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Volume 34, Number 1 Spring 1980
....So many books, there'll be
only one thing to do. Move.
Clive Cocking
A man, his art and his science
Tim Padmore
EDITOR Susan Jamieson MeLarnon, BA'65
PRODUCTION EDITOR Christopher J. Miller (BA, Queen's)
COVER Peter Lynde
Editorial Committee
Dr. Joseph Katz, Chair; Michael W. Hunter, BA'63, LLB'67.
Deputy Chair; Alison Beaumont: Marcia Boyd, MA'75; Peter
Jones; Murray McMillan; Bel Nemetz, BA'35; Nick Omelusik,
BA'64, BLS'66; George Plant, BASc'50; David Richardson.
BCom'71; Lorraine Shore, BA'67: El Jean Wilson: 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. Subscriptions are available at S5 a
year; student subscriptions S1 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. V6T 1X8.
Return Requested.
Postage paid at the Third Class rate Permit No. 4311
Member. Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Indexed in Canadian Education Index
Official Notice
Annual Meeting
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 26, 1980 at Cecil Green
Park, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C.
The agenda for this year's meeting will
include approval of amendments to the
Association's Constitution. Members
wanting a copy of these amendments
prior to the Annual Meeting are asked to
contact the Executive Director.
For further information call the Alumni
Office, 228-3313.
Peter Jones,
Executive Director
Plan on making an evening out of it and
take advantage of the informal dinner
that will be available prior to the meeting ($8/person). Reception from 6:00
p.m. (no host bar), dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations are essential. To make
yours, call the Alumni Office at 228-
3313. UBC Alumni Association
Board of Management
Elections 1980
On these two pages you will meet the 13
candidates nominated for members-at-large,
The elected executive positions were filled
by acclamation. (Information on the officers
and the 10 members-at-large who complete
their terms in 1981 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 seven 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 to you.)
The seven-digit identity number on the right
of tie address label (in the case of faculty
alumni, this is a three-digit number) must
appear on your identity certificate and
accompany your ballot.
Please follow the directions on the ballot for
its completion, then cut it out and mail it to us.
The list of elected candidates will be published
by WayS, 1980.
Ballots received after 12 noon, Tuesday,
April 15,1980 will not be counted.
MargerM Sampson Burr, BMUS'64
Alunwtfftetuming Officer
Douglas    James    Aldridge,
BASc'74. Alumni Activities:
member-at-large, 1978-80:
chair, student affairs committee.
1975-77, 1978-80; nominating
committee, 1979-80; special
programs committee, 1976;
AMS representative, board of
management, 1972-73. Campus:
president, Alma Mater Society.
1972-73; president, Engineering
Undergraduate Society, 1971-
72; chair, Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre, 1972-75; various
committees. Community: director, Vancouver Centre Federal
Liberal Association. Occupation:
marketing representative, IBM
Canada Ltd.
tivilies: Ubyssey; Totem. Community: formerly president:
Vancouver Business & Professional Women's Club; Vancouver Council of Women;
Community Chest & Council of
Greater Vancouver (now United
Way); charter president SPARC
of B.C.; chair, Vancouver
Community College Council,
1974-76; president, Vancouver
YWCA, 1972-75; presently
chair, house committee & board
member, University Women's
Club of Vancouver; chair, Se-
lander Foundation; board
member, Opportunity Rehabilitation Workshop. Occupation:
company director; volunteer
community worker.
Refugee Aid Society; Vancouver
Community Legal Assistance
Society; B.C. Bar — Future
Practice of Law. Occupation:
Lawyer. Candidate's Statement:
Having had family associated
with UBC all my life, I feel a
special interest in seeing the ties
between the university and the
community strengthened. The
alumni association can function
not only in bringing the problems of the university to the attention ofthe community, but in
assuring that the university is
alert and responsive to the needs
ofthe community-at-large.
secretary, Young Alumni Club,
1976-77. Campus: external
vice-president, Law Students
Association; UBC student court.
Occupation: lawyer. Candidate's
statement: The alumni should be
supporters of the university
community in meeting some of
its fiscal needs, in maintaining
its good public image and in attracting outstanding students. I
will try to assist in achieving
these goals.
Susan D. Daniells, BA'72,
LLB'75. Campus Activities: Film
society; VOC, law students legal
advice program. Community:
B.C. Law Union; Indo-Chinese
David    William    Donohoe,
LLB'71, (BA, McGill; LLM
London School of Economics).
Alumni Activities: board of management, 1979-80; allocations
committee, 1979-80; president,
Young Alumni Club, 1977-78;
Virginia  Galloway  Beirnes,
BA'40, LLB'49. Campus Ac-
Harold N. Halvorson, BA'55,
MSc'56, PhD'66. Alumni Activities: member-at-large, 1978-
80; member: alumni/university
community centre committee,
university advocacy committee,
cliff erosion committee, 1979-
80; organizer, Margaret
Armstrong memorial fund.
Community: member, professional affairs committee & past
chairman, Vancouver branch,
Association of Professional Engineers of B.C.; chair, engineers
group, United Way, Vancouver,
1976-77; director, Trail and district, Community Chest, 1966-
67; Trail Boy Scouts Assoc,
1966-67. Occupation: Engineering consulting.
4 Chronicle/Spring 1980 Josephine Mary Hannay, RN,
(BSN Manitoba), MSc'76.
Alumni Activities: health service
planning division representative
to board of management; chair,
division education committee;
division executive; planning
committee CCHSE/UBC alumni
seminars; planning for change
committee, UBC department of
health care & epidemiology.
Community: volunteer work with
health funding campaigns,
community centre, church, federal and provincial political
campaigns, day care centre
board member, 1977-78. Occupation: coordinator, community
palliative care project, VGH.
Candidate's statement: I have long
been interested in contributing
to student affairs at UBC. One
area of particular interest to me
is that of continuing education.
My experience as education
chair for the health services
planning alumni division and as
a member of the HSP planning
committee currently designing a
new UBC program for senior
health personnel, would, I feel
be useful in expanding continuing education through ongoing
programs for the public and the
tivities: member-at-large, 1979-
80. Campus: president, Commerce Undergraduate Society,
1963-64; A.M.S. representative,
board of management, 1963-64;
Alpha Delta Phi; Sigma Tau
Chi; commerce faculty 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
Alison Elisabeth MacLennan,
LLB'76. Campus: speaker's
committee; law school graduation committee; law school dean
selection committee. Community: women's network. Candidate's statement: Sadly, the resources of the university are too
frequently confined to the benefit of its daily participants.
Too many of us on leaving the
university as students, have no
opportunity to return to participate in ongoing events. The establishment of a series of public
forums exploring contemporary
issues would benefit both
graduates and members of the
university community. I see the
association as an instrument in
the developing of such programmes.
Robert B. Mackay, BCom'64
(LLB, Alberta). Alumni Ac-
Fred   H.   Moonen,   BA'49.
Alumni Activities: member,
Chronicle committee, 1965-67.
Campus: sports editor, Ubyssey,
1948; associate editor, Totem,
1949; Sigma Chi fraternity.
Community: present: trustee, St.
Paul's Hospital; director, B.C.
Forest Foundation; past: Family
Service Agency; president,
Canadian Public Relations Soci
ety; Council, Vancouver Board
of Trade; chair, Parish Board;
chair, Advertising & Sales
Bureau; chair, Grey Cup Parade;
vice president, United Community Services; coach, West
Vancouver Soccer Association;
director, Pacific National Exhibition. Occupation: vice-
president, government affairs,
MacMillan Bloedel Limited.
Michael       A.       Partridge
BCom'59. Alumni Activities
chair, divisions, 1979-80
member, commerce alumni
executive, 1971-79; president,
commerce alumni, 1976-77.
Campus: president, Beta Theta
Pi alumni, 1969; editor, Commerce Undergraduate Society
paper, 1958; commerce undergraduate society, 1958. Community: vice-president, Vancouver Opera Association,
1978-79; Vancouver Opera
Board, 1976-80. Occupation: regional manager, London Life Insurance Ltd. Candidate's Statement: I believe that many more
alumni will take a greater interest in the association if an organized plan to encourage participation is developed with the
graduates of the various faculties
and divisions. It would be my
aim to work towards this goal.
David Richardson, BCom'71.
Alumni Activities: member-at-
large, 1979-80; member, communications committee, communications review committee,
1979-80, YAC review committee, 1979-80. Community: chair,
Provincial Steering Committee
on Infant Development Programs. Occupation: administrator, Sunny Hill Hospital for
Children. Candidate's statement:
I am looking forward to continuing to participate actively in the
affairs ofthe alumni association.
Oscar Sziklai, (BSF, Sopron,
Hungary), MF'61, PhD'64.
Alumni Activities: member-at-
large, 1974-80; forestry division,
1980-81; chair, Speakers
Bureau, 1975-76, 1979-80;
executive officer, 1976-78; coauthor, Foresters in Exile, the
story of the Sopron Forestry
School graduates. Community:
trustee, North-west Scientific
Association, 1980-82; vice-
president, Junior Forest Wardens of Canada, 1976-80; director, Canadian Institute of Forestry, Vancouver Section, 1972-
73, chair, 1971-72, vice-chair
and membership chair, 1969-70,
program chair, 1968-69; director, 1970-76; B.C. registered
forester; member: Canadian
Tree Improvement Association;
Genetic Society of Canada;
Canadian Institute of Forestry;
Western Forest Genetics Association; International Union of
Forest Research; Men's Canadian Club. Occupation: professor
of forest genetics, UBC.
Nancy E. Woo, BA'69, (MSc,
American University). Alumni
Activities: member-at-large,
1978-80; allocations committee,
1979-80; communications,
1978-80; student affairs, 1976-
79; awards and scholarships,
1975-77. Campus: Alpha
Gamma Delta; Panhellenic;
Chinese Varsity Club; women's
field hockey, junior varsity;
Phrateres. Community: Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, finance and maintenance committee; director, Public Relations
Society of B.C.; communications committee, PRSBC. Occupation: business (Q Foods Ltd.)
public relations.
Chronicle/Spring 1980 5 Officers 1980-81
The vice-president
automatically assumes the
presidency in the following
year. This year the positions
of vice-president and
treasurer were filled by
W.A. (Art) Stevenson,
BASc'66. Alumni Activities:
vice-president, 1979-80;
branches, 1979-80; chair,
branches, 1977-79; officer,
1976-77, 1978-79; chair, Reunions '66 Engineering; past
member, student affairs, special
programs, president's special
advisory committee.
Robert J. Smith, BCom'68,
MBA'71. Alumni Activities: treasurer, 1978-79, 1979-80; commerce alumni, 1976-78;
branches committee,  1973-75.
Barbara    Mitchell    Vitols,
BA'61. Alumni Activities: officer, 1977-78, 78-79, 79-80;
member, 5-year planning committee; speakers bureau committee, 1976-78; Young Alumni
Club executive, 1977-78; constitution revisions committee,
1977-78; program director, UBC
Alumni Association,  1966-72.
chair,   university   advocacy,
Robert Angus, BSc'71. Alumni
Activities: member-at-large,
1979-81; alumni/university
community centre committee,
Margaret    Sampson    Burr,
BMus'64, (ARCT, Conservatory of Toronto). Alumni Activities: member-at-large, 1979-
81; branches, manager, winter
tour, University Singers, 1979-
80; returning officer, 1980.
WiUiam      S.      Armstrong,
BCom'58, LLB'59, (LLM, Columbia). Alumni Activities:
member-at-large, 1979-81;
chair, allocations, 1979-80; advisory committee to the UBC
wills and bequests committee.
Jo Ann Hinchliffe, BA'74.
Alumni Activities: member-at-
large, 1979-81; branches, 1977-
Grant D. Burnyeat, LLB'73.
Alumni Activities: officer, 1979-
80; member-at-large, 1977-81;
member, branches, president's
special advisory committee,
government relations; chair,
student affairs, 1978-79; A.M.S.
representative, board of management, 1971-72.
Robert F. Osborne, BA'33,
BEd'48. Alumni Activities:
member-at-large, 1979-81;
chair, reunions/homecoming
and special events, 1979-80.
Peggy L.E. Andreen Ross,
MD'58, (BSc, F.R.C.P.(C), Toronto). Alumni Activities:
member-at-large,     1979-81;
Barry Sleigh, BASc'44. Alumni
Activities: officer, 1979-80;
chair, Cecil Green Park management committee, 1980-81;
class chair, Homecoming, 1974
and 1979.
David   G.   Smith,   BSc'69.
Alumni Activities: member-at-
large, 1979-81; finance committee, 1979-80.
to the Board of
Under the present
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 assnrintinrr twn
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
6 Chronicle/Spring 1980 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 15,1980, will not be
University of British
Alumni Association
Members-at-large, 1980-82 (place an "x"
in the square opposite the candidates of
your choice. You may vote for a maximum
of 10.)
