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VOLUME 26, No. 3, FALL 1972
Valerie Hennell
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EDITOR    Clive Cocking, BA'62
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT    Susan Jamieson, BA'65
COVER    Annette Breukelman
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BA'42, Dr. Joseph Katz, (BA, MEd, Manitoba),
(PhD, Chicago), Trevor Lautens, (BA, McMaster),
Dr. Ross Stewart, BA'46, MA'48, (PhD,
Washington), Robert Dundas, BASc'48
Harry Franklin, BA'49, Ian MacAlpine, LLB'71,
Mrs. Nathan Nemetz, BA'35, Dr. Erich Vogt,
(BSc, MSc, Manitoba), (PhD, Princeton),
Valerie Hennell, BA'70, MA'72.
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your reunion class giving all the
details of this special evening
contact the UBC Alumni office
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Vancouver 8, B.C. or 228-3313
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A Week That
Built A
And Began
A Tradition
Valerie Hennell
Something has happened to this
university - something not easy to
describe - and yet something which
should receive mention here. It is
only now, in the presence of the
genuine, that we have come to realize the futility of those florid
phrases in which we were wont to
congratulate ourselves upon our
college spirit. That immaturity is
passed, and in its place we have
a consciousness - and a pride - too
genuine to dress in purple patches.
We have come into our heritage.
In this brief editorial The Ubyssey ofNovember 2, 1922. summed
up the events of a week which was
to become a landmark in UBC history. Something had indeed happened to the University, and it is
difficult to know whether or not at
the time the student body as a
whole shared this sense of creating
tradition. Nonetheless they wholeheartedly joined together to forge
a campaign which is still remembered as a turning point in the development of UBC, a campaign
which is now fondly recalled as
simply The Great Trek.
In 1922, UBC was hardly recognizable as a university in any terms
we might apply today. Its 1,176 stu
dents were housed on the grounds
of the General Hospital, with classes being held in tents, shacks, attics
and even a church basement. Conditions bordered on the intolerable
— hopelessly crowded and extremely rundown. Although the
provincial government had in 1911
set aside 3,000 acres of land at
Point Grey for the University, construction of buildings had been interrupted in its early stages by the
outbreak of World War I. For 10
long years the only evidence of a
university at the appointed site was
the skeleton frame of the science
building and the beginnings of some
barns. It was estimated that students in the agricultural college
were wasting 6,000 hours going to
and from their fields at Point Grey!
And despite repeated promises to
the contrary, the provincial government was making no effort to recommence construction. In the
spring of 1922 the students decided
it was time to take matters into
their own hands.
The biggest problem was to
make the public aware of the conditions at the Fairview Shacks and
to gain support for the expansion
of the infant university. Today we
might simply enlist the aid of a television crew; in 1922 considerable
imagination and initiative was re
quired. Under the leadership of
AMS president-elect Ab Richards
(BSA '23) an organizing committee
was formed to discuss plans for a
Student Publicity Campaign. The
committee was made up of Aubrey
Roberts (Arts '23), Jack Clyne (BA
'23), R.L. "Brick" McLeod (BA
'25), Marjorie Agnew (BA '22),
Jack Grant (BA '24), Percy M.
Barr (BASc '24), Al Buchanan (BA
'24), Joe Brown (BA '23, MA '25),
John Allardyce (BA '19, MA '21),
and Betty Somerset (BA '24), who
later married fellow-organizer Jack
Aubrey Roberts describes the
campaign as one which predated
the public relations profession by
20 years. "We thought of everything: speakers, letters to community leaders, flashes on news-
reels, cards on the street cars. We
organized a press bureau which
provided promotional material for
a month before and coverage during the actual campaign." All the
promotion was designed to encourage the general public to sign petitions urging the government to
"Build the University". When the
students left for summer vacation
they were armed with petitions and
charged with collecting a minimum
of 25 signatures each — and when
classes  recommenced  in  the  fall THE U.B.C. "PRESIDENT   LIVED IN A  5H0E, cr.".c »«.««;
77ie pre-Trek campaign aroused great publicity, with The Province
(above) running a now famous cartoon. And on the day of the march
the need to build the University wasfurther emphasized by student floats.
1,700 signatures had been obtained.
The committee sought to increase
this number to 50,000, a goal which
was not only reached but was exceeded by 6,000 by early November.
