sell high-technology goods in the Canadian market is that it conduct some of its
high-technology research and development here.
"Canada has never developed the kind
of research to support high-technology
industries," says Vogt, "and that is a crucial Canadian problem. Look at the U.S.
compared with Canada. The U. S. is losing
jobs in primary industries but picking
them up in high technology."
Industry has not been the only target
for arm-twisting. Although that may be a
somewhat harsh description of the prac
tice, governments nevertheless have been
influencing the directions of research and
development, particularly at the university level, through the complex system of
grants and research contracts which allows Canadian scientists to start projects
and keep them alive.
"The thrust of the federal policy is that
new money should be channelled into
areas of national need," says Dr. Richard
Spratley, who as UBC's research administrator is the person through whom all applications for research grants are funnelled. He says the federal government now
places stress on either applied research or
research in designated areas. Three areas
which have been designated by the National Research Council are energy,
oceanography and toxicology. Of the
$28.7 million announced in June by
Buchanan, $10 million was earmarked for
research grants in designated areas of national concern in 1978-79. Dr. Hugh
Wynne-Edwards, who is assistant secretary, universities branch, of the science
and technology ministry (and a professor
on leave from UBC's department of
geological sciences), says that all but $1.7
million of that was allocated to the granting councils, the $1.7 million being held
back only because one of the councils
failed to satisfy the Treasury Board that
the research it proposed to support met
the "national concern" criteria.
By specifying which types of research
will get more favorable consideration, the
federal government influences the direction projects may take. Some see that as a
threat, particularly a threat to research
undertaken in the pursuit of knowledge
— pure or basic research. UBC President
Douglas Kenny had some strong words
on the subject in his annual report
for 1976-77:
"Few will quarrel with a decision to
invest more in research projects of national importance, but to do this at the
expense of basic research, which is absolutely essential as the underpinning for
applied research, is a little like purchasing
a car and neglecting to set aside adequate
funds to pay for the gasoline to run it."
Most of those involved in research agree
that basic scientific pursuits will remain
an important element of government policy, but the trend is obviously toward directing more and more into applied research, and keeping track of how that is
done could be a science all its own.
"There are so many currents flowing in
Ottawa now," says Spratley, "all I can see
are swirls of muddy water. There is an
increase in the number of [research] contracts we're getting from Ottawa, but
there is a continuing cutback in grants
from the mission-oriented departments."
Those departmental grants, from such
branches as the Atmospheric Environment Service, fisheries and agriculture
were once just that: grants. Now, says
Spratley, they reappear as contracts for
research, handled by Ottawa's department of supply and services. "In 1972
[when the contracting-out policy began],
we had half-a-dozen federal contracts of
various sorts on campus; now we have 40
to 50," says Spratley. The idea of contracting out for a specific piece of research
work to be done toward a specific goal,
rather than funding curiosity-oriented
pursuit of knowledge, is one factor in the
trend toward applied research.
One of the things that muddies those
federal policy currents Spratley speaks of
is changes in the policies themselves.
After Prime Minister Pierre Elliott
Trudeau's cost-slashing binge following
his return from last summer's economic
summit meeting in Bonn, whole programs
— an example is the non-medical use of
drugs directorate — were eliminated, and
with them, their granting programs.
Other departments had budgets severely
slashed and now are not accepting any
new grant applications for at least a year.
Says Spratley: "In sum total, in June
they gave it out with one hand and in
August took it away with another." He
says dealings with Ottawa are clouded
even more by the fact that new granting
councils have been established: The
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has taken over the granting
functions of the old National Research
Council, and the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council has taken One voice that rails strongly against
any government interference, through
the use of funding policy, on the
direction research takes comes from
what at first seems an unlikely
quarter. Allan Crawford heads
ANATEK Electronics Ltd., a North
Vancouver high-technology company
which produces power supplies and
thick-film hybrid microcircuits.
Crawford is somewhat of a pioneer in
what may eventually become the
Canadian equivalent of the
high-technology industrial
communities of California. On Feb. 1,
1978, he was appointed to the UBC
board of governors.
It might be expected that being in
business he'd favor greater support of
applied research with its consequent
benefits for industry. He doesn't.
"To set a policy that downplays
pure research in favor of applied
research is a policy that is quite wrong
and very dangerous to Canada's future
as an industrial nation in the long
term. What we've got to look at is
where this country will be as an
industrial nation in 30 years, and if we
don't look at that, we're fools," says
"The leading industries in the
world 30 years from now will clearly
be high-technology industries and
those industries will draw their ideas
from the pure research being done
today. If we don't support pure
research now, in 30 years we'll still be
importing our technology."
Crawford argues that there should
be a marked increase in research
funding, but that there should not be
a political bias influencing the ration
of pure to applied research. Rather,
he says, both areas should compete
based on peer review as they do now
to strike a balance.
"Research is really mining of
brains, and it seems to me extremely
important that we recognize that
brains are renewable and that that's as
important a basic resource as a forest
or an ore body. The payoff of that
mining of brains is only going to come
if we have adequate support for
research and a healthy balance
between pure and applied research."
over from the humanities and social sciences division ofthe Canada Council.
While the currents in Ottawa may be
dizzying, Spratley expresses a guarded
optimism over recent moves by the provincial government. "One can hope that
the creation of the science council and the
provincial research secretariat has helped
sensitize the provincial government to research. We now have a substantial commitment of lottery money to health research — a couple of million dollars a
year. That's a jump from nowhere."
(In January, Provincial Secretary Hugh
Curtis released figures showing that between 1975 and 1978, $2.7 million in lottery earnings had been turned over to the
B.C. Health Care Research Foundation
12 Chronicle/Spring 1979
for medical research. The first grants
from the foundation were approved by its
board in December, 1978 and totalled
$1,233,372, of which more than $900,000
went to researchers at UBC.)
Science council chairman Vogt speaks
enthusiastically about the council's prospects. "It has become recognized that the
provinces have to do things as well as the
federal government — that's why the science council was created," says Vogt. He
says the council will try to work on bringing high-technology expertise to the province and make use of what is already
here. There is focus on such things as coal
research and fusion research which would
involve the university.
Already the deal for one such project
has been struck between the B.C. Development Corporation, the commercial
products division of Atomic Energy of
Canada, and Triumf, the subatomic-
particle accelerator on the UBC campus.
A contract was reached for Triumf to develop and produce new kinds of radioactive isotopes for use in medical research.
Vogt says production could be the basis
for pharmaceutical companies locating in
Another area where he sees the Science
Council of B.C. taking an active role is in
changing the direction of research in existing federal laboratories, which he says
have not always focused on local needs as
much as they might have. Ottawa has said
it intends to turn the labs over to regional
and private organizations and drop out of
the funding, and Vogt sees this as a place
where a provincial science policy body can
Out of Ottawa's June announcements
came one program which particularly appeals to some scientists' imagination. A
treasury board decision is imminent on a
proposal from the department of industry,
trade and commerce to establish as many
as five "industrial research and innovation
centres" at universities to provide "a focus
for technical, market, legal and patent advice on new ideas for university researchers and businesses in the region," says
information from the science and technology ministry. The explanation continued:
"The IRICs will also facilitate the
movement of research workers from industry to university and vice versa. They
will assist in combining the appropriate
marketing, management and financial
skills necessary to effect transfer of
technology, and to establish an entrepreneurial activity needed to spin-off new
business based on technology developed
in, or with the assistance of, university
As Vogt explains, what happens now is
that all fledgling companies have to make
all the same mistakes. With an industrial
research and innovation centre to go to for
advice, some of those pitfalls which prevent ideas from becoming real enterprises
could be avoided — to everyone's benefit.
To that end, the Science Council of B.C.
has brought together B.C.'s three universities and the B.C. Research Council in a
joint proposal to the federal government
to establish such a centre in B.C.
The prodding of bright minds to produce innovative ideas, the nurturing of
those ideas, the development into tools to
produce economic wealth, and the wise
use of that wealth to keep the cycle flowing have become something of a national
challenge. Would it really be Canadian if
along the way there weren't squabbles
over money and over whether Ottawa or
the provinces should take responsibility ?□
Murray McMillan is a member ofthe
editorial staff of the Vancouver Sun. PERSPECTIVE ON GIVING
UBC Alumni Fund 1978
A gift to the UBC Alumni Fund can
be looked at several ways. It all depends if you're giver, receiver or
someone in between.
For the recipients — the students of
UBC, a gift to the alumni fund means
scholarships for excellence or a bursary
when it's needed (over $90,000 is allocated
annually by the fund for student aid). It
means a source of those extra funds that
mean an enriched campus experience,
whether in athletics, a special club or
group, or an academic pursuit. For the
donors — the alumni — a gift to the fund
can offer the satisfaction of making a personal contribution to the educational opportunity that UBC offers its students.
We've asked some of those alumni fund
donors about their perspective on giving.
Their answers are part of this report.
From the volunteer perspective (the
ones in between) John Banfield, who
chairs the alumni fund, offered this view:
"My feeling is that the UBC Alumni Fund
has an important continuing role on this
campus. We are supporting some new
programs and some old ones. This support has been well received. The contributions of the university's alumni have enabled the continuation of programs that
add greatly to a university experience and
which would probably not otherwise be
available. The gifts of all our donors, including the parents of students and other
friends of the university are greatly appreciated."
The volunteer fund committee in consultation with Dale Alexander, the fund
director, plans the annual fund raising
campaign. "We will probably continue to
do many of the things that have worked
well in the past. One change we are considering is the inclusion of the graduating
class members in the solictations for the
fund campaign of the following year." In
the past graduates have not been approached by the fund for two years after
their graduation. "The tone of the fund
will continue to be low-key. We don't
think the fund is meant to be a high-
pressure thing," Banfield said.
Also in the future is a plan to encourage
corporate matching gifts. This type of
program has wide participation in the
U.S. but is much more limited in Canada.
"We found, to our chagrin, that some of
the Canadian companies whose U.S. parent provides matching gifts in the States
do not do it here. It probably has not been
suggested to them." In  1979 the UBC
Alumni Fund will do just that. Under the
matching gift program the company
undertakes to match an employee's gift to
a university or college.
The Walter Gage Memorial Fund is a
major focus of the 1979 campaign that is
just getting underway. Many alumni have
already contributed to the Walter Gage
Fund. Over $67,000 was received before
the official launching of the campaign.