Douglas J. Aldridge I I
Virginia Beirnes  I I
Susan Daniells I I
David W. Donohoe I I
Harold N. Halvorson  I I
Josephine M. Hannay I I
Robert B. Mackay  I I
Alison MacLennan  I I
Fred Moonen  I I
Michael A. Partridge I I
David Richardson   I I
Oscar Sziklai    I I
Nancy E. Woo    I I
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/1980
Members-at-large, 1980-82 (place an "x"
in the square opposite the candidates of
your choice. You may vote for a maximum
of 10.)
Douglas J. Aldridge I I
Virginia Beirnes I I
Susan Daniells I I
David W. Donohoe I I
Harold N. Halvorson  I I
Josephine M. Hannay I I
Robert B. Mackay LJ
Alison MacLennan  I I
Fred Moonen  I I
Michael A. Partridge  I I
David Richardson   I I
Oscar Sziklai    I I
Nancy E. Woo    I—I
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)
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for the UBC Library
.So many books, there'll be only one thing to do.
Move. Clive Cocking
Basil Stuart-Stubbs is a haunted man.
Ghosts lurk in the dark neo-Gothic
vaults of the library troubling his
every workday. They are the ghosts of the
library's checkered past.
"With libraries, it's the things that you
don't do that live on to haunt you," the
bearded, youthful-looking librarian said
recently over tea in his office. He looked
remarkably unspooked for one filled with
foreboding for the future of the university's central institution. "What haunts
you, for example, are the things that you
don't buy when they are in print. Then
you go to buy them, they are no longer in
print and you can't get them. We've done
a pretty good job filling the holes left from
the'30s and the'40s...."
But what principally troubles Stuart-
Stubbs is not the state ofthe collection —
acquisitions having been basically well
supported lately — but where to put the
library's steadily growing resources and
how to accommodate its increasing
number of users. It is the failure of past
university building programs to provide
sufficient new space for the library that
now haunts the librarian. The much
talked-about explosion of information has
finally created an impending space crisis
for the UBC library.
"What is happening now is that we will
be out of space in the main library and in
all the branches by 1988," said Stuart-
Stubbs. "That's our Doomsday."
The librarian laid out the whole gloomy
scenario in his last annual report. As a
result, university president Dr. Douglas
Kenny established a president's committee on library space requirements to investigate the situation and to recommend
solutions. The committee, chaired by
graduate studies dean Dr. Peter Larkin, is
expected to submit its report sometime
this spring.
The growth of the library collection,
like that of the university it is designed to
serve, has been phenomenal in recent decades. In 1967-68, the library, having
doubled in size in the previous ten years,
was on the brink of becoming a million-
volume collection. A decade later it had
doubled again to almost two million volumes. Inflation, coupled with the university's much more moderate growth rate, is
expected to considerably reduce the pace
at which library holdings grow in future.
(The average cost, for example, of
American-published books has risen in a
decade from $8.43 to $18.03 — a gain of
114 percent.) The library's policy now is
focussed less on expansion than on maintaining its strength, accquiring predo-
(continuedpg. tl) "Baz'-
A librarian's librarian.
If there's one thing UBC's first librarian, John Ridington, persistently tried to achieve in his library, it was silence. If the current librarian, Basil Stuart-Stubbs, has a similar
central concern, it's with service. This
doesn't so much indicate that student
behavior has changed over the intervening half century so much as the
style of librarianship.
Aside from his herculean efforts to
build the new library, "Honest John",
as Ridington was fondly called, was
noted for his obsession with student
discipline. His annual reports were filled with laments over students talking
in the library and the periodic mysterious disappearance of "silence" signs.
He once even went so far as to ban a
student from entering the library with
his heavy boots on, with the result that
the student thereafter would take them
off, hang them around his neck and
ostentaciously pad around the library
in his stocking feet — causing more
disruption than his clomping heels
ever did.
Basil Stuart-Stubbs — "Baz" to his
friends — admits that there is still a
problem with students talking in the
undergraduate Sedgewick library. Recently, the library mounted a publicity
program to persuade students it was in
their best interests to be quiet and also
established zones in the study areas for
absolute quiet and where some conversation is allowed. But the librarian is
not about to get obsessive about it.
"We're dealing with people in the
prime mating years and inevitably
there is going to be social activity in the
library," he says. "We're not in the
business of being policemen."
Basil Stuart-Stubbs, who is now 50,
has spent his entire professional career
within the UBC library system. Born
in Moncton, New Brunswick, a 1952
graduate from UBC with a BA in honors philosophy, he first joined the UBC
library as a cataloguer in 1956 after
obtaining a bachelor of library science
from McGill. He became the first head
of the library's special collections division in 1961, where he was instrumental in broadening its holdings and adding some important collections of historical and literary papers and manuscripts. Basil Stuart-Stubbs became
university librarian in 1964, just in
time to carry forward the library's decentralization program — and see the
library through a period of rapid
growth and development in sophistication.
Stuart-Stubbs is a bibliophile whose
interest in matters pertaining to books
extends beyond his neo-Gothic campus headquarters. As well as being involved on a federal level, on a committee reviewing the role of the National
Library, he was also instrumental with
provincial colleagues in persuading the
B.C. government to go ahead with the
B.C. Union Catalogue. In recent years
he has played a major part in conferences urging more financial support
for Canadian book publishing and
examining issues involved in reform of
copyright law. One of the key figures
behind the establishment of the University of B.C. Press, he combines an
interest in fine books as a member of
the Alcuin Society with a passion for
paperbacks in his personal reading. He
also found time in recent years to coauthor with Coolie Verner, the late
UBC education professor, a massive
and beautifully-produced atlas, The
North Part of America. On top of all
this, he is regarded by his colleagues as
a personable and able administrator
who has firmly set his personal stamp
on the library's character.
One innovation that clearly defines
the style of the library today is the
recent radical change in book loan policy. In addition to trying to more accurately adjust supply with demand, the
new policy is also aimed at ending the
inequity ofthe old system under which
students could borrow material only
for a limited period while faculty could
keep books for as long as they needed
them. Students and some faculty
members had long protested this inequity; the senate library committee's
attention was once drawn to an extreme case where a faculty member
had kept a book out on loan for 20
years. Now there is a standard loan
policy for both faculty and students:
most books (aside from the heavily-
used Sedgewick collection) can be kept
out for a whole term or until someone
else wants them. When another person
requests a book out on loan, the borrower must return it within a specified
time or be fined.
"It's only when a user interferes with
another's access to information that we
intervene," says Stuart-Stubbs.
"We're much more interested in access
than in thinking of ways of making
people's lives miserable."
John Ridington may be squirming
in his grave at the library's regulatory
laxity, but today's students think it's
just great. But Baz wishes there would
be just a little less talking over there in
10 Chronicle/Spring 1980 minantly current materials, but even so it
should add its third millionth volume late
in the 1980s.
Stuart-Stubbs is grateful for steady
university support for acquisitions in recent years. It has enabled UBC, once
ranked in the lower third of North American research libraries to now be counted
among the upper third. In Canada, the
UBC library is now ranked second behind
the University of Toronto in size and
scope of its collection.
In June 1966 the library produced A
Plan for Future Services based on development of a decentralized library system and (ultimately accurate) projections
to 1975 of a student body of 22,000, faculty of 1,422 and a collection of two million volumes. The plan called for a major
expansion in physical space, but only part
of it was subsequently built. Constructed
were the Sedgewick undergraduate library, an addition to the Woodward
biomedical library, the Macmillan
forestry-agriculture library, the music library and a new law library — all of which
are now at or nearing capacity. What was
not built was a recommended major addition to the main library, a new science
library and an education library.
Sufficient space was not provided for
the two-million volume collection, nor is
there any provision in the university's current building program for the projected
three-million volume collection. The result is that holdings are steadily encroaching on staff work space and student study
space and thousands of less active volumes
have had to be placed in remote storage —
more than 140,000 so far with more likely
destined for the same fate.
"Something has to happen before
1988." Stuart-Stubbs emphasizes. "If you
project back from when you need to start
building, to be utterly safe we really
should start digging the hole before
If all this sounds familiar, it should.
This is only the latest crisis, though potentially the most severe, in the library's less
than smooth history. Like the university,
the library was born in adversity in 1915 at
Fairview, initially crammed into a couple
of rooms in the young Vancouver General
Hospital's tuberculosis block. A modest,
but respectable, basic collection of 22,000
volumes had been bought in Europe during the summer of 1914 by University of
Minnesota librarian J.T. Gerould, whose
UBC buying trip had to be cut short due to
inflation and the impending war. It had
abruptly become time to leave when he
was arrested by German authorities on
suspicion of being a spy — comically because of a plan of the UBC site he had in
his possession.
Once created, the new university was
then virtually ignored by a myopic provincial government and forced to exist on
shoestring grants. And library "expansion" for the first decade at Fairview
amounted to the addition of a "lean-to"
structure to house a further 10,000 volumes. By the time the library moved to its
new building at Point Grey in 1925, the
staff and books rattled around the spacious new quarters, according to one librarian, "like dry peas in a pod."
Space thus wasn't the problem for the
fledgling university during the '30s: it was
lack of money to buy books and periodicals. In the three years since the beginning
of the slump, the provincial government
slashed its grants to the university by
two-thirds to a low of $250,000 in 1932.
The library had to cut staff by half and had
only $2,000 (down from about $12,000
annually) to spend on building the collection. This would have meant acquisition
of no new books and maintenance of only
half the periodical subscription list had
not the Carnegie Foundation later that
year provided some relief with a $5,000
annual grant for three years.
In the '40s, the library benefitted from
more expansive budgets and the gifts of
some substantial private collections, notably what became known as the Howay-
Reid collection of Canadiana. By the end
of the Second World War the library had a
collection of 250,000 volumes and, with
the returning veterans, a serious space
problem once again — trying to serve
9,300 students with a building designed
for 1,500.
Lack of adequate space continued to be
a problem into the '50s, despite some easing provided by the opening of a new
north wing of the main library in 1948.
With the rapid growth of the student
population, insufficient library study
space became a lively campus issue in the
late '50s: the stacks and reading rooms
became scenes of heated arguments and
even blows between students in territorial
disputes. Completion of a new south wing
to the main library (made possible by a
generous gift from Walter Koerner and a
grant from the Canada Council) in 1960
vastly reduced the problem. By the mid-
'60s it had finally become a major research
library, helped considerably by some sizeable gifts — the P. A. Woodward Foundation provided impetus for library decentralization by providing the Woodward
biomedical lihrary and H.R. MacMillan's
gift of $3 million in 1965 for new books led
to a massive increase in the library's collection. Today the pendulum has swung
back and it is ironic that the library seems
to be facing hard times again just as it is
embarking on an era of new, broader service to its users.
The library has eagerly embraced the
computer age. Stuart-Stubbs laughs now
at the predictions that were so prevalent a
few years ago that modern electronic
technology would make books (and there-
T^JSsJ. The Famous
Dr. Sedgewick
UBC's subterranean Sedgewick
Library, architecturally brilliant,
original and innovative, is named
for a man who was himself brilliant,
original, innovative, and in his complexity, perhaps just a little subterranean too. That man was the famous
Garnett Gladwin Sedgewick (1882-
1949) the first head of the university's
department of English. And famous he
was — whenever some alumni out of
the Sedgewick era get together the
conversation still seems, sooner or later, to get around to Dr. G.G.
Sedgewick, or unelaborated "G.G." as
the students called him.
He was a short man who walked
with a magisterial, rapid semi-strut.
His head, disproportionately large,
had a plume of white hair floating on
top of its balding pate. Through his
glasses glinted eyes at once mischievous and incisive.
The lecture room was his kingdom,
especially Maths 100, then Arts 100,
which he filled to bursting with his
Shakespeare class, the old English 9.
He had, as they say, a lot going for him
— an exquisite sensitivity for literature, a superbly modulated voice capable of bringing out any nuance, a histrionic sense so powerful that a
Sedgewick Shakespeare hour was as
much enactment as instruction. And
there was the Sedgewick Act — the
flicking of a finger nail against the
noses of front-row students who could
not answer his questions, the despairing knocking of his head against the
wall when the class dismally failed to
meet his expectations, and the contemptuous uttering of "Pooh, pooh,
pooh" to those who too rashly challenged his opinions. Not all students,
of course, appreciated the act — but
the dissidents were a small minority.
To speak of Sedgewick only in terms
of the campus is to ignore a large part
of his contribution to his society: he-
gave hundreds of lectures downtown
or away from Vancouver, his became a
familiar voice on the radio, for over a
year he was a columnist writing for the
Vancouver Sun. In the 1920s he reviewed books for theProvince, heading
each column with a favorite quotation
from Montaigne:
I speak my opinion freely of all
things, even of those that, perhaps,
exceed my capacity and that I do not
conceive to be, in any wise, under
my jurisdiction.
And Sedgewick did speak his mind
freely in the community, on everything from the need for health insurance to the injustice, during World
War II, of expelling the Japanese-
Canadians from coastal British Columbia.
Nobody will ever be able to determine the full impact that Dr.
Sedgewick had upon Vancouver and,
indeed, British Columbia. Certainly
Sedgewick consistently saw the realm
of the university as much more, geographically, than the campus.
All things considered, it is not
surprising that, in an editorial
when Sedgewick died, the Province
declared that, of all the faculty members who had taught at UBC, "the one
best known to the people of the province at large was probably Dr.
One of Sedgewick's greatest loves
was music, particularly "noble choral
music", which he described as "the
most transporting of all the arts." This
makes it particularly suitable that the
Wilson Library with its resources of
recorded music is under the same roof
(or should one say the same earth?) as
the Sedgewick Library.
The prime icon in the Sedgewick
Library is the Lilias Newton portrait
of Garnett Sedgewick. It has been
cleaned recently and the disfiguring
stains, left after the subterranean library sprang leaks, have been pretty
well removed. Everybody who really
cares for UBC should, at least once in a
lifetime, make obeisance before it.
-G.P.V. Akrigg
Philip Akrigg, a former student and colleague of "G.G.", recently retired as professor of English at UBC. On March 18
he will give the S edgewick Memorial Lecture celebrating the 60th anniversary of
the first year that Sedgewick served as
head ofthe department of English. The
public is welcome to attend the lecture
which begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Freddy
Wood Theatre. For information call
fore libraries) obsolete. Computers and
microform information are changing the
nature ofthe UBC library, but there is no
likelihood of its demise as envisioned by
the prophets of a McLuhanesque wired
"Books are going to be the permanent
core of the library for a long time to
come," says Stuart-Stubbs. "The book is
just a marvellous invention. It's taken several centuries to evolve and I don't think
it's going to be replaced."
The book has not been dethroned as a
repository of information, but at UBC it is
now complemented by material available
in machine readable form — in microform
— and data stored in computers. In this
way the library is able to provide faculty
and students with a much broader range
of information and service — and do so
The process began in 1965 when the
library introduced a computer system to
monitor the circulation of library materials. It ended the need for borrowers to
fill out loan slips as each book now contains a machine readable loan card; it also
ended users' frustrations in searching the
stacks and waiting in line at the circulation
department for books they couldn't find,
as computer print-outs can now be consulted to locate all books out on loan and
new books on order or being processed.
For the library, it ended a lot of inefficient
paperwork and brought order to a system
that, under pressure of rapid university
growth, had been rapidly deteriorating.
"We were able to cope with a 25 to 30
per cent annual increase in the number of
books borrowed with no increases in staff
for a few years after the system was introduced and later with only marginal increases," said Bob MacDonald, assistant
librarian in charge of processes and systems. "Generally, we were able to restore
and improve services."
The computer system has also given the
library the data to maintain a collection
that more accurately reflects the needs of
the university community and to increase
accessibility to information. It made it
possible, for one thing, to reduce some
long-standing student frustrations with
reserve book loans. Previously, many faculty members were insisting that all
books on their course lists be kept in the
reserve collection, but the library was able
to produce data on usage showing this was
unnecessary and in many cases counterproductive. What they were doing in effect was working against students' interests by making the material less available by keeping it on short-term loan. As a
result of this, the library now (aside from a
few faculty hold-outs) determines what
books will be kept on reserve on the basis
of demand.
Since the beginning of 1978 the computer has been given an even more central
place in the library's operations. Bibliographic information on all new material acquired from that time is now being stored
12 Chronicle/Spring 1980 in a computer and is available to library
users only in microfiche form — not in the
old card catalogue format. The concourse
to the main library thus now contains a
growing array of microfiche readers,
machines that enlarge the microfiches so
that library users can get the information
on the titles they want. It's the beginning
of a process that will eventually see the
entire card catalogue stored in a computer, with students and faculty scanning
compact, computer-generated microfiche
files with microfiche readers the way they
now thumb through the card catalogue.
Part of the reason why the library has
begun to computerize its catalogue is due
to the space shortage. In 1977, for example, some 1,342,300 cards were filed into
catalogues, about one-third going into the
main catalogue. In that one year, this represented the equivalent of nineteen 60-
drawer filing cabinets. It was expected
that, if the library hadn't begun converting to a microfiche catalogue, the card
catalogue would have had to have been
expanded out of the main library concourse before now — but there is no room
Aside from this problem, it was also
evident that, because the older system was
so labor-intensive, it was becoming increasingly time-consuming and costly to
maintain the card catalogue. And because
of its size and complexity, it was becoming
more unwieldy to use. But another impor
tant motivating factor was the province-
wide need for better information on library collections brought on by the trend
toward greater sharing of library materials
between B.C. university libraries. The
upshot is that the provincial
government-financed project to develop a
B.C. Union Catalogue (a listing of all holdings in B.C. post-secondary academic libraries) is paying the cost of converting the
UBC catalogue to a computer base — but
unfortunately at a level that will take 10
years, twice as long as planned, to complete.
The library has incorporated the computer as an aid to research in other ways as
well. Over the past three years, for example, it has been offering a computer-
assisted bibliographic search service to
enable researchers to extract results of the
latest work in their disciplines from a constantly expanding number of journals.
Using one of four on-line computer terminals (in the science division, social sciences, law library and the Woodward
biomedical library), a librarian can tap
dozens of computer data bases in eastern
Canada and the U.S. covering publications in all major fields of science and
technology, the social sciences, the medical and life sciences, and law. By asking
the computer the right questions, a list of
references can be extracted from many
thousands of recent articles which relate
to even the most esoteric line of research.
Rein Brongers, head ofthe library's science division and coordinator of the service, says researchers find it a valuable aid
— not only because there is such a vast,
ever-changing multiplicity of journals
(more than 200,000) in existence, but also
because the terminology used for topic
entries in printed indexes varies from one
index to the other. For example, he said,
you cannot find an entry for "hovercraft"
in the UBC card catalogue; you have to
look under "ground-effect machines."
Using the computer-stored data, the UBC
service can produce within minutes (the
computer can scan 35,000 references in a
few seconds) what might take days or
weeks to find — if at all — in printed
As a demonstration, Brongers decided
to check out what research had been done
on the noise problems in electric vehicles.
Noting that the normal first step is to
discuss with the researcher exactly what
information is wanted and, with the help
of printed indexes, determine the terminology used, Brongers discovered that
the description the indexes used for the
topic was "storage battery vehicles." He
then picked up the phone, dialed a
number that connected the UBC terminal
with a National Research Council data
base in Ottawa and typed in a few commands for searches relating to storage battery vehicles and noise. The upshot was
that the computer index used the term,
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Chronicle/Spring 1980  13 "electric vehicles" and after swiftly scanning broader categories involving
thousands of articles, the computer finally
printed out bibliographic references for
two articles on research into noise in electric vehicles. The whole process took a
little over six minutes.
"We only retrieve information about information," emphasized Brongers. "All
the researchers get is a list of articles
which may or may not contain the information they want."
With their computer-retrieved bibliographies in hand, researchers must then go
through the journal articles for what they
want. Most ofthe publications are probably available in the UBC library and those
that aren't can be obtained through inter-
library loan. The new service isn't free.
UBC faculty and student researchers get a
special subsidized rate, but off-campus
users (and it's available to local companies) pay the full cost of the search.
For some kinds of esoteric information,
researchers can conduct their electronic
searches within the programs of the university's own computer. The university,
in recognition of the increasing complexity of academic research and analysis, now
has a steadily growing computer data library. Almost nine years old, an outgrowth
of computer data-gathering by the political science department, the service is
jointly operated by the library and the
computing centre. It functions out of a
large room in the civil engineering building equipped with two computer terminals and wall shelves stacked with computer tapes and program manuals.
"Just as special collections acts as archives for published work at UBC, so we
act as archives for data files," said Laine
Ruus, the librarian coordinating the service. "Our primary objective is to support
research and teaching at UBC."
The data library gathers computer files
of data (generally in the social sciences,
physical sciences and humanities) that researchers can manipulate to perform precise analysis and that can be used repeatedly over time. It's largely the sort of
data (often statistical) whose bulk and
complexity would, without computers,
prevent much sophisticated analysis.
Some of the data files include: Canadian
census data, Canadian Gallup polls, results of political scientists' election surveys, Statistics Canada socio-economic
analyses, stock market transactions and
corporate economic data, satellite pictures
of earth, and even B.C. Indian myths in
the original language, as well as ancient
Greek, Latin and Anglo-Saxon texts.
The data library sees its role as gathering data desired by researchers and, with
the assistance of a computer programmer,
helping them in their analyses. Some of
the material is generated by UBC research
and other files are acquired from various
services and data bases throughout North
"One guy asked for the orbits of the
sun, moon and planets," said Ruus. "We
now have those for a period of 2,000 years.
It gets a bit exotic at times."
There is no doubt that some people are
finding the advent of the computer in the
library just a bit too exotic. With the
cataloguing system split between the old
card catalogue and the new microfiche,
Basil Stuart-Stubbs acknowledges that
there is discontented grumbling heard on
the main library concourse, notably from
older faculty, and even older librarians,
having difficulty adjusting. But at the
same time there are others who find the
new computerized services a tremendous
Chemistry professor Dr. Laurence
Hall, whose research interests span a
number of areas of chemistry, recently
wrote to the librarian strongly praising the
library's computer-assisted bibliographic
search service. "That help has made it
possible for us to embark with confidence
on numerous new research programs over
the past several years," he noted, "and I
am not exaggerating when I comment that
the next phase of my group's work will be
essentially impossible without your staffs
There is no doubt in the librarian's
mind that all of this is the wave of the
future. The library will make more and
more use ofthe new electronic technology
— adding more microform material (already the library contains as many microform items as printed volumes),
perhaps video disc material and eventually developing more direct on-line computer access to information.
"If you just project what's happening
now, it points to a library that is going to
be a lot more complex in future," said
Stuart-Stubbs. "We're going to require
staff to be more sophisticated in helping
users and the users themselves to be more
But for now the dilemma remains, how
to accommodate continued growth in use
of the older information technology —
books — which is destined to remain the
core of the library. By 1988, room will
have to be found for about 400,000 additional volumes and related study space.
This translates, in Stuart-Stubbs' calculations, into major expansion of the main
library or a new building in the north end
of the campus to serve research in the
humanities and social sciences.
The fear that, in these times of restraint, the needed new space might not
be provided, or provided in time, is what
worries Basil Stuart-Stubbs, aware of how
hard-won has been the UBC library's
status as one of the top research institutions in North America. □
Former Chronicle editor, Clive Cocking,
BA'62, is author of the new book, Following the Leaders, an insider's view of the
media covering the 1979 federal election.
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14 Chronicle/Spring 1980 West coast Neo-Gothic
There's a myth that lives among UBC's first year students
— "The Lost Soul of the Library Stacks." The scenario:
It's warm — even hot sometimes — in the stacks and
water fountains aren't commonly found along the aisles of
books in any library. The mythical student wanders the stack
levels searching for exits that can't be found. The effects of
the heat are soon felt and the scene fades with the student
crawling along the floor, grasping at the lower stack shelves,
parched and panting for water.
While the stacks may be something of a maze to the uninitiated, the old building itself is impressive. A neo-Gothic
castle on a west coast campus, whose architectural style
ranges from vintage army hut to modern office tower.
Basically, the reason for the style is simply that it is impressive. More ofthe university's buildings would have been built
on the same plan except for a chronic problem — not enough
money. When the university's founders were laying their first
plans in the early 1900s, they wanted UBC to start its life with
a core of such buildings. This was especially true when the
beautiful Point Grey site was chosen, and organizers imagined ships sailing past the steep cliffs topped by magnificent
buildings. In those days, of course, architectural magnificence didn't mean Arthur Erickson and Simon Fraser University, it meant something old and European.
Early in 1912, the ministry of education announced a competition for architectural plans for the university. Any Canadian architect could enter, and competitors were asked to
submit designs for four buildings, including the library, and a
sketch of a general plan for the campus. The architects were
told that Elizabethan, Tudor, or Scotch Baronial were
considered the most appropriate styles for the buildings. In
spite of the tempting offer of cash prizes of $4,000, $3,000,
$2,000, and $1,000, the education ministry received only 19
sets of plans. The judges weren't entirely satisfied with any of
the plans, but finally chose the neo-Gothic design submitted
by the Vancouver firm of Sharp and Thompson.
With grey stone walls and arched windows on both sides of
the building, and with stained glass windows, high curving
ceilings with oak beams, the library was the university's
centre. UBC students were few in number in the early days,
but they remember the library well more than 50 years later.
"It was silent — very silent. The atmosphere was almost
church-like," says Malcolm McGregor, whose association
with UBC goes back to 1926, the second year on the Point
Grey campus. He studied classics, math, cricket, rugby and
the Ubyssey, and returned to the university in 1954 as head of
the classics department. McGregor remembers that John
Ridington, the Librarian and "King" of the castie was not
often seen — "because he was a king, after all." According to
McQregor, the King had a remarkable beard, and was "about
nine feet tall." "I fell up the stairs one day, and of course that
made a Noise, and King John appeared. He looked at me and
said, 'Boy, do you think this is a British Columbia beer
It's still quiet in the library, but it's not the same. The
building isn't the centre that it was, and UBC's book collection has spilt out to buildings all over the campus.