The Vancouver Rotary Club provided a
substantial "building block" for the fund
in the form of a $5000 cheque from its
members in honor of Walter Gage, an
honorary member of their association.
The Gage Fund is an endowment fund
created, in response to numerous requests, by the alumni association in cooperation with the students and the university administration. The income from the
fund will provide funding for student projects and emergency assistance administered on a discretionary basis by a faculty
member. "It's a fund that will try to do
what Walter Gage did so well." said Ban-
Every dollar donated to the alumni
fund is used as designated by the donor or
in the case of "free funds" as disbursed by
the allocations committee. This commit-
-  C'
Chronicle/Spring 1979   13 "I'm not uptight about where or
how my contribution is spent, the
one stipulation has been that it go
to agriculture. It's a small faculty
and I think at times it gets put
down, and I think I should do
something about that.
"I had a good life at UBC. Now,
if I have some money to spare,
why not put it there?"
- Walter Touzeau, BSA '34
tee meets regularly to consider requests
for assistance. Each submission is considered against the criteria that it must
promote the academic excellence of the
university. First priority is given to student projects endorsed by a senior faculty
member associated with the project; second, to a faculty project that has direct
benefit to the students and third, alumni
association projects that are of direct benefit to the students. The allocations
committee makes recommendations on
the applications to the alumni board of
management. Grants approved by the
board are forwarded to the university
board of governors for authorization and
In the past year the alumni fund has
helped fund many campus activities. Here
is a sampling:
• UBC's office of student services was
able to extend its annual summer orientation program for new students to those
whose home is out-of-town with the help
of a $5,000 grant from the alumni fund.
Almost 250 students made their own way
to campus for the weekend sessions. The
program included an overnight stay in residence, campus tours, meetings with faculty advisors and an assortment of helpful workshops. The association's grant
provided room and board for the prospective students.
• A record number of short stories
have been submitted to the judges in the
Chronicle Creative Writing Competition.
All UBC students, part-time and full-
time, are eligible to enter the annual contest made possible by a $575 grant from
the fund.
• A revived UBC Debating Society expanded its campus and interuniversity
debating schedule with an alumni fund
grant of $600.
• Campus home economics students
participated in the Association of Canadian Home Economics Students conference at Acadia University in October with
the help of a $500 alumni fund grant.
• The association's national scholarships received $3,000 in funding to help
two students, whose home is not in B.C.,
to attend UBC. Preference is given to the
children of alumni in the event of equally
qualified candidates.
14  Chronicle/Spring 1979
"I usually make my
contribution to the faculty of
commerce because I'm a graduate
of the faculty and over the past
years my association with it has
been very close.
"I worked for the Board of
Trade and now work for the
(Greater Vancouver) Real Estate
Board and so there's a continuing
interest in the faculty and a
particularly close relationship
with the Urban Land Club.
Students carry out quite a bit of
their research at the Real Estate
Board and I make the facilities
available to them."
- Peter Watkinson, BCom'47
• A travel grant of $774 assisted a
group of student historians attend a
Medieval Association conference in San
• The Native Indian Teacher Education Program was again able to offer a
$500 alumni association bursary to one of
its non-status Indian students.
• Sports received substantial assistance from the fund: men's athletics were
granted $9,000 and the women's athletics
$4,145 for programs and equipment.
• Some of B.C.'s young mathematicians will be coming to campus in May to
get a taste ofthe academic life. The 30 top
B.C. competitors in the national junior
mathematics conference for students in
Grades 9 to 11, will be spending five days
on campus hearing talks on mathematical
problems, participating in discussions
and generally learning more about the role
of mathematics in fields such as engineering, biological sciences and economics. A
$2000 grant from the fund is helping make
the event possible.
The following is an outline of the major
annual commitments of the UBC Alumni
The Dr. N.A.M.MacKenzie Alumni
Scholarship Fund honors UBC president
emeritus Dr. Norman MacKenzie. Scho-
Ethel Derrick, BSN'56, requests
that her contributions go toward
nursing scholarships. Why does
she give?
"I just think it is a good thing to
do. I had to go back to work to
support my children and I felt I
needed more training to do it.
Through my hospital I got a
bursary to let me attend the
"Somebody helped me and now
I'd like to help someone else.
"Also, I suppose I've kept up
contact with the university over
the years. My son-in-law teaches
there and my daughter has just
gone back to do her master's
degree, and I go out to the senior
citizens' classes in the summer, so
I keep in touch."
larships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to 35 outstanding B.C. students, chosen on a regional basis, who are entering
UBC from Grade 12 and to 8 regional
college graduates entering third year at
UBC...Bursaries for qualified B.C. students beginning or continuing studies at
UBC are provided by the Walter Gage
Bursary Fund. Formerly the Alumni
Bursary Fund, the name is a tribute to the
late Dr. Walter Gage, president emeritus,
for his many years of service to the university and its students. The minimum annual commitment of funds for the Gage
bursaries is $25,000... .The John B. Macdonald Alumni Bursaries honor another
former president of UBC, Dr. John B.
Macdonald. Bursaries of $350 are
awarded annually to 16 qualified students
entering UBC from the B.C. regional colleges. Dr. Macdonald was one of those
instrumental in the introduction of the
community college system to B.C.
Alumni living in the United States contribute to UBC through an organization
called the Friends of UBC Inc. (U.S.A.).
The Dr. N.A.M. MacKenzie American
Alumni Scholarships and Bursaries were
established by the Friends of UBC as a
tribute to the former president. Ten scho- larships or bursaries of $500 are available
annually to students whose homes are in
the United States and who are beginning
or continuing studies at UBC. Preference
is given to the sons and daughters of
alumni....Southern California alumni
offer a $500 annual scholarship, with preference given to a student whose home is
in California or the United States. Failing
a winner in either of these categories, the
university decides the recipient....An additional scholarship of $500 for a student
whose home is in the U.S. was established
by the Friends of UBC in memory of
Daniel M. Young, BA'52, an active
member of the Friends of UBC for many
The Stanley T. Arkley Scholarship in
Librarianship was established by the
UBC Alumni Association in 1972 in honor
of Arkley's long and dedicated service to
the university and the Friends of UBC.
The $500 annual award reflects Arkley's
continuing interest in UBC's library and
its collection.
Five awards are given under the heading ofthe UBC Nursing Division Alumni
Association Scholarships, one of $500
and one of $250 for students entering
third year nursing and two of $250 for
students entering second year. An additional scholarship of $250 is offered to a
registered nurse student entering third
year. One ofthe criteria is a demonstrated
potential for nursing.
The UBC Alumni Association President's Fund was established to provide
the university president, through an "in
trust arrangement," with a discretionary
fund of at least $10,000 to be used to
support a wide range of special campus
The university's first president, Dr.
Frank Wesbrook, is remembered through
the Dr. F.F. Wesbrook Memorial Lectureship Fund which provides an annual
honorarium fund of $ 1,000 to bring distinguished lecturers to the UBC campus.
The UBC Alumni Fund, in addition to
its regular scholarship commitments, continues to play an active part in fund raising
in several specialized areas including
memorial funds. In most cases the fund
has accepted full responsibility for organizing the appeals which have established many continuing awards.
The list is a prestigious one headed by
the Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship of $1,500, awarded to an outstanding
student who most fully displays the all-
round qualities exemplified by the late
Chief Justice Sherwood Lett, UBC's
chancellor from 1951-57....A scholarship
that looks for the same qualities in a student is the Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship. This award of $750 is restricted to
a student entering fourth year. Harry
Logan had a long and distinguished career
as professor of classics and was an active
member of the university community.
"I always make my contribution
to women's athletics because I
think they're always somewhat
shortchanged. When I was there it
certainly was that way, although I
don't think the difference is as
great now as it was then.
"As a student I received a lot of
paid trips as a member of a
university team. I still have a close
feeling for the university I
graduated from and go out and
watch the athletic events."
- Barbara Anne Whidden, BEd'63
The Oldest and Largest
J.R. Longstaffe BA '57 LLB '58 - Chairman
I.H. Stewart BA '57 LLB '60 - Director
A.G. Armstrong LLB '59 - Director
W.R. Wyman B. Comm. '56 - Director
J.CM. Scott BA '47 B. Comm. '47 - Director
G.A. McGavin B. Comm. '60 President
W.R.D. Underhill BA '54 LLB '55 - Director
E.C. Moore LLB '70 - Vice President - Alberta
K.E. Gateman B Sc. '61 - Comptroller
P.L. Hazell B. Comm. '60 - Manager Information Systems
R.K. Chow M.B.A. '73 - Pension Trust Administrator
L.J. Turner B. Comm. '72 - Property Development Co-Ordinator
J. Dixon B. Comm. '58 - Claims Manager
T.W. Taylor B. Comm. '76 - Mortgage Officer
Trust Company
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ChronklelSpnng 1979   15 Fund Executive
John A. Banfield, '56, Chair
E. Roland Pierrot, '64, Deputy
Allan D. Thackray, '58
Barbara Hart Harris, '57
Dr. William Keenlyside, '34
John Keating, '74
Paul L. Hazell, '60
Robert J. Smith, '71
Alfred T. Adams
Harry J. Franklin, '49
Susan Jamieson MeLarnon, '65
Dale T. Alexander (MSU'65)
Friends of UBC Inc.
Francis M. Johnston, '53, President
Dr. Stanley T. Arkley, '25, Vice-president
Robert J. Boroughs, '39, Treasurer
Dale T. Alexander (MSU '65)
Allocations Committee
Allan D. Thackray, 58, Chair
John A. Banfield, '56
E. Roland Pierrot, '64
Barbara Hart Harris, '57
Dr. William Keenlyside, '34
Harry J. Franklin, '49
Dale T. Alexander (MSU'65)
The Frank Noakes Memorial Fund
provides bursaries for students in electrical engineering The Johnnie Owen
Memorial Athletic Award of $250 recognizes a student with good scholastic standing and outstanding participation in the
student athletic training program or
extra-mural athletics....The Kit Malkin
Scholarship of $500 is awarded to an outstanding student in biological sciences in
need of financial assistance. Malkin, who
died while attending Stanford University,
graduated from UBC with first class honors in zoology in 1963 UBC's longtime
football coach Frank Gnup is remembered with a memorial scholarship of at
least $500 awarded annually to a student
entering UBC in first year, on the basis of
scholarship, financial need, leadership
qualities and an interest in athletics.