But one thing hasn't changed. Every year, the library pond
collects its quota of 'tanked' students.
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A man, his art and his science
Tim Padmore
Here is the story of Juhn Wada's love
for painting. I tell it because it reveals something of the man and also tells something of his science.
It begins when he is a medical student
and discovers the art of Vincent Van
Gogh. The violent, light-saturated style of
the eccentric Dutch genius appeals to him
in a way he finds difficult to understand.
Much later, he is on sabbatical in the
south of France, where Van Gogh did his
most famous pictures. It is a glorious
Mediterranean morning and the physician
steps out on his patio to look across the
sun-washed bay.
"I immediately understood why he had
painted that way. I can't tell you why, even
The secrets of the brain, speculated upon by
early anatomists (right,Fludd, 1619), are
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ChiomcldS pring 1980  17 A test, developed by Dr. Wflda, to determine the locatwtbfthe speech centre ofthe brain
is now mandatory especially before elective surgery. (Above) Wada and a medical
team administer the test to an epileptic patient.
A Tragedy, With New Hope
There are probably more than 1,000
epileptics in B.C. who could benefit
from the kind of surgery Dr. Juhn
Wada has pioneered. Yet only about 10
operations a year are being performed.
The roadblock is that, until now, there
has been no way to identify these
people and determine how the surgery
should be done. The problem was not
technology, but money: there was no
facility equipped to do the exhaustive
diagnostic work required.
Now, thfre is hope. The new UBC
acute care &spital has space designated for att epilepsy diagnostic unit
and Dr. Wada says he is confident he
can find donors to give the funds he
needs to eqjpp and operate it for the
first three yelrs.
The equipment will allow automatic
monitoring of an epilepsy patient so his
seizures can be "captured" on vid
eotape and brain wave recordings.
This information is crucial for determining if the patient is a suitable candidate for surgery and lor locating the
precise area or areas where seizures are
The centre, which will serve all of
western Canada, will be able to handle
about 200 patients a psf, It will also be
a uniqu* educatioit Sad research resource, says Wada. Few doctors-in-
training ever get to see a real epileptic
seizure, but here they will. And Wada
hopes that research will allow B.C.
physicians to expand the number of
people they can help with surgery.
Twenty per cent of epileptics do not
respond to medication. Of those, only
about one in ten is today considered a
candidate for surgery. It is heartbreaking, says Dr. Wada, to have to tell the
other nine that medicine has nothing to
offer them.
now, but I understand it.... He could be
my friend, this is the feeling I have."
The picture of this gentle, courteous
brain surgeon sipping tea with the berserk
Dutchman is a difficult one for the logical
left side of the brain to comprehend. But
this was of meeting not of the left , but of
the right sides of these two brains.
Right brain? Left brain? This is the
scientific side of the story.
A century ago Paul Broca, a French
surgeon and collector of brains, decided
on evidence obtained from stroke victims
that the left side of the brain has the prime
responsibility for speech and language.
Since these functions are so important, it
later came to be thought that the left side
is, in fact, dominant. In the past 20 years
or so it has become apparent that the right
brain has complementary and equally im-
18  Chronicle/Spring 1980
portant functions. Much of the information came in the course of operations to
remove brain tumors or to excise tissue
responsible for epileptic attacks. To determine where it was safe to cut, surgeons
would stimulate different parts of the
brain electrically, and the patients would
report their response.
Gradually it has emerged that, in right
handed persons, the left brain is responsible for logical, step by step operations
(such as speaking a sentence or doing an
arithmetic problem), while the right brain
excels at intuitive activities, like art and
music appreciation and pattern recognition.
This picture is simplistic, however,
says Dr. Wada. His own introduction to
the subject illustrates one pitfall. "The
way I came into this was, I saw a patient
when I was a resident, who came in for
treatment of a very difficult epileptic
problem. He was a right handed man and
had a problem on the right side and that
side of the brain was operated on, knowing that right handed people usually have
the speech function on the left hand side.
"He came out of the operation without
any speech function," Wada says, shaking
his head. "So I realized a method had to be
devised to know ahead of time which side
of the brain has the speech function."
The method he invented was to inject
the blood vessels on each side of the brain
in turn with an anesthetic that would produce temporary paralysis. If the patient
lost his speech, it would mean that the
speech centre was on that side. The test is
now mandatory, especially for elective
surgery, Dr. Wada says.
The right brain-left brain puzzle has
continued to fascinate him. For example,
is the division something we are born
with or does it develop as the child develops language skills and logical thinking? The fact that persons who suffer
brain damage on the left side can subsequently develop language skills centred
on the right suggests that the division of
labor is developed, not inherited.
But when Dr. Wada reviewed his own
patients who had suffered brain damage as
young children, he found many held on to
the speech function on the injured side,
even though speech was impaired. Similarly, damage on the opposite side produced lasting impairment of the spatial
and visual functions.
In another set of experiments he and his
co-workers dissected dozens of brains
from human fetuses. They were looking
to see which side the so-called speech zone
was developing on. The zone is readily
identifiable by eye and has been shown to
be responsible for speech functions.
About three-quarters of the time, the
structure was large on the left side and
small on the right. Fifteen or twenty per
cent ofthe time, they were about the same
or the right side was slightly larger. Only
rarely did the right side dominate. So it
seems that the division of responsibilities
is something very fundamental that begins long before birth.
Some 200 adult brains have also been
dissected. One curious (and rather preliminary) finding is that female brains
more often show the speech zone to be
more developed on the right side. Noting
additional evidence such as the fact that
girls tend to mature more quickly than
boys, Dr. Wada says he is convinced that
"the female brain is not the male brain."
"But I stress," he adds quickly, "there
is no hierarchy. If there is a difference it is
a different pattern. I'm certain we won't
be able to say 'This is better.' "
Another approach was to measure electrical signals produced by the brain in
response to light flashes and click sounds.
The clicks produced bigger signals on the
speech side and the flashes a bigger signal Juhn Wada's artist's eye and watercolors
combine to create scenes from Westcoast Indian life. A dugout canoe at Kitimat (right)
and i9th century totem poles at Kitwancool
are iwo paintings from a series he has donated
to help raise funds to aid people suffering
from epilepsy.
on the visual, intuitive side. Interesting,
but not surprising. But when the same
experiment was done with infants with no
language capability, the same asymmetry
was observed, again indicating that the
division is very fundamental and only indirectly related to language.
It seems, he says, that the left brain
deals with things already experienced and
analyzed, while the right brain's strength
is in interpreting the new and unfamiliar.
The idea helps explain a fact observed by
other workers: for the average person,
music evokes responses in the intuitive
right side, but for a professional musician
the same stimulus activates the logical left
For Dr. Wada, the Mediterranean experience, the right brain insight into the
vision of Van Gogh, was the beginning of a
left brain awakening. That was when he
first became seriously interested in painting. Wada's watercolors of Indian villages
in the grey and gloomy Skeena River valley glow with Mediterranean colors.
He muses about the path that led him to
be an amateur painter and a professional
brain researcher. "Life is a series of accidents...." The accidents have been fortunate ones for many people however. Wada
has a worldwide reputation in brain research, particularly in the treatment of
epilepsy. He is one of the main reasons the
quadrennial Epilepsy International Symposium was held in Vancouver two years
ago, the first time it had ever been held in
North America, and he has pushed successfully for new facilities at UBC that will
enable doctors to help many formerly
hopeless epileptics through surgery. (See
accompanying story.)
Building on his interest in the left-
brain-right-brain puzzle, he isworkingon
an operation to treat certain types of
epilepsy by cutting part way through the
connection between the right brain and
the left brain. The idea is to stop seizure
activity from spreading through the brain.
The risk is that the operation will interfere
with the coordination between the right
and left brain and produce little or no
improvement in the disease. Other surgeons have had mixed results and only one
other centre in the world is doing this
Dr. Wada has operated on four patients. To his delight ("It's an astounding
thing") two seem completely cured. The
two others have only infrequent, mild seizures that do not cause loss of consciousness. The families are overjoyed.
Cutting the link between the two brain
hemispheres has not just reduced the scale
of the seizures, it has apparently interfered in a basic way with the seizure-
initiating mechanism.
Dr. Wada is pleased, but not overconfident. "I am beginning to get a feeling
for which patients will benefit from the
operation," he says modestly. "Only now
after two years I can tell you, I was scared.
Every time a patient's family phones you
or the patient appears in your office, you
shiver and think, 'What's happened?' "□
Tim Padmore, BA'65, (PhD, Stanford) is
science editor of the Vancouver Sun and a
regular contributor to the Chronicle.
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Chronicle/Spring 1980  19 It's Your Turn!
Reunions for 5s and Os
It's not too early to be thinking about reunions.
If you're in a class year ending with a "5" or "0"
— this is your year....The Class of '25 is well
ahead with plans for its 55th anniversary reunion. A committee chaired by Bert Smith has
arranged a faculty club dinner for Friday, June
20 followed the next day with a summer picnic
at the Bowen Island home of Eddie and Jessie
Eades. The committee promises lots of time for
conversation and renewing old acquaintances.
The committee is keen to hear from anyone
who has been part of the Class of '25, so that
they may receive the reunion information. Contact Elsie Pain, 266-8284 or write to the alumni
Over 100 people are expected for the Class of
'30 golden anniversary festivities, June 13 - 14.
Events include luncheons, campus tours, a faculty club class dinner and possibly a harbor
cruise. Bill Robbins and his committee are
working on the details....Hugh Radford from
'55 Medicine is urging his classmates to attend
their 25th anniversary at the Harrison Hot
Springs Hotel on the weekend of May 9-10.
His invitation contained a class photograph
taken at the 1975 reunion and an admonition "if
you don't recognize everyone you had better
attend the 1980 reunion before fatness, baldness, and wrinkles totally obscure your memory".... Nursing '70 will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a reunion weekend May 24-25.
There'll be a potluck dinner at the home of
Donna Fillipoff and a family picnic on Sunday,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Prospect Point picnic
grounds in Stanley Park....And in the really
advance planning department Sandy
McGauley Ulmi and Jane Pearce Laithwaite are
getting ready for the Home Economics '71
class reunion in the spring of 1981 and are
starting a class newsletter in the process.
Cliff Erosion Control
Work to Begin.
The UBC Alumni Association has welcomed
the recent decision of the university board of
governors to begin erosion control work on the
Point Grey Cliffs.
Last summer an association committee
headed by past president, James Denholme,
prepared a critique on the current Swan Woos-
ter Engineering proposals for control of the cliff
face erosion. This alumni brief was presented
to Stan Weston, a member of the board of
governors, who constituted a one-man task
force with a mandate to gather opinions on the
Swan Wooster report and to prepare a plan to
preserve the cliffs. The alumni association recommended that remedial measures should be
taken as soon as possible to prevent further
damage to the cliffs and inevitable undermining of university buildings. The threatened
structures include Cecil Green Park, the Botanical Gardens headquarters, Graham House
(School of Social Work) and the Museum of
"The association has a special and vital in-
20 Chronicle/Spring 1980
The University Singers made their third winter
tour in January under alumni association and
music department sponsorship. The 28-member
choir, directed by associate professor of music,
James Schell, visited Chilliwack, Port Alberni,
Duncan, Parksville, Nanaimo and Courtenay.
(Above) Singers Heather Sabourin (left), David
Martin and Elaine Smookler helped distribute information on UBC at the reception that followed
the Nanaimo concert.
terest in the problem of cliff erosion at Point
Grey," said association president George Plant.
"Failure to correct it will have eventual impact
on our home, Cecil Green Park. This building
is part of the university's heritage and the
alumni association feels an obligation to ensure
that appropriate measures are taken to preserve
and protect it."
The alumni cliff erosion committee has taken
an active part in the discussions regarding the
future of the cliffs and will continue to do so.
Alumni Forestry
Division Established
A November, 1979 meeting of the forestry
graduates, with representation from all classes
from 1929 to 1978, resulted in the formation of
a forestry division within the alumni association. The meeting was organized by forestry
dean Joe Gardner, who outlined the need for a
link between the forestry graduates and the
A nominating committee of Marc Gormely,
BASc'29 and Bob Kennedy, MF'55, presented
a slate of officers and the following were elected
as executive officers ofthe new division: Robin
L. Ceasar, BSF'50, president; Elbert S. Reid,
BSF'51, vice-president; Henry A. Olson,
BSF'53, vice-president; John R. Wilby,
BSF'70, vice-president; Esmond R. Preus,
BSF'56,  secretary.
The divison's aims are to provide a means of
communication between the forestry profession and the university, to assist in the development of a strong faculty of forestry and to
advance the profession through the development of an esprit de corps among forestry graduates.. . .The Librarianship annual meeting is set
for March 31 at Cecil Green Park. Health Services Planning has scheduled its annual meeting and dinner for May 13 at CGP. Details will
be dispatched. B.C. Binning Memorial
Fellowship Launched
One of B.C. Binning's aims for the department
of fine arts at UBC was to offer a master's
degree in fine arts and in 1980, 25 years after he
was appointed head of the department, this
goal will be achieved. To celebrate this accomplishment, a fellowship in his memory has
been established. It will be awarded to an MFA
candidate who has completed the necessary requirements and who also shows exceptional
promise in drawing.
The committee wants to raise $50,000 to
endow the fund — $27,000 of which has been
donated so far. An exhibition of Binnings paintings (including the self-portrait pictured here)
is on view at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery March
5-29. Friends, students, colleagues and admirers of B.C. Binning wishing to contribute to the
fellowship fund can send their gifts through the
UBC Alumni Fund, 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver B.C. V6T 1X8.
UBC has everything for a great summer family
vacation - including room to throw a frisbee. A
new continuing education program offers a combination education/holiday package at reasonable
campus rates. (See story below)....Two young
Alumni Club members head for the ski hills (below) during the YAC expedition to Mount Baker in
January. The club is continuing its regular Friday
evening activities and has expanded the Thursday
sessions to include easy listening music as well as
folk and jazz sounds. Memberships for grads and
senior students, available at the door, 8 p.m. to
A Record Year
For Alumni Fund
Gold stars and grateful thanks to all those who
contributed to the UBC Alumni Fund this
year, so far (There's still time to send your gift
though. The fund year ends March 31!) It looks
like this will be a record year for alumni giving.
Gifts to the alumni fund totaled $534,000 by
February 8. This amount does not include the
nearly $200,000 received by the university
through bequests from alumni. The annual report of the alumni fund will appear in the June
issue of the Chronicle.
The Walter Gage Memorial Fund, to which
so many alumni have generously contributed,
is approaching the $200,000 mark. A recent gift
of $2000 was presented to the Gage Fund by
Arnold Greenius, BASc'47, MASc'49, on behalf of the B.C. section ofthe American Society
for Metals. Greenius chairs the B.C. chapter
which has over 200 members.
UBC: A Great
Vacation Destination
Taking its cue from successful programs at several other universities, the UBC Centre for
Continuing Education introduces the "learning
vacation concept" to the UBC campus this
summer. It's a family vacation package built
around a cultural, educational and recreational
atmosphere. Participating families will be able
to live on the campus while taking the usual
non-credit summer courses as well as being able
to take advantage of the UBC sports and recreational facilities.
Sports activities for children between seven
and 17 will be sponsored by the school of physi-
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Chronicle/Spring 1980 21 cal education and recreation, and plenty of
"play" space will be provided for older sports
fans with the University public golf course, the
swimming pools, tennis courts, playing fields,
the nearby beaches and easy access to and from
the city of Vancouver.
Some of the courses to be offered are: comedy in Shakespeare, creative writing, one-day
city tours, botanical walks, art history and
museum use, photography, jazz and classical
music, archaeology with the family, inter-tidal
and marine mammals and conversational language mini-courses.
Mountain Solitude
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All the comforts of home on the
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For information on course descriptions, fees,
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child care or a complete summer program
brochure (to be ready in May) write to: Summer Programs, Centre for Continuing Education, 5997 Iona Drive, UBC, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 2A4.
Spring Branches
Program Growing
UBC is going to Prince George... .The association is sponsoring a UBC Mini-Open House at
the Pine Centre Mall early in May. Displays
will feature the health sciences at UBC including the new acute care hospital, named for
longtime UBC benefactor Walter Koerner. It
might be called a UBC Week in Prince George
because on May 5 there will be a reception and
dinner for alumni and friends of the university
to meet the members of the UBC's board of
governors. The board will be holding one of its
monthly meetings that day in Prince George.
UBC students award winners (both academic
and athletic) from Prince George area will be
special guests at the dinner. Invitations and
information on both these important events
will be mailed in early April... .In late February
alumni in the Revelstoke area were invited to
hear Dr. Iain Taylor, professor of botany on the
hows and whys of growing plants. The alumni
association speakers bureau arranged this
branch program in cooperation with Okanagan
Further afield Alumni in England should
watch for news of the annual B. C. House reception, tentatively set for May....Norm Gillies in
San Francisco is working on the details for a
Canadian universities luncheon for the Bay area
alumni. Late May or early June the likely date,
the guest speaker to be announced....On the
other side of the U.S. our Washington, D.C.
alumni are hosts for the All-Canada Universities fourth annual dinner March 22 at the
Lakewood Country Club, Maryland. UBC
president Dr. Douglas Kenny will be the guest
speaker. Louise-Mary Mason (703) 920-3808
has further information.
Alumni Miscellany
Sweat and Swim
Is fitness your thing? A Recreation UBC card
may be just what you need. It gives you access
to campus fitness and recreation sports programs and facilities. The cost is $10 per year and
it's available from room 203, Memorial Gym,
UBC, 2075 Wesbrook Place, Vancouver V6T
1W5. (228-3936 will provide information)....To get into the swim, call the Aquatic
Centre for times and prices, 228-4521. The
Buchanan fitness centre, a sauna and huge,
luxurious  Jacuzzi are there to enjoy Or
perhaps you'd like to borrow a library book and
you're not a student? No problem. A card is
yours upon application and payment of a $25
annual fee. For information call 228-3115 or
drop by the main library circulation division.
Frank Gnup Classic
Remember the Gnupper? Well, a record
number of golfers did, participants in the annual Frank Gnup Classic held last summer.
Organizers, Tom Thompson and Mike Sone
report that the proceeds of the event raised
$6500 for the Frank Gnup Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Gnup fund will also benefit
from the proceeds of the February 26 retirement dinner for Vancouver Province sports writer Eric Whitehead. Frank Gnup was for many
years coach of the Thunderbirds football team
and an instructor in physical education.
Graduation Barbecue
There's an invitation out for everyone who'll be
on campus for congregation this year —
whether to collect another degree or to congratulate a relative or friend. The alumni association has dusted off the welcome mat at
Cecil Green Park for its annual graduation
chicken barbeque following the ceremonies
and tea, May 28, 29, and 30. The cost is $4 per
person, full facilities. The whole family is welcome. Reservations must be made prior to May
26. For information call 228-3313 or send your
cheque to the UBC Alumni Association, 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C. V6T
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22 Chronicle/Spring 1980 Jack Parnall
Jack Parnall, UBC's registrar for the last
22 years, retired in December with one
main Objective. "I plan to do what I've
spent this morning doing — planting roses.
I want to get a lovely flower garden first. I
don't plan to rival Butchart but I'll see what
I can do, Then I'll work on anything else I
"My hobby has always been gardening
but UBC kept me too busy. There were
always evening meetings," Parnall said. He
gardens otf his half acre just outside Victoria. "It doesn't sound like much when
you're young but when you get to be 65,
half an acre seems like quite enough."
Jack Parnall was born in Victoria and
attended Victoria high school and Victoria
College, before coming to UBC in 1933.
That was the year that Walter Gage, who
had been teaching at Victoria College, also
Came to UBC. Parnall received his arts degree in 1935.
Parnall originally planned to be a high
school teacher. But during the Second
World W«r he served as a meteorological
officer for the RCAF. When the war ended,
enrolment at UBC increased because of the
number crf veterans who, because of government veteran education programs, were
now able ti* attend. More faculty members
were needed for this boom and Parnall
taught mathematics from 1945 to 1947. The
following year an education degree took
him into the high school classroom.
He returned to UBC in 1951. He was
appointed associate registrar and then registrar in 1957, but he continued to teach math
until 1975, "I felt that the fact that I did
teach put'ttie more in touch with the students," Parnall said.
Not that Parnall felt any lack of personal
contact. "The registrar is constantly seeing
students and their parents, and dealing with
their appeals."
"For the student with no problems, and
that's probably the majority of students,
they come and get their degree and; may
never see the registrar. But many students
do have problems, or unusual situations,
and these are the ones the registrar sees."
The registrar, whose signature appears
on every degree certificate, handlesithe secretarial work for the senate and all the faculties and schools. He also interprets deregulations in the calendar and handles any
problems students have with admissions or
academic situations. "That can be.thl distressing part," Parnall said, "When a student is in trouble and you have to deal with
But it was the human contact Parnall enjoyed most about his career as a registrar. "I
think most people think of it as dull and
routine but it's really very lively."
Parnall returned to UBC when the
number of veteran students was tapering off
and in 1955 the university enrolment was
very low. But after that UBC started growing rapidly. When John Macdonald became
president in 1962 he suggested theptovin-
dal government increase its spending for
post-secondary education and create more
universities and colleges. "The period I was
registrar showed the most change, from the
time UBC was the only uMversify aWl there
was only one college, to today when there
are four universities and 14 colleges."
Parnall doesn't have any partieularadvice
to students after all his years at Uflfe. He
only wants to say that "anything that's
worth getting has to be worked for."
Apart from working hard on his roses,
Jack Parnall doesn't have any particular
plans for his retirement. "There's the inevitable trip to Hawaii and other things like
that. But I'm not looking too far ahead. I'm
keeping my options open."
- Merrihe Robson
10s & 20s
October reunions brought together many UB-
Cers who greeted each other — in person or by
letter. Among the latter, these notes from the
Class of' 19....Constance Elizabeth Highmoor
Adams, BA'19, taught at Crofton House for
five years, then moved to Portland, Oregon for
eight years, after which she and her husband
moved to Longview, Washington. A past president ofthe American Association of University
Women, she has been active in the League of
Women Voters and is an avid gardener and
weaver. Richard Conrad Emmons, BA'19,
MA'20, (PhD, Wisconsin), joined the faculty
of geology at Wisconsin in 1924, retiring in
1970 as emeritus professor of geology. Emmons
regrets not being quite mobile enough to penetrate the "bush" for field work, but author of
two books and 50 papers, he continues lab work
on mineral genesis....Warm greetings come
from Muriel Costley McDiarmid, BAT9.
Among her six children, 18 grandchildren and
eight great-grandchildren are nine UBC grads.
During her teaching career, she lived in Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Harrison Mills, Clinton
and Vancouver. She now feels a special interest
in people, church and travelling....Eldred A.
Murphy, BA'19, now retired, also taught
school in Vancouver, and spent 46 years with
Empire Shipping Company of Vancouver, retiring as secretary treasurer and director....Anne Archibald Park, BA'19, taught for
the New Westminster School Board, then
moved to the Trapp Technical School to teach
mathematics. She has found the study of
Spanish useful in her world travels....George
C Barclay, BA'18, MA'45, and Milton D.
Bayly, BAT7, also sent greetings to the class
and ask any grads who wish to communicate
with them to do so: Barclay, at 11907-223
Street, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 5Y4; Bayly,
1502 Cordova Greens, Largo, Florida 33543.
David B. Charlton, BA'25, has been
awarded a 50-year member certificate from the
American Association for the Advancement of
Science and also the outdoor recreation
achievement award from the U.S. department
of the interior. Both awards are in recognition
of Charlton's contributions to the preservation
of the environment....Harry E. Mosher,
BASc'27, and Harry V. Warren, BA'26,
BASc'27, DSc'78, have both travelled in the
past 18 months: the Moshers to B.C. where
they visited family and the Warrens to Britain,
for a combination business and pleasure trip.
The Canadian Independent Adjusters, in their
annual conference in Banff in 1979, honored
George M. Meredith, BA'31, for his "significant contribution to the general industry."
Meredith, a resident of West Vancouver, is
semi-retired....The house lights dimmed on
one of Canada's show business careers last December: Gerald A. Sutherland, BA'37,
BCom'37, who became pan ofthe Odeon chain
of theatres with ownership of the Fairview,
later the Roxy (part of his string which he sold
to Odeon) retired as vice president and western
Chronicle/Spring 1980 23 general manager of Odeon. He will work on his
golf game and continue watching an average of
35 movies a year while waiting for some of his
forecasts about the industry to come true: one
of them, no single screen theatres in Canada in
five years' time.
Joseph A.F. Gardner, BA'40, MA'42, (PhD,
McGill), dean ofthe UBC forestry faculty, who
has been appointed as Canada's representative
to the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization forestry education advisory
committee for a two year term, reports that Dr.
J.H.G. (Harry) Smith, BSF'49, has been
elected president of the Canadian Institute of
Forestry for 1979-80. Also at the Jasper meeting of the CIF, John Walters, BSF'51, MF'55,
was awarded the distinguished achievement
award ofthe UBC research forest. New director
of off-campus and continuing education for the
forestry faculty is Donald D. Munro, BSF'60,
PhD'68....The Multiple Sclerosis Society of
Canada was $14,500 richer at the end of an
evening honoring Kenneth O. MacGowan,
BCom'46, in Toronto. Co-founder of William
M. Mercer Ltd., Vancouver, MacGowan retired January 1. The December party at the
Harbour Castle featured dancing and gambling
with play money for the benefit ofthe MSSC, of
which MacGowan was national president in
1977 and 1978.
After 30 years with the utilities department
of Medicine Hat, Alberta, William L. Scott,
BASc'48, has retired with the city's new power
plant as a successful project under his belt.