A scholarship in memory of Professor
Leslie Wong is awarded to a graduate
student in commerce and business administration. .. .In forestry, the George S.
Allan Memorial Scholarship of $400 is
given for graduate work in fire science or
silviculture....Two $500 scholarships are
available for students entering second
year metallurgy from the Frank Forward
Memorial Fund....The Alex J. Wood
Memorial Scholarship of approximately
$300 is given annually to a fourth year
student in agriculture who plans to enter
graduate work, preferably in nutrition.
Dr. Wood was for many years professor of
Alumni Annual Giving 1978
(A report of alumni giving to the University of British Columbia from April 1,1978
to February 20,1979. These are interim figures. The fiscal year for the university is
April 1 to March 31 and a final report will be issued after March 31, 1979.)
Source Dollars
(to nearest $10)
UBC Alumni Fund and Friends of UBC (U. S. A.)
Interest on deposits and foreign exchange
Building Funds*
(In co-operation with the University Resources Office)
Aquatic Centre
UBC Eye Centre
Cross Credit from UBC Finance Dept.
Other Gifts**
*Cash and payment on pledges
**Other gifts represent a multiplicity of areas, where the alumnus contributes directly to the faculty or school
related to a specific project. These gifts are considered in lieu of donating to either the UBC Alumni Fund or
the Friends of UBC (U.S.A.). Estates are not included in these figures.
"The university's a good place
to be. I was out there from eight in
the morning till eleven at night
and I enjoyed being there — it was
fun as well as educational.
"I only graduated two years
ago, so this is the first time I've
given and I asked that it go to the
Walter Gage Fund. The main
reason I gave was because of the
man, because of Walter Gage,
what he stood for.
"I had Gage as a prof for two
years. I thought that what I gave
would help promote his name and
help promote the university. It's
really good to have a fellow like
that around. I'm sad that he's
- GregSeid, BSc'76
animal science at UBC. Nursing alumni
have created the Jesse MacCarthy
Memorial Fund in honor of a long-time
member of their faculty.
The campus Greek societies, the
Panhellenic Association and the Inter-
fraternity Council, provide an annual
bursary for an undergraduate in need of
financial assistance... .The school of social
work is able to bring distinguished scholars and leaders in the field of social work
to the school through grants from the
Marjorie J. Smith Memorial Fund.
...The Jacob Biely Scholarship of $300
for a student in poultry science, is continuing recognition of Dr. Biely's contribution to the development of poultry
science at UBC... .A scholarship honoring
Wolfgang Gerson, on his retirement as
professor of architecture has been established by his former students and colleagues....Encouragement of student
writing is not confined to the Chronicle
creative writing contest. The Mack
Eastman United Nations Award is an
annual prize of $100 given in memory of
Dr. Eastman for the best essay written on
an issue current in the United Nations. □
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more useful in more ways to more people. Ice Hockey Is
a Woman's Sport
"She Shoots. She Scores."
Eleanor Wachtel
Amidst the silver bowls, winged victories, and bronze statues packed
into the trophy cases at the War
Memorial Gymnasium is an elegantly
clothed Japanese doll kneeling on a gold
silk tray beside a blue cutglass cup nestled
in a gold grapevine: "Presented to the
University of British Columbia by Isetan
Co. Ltd. Host of the UBC Women's Ice
Hockey Team Japan October 1978."
When the UBC women skated through
10 days of exhibition games, a four-team
tournament, clinics and group practices
during an all-expenses-paid tour in Japan
last fall, few would have guessed that
these easy winners had formed their team
only two years before, for the fledgling
intercollegiate team (there are six intramural ones) is good and getting better.
"The calibre of play is up two, three
hundred per cent" since affiliation with
the women's athletics program in 1977,
declares coach Jim McMillan, a fifth-year
education student.
With herringbone strides, pairs of
players skate up to the blue line, stop, and
do a cakewalk across the ice. It's called
tip-toeing across the blue Une — a skating
drill that forms part of the regular Tuesday afternoon practice. Initially, it was
quite a shock for some players to go from
white booties with picks on the toes to
these dark, wide hockey skates. Even the
muscles used are different.
It seems like a recent phenomenon, all
these girls wanting to play ice hockey.
Remember Gail Cummings, the 10 year-
old who was barred from the Huntsville
All-Star boys' hockey team? The Ontario
Human Rights Commission ruled that she
could play, but last year the Supreme
Court of Ontario decided no way. Olympic runner Abby Hoffman clipped her
locks at age nine so she could play on a
boys' hockey team as Ab Hoffman. When
she was discovered, they kicked her out.
She Shoots! She Scores!, a kids' book pub-
18 Chronicle/Spring 1979
lished by Women's Press a few years ago,
portrays — you guessed it — a girl trying
to make the boys' hockey league.
It's the old saw of history repeating itself. There's no inherent reason why ice
hockey should be linked to the women's
movement, but back around the first wave
of feminism, just as the suffragettes were
achieving their goals, UBC had a women's
ice hockey team knocking in a few of their
own — in 1915, 1916, 1918 and the early
'20s. The boys were away so presumably
the girls could play. Then the women
hung up their skates for nearly six decades.
"Just look at the noon-hour joggers on
10th Avenue," exclaims women's athletic
director, Marilyn Pomfret, "to see how
dramatically the level of female participation in sports has increased. It's just become more socially acceptable for women
to be athletic. There are more women
around the gymnasium in the new pool,
and the weights room. Of course one
reason is that the weights are no longer in
the men's locker room. Greater accessibility and training programs will give women
the confidence to go out in public and
Although UBC has always offered a
wide range of sports for women, it's only
within the last three years that funding
levels have begun to reflect the costs of
higher calibre participation. Until the fall
of '76, the student athletic fee provided
$4.20 for men's sports and $.80 for women's (in fact, the portion for women was
a non-discretionary fee from the Alma
Mater Society). That October a referendum was passed increasing the athletic fee
by $2 — all of it to go to the women. Then
too, the university's operating grant to
women's athletics has more than quadrupled in the past decade. Hops and skips
in the right direction, but it'll take a
further jump to bridge the financial gap
between men's and women's sports.
Still, UBC currently offers more intercollegiate women's sports than any other
Canadian university — 18. Five of these
were added since '76: soccer, squash, rowing, sailing and ice hockey, and the new
additions begin at the bottom in terms of
priorities. Teams competing in the
Canada West University Athletic conference are at the top.
"All we get is ice time and barely that,"
notes team captain Louise Tenisci, a
fourth year physical education student.
"Boys get four practices a week, each two
hours long, plus two games a week." For
the UBC Thunderettes it's one hour a
week practice and then one or two games
on the week-ends. Even the game time is
tight. There's no break between periods
for the players to retreat to the dressing
room to rest and map out strategy. One
whistle, change sides, and they're off.
"That's because it's so hard to get more
than an hour of ice time for girls," adds
McMillan. He'd like to see another practice each week.
Braids flying, a helmeted forward practises sprinting between the blue lines.
Two players crash against the boards in a
skirmish near the net. The next couple
chase down the puck while Louise, a
centre, explains how she got into the
game. It's no mystery: her four older
brothers play hockey. "They shot pucks
at us (Louise and her three sisters — one
of whom, Chris, is on the team) ever since
we were little. So I've always wanted to
play." Growing up in Trail, B.C., she
started when she was in eighth grade playing on skates borrowed from her brothers.
Coming from a hockey family meant lots
of extra practices. Now, every Christmas,
her family rents the Cominco rink for an
annual "intramural" game.
"I took figure skating for a year and
disliked it — switched to music lessons."
Tenisci enjoys soccer, racquetball, and
especially the skills demanded in ice hockey. "I hate dribbling a basketball; it's
appalling. But doing slapshots for two
hours is fine. Does that sound funny? A
stick and a puck give you a lot of control, more, say, than in volleyball."
Everyone agrees you don't have to be
big, just fast. But perhaps you do need to
be strong — in a different way. Guys look
down on girls for playing hockey,"
Tenisci observes. "They don't think it's
feminine." Playing since she was 12, there
was a change at 17, a certain unease about
being a girl hockey player. Prompted by a
concern with their feminine image, a lot of
her girlfriends quit. "Guys would laugh at
us." She flashes dark eyes, tugs at her chin
straps, and says convincingly that it
doesn't bother her.
To be sure, the women aren't hulks or
bruisers. But wearing identical equipment to minor league players — even
down to jock and shoulder pads — creates
more than an illusion of size. The wire
mesh cage face mask on the helmet tops it
off. For men wandering into the wrong
dressing room, it takes a few moments to
realize their mistake. The surprise is seeing the svelte figures emerging afterwards.
Equipment can be a burden in another
way. McMillan estimates that each player
must provide $200-250 worth herself. Designed especially for women, hockey
skates with narrower width boots run
$60-80; a helmet and cage $30. Louise
spent $50 last season on sticks alone; "one
might last only one game." Some cadge
discards from their brothers or hint heavily around Christmastime. Most make do
with old things, but with a shin pad only
an inch thick, you can really feel a shot.
Louise laments that the expense of
equipment scares some students off.
A skatathon (150 laps sponsored by donations) and bake sale are planned to raise
money. Bake sale? Can you imagine the
Thunderbirds holding a bake sale?! Yet
the most conspicuous feature of women's
ice hockey, and one that's unique to B. C.,
is body checking. There isn't any. "It
eliminates the aggression in hockey, and
cuts down injuries," McMillan explains.
Because B.C. is the only province to ban
Chronicle/Spring 1979   19 1916
More Ice-time...
The first face-off in women's ice
hockey at UBC appears to have been
in the 1915-16 season. The Annual
records that there were regular
practices on Saturday mornings. The
first coach of this team was a "Mr.
Lett who departed to join his
regiment in New Westminister."
(That would be Sherwood Lett,
BA'16, LLD'45, a distinguished
soldier and later chief justice of B.C.
and chancellor ofthe university.)
They played two games that first
season against their only opponent,
the Vancouver Ladies. The score in
both matches favored the Ladies,
"despite the useful work in goal of
Margaret Cameron, the good work on
defence by Evelyn Story (later Mrs.
Lett) and Donna Kerr, the brilliant
rush down the ice by Nellie Ballentine
who passed the puck to Elsie Hawe
who shot it neatly into the Ladies
goal."...Two victories were won the
following year by a team equipped
with new middy-style uniforms
complete with voluminous bloomers.