He'll use his retirement to "goof off, be impulsive," to restore a 1928 Chrysler and tinker with
a 750cc Ducatti....The newly re-shuffled
cabinet of the the B.C. government has five
faces from UBC: They are Garde Gardom,
BA'49, LLB'49, minister of intergovernmental
relations; Jack Heinrich, BA'61, LLB'64,
minister of labor; Kenneth Rafe Mair,
LLB'66, minister of health; Patrick McGeer,
BA'48, MD'58, minister of universities, science and communications and Brian Smith,
BA'56, LLB'60, minister of education.
After six years in Montreal with the SNC
Group, Douglas W. Russell, BASc'50, has returned to Vancouver and opened a consulting
service to liaise between the engineering industry and the government on domestic and overseas projects. He is "convinced that western
firms suffer in doing business with the federal
government simply because of geography. "...Janet M. Bulman, BA'52, is the first
executive director of TRACY (Taking Responsible Action for Children and Youth). She expects "the next five years to be quite exciting"
and intends to lead "a strong advocacy
group."...A message from Mexico brings good
wishes for 1980 from Kenneth L. Burke,
BA'52, LLB'58, who, as counsellor and consul
at the Canadian Embassy, Mexico City, solves
"the widest variety of problems that Canadians
Janet Bulman
have when visiting any foreign country." The
Burkes are bringing up five beagles and two
sons, 14 and nine.
R. Keith Jamieson, BASc'52, is on furlough
from his work with the United Church in India.
He spoke in Oshawa and Orono in October,
and spent the first two months of his holiday
enrolled in a theology course at UBC...What
has ten computers and can remain aloft for 17
hours? The replacement for Canada's Argus
patrol fleet, the Aurora. Program manager of
the effort of replacing the entire Canadian contingent by March of 1981 is Brig.-Gen. George
MacFarlane, BA'54, who comments, "We're
on time and on budget."...Best-selling author,
Kenneth Donald Abrams, BA'55, has developed a television series based on his book
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24 Chronicle/Spring 1980 The Profit Taker, outlining his "ultra-
conservative yet highly profitable investment
strategy." He gives workshops based on the
book and is a faculty member of Algonquin
College, Ottawa.
Canada's new ambassador to Indonesia is
WiUiamH. Montgomery, BA'56, LLB'59. He
is accompanied to his new post by wife, Julia P.
Meilicke Montgomery, BA'57....Editor of
philosophy and economics with Oxford University Press, James J. Anderson, BA'57,
MA'61, has been preparing the publication of a
book co-authored by a fellow alumnus, Harvey
N. Gram, BA'67. Gram's book, Classical and
Neoclassical Theories of General Equilibrium:
Historical Origins and Mathematical Structure, is
scheduled for a 1980 release...."Harvard's concern isn't with deciding who is best but in developing our niche, the way we are different."
That is the philosophy of the Harvard Business
School, and it is one which the new dean, John
Hector McArthur, BCom'57, does not plan to
change. He also has no plans to move into the
Georgian-style mansion historically occupied
by the dean; he intends to stay put in Wayland,
a small town near Boston, with his wife and two
daughters, where he pursues the interest in
forestry, developed as an undergraduate forestry major at UBC, by landscaping and gardening around his home.
Editorial apologies to Robert W. Maier,
BA'57 (MBA, Western), whose name was in-
advertendy misspelled in the Winter Chronicle. ...R.M. (Monty) Newnham, MF'58,
PhD'64, was guest speaker at the Deep River
Science Association in Deep River, Ontario in
November. Newnham, director of the
Petawawa national forestry institute, spoke on
"Future of Forestry in Canada."...Beverly
Joan Eales, BSN'59, has been appointed long
term care administrator for the Peace River
Laird region with the Peace River health unit.
She had been acting administrator for the past
year....Microtel Pacific Research in Burnaby,
B.C. has a new president: John C. Madden,
BA'59, MSc'61 (PhD, Oxford), most recently
with the federal government's department of
communications, moves to his new position
with the research subsidiary of B.C. Tel to
"shape the growth of high technology research
and development in British Columbia."...Professor of chemistry Dr. John Frank Ogilvie,
Elections '80
On February 18, 1980 Canadians went to
the polls for the second time in nine
months. The result was a return of a Liberal
majority (146 seats). Among the successful
candidates from ridings across Canada were
the following UBC grads: Pat Carney,
BA'60, MA'77,(PC), Vancouver Centre;
John Fraser, LLB'54, (PC), Vancouver
South; Ron Huntington, BSA'46, (PC),
Capilano; Roy McLaren, BA'55, (L),
Etobicoke North; Walter McLean, BA'57,
(PC), Waterloo; Jim Manly, BA'54,
MA'76, (NDP), Cowichan-Malahat-
Islands; Don Munro, BA'38, (PC),
Esquimault-Saanich; Doug Neil, LLB'50,
(PC), Moose Jaw; Nelson Riis, BEd'67,
MA'70, (NDP), Kamloops-Shuswap;
Svend Robinson, LLB'76, (NDP), Burnaby; Mark Rose, BSA'47, (NDP),
Mission-Port Moody; Ray Skelly, BA'67,
(NDP), Comox-Powell River. We hope that
our list of members is complete — if not, we
would like to hear from you.
Michael Taylor
BSc'59, MSc'61, has moved from Kuwait University to the research school of chemistry of
the Australian National University in Canberra.
After three years with Hatch Associates, Ivan
A. Mozer, BASc'61, has been made an associate. He spent the last year in Venezuela,
responsible for operations at the Midrex direct
reduction plant in Matanza....W. George
Slinn, BSc'61 (MS, Ottawa; PhD, Cornell),
has moved from the position of director of the
air resources centre, Oregon State University to
coordinator of the mechanical engineering
program at the joint centre for graduate study
at Richland, Washington....Bell Laboratories
in Holmdel, N.J., has named Michael G.
Taylor, BASc'61, MSc'62, head of the data
systems and technology department. Taylor, at
Bell Labs since 1967, is also a member of the
advisory council of the communications section
of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
The October 1979 congress of the International Union of Societies of Foresters in Paris
elected Laurence Roche, MSc'62, PhD'68, its
president. He is head, department of forestry
and wood science at University College of
North Wales....Named coordinator of regulatory reform within the federal government is
John M. Curtis, BA'63 (PhD, Harvard), who
reports directly to the minister of state, treasury board, Ottawa. Curtis, formerly in consumer and corporate affairs, also teaches at
Carleton University....Richard W. Garner,
BSc'63, makes no bones about the fact that he is
now living in Anchorage, Alaska. After two
years with the U.S. public health service in
Anchorage, he moved into private practice in
orthopedic surgery with the Anchorage fracture and orthopedic clinic...Wayne M. Osborne, BCom'63, has been appointed superintendent of production at the Canada Works
plant of the Steel Company of Canada. He has
been with the company since 1963....New to
the teaching staff of St. Thomas University in
Fredericton, N.B. is Robert William H. Cas-
tleton, BA'64, MA'70, who joined the Spanish
department as assistant professor in September, 1979....Among the mayors of B.C.
municipalities elected in November who are
UBC grads are Michael G. Coleman, BA'64,
LLB'68, (Duncan); WiUiam R. Whalley,
BEd'71, (Mackenzie) and Don A. Ross,
BEd'69, (Surrey). If you were the people's
Laurence Roche
choice and we've missed you — please let us
know! . . .Prior to joining Sulzer Bros.
(Canada) Ltd., Peter Wade Woolgar,
BASc'65, was involved in Canada's energy
supply industry. Woolgar has been appointed
manager of the central region, located in Toronto,.
Associate professor of history at Glendon
College, York University, Toronto, WiUiam D.
Irvine, BA'66, is the author of French Conservatism in Crisis: The Republican Federation of
France in the 1930s (Louisiana State University) Recent news from Sudbury, Ontario, is
that Kenneth P. Morrison, BSc'66, is regional
moose biologist with the Ontario department of
natural resources... .The Steacie Memorial Fellowship, one of Canada's most prestigious scientific prizes, was awarded to grads of UBC two
years in a row: in 1979, the recipient was Gordon Rostoker, PhD'66, who, in studying the
northern lights, has made major discoveries
about the interplanetary magnetic field and the
sun's role in the effects. The 1980 award was
given to J. Keith Brimacombe, BASc'66, for
his work in computer modelling in the area of
metallurgical process analysis....A tribute to
the late John Diefenbaker has come from Lt.-
Col. June M. Whaun, MD'60, who remembers
a congratulatory letter addressed to her from
the prime minister in 1966, upon her appointment to a fellowship in the Royal College of
Physicians and Surgeons. Whaun is employed
by the hematology research department of the
Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington,
"I can't stand anything fake or plastic," says
Marilyn GaU Katz, BEd'67, a freelance window dresser for Vancouver's top boutiques.
From teaching art, Katz moved to clerking in a
boutique and became a window dresser to fill a
vacuum at the shop. Now she fills Vancouver's
windows with fantasies — some so tantalizing
that "window shoppers" are vandalizing the
displays, leaving Katz dismayed. "How could
they do that to my window?"..."Nutrition is
not a four-letter word" — that's the message
Gillian F. Ackhurst, BHE'68, dispenses in
workshops sponsored by the B.C. Nutrition
Council for the benefit of parents, teachers and
others in the public health field in B.C...From
Calgary comes word that Ian R. Mayers,
BSc'68, is chairing the membership committee
of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (he
is a senior geophysicist with Mobil Oil Canada)
and that the "Chronicle Connection" is as important to UBCers in Alberta as ever.
The Kelowna Garden Club was addressed by
Howard M. Resh, BSA'68, PhD'75, president
and director of Western Aquaponics, Ltd. Au-
Chronicle/Spring 1980 25 thor of Hydroponic Food Production, Resh's
slide presentation dealt with greenhouses,
propagation and soilless potting mixes....The
Saskatchewan Securities Commission has a
new head, R. Kenneth Stevenson, LLB'68,
who moved to the position from B.C., where he
was deputy superintendent of brokers. He is a
native   of   Saskatchewan Derek   A.C.
Simpkins, BSc'69, (MBA, Harvard) is the
president of Clarke, Simpkins, Ltd., the well-
known Vancouver automobile firm. He is also a
director of St. George's School, Vancouver.
Newly appointed field crops specialist with the
B.C. ministry of agriculture at Chilliwack is
Donald L. Bates, BSc'70, MSc'71. He has
worked in Prince Edward Island for the past
five years as a cereal and forage
specialist....News from Ann Arbor is that
Gerald H.B. Ross, MSc'70 (PhD, University
of Western Ontario), has been appointed pro-
Richard Hall
Education in China, at least for a foreign
exchange student, is an elusive thing.
It doesn't follow a rational path, but
has a haphazard route that most resembles a
cross-country steeplechase. Some people
five up at the mere sight, leaving the purse
strings of Canadian government scholarships dangling lazily in the north China
..breeze..:   .
Richard Hall, a UBC line arts graduate
(BA'73), is three years into the circuit —
someplace past the water hurdle, but not
yet on the home stretch. He started, as all
students must, at the Peking Language Institute to tone up his Mandarin. When he
passed the examination six months later the
Chinese proposed sending him 300 miles
away to an institute that has become the
horror of exchange students, partly because
of Its chillyisolation. He balked. Since
there was no space available at a Peking
(Beijing) university, he lanquished at the
Language Institute fear another half year.
In second year he was accepted into the
Peking University, where he discovered the
closest he could get to art was philosophy.
That turned out to concern itself only with
the politicM thought of Marx, Lenin and
Msso-tedoijg. At Christmas he refused to
"s^^m^mmei classes.
iSe was fliowed to side-step into archeol-
ogy which had just become the fourth area
of Stady ©peptoforeigners, joining history,
literature and philosophy. But now he has
applied to attend the Central Academy of
Fine Arts to take an art history course.
Some foreigners have recently been accepted there, so the door may be open to
If it is, the least important advantage will
be the actual course. As he explains,
academic standards are low and teaching
methods backward. Examinations lead only
a half life after having been "rehabilitated"
two years ago and there are no degrees, but
worst of all "nobody particularly cares what
foreign students do...the Chinese would be
happier if there were no foreign students in
the country."
But there are benefits and in Dick's case
they carry a hefty weight. There are several
museums in Peking where many up-to-date
archeological finds related to his interest in
art history can be seen before they appear in
western journals. In fact, he would never
see most of them, except in books, if he
were not in China.
This year he is dually enrolled at Peking
University and UBC, and is using his time
(aside from the five hours a week he attends
classes) researching for his master's degree
thesis. If Hall is accepted into the art
academy, he will meet a research student
there who appears to be the leading expert
on the 14th century painter he intends to do
his thesis on.
Through the contacts he's made in his
two years in China, Hall could possibly
meet the man outside of the academy. But
in China, it's always better to stay within
eyesight of the official course, even if that
course sometimes seems to get lost in the
slough of bureaucracy.
-Felicia Klingenberg
ject director at the Institute for Social Research
at Ann Arbor (University of Michigan). Wife,
Linda M. Bucholtz Ross, BA'70, continues to
draw for OWL Magazine and Chickadee, both
from the Young Naturalist Foundation, Toronto....Ross R. Tozer, BSF'70, has been named
district manager of the Cranbrook forest district, in charge of administering ranger activities in Elko and Fernie. Tozer, in the forestry industry for nine years, has taken the regional golf championship for two years in a row
and also enjoys raquetball.