The 1920 team played only one
game against the Vancouver
Amazons. It was a losing proposition
"however hopes were high for future
battles."...In 1921 a game against
Victoria was lost by a "flukey"
goal....TheAnm/a/ of 1922 notes that
the ice hockey enthusiasts came up
against an "insurmountable obstacle
when those who control the destinies
of the arena refused to allow any girls'
teams to practice there. However we
intend to try again next year." There's
no mention of women's ice hockey the
following year and today's team still
has problems getting ice-time.
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body checking for women's teams, it
means they can't compete outside the province.
"It keeps university hockey very parochial," notes fourth year history major
Lorie Turner. "We were invited to the
University of Saskatchewan and even if
we'd had the money to go (which they
don't), we'd get blown off the ice — literally." They'd also be blown out of the
B.C. league which states that no B.C.
team can participate in a tournament with
body checking. And Lorie Turner's not
your tough old veteran. A left winger in
her second season, she's combined experience at figure skating with schoolyard
hockey with the boys on roller skates.
UBC is her first chance to play ice hockey.
An easterner who thinks B.C. is 10
years behind Quebec in terms of
technique, strategy and overall skills,
Brenda Donas argues that body checking
is part of the game. She enjoys the competitive and aggressive aspects of hockey,
feels it's a good way to release frustration.
As a fourth year biology major, what happens after graduation? There are
neighborhood teams. "I'll play until my
legs give out," she quips. Then she might
become a referee or coach.
"I wish we had women referees: men
don't have the right feel for the game since
they've never actually played women's
hockey." Without body checking there is
some inconsistent calling; there's a fine
line between a check and a collision.
"Interference is okay," Jim McMillan
says, "if you're after the puck, not the
player." Generally it's a clean sport. Last
year's 12-game season netted not a single
The players wheel around the ice practising wrist shots. Their skating is solid,
passing good, shots a bit weak. They huddle around Jim for the next drill. "Girls
need more feedback, more approval or
carefully worded criticism than boys
who've been involved in hockey since
they're six. It's all a matter of experience."
Jim is learning too.
He works over the basics: power skating, stick and puck handling, and playing
position. He breaks down a shot into simple sequential steps. Now the players are
beginning to develop their own strategy
on the line. They watch the NHL on TV
and live amateur teams and see patterns
that parallel their own plays wflich are
starting to click. "The Japan trip provided
cohesion and, with a practice every day,
was instrumental in improving their
game," McMillan reports.
Ask the women what they like about
hockey and they say things like speed,
excitement, skills, a team sport — not all
that different from the men. Maybe the
only distinction is that the shrieks of
triumph are higher-pitched. □
Eleanor Wachtel, a Vancouver writer and
broadcaster, is a frequent Chronicle contributor.
20 Chronicle/Spring 1979 :==:S""
The western Canadian champion Thunderbirds
made history by winning their first Shrum Bowl,
22-14, over rival SFU. Over 12,000 came to
cheer at Empire Stadium, including UBC
president Doug Kenny (top, centre) and Gordon
Shrum (left) who presented the trophy to
Thunderbird quarterback Dan Smith(right).
... UBC went to Kelowna with a wide
variety of displays in February. (Left)
Agricultural sciences took along a live sheep (in
cage) and a variety of experts and plants.
... (Below) The University Singers board the bus
with director James Schell (in dark jacket) for
their Vancouver Island tour.
Alumni Branches and
How They Grow
Question: What's an alumni branch?
Answer: Whatever you want it to be.
Basically it's a group of alumni interested in
UBC. A branch can be large or small, old or
new, with a formal executive or a lone volunteer
in the wilderness lying slightly dormant until
called upon for feats of organization in the
name of UBC.
What usually needs to be organized — with
help from the alumni office — is an event sponsored by the association's branches committee
that is felt to be of interest to alumni. It could be
a visit from a UBC representative — presidents
and chancellors have visited most major centres
over the years. It could be a speaker of interest
to the entire community. It could be purely a
social event, a barbeque on a ranch, a pot-luck
dinner or a skating party on the Rideau Canal.
But it seems to be a rule, that the more active
the volunteer members, the better the program. To quote from the "Ottawa Gang of
Three" Robert Yip, Bruce de-L Harwood and
Wendy Warren "The success or failure of all
activities depends on each and every member."
The alumni branches committee wants to hear
your views. What you like, what you don't like
about the program, and of course, they'd also
like your help.
Meanwhile out on a branch ...
Nearly 2,000 people heard the University Singers during their second annual alumni
association-sponsored Vancouver Island Tour
in January. They visited Victoria, Shawnigan
Lake/Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Port
Alberni. Everyone had a grand time by the
sound of things.... The UBC Speakers Bureau,
with aid of the Koerner Foundation grant and
the alumni branches program cooperated with
Northern Lights Community College in Ft.
Nelson in presenting a program on children
and parenting, February 21-23. Du-Fay Der
from the education faculty was the guest
Okanagan alumni have a busy season ahead.
In late February UBC came to Kelowna in the
form of a "mini-Open House" at the Orchard
Park Shopping Centre. There were displays
from a wide variety of campus faculties and
departments. Agricultural sciences offered
representatives from its Food Line and Hort
Line. Forestry displayed remote sensing —
forest and range surveys by satellite and aerial
photos. Engineering offered working models
and the award-winning urban car. Professor
emeritus Harry Warren, discussed prospecting
for copper and geological science students
showed films on glaciers and how to train dogs
for prospecting. The Buchanan Fitness Centre
provided staff and equipment to test physical
fitness. An art exhibit by the students in education was also on show and there were other
contributions from the centre for continuing
Chronicle/Spring 1979   21 A "building block" of $5,000 has been given by
the Vancouver Rotary Club to help officially
launch the Walter Gage Memorial Fund
campaign. Gordon Youngson, (left), president of
the club, presented the cheque to UBC president,
Dr. Douglas Kenny who accepted it on behalf of
the university and the alumni association,
represented by George Plant (right) association
vice-president. A special UBC Alumni Fund
campaign is now underway to create an
endowment for the Gage Fund.
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education, the awards office and the alumni
The major event ofthe Okanagan agenda will
be the April 30 reception and dinner to welcome the UBC board of governors who are
meeting in Kelowna at the invitation of the
Chair. (That's Ian Greenwood, BSA'49, head
of B.C. Tree Fruits.) Full details ofthe event
will be mailed early in April. Alumni will have
ticket priority for the Capri Hotel dinner.
Further  afield In   California   UBC,
McGill, Queen's and the University of Toronto
alumni are hosts for a reception and dinner in
San Francisco, March 16, to which all alumni
of Canadian universities are welcome. Guest
speaker is Harry Horne, Canadian consul general in San Francisco. . . .Los Angeles alumni
are planning to place a plaque honoring the late
Walter Gage in his old classroom, Arts/Math
100. Further plans will be made at the pot-luck
dinner April 28 in Los Angeles. Watch for details or contact Elva Reid, 213-799-0787.
Nurses Celebrate
Diamond Jubilee
UBC's nurses are celebrating their diamond
anniversary with a yearful of special events.
A campus reception February 24 launches a
"Toward Year 2000" seminar that will discuss
international health problems and development issues. The Jubilee banquet is May 24 at
the faculty club. Tickets are $15 and available
from the school. The following day is filled
with lectures, campus tours and activities. In
the evening the tenth annual Marion Woodward lecture will be given by Alice Baumgart,
BSN'58, dean of nursing at Queen's University
(8 pm in the Instructional Resources Centre).
Class reunions are being planned for the
A Computerized
Computers get blamed for a lot of things — but
this problem is very human.
Several alumni have brought it to the attention of the alumni fund that they received a
second solicitation letter jp 1978 — when they
had already donated. Normally the alumni
fund does not ask for your help again in a year
in which you have already made a contribution.
The only exception is the case of special appeals
for groups such as the Big Block or a memorial
fund campaign such as the one underway honoring the late Dr. Walter Gage.
Last fall a complication arose. Work had
been underway revising the alumni computer
records system and unfortunately it made it
impossible to enter all the earlier donations in
time to have those names eliminated from
alumni who received the November mailing.
The result was that everyone received a second
letter whether they had contributed to the
alumni fund in 1978 or not.
The problem is now being resolved, said
Dale Alexander, director of the fund. "We appreciate the continued support of the alumni
and apologize for any misunderstanding and
inconvenience caused by the second 1978 mailing."
22  Chronicle/Spring 1979 Alumni Miscellany
The Institute and the Irish
Connor Cruise O'Brien, editor of the London
Observer will be guest speaker at a special Vancouver Institute lecture May 5, 8 pm at the
Woodward IRC. He was originally scheduled
to speak at the Institute in February. In addition to his institute lecture O'Brien will be one
of the many international participants in a
campus conference on Irish culture. There'll be
discussions on drama, and theatre, criticism
and biography, James Joyce, historical
perspectives, women in Ireland, and Irish language and readings by novelists and poets. The
conference. May 2-5, at UBC's International
House is open to all interested in Irish history,
culture and society. A fee of $32 includes lunch
and two receptions. Vast supplies of Guinness
are assured. For information and a detailed
brochure, contact the Centre for Continuing
Education, UBC, 228-2181.
Spring social notes
Social notes for the Spring season: The second
annual revival of an old alumni custom, The
Spring Dance. This year the event is March 17
at the Delta River Inn with a midnight buffet to
sustain those who have danced all night to "City
Haul.". . .Graduation 79 is quickly approaching and if you have relatives participating in the
congregation ceremonies this year plan to make
it a day on campus. The Young Alumni Club is
hosting a chicken barbeque at Cecil Green Park
after the ceremony and the reception (May 30,
31 and June 1). It's a perfect place to bring the
whole family, the chicken is great, the view
superb and the tickets reasonable, $3.75/
person. Early reservations advised, 228-3313,
the alumni office.
Homecoming 79
It's reunion time again!... The Law '69 reunion
committee takes the prize for the most original
reunion venue, Las Vegas. Marty Zlotnick and
his committee, John Norton and John Hannah
have arranged an excursion to the Riviera Hotel,
May 18 - 21. Sun, golf, tennis, bright lights,
sequins and one-armed bandits are a sure bet. It
makes the usual Homecoming campus walking
tour sound a bit pedestrian though. The
Homecoming committee is working on the
problem. Suggestions or help with planning are
welcome, just contact the alumni office.