After three years with the Canadian Amateur
Basketball Association in Ottawa, George E.
Warne, BEd'70, has joined the Markham parks
and recreation department in Ontario. Warne is
looking forward to the programs offered and
feels the job is "a great opportunity to get back
into the work I enjoy most."...New district
agriculturalist at Chilliwack, B.C. is Terry J.
Dever, BSc'71. He will provide extension
programs on crop and livestock management in
addition to his administrative duties....Cameron L. Stewart, BSc'71 (MSc, McGill; PhD,
Cambridge) is now an assistant professor in the
department of pure mathematics, University of
Waterloo, Ontario....St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Parry Sound, Ontario has a new
minister: Ken J.J. Stewart, BA'71, was inducted in a ceremony in September. The
Stewart family moved to Parry Sound from
Waterloo where he was a graduate student, following two years on Prince Edward Island.
Re-elected national secretary of the municipal law section of the Canadian Bar Association
is Roderick M. MacKenzie, LLB'72, who
ended his tenure as city solicitor in New
Westminster, B.C., and entered private practice in Vancouver. Wife, Anne W. MacKenzie,
BA'73, LLB'77, currently practises law as federal crown counsel with the department of justice in Vancouver....Laboratory officer at the
Canadian Forces hospital at Cold Lake, Alberta, Donald S. Lim, BSc'73, has been
awarded a diploma of achievement with distinction for the officer professional development program Richard D.  McLellan,
BCom'74, has moved from Surrey, B.C. to
Mackenzie, B.C.
John P. Mills, BA'74, is provincial development coordinator of amateur basketball in B.C.
Mills, who was a member of Canada's national
team during the 1972 China tour, is author of
Basketball: A Playefs Guide and a soon to be
published coach's and educator's manual....Nina M. Spada, BA'75 is spending a year
in the People's Republic of China where she is
involved in the training of prospective teachers
of English. She has recently completed a masters degree at Simon Fraser University....Sidonie BoU, BA'76, is co-winner of the
Leo Ciceri Award for 1979, given to young
actors to assist them in their training. She is a
third year student at Montreal's National
Theatre School.
Second secretary and vice consul at the
Canadian Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon, is
Nadine McDonneU, BA'76, who served a term
as president of Place Vanier.... A member of the
B.C. government's "extern" program, Keith
Wong, MD'77, has joined a medical group in
Mission, B.C. Wong is a general practitioner
who studied a year of anaesthesiology in Edmonton.... Twelve Grade 10 students from the
Chilliwack and Kamloops school districts are
enjoying a new study as part of their curriculum
thanks to the work of Miriam Doroghy,
BSF'78. The project, a pilot program in forestry at the high school level, is designed to en-
26 Chronicle/Spring 1980 courage youngsters to adopt careers in forestry The ministry of agriculture has appointed Madeline A. Waring, BSc'78, as agricultural pesticide specialist at Cloverdale,
B.C. She will upgrade the standard of farmers'
knowledge about pesticides used for agricultural purposes A November recital in
Wolfville, N.S. (Acadia University) marked
the debut as a husband and wife team of
Thomas B. Heppner, BMus'79, and Karen J.
Pozzi Heppner, BMus'79. Karen is a teacher
and accompanist while Ben is in his second
season with the Tudor Singers in Montreal.
Bell-Lindal. John C. Bell, MA'72, to Tiiu Jennifer Lindal, BEd'66, June 30, 1979 in Delta,
B.C Chamberlain-Vaines.   Robert   E.
Chamberlain, BASc'53, to Eleanore Vaines,
December 8, 1979 in Vancouver,
B.C....Creelman-Cross. Barrie W. Creelman,
BASc'70, to Judy A. Cross, October 13,1979 in
Port Alberni, B.C....Dahl-Eadie. Edward H.
Dahl, BA'67, to Susan Jane Eadie, BA'66, August        25, 1979        in        Toronto,
Ontario MacKinnon-Munro.       Hugh
Stephen MacKinnon, BEd'78, to Kathleen
Mary   Munro,   BEd'79,   in   Vancouver,
B.C Moss-Roberts.  H.  Howard Moss,
BCom'76, to Theresa Roberts, BA'71, June 29,
1979 in Vancouver, B.C....Nivison-Bryant.
Colin James Nivison, to Donna I. Bryant,
BHE'70, August 18, 1979 in McLeese Lake,
B.C....Wilkinson-Visser. Gordon Allin Wilkinson, BASc'71, to Theresa Maralynn Visser,
BSc'73, December 29, 1979.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cross, (Susan M.
Ogurzsoff, BA'72), a daughter, Giselle Ad-
rienne, November 2, 1979 in Kingston, Ontario Mr.  and Mrs.  Dennis F.  Dong,
BSc'69, (Linda A. Ogurzsoff, BMus'71), a son,
Ryan Jefferson, June 9, 1979 in Kingston, Ontario....Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R.W. Hall,
BA'72, MA'74, (Carolyn Deanne Andruski,
BHE'74), a son, Michael James Peter, April 29,
1979 in Edmonton, Alberta....Mr. and Mrs.
Paul KiUeen, BPE'67 (MA, Simon Fraser),
(Judith A. White, BEd'67), a daughter, Amy
Jean, July 9, 1979 in Burnaby, B.C....Mr. and
Mrs. John Poulos, (Anne Whelen, BA'75), a
daughter, Christina Danielle, September 28,
1979 in Halifax, Nova Scotia....Dr. and Mrs.
H.C. George Wong, MD'72, a daughter,
Natasha Yan Yee, December 21, 1979 in Vancouver, B.C.
Eugenie Ida Fournier, BA'20, October, 1979
in Tucson, Arizona. Survived by five nieces
and nephews, (J.S. Lawrence Fournier,
Dorothy Ellen Brown Tupper, BA'27,
November, 1979 in Vancouver, B.C. She was
very active in the Parent-Teacher Association.
Predeceased by her husband, Bertram R. Tupper, BASc'28, she is survived by her brother,
daughter and son, (Stephen M. Tupper,
Dorothy Reynolds Pound Dyde, BA'30,
(BLS, MA, Toronto), November 1979 in Edmonton. Daughter of A.M. Pound, who donated the Pound Collection of Canadiana to the
UBC library, she devoted much of her energy
to helping Canadian artists. She was a trustee of
the National Gallery of Canada from 1952 until
it was amalgamated with the National
Museums of Canada and she advised the National Arts Centre on its purchases. A resident
of Edmonton since 1949, she was active on the
board of the Edmonton Symphony, the National Ballet Guild and the Edmonton Opera
Association. Survived by her daughter,
Frances Plaunt Hall, BA'63.
Nicholas MussaUem, BA'31, October, 1979 in
Vancouver, B.C. A provincial court judge in
Vancouver for eight years, he was a well-known
defence lawyer in criminal court for 25 years.
An expert on civil rights, he served in the
Canadian Army in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Frances M. Lucas Mussal-
lem, BA'33, BSW'64, brothers, Peter, BSc'42
and George, Social Credit MLA for Dewdney,
two sisters, and a son.
Margaret P. McLeod Wilton, BA'32, August,
1979 in Vancouver, B.C. Survived by her husband.
Gordon T. Jamieson, BA'33, November, 1979
in Vancouver, B.C. Survived by his wife.
Richard T. Farrington, BCom'34, December,
1978 in British Columbia. Survived by his wife.
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If you'd like to find out what
goes on in alumni branches
just give your local alumni
representative a call.
Campbell River: Jim Boulding (Box 216);
Courtenay: William Dale (339-5719); Duncan:
Parker MacCarthy (746-7121); Fort St. John:
Ellen Ellis (785-2280); Kamloops: Bud Aubrey
(372-8845); Kelowna: Eldon Worobieff (860-
2562); Kimberley: Larry Garstin (427-3557)
MacKenzie: Dennis Hon (997-4372)
Nanaimo: James Slater (753-3245); Nelson
Judge Leo Gansner (352-3742); Penticton
Dick Brooke (493-0402); Port Alberni: Gail Van
Sacker (723-7230); Prince George: Robert Affleck (563-0161); Prince Rupert: Denny Lim
(624-2152); Salmon Arm: Dr. W.H. Letham
(832-2264); Trail: Peter Hemmes (364-4222);
Victoria: Kirk Davis (656-5649); Williams
Lake: Anne Stevenson (392-4365)
Calgary: Frank Garnett (262-7906); Edmonton: Gary Caster (426-2224); John Haar (425-
8810); Fredericton: Joan & Jack Van der Linde
(455-6323); Halifax: Carol MacLean (423-
2444); Montreal: L. Hamlyn Hobden (871-
8601); Ottawa: Robert Yip (997-4074); Bruce
Harwood (996-3995); Quebec City: Ingrid Parent (527-9888); Regina: Gene Rizak (584-
4361); St. John's: T.B.A.Toronto: Gary Moore
(863-3500); Whitehorse: Celia Dowding
(667-5187); Winnipeg: Gary Coopland (453-
3918); Yellowknife: Charles A. Hulton (873-
Clovis: Martin Goodwin (763-3493); Denver:
Harold W. Wright (892-6558); Los Angeles:
Elva Reid (351-8020); New York: Rosemary
Brough (688-2656); San Diego: Dr. Charles
Armstrong (287-9849); San Francisco: Norman A. Gillies (567-4478); Seattle & P.N.W.:
Gerald Marra (641-3535); Washington, D.C:
Louise-Mary G. Mason (389-3343).
Australia & New Zealand: Christopher
Brangwin, 12 Watkins St., Bondi, New South
Wales; Bermuda: John Keefe, Box 1007,
Hamilton; England: Alice Hemming, 35 Elswor-
thy Road, London, N.W.3: Ethiopia: Taddesse
Ebba, College of Agriculture, Dire Dawa, Box
138, Addis Ababa; Hong Kong: Dr. Thomas
Chung-Wai Mak, Science Centre, Chinese University, Shatin; Dr. Ronald S.M. Tse, Dept. of
Chemistry, U. of Hong Kong, Bohman Rd.; Japan: Maynard Hogg, 1-4-22 Kamikitazawa,
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 156, Nigeria:
Elizabeth Durdan, Box 402, Kaduna; Rome:
L.R. Letourneau, FAO, Via Delle Terme Di
Caracalla, Rome, 00100; Scotland: Jean Aitchison, 32 Bentfield Drive, Prestwick; South Africa: Kathleen Lombardi, Applethwaite Farm,
Elgin, CP.
William Wallis Pullinger, BASc'34, September, 1979 in Nanaimo, B.C. After graduation, he joined the National Research Council
in Ottawa, and served as lieutenant commander
in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War
II. Co-owner and director of Adka Industries,
Ltd. and Monarch Steelcraft Ltd. in Burnaby,
B.C. until retirement, he was a member ofthe
Association of Professional Engineers and the
Dunbar Masonic Lodge. Survived by his wife,
a brother, (Percy B. Pullinger, BA'40,
BEd'56), a son and a daughter.
Donald Norman McDougall, BA'46, February, 1979 in California. Survived by his sister.
J. Rod A. Lindsay, BASc'48, January, 1980 at
Whistler, B.C. President of the Class of '48,
Lindsay was president and chief executive officer of Seaspan International Ltd. from 1974
until 1977, when he became chairman of the
company. He served with the Seaforth Highlanders during World War II, and after graduation, joined Vancouver Tug Boat Co. in 1948.
He was a former president ofthe B.C. Towboat
Owners Association, the Vancouver Merchants
Exchange, the B.C. Borstal Association and the
Plimsoll Club, a governor of the Employers'
Council of B.C., a director of the Council of
Marine Carriers and a member ofthe council of
the Vancouver Board of Trade. Survived by his
wife, three daughters, (Valerie Munroe,
BSN'75), three brothers (Barrie, BCom'58)
and a sister, (Helen Lindsay Dusting, BA'49).
Mary MacKenzie Wellwood, BA'51. A major
in Slavonic studies at UBC, after graduation
she worked at CBC, Montreal, returning to
Vancouver as B.C. representative ofthe "Voice
of Canada" overseas. She was an active member
with International House on campus, serving a
term as president. She was a member of its
board of directors for many years. She chaired
the alumni communications committee and
represented the alumni association on the UBC
president's advisory committee on external
television programming. Survived by her husband, Robert W. Wellwood, BASc'35 (PhD,
Duke), three daughters and son, (Robert,
BSF'73, MSF'78). A Mary Wellwood Memorial Scholarship fund in forestry has been established. Contributions can be made through the
Alumni Fund.
Selwyn Perrin Fox, BSF'52, MASc'67, October, 1979 in Vancouver, B.C. Fox, a research
scientist in the western division of Forintek
Canada, was recognized in July, 1979 with the
L.J. Markwardt wood engineering award of the
Forest Products Research Society. A Professional engineer, he was a member of the Royal
Vancouver Yacht Club, the Vancouver Power
Squadron and was active in the Boy Scouts of
Canada. Survived by his wife, two sons and a
daughter. (A letter from Mr. Fox arrived at the
Chronicle shortly before his death. It appears in
the Letters section.)