Homecoming '79 is scheduled for October
26-28, for reunion class years '24, '29 (their
50th anniversary), '34, '39, '44, '49, '59, '64
and '69. Plan now to attend — it won't be the
same without you.
Divisions multiply
Among the divisions. . . .Dental hygiene is
preparing its 1979 program and is looking for
ideas from members. . . .The annual dinner of
health care and epidemiology is tentatively
scheduled for May 29 at Cecil Green Park. The
division is currently co-sponsoring a series of
college-alumni seminars on health services
planning at the Robson media centre. . . .The
home economics division is in need of volunteers for its executive committee. Construction
is expected to start in July on the new Home Ec
building and the division is seeking funds to
equip one of the student common rooms or
work areas. Contributions can be made
through the alumni fund, just designate your
gift for home ec.
Association appointment
Ann Harvey Marantz, BA '73, has joined
the association staff as alumni records system
coordinator. She is responsible for the data
processing and computer application requirements of the association's activities. She replaces Simon Curley, coordinator for the past
seven years, who has left to pursue a new
Plants make nice pictures
Plantae Occidentalis, a display of botanical art
in British Columbia opens at the UBC Museum
of Anthropology April 1. The exhibition will
have over 90 contemporary works, mostly
watercolors and 20 historical paintings and
The exhibition is sponsored by the Botanical Garden and has been assembled with the
aid of the volunteer members of the Friends of
the Garden. After it closes at UBC September
2, the exhibition travels to the Museum of
Natural Science in Ottawa, the Manitoba
Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg and
the Glenbow-Alberta Institute in Calgary.
Willing to Remember
For the common man the best memorial is some
beneficient thing or function that shall bear his
name - Charles Copeland.
It's thoughts like Copeland's that persuade
men and women — alumni, graduates, faculty
and other members of the university community — to consider and include the University of
British Columbia in their estate planning. Two
recent examples are the bequests from Dr.
Honor Kidd Timbers and Prof. Mollie Cot-
The bequest of Honor Mary Kidd Timbers,
BA'26, (MD, McGill), a well-known cancer
researcher, who died in 1977, has enriched the
university's library collection, will support future productions at the Frederic Wood Theatre
and will provide substantial continuing funding to aid the activities of the department of
medicine. She was the daughter ofthe founder
ofthe Overwaitea Stores.
Mollie Cottingham, who retired as professor
emerita in 1971 after 13 years in the faculty of
education, created through her will, an annual
scholarship of $750 for a student in education.
Her gift to the university will mean this scholarship can be awarded in perpetuity.
Bequests come in all sizes and forms. Most
are outright cash bequests, but others have
been gifts-in-kind, books, works of art or
specialized collections. All are gratefully received and are used as specified by the donor.
The University Wills and Bequests Committee,chaired by Robert Whyte, BCom'44, will be
pleased to provide any assistance on university
programs or needs that may be of use in your
personal estate planning. Please write in confidence to the executive secretary, University
Wills and Bequests Committee, Main Mall
North Administration Building UBC, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5 (228-3917). D
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Chronicle/Spring 1979  23 Spotlight
Stepping down this winter as chancellor of the
University of Victoria is Robert Thomas Wallace, BA'32, MA'47, whose association with
Victoria College has been a "54-year mutual
love    affair." Taking    over    is    Ian
McTaggart-Cowan, BA'32, DSc'76, (PhD,
California), who began his duties as the new
chancellor in January. McTaggart-Cowan's list
of distinctions include many from wildlife
societies and institutes, election to the Order of
Canada and appointments to learned societies.
His list of publications on the biology of birds
and mammals, conservation and the management of environmental impacts of resource development numbers more than 230, and he has
also created over 50 hours of television and film
concerning biology.
Two December court appointments saw
Nathan Nemetz, BA'34, LLD'75, appointed
as chief justice of the B.C. Court of Appeal.
Nemetz has served on numerous boards and
organizations, and was chairman of the board
of governors of UBC from 1965 to 1968 and was
chancellor of UBC from 1972 to 1975. Allan
McEachern, BA'49, LLB'50, assumes
Nemetz's position as head ofthe B.C. Supreme
Court. He has earned a reputation as one of
Canada's foremost lawyers, is former president
of the B.C. Lions, and was president of the
Formal retirement has come for W. Breen
Melvin, BA'35, active in the Cooperative
Union of Canada for 30 years, and before that,
leading the Canadian arm of CARE. He is devoting the first part of his retirement to establishing an archival record for insurance
cooperatives Charles  William  Wood,
BSA'36, retired in October as head ofthe B.C.
ministry of agriculture, poultry branch. He has
been in the industry for 40 years and has seen
the monumental changes leading from individual operations to today's marketing boards.
One of the many scientists whose achievements in research have gone unsung by the
lay-public, Aser Rothstein, BA'38, (PhD,
Rochester), chief administrator ofthe research
institute at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, has made a contribution, internationally
recognized in the scientific community, in
medical research with his exploration of the
way cells move substances in and out through
their membranes. His discoveries have important implications for cancer, organ transplants,
hormone disorders and the development of a
healthy body.
An honorary Doctor of Laws degree was bestowed upon William H. Barton, BA'40, by
Mount Allison University, New Brunswick,
last fall. Dr. Barton is permanent Canadian
representative to the United Nations....Permanent fixture on Canada's literary scene,
24 Chronicle/Spring 1979
Dianne Filer
Dianne Livingstone Filer arrives out of
breath: she's just rushed away from
another "interminable" CBC area
heads' meeting. The maitre d' rushes over
to greet her, lights her cigarette and makes a
couple of recommendations for lunch.
We're lunching at one of her favorite spots,
Noodles, a chic Toronto eatery as noted for
its zappy decor — all chrome, leather, mirrors, red tile and hot pink neon — as for its
excellent Italian dishes.
Revived with a glass of Perrier water,
Dianne Filer begins to reminisce about how
odd little incidents often become major
turning points in a person's career. Hers
really began, ironically, exactly 13 years ago
from this day, with what amounted to a
dare. Then a lowly CBC radio program assistant in Vancouver, she was at a dinner
party with friends in Toronto where talk got
around to careers and futures and she was
being joshed that she would never leave the
west coast because it was "too cushy." She
promptly phoned her mother, told her she
had landed a job and was moving to Toronto
within six weeks. "I gave notice on my rented house, got on board the plane with my
kid and my TV set on my lap and took off
for Toronto."
It was a big gamble: she had nothing
lined up. It was a gamble that paid off because today Dianne Filer is head of CBC
radio variety. She's also one ofthe corporation's little-noted grey eminences whose
work in recent years — on "Gerussi,"
"Concern" and "Quirks and Quarks" —
has done much to make CBC radio (unlike
its visual counterpart) a lively, informative
The first job she landed in Toronto was in
CBC television "as secretary to a guy who
said he'd never hired anyone who was not
called Diane or Diana." But she didn't actually have to take that job because she got
an offer from Harry Boyle, late of Canadian
Radio - Television Commission to do contract research for a documentary he was
doing on John Diefenbaker. Boyle had been
impressed with what he knew of her work in
Vancouver, where she had actually begun
her career in 1961. Following graduation
from UBC in French linguistics, in 1954,
some post-graduate work in Paris and an
unsuccessful marriage, Filer joined CBC
radio as a program assistant in order to support her son, Roderick, then three years
old. While she tackled a variety of research
and interview assignments, she first came to
attention in organizing research for a 50th
anniversary broadcast on the sinking of the
Lusitania, tracking down living survivors
for interviews. The program, "Rendezvous
with Death," won the coveted Italia Prize in
From working with Boyle she went on to
become associate producer of the newly-
launched national morning radio show,
"Gerussi." Within six months they were
looking for a new producer and she asked to
have a crack at it, and was accepted. "I
developed the 'Gerussi' concept," she admits. "There was no prototype to work
from, so we could create and invent
things." Filer deftly exploited Bruno
Gerussi's ebullient personality, mixing light
with serious topical items, music with
poetry readings, making the show a national hit.
After spending five months in England
studying broadcasting (she had been
awarded an Imperial Relations Bursary for
Excellence in Broadcasting in 1971), she
became producer of CBC-FM's prestigious
series, "Concern." Filer quickly established a reputation as an imaginative, super-
fast editor and a very supportive person to
work for. "I'd write something and trot into
her office like a dog with a dead mouse and
lay it on her hearth," recalls former "Concern" host-writer Warren Davis. "And
she'd say it was just marvelous. She always
thought that it was the finest piece of prose
since Will Shakespeare." Under her gui-
dance,"Concern" was a three-time winner
of Ohio Awards for excellence.
Dianne Filer also originated the concept
(and name) of "Quirks and Quarks," the
popular radio science show. But she had
been looking unsuccessfully for two years
for the right host when she attended a UBC
alumni meeting in Toronto at which UBC
zoology professor Dr. David Suzuki was
speaking: suddenly she knew he was it.
Suzuki has been a key to the success of the
show because he has a lively manner, a
wide ranging interest in science and is able
to "ask the informed dumb question that
listeners want answered — and is committed to de-mystifying science." The show is
still going strong.
Warren Davis, for one, is convinced that
she's on her way to the upper corporation
eschelons and it's good news for CBC.
"She's a brilliant woman. My prediction is
that she's going to become the first woman
vice-president of the CBC." Clive Cocking The Altirrini Association.
has often been asked by Alumni and friends
whether there is some distinctive
remembrance of their connection with The
University of British Columbia.
In our searchfor something of intrinsic value
and enduring quality, something which one
would be proud to own and display for its
meaning and its memories, we have chosen
this very special UBC English Pewter
Tankard. This beautiful "Bell Tankard" is a
pattern which dates back to the late 1700s
; when, its rounded shape and 'broken' handle
were considered completely hovel concepts
of design. The University coat-of-arms is
etched into the surface in minute detail and
.remarkable clarity.
The tankard is a unique symbol of your
association with the University.
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In 1700, in the reign of William III,
Thomas Scattergood set up a
workshop in London which, almost
280 years later, still handcrafts the
finest cast pewter in the world. In
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Pewterers in London. Today only
one remains which has the right to
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The finest pewter is, afterlplafinum/gold and silver, the most valuable metal in common use today, and indeed was once
the Pride of Kings. Unlike siiver, it does not tarnish. In the old days pewter contained a small amount of lead which dulled
the metal. Today, Crown & Rose Pewter is made only from pure, refined tin with small amounts of copper and antimony to
add strength and malleability; No lead is used, so the original traditional satin patina will always be retained. The weight,
Equality, durability — allied to traditional designs — ensure that the UBC pewter tankard representsadistinguished heritage.
Order today. Use coupon above. Gordon Bell
Pierre Berton, BA'41, delivered the convocation address at Dalhousie University at Halifax
at the end ofthe fall term. The address has not
yet been placed in competition with Berton's
previous works which have won him the
Governor-General's award for creative non-
fiction (three times) and the Stephen Leacock
award for humor....Liverpool native, Gordon
M. Bell, BASc'42, has been named vice-chair
of the light metals committee for the American
Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Pet
roleum Engineers ofthe Metallurgical Society.
Kudos to the Chronicle staff for "doing a
great job" come from Dr. Robert Davis Law-
son, BASc'48, who has recently moved from
Western Springs to Downers Grove, Illinois.
Thank you.  Dr.   Lawson Alberta's  Land
Compensation Board, part of the attorney-
general's department now includes Clifford V.
Faulknor, BSA'49, as one of its three members
 Active  consideration  of advertising  by
lawyers in Ontario "doesn't bother" the new
president of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Bar Association, William Herbert Kidd,
LLB'49, (better known as "Cappy" in Cambridge, Ontario). Another belief of Kidd's is
that each division should comment on pending
legislation in both draft and final
New chief engineer at a concrete pressure pipe
plant in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, is J. Phillip
Briba, BASc'50, a 27-year veteran with Ame-
ron, Inc. Briba has been instrumental in building similar facilities in the U.S., Colombia,
Ecuador, Okinawa and Kuwait In 33 years
of active military service, Brigadier-General
John J. Collins," BA'50, iMSc, MIT), lived
from one end of Xorth America to the other.
Most recently deputy commander of the 23rd
N05.AD region, Duluth, Minnesota, Collins
served with the British Merchant Navy, the
RAF Reserve and the RAF before attending
MIT. He also served as commander of
NORAD's backup stations in St. Margarets,
N.B. and Othello, Washington, as well as in
NORAD  headquarters  in  Colorado  Springs
and in Ottawa. He retired in October The
driving force behind the B.C. provincial
branch of Canada's 10,000 member Retail Merchants' Association is Joan Cecilia Wallace,
BA'50, a self-taught expert with extensive
background in public relations and association
management in Toronto and Vancouver. She
spearheads an effective retailers' lobby from
her tiny office in Kitsilano, coordinating more
than 300 retailers across B.C.
Newly appointed to the board of directors of
Arts Etobicoke is Ian James Billington,
BASc'51, MASc'52, who is also involved with
the St. Andrew's Festival in the arts as well as
the Photographic Society of America For 25
years an employee of Atomic Energy of Canada
Research Company, Eugene Critoph,
BASc'51, MASc'57, .formerly director of the
advanced projects and reactor physics division.
Chalk River) has been appointed vice-president
and general manager of the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories installation of the company....December saw MacKenzie C. (Mac)
Norris, BASc'51, appointed president and
chief executive officer of British Columbia
Railway. He has been with BCR since 1970.
Mississauga has a new city solicitor in the
person of Leonard W. Stewart, LLB'51, formerly Peel regional solicitor (since 1974). Prior
to moving into the Peel region, Stewart was
legal  counsel  for  Toronto  Township A
three-year assignment with the United Nations
in Rone as head of the fisheries department,
food and agriculture organization, belongs to
Kenneth Charles Lucas, BASc'52, who took
up the position in November leaving his job as
UBC Alumni Association
-^  National Scholarship
At least one $1,500 scholarship will be
available for the 1979-80 academic year
for a student, whose home is outside of
B.C., who is entering or continuing
studies at the undergraduate level at
UBC. Preference is given to the sons and
daughters of UBC alumni.
The award is made possible by donations
to the UBC Alumni Fund.
Application deadline: July 15,1979.
For further information and application
forms write:
National Scholarships, UBC Alumni
Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver. B.C.. V6T 1X8
^7  bookstore
/•i;     „ 1     on the campus
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26   Chronicle Spring 1979 Russell Fraser
senior assistant deputy minister of fisheries and
marine in Ottawa....The masthead of The Advocate remains unchanged with Mary F.
Southin, Q.C, LLB'52, remaining on the
editorial board, but her term as treasurer ofthe
Vancouver Bar Association has ended. Her
"Swan Song" appears in the same issue of The
Advocate that names the treasurer-elect, Harry
Rankin, BA'49, LLB'50, who inherits the position by way of his seniority in the VBA.. .UBC's
department of family practice welcomed as its
head Peter R. Grantham, BA'54, MD'58, who
was also appointed first Royal Canadian Legion
professor. Dr. Grantham will aid UBC's medical school in introducing more students to rural
practice and increasing the contact of students
and residents with family physicians.
A past president ofthe Alumni Association,
Kenneth L. Brawner, BA'57, LLB'58, has
been appointed to the interim advisory board of
trustees of Vancouver General Hospital... .The
American Statistical Association has elected
Donald G. Watts, BASc'56, MASc'58, a Fellow. He is a professor of mathematics and
statistics with Queen's University at Kingston,
Ontario. He was cited for his notable contribution to time series analysis, including spectral
analysis techniques....The Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. held its 59th annual
meeting, electing as president, Russell G.
Fraser, BASc'58. Its council includes Norman
A. Johnson, BASc'63, MASc'67; Norman
Bestwick, BASc'53; Jerrold E. Vernon,
BASc'57; Robert S. Moulds, BASc'51;
Robert C. Watters, BFors'52; and Robert D.
Handel, BASc'49 (immediate past president),
and from the provincial government, John
A.H.Lund, BASc'51.
Newly appointed director of the National
Water Research Institute at the Canada Centre
for Inland Waters in Burlington is G. Keith
Rodgers, MSc'58, (PhD, Toronto). He began
his study of lakes in 1958 as a research assistant
ofthe Ontario department of lands and forests,
and prior to his recent appointment, was acting
director of the institute Colonel W.  Neil
Russell, BASc'58, is the new Canadian Forces
attache to Italy and Greece, based in Rome. A
graduate of the Royal Military College at
Kingston, Ontario, he was most recently deputy commander, Air Transport Group headquarters, Trenton, Ontario....Vancouver's
Robson Square complex was the centre of attention for acupuncturists in North America
when Dr. Effie Chow, DPHN'59, led a workshop in holistic health in November. She has
worked at VGH, Riverview and Metropolitan
Bruce Page
Health Unit and is a certified acupuncturist in
the State of California....The Ontario government conferred the honorary title of Queen's
Counsel on William Robbins, LLB'59, a
lawyer with a St. Catharines, Ontario law firm.
A viewing audience larger than that for Roots
tuned in to a 90 minute TV special on the life of
Christ shown at Christmastime on Thai television. Rev. Frederick J. Pratt, BA'60, has
worked with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Thailand since 1962 and spoke at a
missionary conference in Portage la Prairie, reporting on the role of mass media in overseas
evangelism....Author and mountain sheep expert Valerius Geist, BSc'60, PhD'67, met a
controversial issue head-on in October's B.C.
Outdoors magazine when he wrote "In Defense
of Trophy Hunting." Geist is professor and
associate dean in the faculty of environmental
design at the University of Calgary and is the
author of Mountain Sheep (University of
Chicago), Mountain Sheep and Man in the
Northern Wilds and a third book about to be
released on the type of environment man ought
to strive for and develop — for human beings.
.. .Current head ofthe Wine Council of Canada
is Edward S. Arnold, BSA'61, who has been
elected president of Bright's Wines in Niagara
Falls, Ontario. He was previously on the board
of directors at Andres Wines in Ontario.
Everyone wants to know more about China.
The executive director of the Britannia Community Services Centre in Vancouver, Michael
J. Claque, BA'63, visited China while on sabbatical this year, and the results of his trip (to
study social and community development)
were the subject of "Social Development in
China Today," a slide lecture given at Nipissing
College Alumni Association in Ontario. .. .From Ontario comes word that George
C. Dogterom, BCom'63, has joined BSi Incorporated (benefit plan consultants and administrators) in Toronto. Mr. Dogterom has spent
the last 15 years both in an insurance and consulting capacity in similar fields....When our
alumni records department searched for Dr.
Maurice B. Lambert, BSc'63, MSc'66, last
November, it found him in Ottawa, working
with the Geological Survey of Canada, and the
author of Volcanoes (Douglas & Mclntyre),
published in December.
The board of governors at Simon Fraser has
welcomed George Hungerford, BA'65,
LLB'68, to a three year term. Hungerford also
chairs the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame....Western
Mines Limited Vancouver head office is the
new home base for Bruce K. McKnight,
BASc'65, who has been appointed manager,
corporate planning and development...Formerly Globe and Mail Peking correspondent,
Ross H. Munro, BA'65, is now based in Hong
Kong where he is the far eastern economic
correspondent for Time magazine....For the
first time in eight years a Canadian, rather than
an America n, is chief curator of the Art Gallery
of Ontario, a fact that will please those who
demonstrated against the appointment of an
American in June of 1972 by chaining themselves to cabinets in the gallery. Dr. Roald
Nasgaard, BA'65, MA'67, says, "I'm very
UBC Directed Study Abroad Credit Course in Comparative Physical Education.
Russian Physical Education and the Olympics
Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Stockholm, and London July 17 to August 16,1980 (tentative).
<▲■ P.E. 360 Comparative Physical Education tl'i) PE 461 Physical Education Project il'-jt.
Auditors are welcome hut must meet UBC requirements.
• Attend five events at the Moscow Olympics
• Tour Leningrad and Kiev cultural and education facilities
• Visit exemplary Swedish programs: musical gymnastics in industry, for the aged, etc.;
outdoor fitness; community sport & recreation facilities; long distance running events;
teacher education; and much more!
• National and community sport and recreation facilities, sports clubs, administration
centres, and other educational and cultural programs.
Pre-booking for the Olympics requires a $300 deposit by April 1 and limits
enrollment to 30.
$3800. anticipated costs for accommodations, some meals, air fare and course-related
travel. Olympic tickets, cancellation insurance (for medical reasons) and course registration. Application fee for new students to UBC is $15. ($650. is deductible from Canadian
income tax.)