Zoltan Borsos, BSF'59, October, 1979 in Alberta. Survived by his wife.
Robert F. Mason, BA'67, November, 1979,
accidentally in Antarctica. A passenger on the
Air New Zealand DC-10 that crashed in Antarctica, Mason was vice-president of a Los
Angeles travel agency and is survived by his
wife and parents.
Manfred K. Wenzel, BSc'73. Survived by his
Mark Wilson Patrick, BA'75 (BArch, Tennessee), 1979, accidentally in Lexington, Kentucky. He was employed by Designer Management in Atlanta, Georgia. Survived by his
sister, (Laura C. Patrick Johnson, BEd'70).
A Matter of Degrees
In the Autumn 1979 issue of the Chronicle Murray McMillan pleaded eloquently for the restriction of "degree-granting" status to the established, existing universities in the province,
namely UBC, the University of Victoria and
Simon Fraser University.
The cause of McMillan's concern is recent
legislation which allows Trinity Western College of Langley to grant the baccalaureate degree. Darkly he asks us: is the inherent value of
a BA to be depreciated in British Columbia? So
certain is he that the answer is yes that he can
only suppose chicanery: "a political payoff of
some sort?" he asks. His conclusion is that the
passage of the Act represents a political payoff
plus "railroading" in the legislature.
McMillan's article has several serious omissions and non sequiturs. The most serious
omission is that almost nowhere does he discuss
the substantive issue, namely: how should the
province of British Columbia regulate institutions which wish to offer baccalaureate degrees? McMillan is almost completely concerned with process not substance. For example he tells us: "[o]nly the legislature can grant
the right to grant degrees" and then "the college found a quick, political solution to what
was basically an academic problem." Yet by
McMillan's own admission it is a political problem not an academic problem as the legislature
has made it so.
McMillan never asks whether the legislature
should decide whether an academic institution
can grant a baccalaureate degree. He seems to
regard it as the natural order that the legislature
makes such a decision. Yet in many places
around the world they do not. In British Columbia the Universities Act has inevitably car-
telized and politicised the degree-granting
question. If, on the other hand, the issue is
truly an academic issue Trinity should be able
to make its case to one, or more, accredited
bodies. Ideally such a body would be independent and non-political.
I have, as yet, said nothing on what such
accrediting standards and principles should be
— McMillan, of course, ignores this central
question in any direct sense. Implicitly, however, he does address the issue when he talks
about the value of a degree. Here McMillan's
sins are those of commission, not omission. He
claims "most hold to a traditional view that [the
degree] is something of value, a badge of
achievement no matter what the discipline."
On the contrary many of us believe that it is the
process of learning, the experience, that has
inherent value, not the degree. Does this mean
that the degree, as opposed to the learning experience, does not have value? No, obviously in
our modern society the degree does have value,
but it is primarily instrumental, not inherent.
Its instrumental value to most people is that it
helps them get a job, especially where the degree has a professional element. Do I object to
this? Not at all if we do not mix it up with
learning. The importance of this distinction
between learning and degrees is that very different conclusions from McMillan's emerge. If
the decision to get a given degree is a "human
capital", income-maximizing decision one may
28 Chronicle/Spring 1980 be much more skeptical of extensive government cartelization and monopolization of the
degree-granting process. Rather it suggests a
market model where students select those bundles of skills and degrees which they perceive
will do them the most good. It further suggests
that a variety of educational institutions should
be allowed to develop to meet those needs.
Undoubtedly there will be variations in price
and "quality"	
The real substantive question, ignored by
McMillan, is to what extent should governments intervene to standardize the educational
product offered within their boundaries....
I believe that the government should ensure
that an educational institution is honest and
does what it says it will do, that is that the
product is what it says it is. It should not get
into the business of saying which product it
likes. Who cares what the government thinks?
What does Bill Bennett know about it? The
spectre McMillan would raise at this point are
the "50 religious denominations" and "special-
interest groups" that will become degree-
granting institutions. I must confess that rather
than finding this a spectre I think it would
probably add to the sum of "learning" (who can
quantify it?) that goes on in the province.
McMillan is at his worst, and most anti-
intellectual, when he delves into the academic
curriculum at Trinity. He does not like it (I
don't much like it myself). McMillan tells us
"just how Darwin's theory of evolution fits in
with Adam and Eve as chronicled by the 'inspired Word of God, without error in the original' poses a problem." Happily I can solve the
problem for McMillan: the two theories are not
reconcilable, they are alternative theories.
Let me mention at this point what adduced
this response to McMillan. The day before I
read the article a colleague mentioned that
transfer students to our undergraduate program from Trinity were considerably more prepared for our program than many other transfer
students. Irony indeed!
Finally let me say that I believe that UBC is a
fine university. I am proud to work here. However I also believe the last thing it needs, or
should have, is the kind of protection that
McMillan asks for it. This stems from my belief
that monopolistic education is as fraught with
danger as any other form of monopoly. McMillan's own article reveals the narrow-
mindedness that may result from encouraging
such a monopoly.
Aidan R. Vining
Assistant Professor
Commerce and business
administration, UBC
I wish to support Murray McMillan's article
objecting to the giving of degree-granting
privileges to a private sectarian college — or
indeed, any private college.
Surely the minister of education knows of the
troubles caused, two governments back, by a
similar Act for Notre Dame College in Nelson?
It was granted degree-status and then got into
severe financial trouble. Dr. Walter Hardwick,
present deputy minister of education, was
deeply concerned in 1975, as the envoy of one
government back, trying to salvage what could
be salvaged, but eventually the university had
to be dissolved. The people ofthe province had
bailed it out for many years. To this day the
public does not know of the millions of dollars
used in a vain endeavor to keep this institution
afloat. Its capital and operating debts were hor
rendous; its cost per student enormous.
(There's a thesis subject in here for future
graduates.) It was obviously never going to be a
viable institution.
The area had a large and flourishing public
community college which gave university
courses as well as advanced technological and
vocational ones.
The Universities Council, in its first few
months, had to spend more time on the welfare
of the students in Nelson than on the welfare of
the thousands at the other three universities,
but there was no way of rescuing Notre Dame,
and eventually the province had to stop throwing money away.
Except in one or two departments, notably
teacher training, its faculty was not very good,
and its degree had no standing, although students had been conned into thinking it had.The
only positive thing that came out during long
deliberations was that much less money could
have been used to send third and fourth year
students to established universities.
Trinity Western college may or may not go
broke, but we should at least insist that no
public money whatsoever should be put into an
institution of dubious intellectual ability.
Dorothy Fraser, BA'32
Osoyoos, B.C.
(Dorothy Fraser is a former member of the
Universities Council of B.C.)
Whereas we do not expect to find in the articles
published by the UBC Alumni Chronicle a
rigorous and exhaustive academic treatment of
every subject covered, we do expect to find
information which bears some resemblance to
the standards of academic excellence which
have earned UBC, our Alma Mater, a place at
the forefront of higher education in Canada.
The article "A Degree of Integrity" by Murray
McMillan (Fall '79) sadly reflected only a
treatment of erroneous and misleading material
gleaned from local newspapers and a cursory
glance at the calendar of Trinity Western College.
If Mr. McMillan would care to visit the
T.W.C. campus in order to see the college in
action he might be less inclined to use the
Chronicle as a vehicle for the expression of religious bigotry and cheap journalism.
John Anonby, BA'62, MA'65
John Byl, BSc'69, PhD'73
Christine H. Cross, BSA'54, PhD'75
Harold Harder,BSc'65,MSc'68
John D. Van Dyke, PhD'70
Robert J. McSkimming, BEd'71,MA'75
Trinity Western College
Langley, B.C.
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caught crabs and tipped in the icy waters,
rowed back and forth on the river and finally
improved to the point where we were a pretty
good crew. I don't think our crew ever won
anything like an official race but we had the fun
— and agony — of trying. Our clubhouse was a
small shack by the river where the shell was
kept along with dry clothes; in those days there
was no coach boat and the coxswain did all the
directing and exhorting to greater effort.
Rowing has come a long way at UBC in the
past 30 years!
In addition to rowing, tennis and skiing, taking an honors course in Botany and Biology, I
had time to be president ofthe Artsmen's Undergraduate Society in 1941.
Thanks to you and Sheila Ritchie for reviving some very happy memories of UBC.
A.J. (Sandy) Nash, BA'41
BSF'46, (MF, PhD, New York State)
Professor of Forestry, University of
I read with great interest and nostalgia the recent article "The Agony and the Ecstasy of
Rowing" by Sheila Ritchie. It was excellent and
I compliment both of you for the article.
Because I found no mention of the crews
prior to 1954, save that they existed, I would
like you to know something of the 1951-1952
period when I participated with John Warren,
Doug Holbrook, Andy Smail, Glenn Smith,
Ian Costillon, John Drinnon, Gerry Rendell,
Bob Brodie, Dick Kania and Hank Matheson.
During that brief period, the Egg Cup competition was established between OSU and
UBC. UBC was second to the Argonauts in the
Canadian Olympic trials and won the consolation prize at Newport Beach (winner of the
losers). The result of these efforts was a racing
shell donated by Victor Spencer and coach
boat! These new assets permitted the 1953 and
1954 crews to rise to greater heights which you
have described.
Another characteristic of rowing, at least in
1952, was that we were scholars. "Supps" were
unheard of and the combination of Frank
Read, rowing practice and studies was a winner
for all. I recall too that the introductory lessons
in the barges separated the "determined" from
the "distracted." The single shell available undoubtedly had some effect.
My congratulations are offered again; I wish
the 1980 crew guts and stamina; and I hope you
won't forget the oldsters next time around.
Selwyn Fox, BASc'52
Selwyn Fox died in late October. An obituary
appears in this edition of the Chronicle. -Ed.
The article on rowing in Vol. 34, No. 3 by
Sheila Ritchie was interesting and penetrating.
I was associated with the Rowing Club between 1945 and 1950. Although, we did some
training at the Vancouver Rowing Club, we had
our own boathouse on the Fraser River and
during the season (all winter) many of us made
our way, almost daily, from UBC to the foot of
Blenheim Street.
The names of the most active students have
gone from my mind today, but for several years
the leading rower and recruiter was Philip
Fitz-James, now a professor at the University
of Western Ontario. Earlier on there had been
others, but as I say I have forgotten their
Fitz-James kept the crew together and working and kept a bunch of amateurs like myself,
either acting as coaches or as coxes. There was
no wharf and the boat had to be launched directly into the cold Fraser River. Neither was
there a coach boat. Whoever was coaching had
to be already out in the water in a rowboat of
some kind, or in another shell.
There was some co-operation and assistance
from the Vancouver Rowing Club. Otherwise,
the money for the shell and for other equipment
came from the Alma Mater Society, completely.
I can't remember who we rowed against; presumably the Vancouver Rowing Club itself,
and maybe Brentwood and other private
schools. In any case, we did row against the
elite of American rowing in, I think, 1946-47,
where a giant world championship was held on
Lake Washington at Seattle as part of the festivities for an international conference on the
uses of the seas that was taking place at that
time. UBC humiliatingly came in last. A
photograph of the whole event is available in
the Life magazine of that time. I think the UBC
shell is barely visible, being so far behind the
pack of leading crews. We all realized that our
good-hearted, hard-working, volunteer efforts
weren't enough and that we would have to get
into the big league that the University of
Washington and Seattle itself demonstrated. I
think it was the winning crew at that event.
Anthony Scott, BCom'46, BA'47
Professor, Economics
UBC 1999
At Homecoming I was present at the seminar
on "UBC 1999." And now, I would like to
congratulate the Class of '39 for suggesting this
meeting, and also the alumni office for organizing it. What a pleasure these packed, but swift,
two hours were! On the stage what a remarkable assembly of talent, experience and accomplishment. My gratitude grew as the discussion developed. I left with a feeling of
legitimate pride in the ability of our Alma
Mater to produce leaders, who can lead. I was
glad the chair was the source of a feminine
voice. Perhaps another year our sisters, so to
speak, will have the chance to define their vision of UBC's future. Ours is indeed a great
university. But is it not monstrously large? We
were reminded that "Small is Beautiful". We
were wittily informed too, that China — indubitably an old and very wise nation — had
only three lawyers within its entire boundary.
We may add: how beautiful are economy and
I shall hope that underneath and within the
intensified, technological, academic
superstructures of the coming decades that we
shall continue to be aware of our personal interdependence, that we shall seek to preserve a
sense of community, guard the humanities and
foster every activity that would keep alive an
expressive conscience at the core of things. Let
us remember too that "leisure (is) the basis of
culture", where leisure however is in the
character of a harvest — a feasting on that
which is living and fruitful within the individual personality: and moreover that poetic
truth provides the most lasting nurture. As the
panel of speakers maintained: indeed, the emphasis must be on "quality".
Frederick J. Brand, BA'24
Reading, England
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