UBC Comparative Physical Education expert Dr. Eric Broom will conduct the courses;
education experts and university professors from the cities visited will also lecture.
For additional information send coupon to the Office of Extra-Sessional Studies. The Universitv of British Columbia.
Vancouver. B.C., V6T 1W5. Canada or telephone (604) 228-2657.
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ChromdelSpring 1979  27 John Gray
At first glance it was a one-man show —
but then who was the man? Was it
actor Eric Peterson who capered,
chortled and reminisced his way through
last fall's long-running production of Billy
Bishop Goes to War} Or was it John Gray,
MA'71, who directed the show and also
wrote the script and all the lyrics and music
for ii — and who sat by the piano onstage in
a World War I uniform and provided
sounds of cavalry, machine guns,
windstorms, sputtering engines as well as
joining Peterson in refrains such as:
We were off to fight the Hun
and it looked like lots of fun
somehow it didn't seem like war at all...?
The innocence of the time turned to high
heroism, but whether Billy Bishop shot
down 72 German planes because he fancied
himself a defender of Right or because he
liked flying and wanted to beat a contemporary British record was left to speculation. In the manner of a crusty veteran expanding on his war memories at the local
Legion, Peterson brought to life the great
Canadian flying ace as Gray envisioned
Why did Gray choose Billy Bishop as the
focus of a play? "Because he was the best,"
Eric Peterson (as Billy Bishop) and John Gray (right).
Gray says simply. "That's an image of
Canada we don't often see."
Gray has worked with Peterson for years,
ever since the founding of Tahmanous
Theatre in the early '70s. The success of
shows like Bull Durham and Salty Tears,
which Gray wrote and composed took him
inevitably to Toronto where he found himself writing music for Theatre Passe
Muraille and Tarragon Theatre as well as
television. By then he had decided he might
as well be director, composer and playwright, and "collect three salaries."
He directed productions at the National
Arts Centre, Global Village, Festival Len-
noxville, and at York University where he
also taught theatre for a time. He was becoming an accomplished musician, and 18
Wheels, The Farm Show and As Far as the
Eye Can See were some of the musical
shows that toured Canada that he had a
hand in. Billy Bishop will also play other
Canadian centres this year.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Gray, now
32 and divorced, does not call any one place
home. "I'm a migrant worker," he says.
Which is a curiously down-home but maybe
very appropriate description of someone
who puts all his energy into the spreading
patchwork of Canadian theatre.
- Viveca Ohm
happy with my inheritance."
Nurudeen O. Adedipe, BSA'66, PhD'69,
has been appointed dean of the faculty of agriculture and forestry at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria Former Ubyssey
editor, Thomas E. Wayman, BA'66, is increasingly busy across Canada as simply "Tom
Wayman", poet, reader, teacher, and writer-
in-residence currently at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Wayman has published
five books and edited two anthologies of work
poems....Fifteen years ago, Charles G. Em-
bree, MSA'68, was a T.A. in the plant science
department at UBC. Now, he's director of horticulture and biology services for his native
Nova Scotia's department of agriculture and
marketing, living in Port Williams.
From Ottawa comes word that Bruce G.
Page, BA'68, will spend five weeks this spring
travelling and meeting with officials throughout the European Common Market. He is one
of two Canadian journalists on the tour....He
has mastered his three barges on Takla Lake,
piloted his own plane, is a scuba diver and has
worked for Columbia Cellulose. Now, if you
28 Chronicle/Spring 1979
stop in at the Travelodge in Cache Creek, B.C.,
the operator who greets you will have done all
these things: he is Ted Jolivette, BCom'69,
who has moved his two sons and his wife to
Cache Creek to run the lodge which they hope
to expand "when we learn how to run it."
Canada's largest school of medicine, the University of Toronto, has recognized Captain
Blake M. Hoffert, BSc'70, for outstanding
academic achievement with the Cody gold
medal for 1978. Captain Hoffert is interning at
York-Finch General Hospital in Toronto and
will be with the Canadian Forces medical services upon completion of his internship.... Kenneth E. Rutten, MSW'70, and his
wife, Jan Clayton Rutten, MSW'70, have
moved from Halifax to Lac Laronge, Saskatchewan. He has been appointed assistant
deputy minister of health, social services and
education with the department of North Saskatchewan. ... A shortage of library positions? It
might be because UBC grads have them all
nailed down. Recent appointments include:
Barbara H. Clubb, BLS'71, formerly with
Manitoba Provincial Library Service to library
consultant with Alberta department of culture;
Donna Marion Dryden, MLS'77, to the
executive of the Foothills Library Association
in Calgary; Barrie J. Campbell, BA'67,
BLS'68, formerly ofthe Edmonton Public Library to head, Memorial Park Branch of the
Calgary Public Library; Luis C. Chaparro,
MLS'75, MA'77, to reference librarian, El
Paso Community College learning resources
centre, El Paso, Texas; and Richard L. Hopkins, BEd'67, BLS'69, MLS'74, MA'76, head
of reference services, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology learning resources centre.
Congratulations all!
The only individual Award of Merit winner
in Canada in 1978 was Alan F.J. Artibise,
PhD'72, who was cited for his historical writings on Winnipeg. Artibise is general editor of
the National Museum of Man's series, The History   of   Canadian   Cities Annemarie
Schueler, BEd'72, is currently organizing the
50th reunion meeting of the Point Grey Secondary School. The event will be held on October
26, 1979 and anyone interested is urged to contact the school for further information... .From
London comes news of Herbert F. Weitzel,
LLB'73, and wife, Jane Elizabeth Leir Weitzel, BEd'75, who are now living in England
where he is studying for his master of law degree at the London School of Economics. Mrs.
Weitzel is studying photography at the
Polytech of Central London.
The first executive director of the Canadian
institute for historical microreproductions is
Ernest B. Ingles, MLS'74, formerly head, department of rare books and special collections,
University of Calgary. Written material by or
about Canada and Canadians will be preserved
through the microreproductive process....The
one way to learn how to play the cymbaly (dulcimer) in the traditional Ukrainian dance accompaniment is to study from other musicians
— there is no formal teacher-student or written
method structure in Canada. Ken Trafananko,
BEd'74, plays the cymbaly for the Vancouver
"Cheremshyna" dance company and was featured in last fall's Sunday Concert Series at the
Surrey Arts  Centre.
Hungry? Try some leather. Fruit leather,
says Richard John Hunt, BA'76, from his position as founder and owner of Edible Dried
Goods in Penticton, B.C. Hunt has brought a
4,000 year old Syrian process for pureeing,
layering and drying fruit into "leather" to a
public hungry for basics and local produce.
Hunt also teaches customers how to manufacture the product themselves....Travel, "a good
education" and no social life are the lot of
Canadian athletes according to Action, B.C.'s
newest employee, Olympic class sprinter and
track record holder Patricia G. Loverock,
BRE'76, who, with Debbie Brill, is promoting
a more positive lifestyle to young B.C. residents. Anti-smoking and pro-exercise are two
stances of the program....If you are travelling
across Canada next summer and wonder what
the insides of those east coast white frame
houses are like, stop in at the home of Debbie
and Ross W. Sharp, MA'76, outside of St.
Peters (population 300), P.E.I. They have converted the big white house into a mini-
farmhouse-hostel that hosted 80 travellers dur- ing the first two weeks they opened their doors
last June. The Sharps like what they are doing
and don't miss their almost-native Edmonton
— too much.
Anderson-Zuker. Robert K. Anderson to Valerie C. Zuker, Mus'73, December, 1978 in
Vancouver,  B.C Gregson-Blair. Alan P.
Gregson, BA'76, to Betty J. Blair, BA'72,
MLS'74, August 5, 1978 in Langley,
B.C....Karaplis-McNab. Pantelis Demetrius
Karaplis, BArch'77, to Linda Susan McNab,
BA'72, BSW'77, June 24, 1978 in West Vancouver, B.C.
Dr and Mrs Biddanda U. Achia, MASc'72,
PhD'75, a son, Sunil, December 14, 1978 in
Sarnia, Ontario. . . .Mr and Mrs William M.
Driscoll (Anna Mitchell, BHE'68), a daughter,
Sarah Theresa, May 25, 1978 in North Vancouver, B.C....Mr. and Mrs. Stuart William
Gilroy, BCom'52, a son,Scott Jonathan,March
21, 1978 in Edmonton, Alberta....Dr. and
Mrs. Anthony F. Graham (Shannon E. Butt,
BHE'66), a daughter, Suzanne Caroline,
November 3, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario Mr.
and Mrs. Barrie J. Humphreys, BEd'67,
(Catherine Pike, BA'67), a son, James Grant,
June 27, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario....Mr. and
Mrs. H. Anthony Kluge, BSc'72, (Wendy
Sinclair, BA'74, MLS'76), a daughter, Jennifer Michelle, November 5, 1978 in Surrey,
B.C....Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bridgman Lind,
BA'66, (Anne Rankin, BA'66), a son, Jed Alexander, March 1, 1978....Mr. and Mrs. B.
McFadgen, (Betty I. Richardson, BA'61), a
daughter, Belinda Kate, June 14,1978, in Wellington, New Zealand....Mr. and Mrs. John
Barry McGillivray, BSc'69, LLB'72, (Diane
Currie, BSN'70), a son, Drew Gordon,
November 26, 1978, in Summerland,
B.C....Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. McLellan,
BASc'72, (Alyson J. Fisher, BPE'71), a son,
Iain Cameron, August 15, 1978 in Coquitlam,
B.C....Mr. and Mrs. Christopher W. Moss,
BEd'77, a daughter, Julianne Christine, September 14, 1978 in Victoria, B.C....Mr. and
Mrs. David Parsons, BSc'71, MD'74, (Barbara Bennett Parsons, BHE'74), a daughter,
Ainslie Bennett, May 18, 1978 in Midland,
Howard P- Cleyeland, BCom'33, November
1978 in fforth Vancouver, B.C. Cleveland was
a memtig'r of fhe Japan-touring rugby team
in 193} and served with the RCAF in WWII,
flying night raids over Germany, in the course
of which he was shot down, interned in Sweden
and awarded the DFC. Returning to Vancouver affef the war, Cleveland became president of Jifeon Products Company. He was predeceased £iy his first wife (Jean I. Cleveland,
BA '36) and is survived by his second wife, two
daughters, a sister and a brother (Courtney E.
Cleveland, BASc'34).
Peter Neve Cotton, BArch'55, December
1978 in Victoria, B.C. He was with the provincial government's public works department
from 1955 until 1961, when he entered private
practice in Victoria. He designed the SUB for
Victoria College and was active in the Greater
Victoria Historical Buildings Foundation. He
is survived by his mother and two sisters.
Rev. Lawrence C. Luckraft, BA'16, April
1978 in Cornwall, England. One ofthe university's earliest graduates Rev. Luckraft was
"very proud to be a member of the University
of B.C." He was a consistent supporter of the
Alumni Fund over the years. He is survived by
his wife.
Bruce A. MacDonald, BA'26, April 1978 in
Perugia, Italy. MacDonald had served with the
Canadian Trade Commission Service since
1929, during which time he lived in many ofthe
world's capitals. He had retired to Perugia and
is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Roderick A. Pilkington, BA'30, MA'32,
LLB'48, November 1978 in Agassiz, B.C. He
served with the Canadian army in WWII, and
practiced law in Vancouver until his retirement
in 1972. He was a member of the B.C. Mountaineering Club and active in the Royal Canadian Legion. Survived by his wife (Bessie
Robertson Pilkington, BA'31), a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, a sister and a brother
(Francis C. Pilkington, BA'28).
Dorothy L. Phelps Scott, BASc'33,
November 1978 in Whitehorse, Yukon. She
was a native of Whitehorse and returned there
with a degree in public health nursing to work
in Whitehorse General Hospital. She was interested in Yukon history and had an extensive
collection of Yukon books and memorabilia. A
member of the Graduate Nurses' Club, the
University Women's Club, the local museum
and Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she is survived
by her husband, two sons, a brother and five
John H. Steede, BASc'26, November 1978 in
Vancouver, B.C. He joined B.C. Electric after
graduation rising through the ranks to become
vice-president and chief engineer in 1958.
Since 1967, Steede had been a member of B.C.
Hydro's board of directors and Hydro chairman Robert Bonner remembered "it was unlikely that any one person contributed as much
to the development of the industry in B.C. (as
Steede)." He is survived by his wife, four children and nine grandchildren.
Alfred T. Adams, December 1978 in Vancouver. He was executive secretary ofthe University Resources Council from 1964 to his
death. Born in South Africa, he worked in the
gold mines, in the army as a soldier and officer,
and was a prisoner-of-war. After the war he
served as a party organizer for General Smuts
and was elected as a member of parliament.
After the election of the present Nationalist
government in 1948 he moved to Rhodesia,
where as general secretary of the Federal Party
he worked with Sir Roy Welensky on the establishment of the multiracial parliament that was
the basis of the Central African Federation.
After its collapse he came to Canada and UBC.
He was an active participant in the funding
campaigns for several campus buildings including the new Aquatic Centre. A memorial bursary fund has been established in his name and
contributions may be made through the UBC
Alumni Fund. □
The Hanging Judge
May I comment on the article "Bench marks:
the life and times of B.C.'s first judge, Matthew
Baillie Begbie" (Chronicle, Winter 1978)?
As this review says, the attitude in England
in 1858, towards law enforcement and also discipline in the home or school might be summed
up: you have broken the rules, you will be
punished. This wasn't regarded as harsh, only
Except for Vancouver Island, the rest of what
is now B.C. had recently been part of Oregon
Territory, neither British nor American. The
few white men there looked after themselves as
best they could. They would have carried
weapons for hunting or for their own protection
as necessary. The early gold camps attracted all
types of men including some ofthe most lawless
from all over the world. When this was pointed
out to Begbie on his arrival and he was told
"There will be murders," he is reported to
have said "Then there will be hangings."
This is the version my grandmother told me
about how Begbie became known as the "Hanging Judge." She was born at Victoria in 1865,
married in New Westminster in 1885 and lived
in B.C. all her life. She never suggested the
judge was harsh, but rather that he was to be
praised for the firm and just way he carried out
his duties.
I am looking forward to reading the book on
which your review was based.
H.R. Trehearne
Princeton, B.C.
A credit note
In the Autumn 1978 edition of the Chronicle, in
the article on Dr. Shrum mention is made ofthe
role that the UBC extension department played
in the early days of B.C. credit unions. Notwithstanding the important part that the extension department played in the formation of
some of B.C.'s first credit unions, we wish to
point out that B.C.'s first credit union was
Powell River Credit Union and that the North
Arm Fraser Credit Union — now called Gulf
and Fraser Credit Union — received Charter
#35 and was incorporated in December 1940,
some eighteen months later.
Miriam McTiernan
B.C. Central Credit Union
Vancouver, B:C.
A little nostalgia
Tuum Est, a history of the University of British
Columbia by the late Harry T. Logan, was
published 20 years ago. With all that has happened in the past two decades, I hope that a
second volume may soon be forthcoming.
Whether or not indulging nostalgia, the story of
the problems and progress of a favorite institution can be of never-failing interest.
I suggest that the Chronicle could assist that
Chronicle/Spring 1979   29 Chronicle
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writing and, at the same time, add another
department for the interest of its own readers.
Why not encourage the preparation of reminiscences in the form of individual accounts by or
from those who have participated in university
events of the past, or have accurate knowledge.
Anecdotes, in the original sense of "unpublished details of history," are commonplace at
reunions and other social events, so why not
encourage the tellers to become writers, or dictators. The mere printing of some stories
should encourage others, and could prompt the
writing of corrections, even rebuttals.
As unpublished details of history, anecdotes
of substance...clues,hints,suggestions. . .help
flesh out thin parts, add color to faded accounts, bring out the right phrase to a story in
the making. They might even usefully contribute to the shaping of interpretation.
Why not give notice in the Chronicle, that
anecdotes would be welcome? To encourage
response the reminiscences might be invited by
specific subjects, perhaps by student activities,
by faculties, perhaps by individuals. (There are
surely enough anecdotes on Dr. Sedgwick, for
one, to make a nice chap-book!)
There will be need to emphasize that good
stories should not be lost by anyone holding
back for fear of that shibboleth that the telling
of one's own story is mere boasting. Rely on the
well-known fact that there is always someone
ready to put the story right, or try to.
— H. Leslie Brown, BA'28
Ottawa, Ontario
Notice is duly served.... The Chronicle is always
pleased to hear from its readers, whether with opinions, comments, complaints or contributions. An
example is the following story submitted by Les
Brown. Copies of all reminiscences received will be
forwarded to the university archives. Old photographs and memorabilia are also welcome. -
Razed in 1970, the "old gym" had a story
which, while only an incident in the history of
UBC, marked for the students the step beyond
fund-raising to the financing of their own projects. They had already raised money to clear
two temporary playing fields, had laid down
two concrete tennis courts and, under the guidance of Freddy Wood, had saved the money to
equip the stage of the auditorium to make it a
theatre. The first gymnasium, however, was a
major project. It was financed and built by the
students in 1929, with no subsidy from anyone,
at a cost of about $35,000. This was a huge
undertaking for the 1,200 to 1,500 UBC students. A dollar could buy two-and-a-half
lunches in the cafeteria in those days.
As president of the Alma Mater Society in
1927-28, I took my turn in getting the project
further along. A permanent structure was quite
beyond our means but the idea of temporary
buildings was already well established. (Among
these the Old Arts building, now used by malhema-
tics-Ed.)So we ofthe students council prepared
a submission to the board of governors. I put it
before them; they turned it down.
But with the bad news came encouragement
from Dr. Evelyn Farris, a member of the
board. Her son, Don Farris, BA'28, brought
word that the submission could possibly be
acceptable if re-phrased. I discussed the subject
with Sherwood Lett, BA'16, LLD'45, who
then arranged a meeting to include several
strong supporters of UBC. Don and I took part
but the details were worked out by the legal
experts led by Sherwood.
As part of the preparation for the original
submission there had been discussions with
Pembertons who had expressed interest in taking up the bonds, and with the provincial architect, Harry Whitaker, who was most helpful
and had given an approximate figure as a basis
for financial exploration. But, as Pembertons
pointed out, the Alma Mater Society had to
become a legal entity before undertaking the
responsibility independently of the university.
The legal minds found a ready solution: the
University Act would have to be changed to
permit the AMS to incorporate.
From Sherwood's office I telephoned UBC
President Klinck who knew of the meeting but
not of the proposal. On being reassured who
was present and of their unanimous opinion, he
agreed to the proposal. Sherwood telephoned
Senator J.W. deB. Farris, who telephoned his
friend, Ian MacKenzie, then a member of the
British Columbia legislature, who undertook to
sponsor the amendment.
That night Don Farris and I took the midnight sailing of one of the Canadian Pacific
Princess ships — at AMS expense — and probably starry-eyed at our first venture into active
politics. The next morning we called on Ian
MacKenzie. He would introduce the amendment that evening. A hitch occurred. A genial
member of the legislature chose that evening to
expand at length on some favorite topic. So it
was not until the next evening that the amendment was passed, without great discussion, and
we returned to Vancouver and UBC with the
great news.
The provincial architect prepared the necessary drawings in the summer of 1928, as a
contribution by the government of British Columbia. A set ofthe main drawings were sent to
me at Bell-Irving's North Pacific cannery on
the Skeena slough. There I studied them with
the attentive eye of the amateur who knew only
what was wanted and nothing about construction details.
In his history of UBC Harry Logan gives a
sufficiently correct account of the opening of
the gymnasium to serve the purpose but, knowing his integrity, I am certain he would have
worded it more precisely had he been aware of
the full story. Harry obviously did not know
that I was one of the "distinguished company"
assembled on the stage of the auditorium that
November afternoon in 1929. I was invited to
tell how the gym came to be built and I gave the
details, adding for good measure how there had
been a delay during the summer of 1928 "while
the Conservatives were getting accustomed to
being in power."
Harry was misinformed or, with his sense of
occasion, had inaccurately assumed how the
formal opening of the gymnasium door went as
part of an "impressive ceremony." When the
party left the auditorium it encountered a rising
wind and prospects of early rain. At the gymnasium door a few of us — including the
lieutenant-governor — were held up for a
couple of minutes, gowns fluttering in the wind
and spattered by rain until the "golden" key
finally entered into the spirit of the ceremony
and we passed inside. Almost all the audience
was already there, having sensibly used another
- H. Leslie Brown
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