The ways and means by which
this was achieved is a story in itself. Betty Clyne remembers
polishing shoes on campus to help
raise money to print the petitions.
Earle Birney (BA '26) recalls riding
a street car all one day soliciting
signatures from the passengers.
Students made speeches in movie
theatres and wrote letters to MLAs
and members of government. The
women on the committee made an
appeal to the women of B.C. to
support the petitions, and succeeded in getting several women's
organizations to endorse the campaign. By October the movement
was in high gear and much encouraged by growing public support.
October 22-28 was designated
Varsity Week, when a highly concentrated effort to rally further support was to be made. Planned activities included radio speeches and
a house to house canvass. In the
"Muck-A-Muck," the literary section of The Ubyssey, certain suggestions were offered for the success of the canvass:
• All co-eds wear their prettiest
clothes and canvass office districts.
• All men to canvass residential
districts, and to ask for the lady
of the house. If she who answers
the door appears to be over 30,
say: Is your mother home? If she
is under 20 call her Madam. If
she is somewhere between these
ages — figure it out for yourself.
• Portraits of the Chemistry tent,
the Arts corridor, and the Science
men may be offered as proof of
the necessity for removing the
University from the City.
Whether or not students followed
this advice, Varsity Week was a
tremendous success. A photograph
of the chemistry tent appeared in
The Province on October 26, and
on the 27th the front page featured
a cartoon depicting then UBC
President Klinck gazing bemused
at a giant shoe overflowing with
students. The caption read:
The UBC president lived in a shoe,
He had so many students, he didn't
know what to do. He cramped them, and squeezed
them and trusted to luck,
While the government dawdled and
passed him the BUCK.
"Build the University" ads were
run in the papers and window display space was donated to the campaign by downtown stores. Brick
McLeod set up a booth at the fair
(now the PNE) and offered to push
baby carriages while mothers signed the petition. Another enterprising student set up a soap box in a
downtown pool hall.
Excitement was building as the
campaign gained momentum. Varsity Week was climaxed on October 28 with a parade through town
and a pilgrimage to Point Grey.
Enthusiasm was high as students
gathered at the Georgia Street Viaduct to march in the parade. Some
floats took part, led by the Varsity
band and cheerleaders, with students carrying banners following
behind. Their slogans supported
the theme of overcrowding:
"We're Packed, Let's Move";
"United, but Crowded";
"U.B.C, N.S.F., S.O.S.,
P.D.Q." The Science '26 float was
comprised of a giant sardine can
labelled "Sardines, Varsity Brand,
Packed in Fairview". The old
woman in the shoe motif was the
theme of another float overflowing
with students. The parade moved
along Main to Hastings and then
up to Granville. All went smoothly, if somewhat noisily, until at
Carrall Street an apparently unsympathetic CPR train cut the
parade in half. At Granville and
Davie the parade disbanded and
the students piled on street cars
provided by the B.C. Electric
Company and rode merrily to 10th
and Sasamat from where the Trek
was to begin.
Ironically, it was not until the
25th anniversary of the "Great
Trek" that it was given this name.
At the time it was known as "the
Pilgrimage", and Aubrey Roberts
wishes he'd thought of the shorter
name sooner. He was assigned to
cover the event for The Province,
and it would have made his job a
lot easier. " 'Pilgrimage' was a bit
long for the headline writers even
in those days," he bemoans. He
further recalls that although the
trekkers started out quite briskly,
"we arrived at the main mall rather
less smartly".
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Ll:^MMMn 'M$ Getting every possible ounce of public exposure, students posed
(below) for a news reel in the skeleton of the chemistry building, and
(above) they hammered home the sardine-like conditions at UBC.
The road from Sasamat to what
is now the heart of the UBC campus was not much more than a wagon trail in 1922. Earle Birney has
vague memories of sore feet. "I
was a freshman that year, and coming green to UBC all this excitement just seemed like a natural part
of university life. I had never seen
Point Grey until the great day —
that name, Point Grey, became
kind of a magic thing. As freshmen
we all had to go to pep meetings
where we'd practise singing songs:
We're through with tents and
hovels, we're through with shingle
stain.... As we walked we sang and
through the chorus we'd shout
those magic words: Point Grey!
Point Grey!"
The end of the hike was the
skeleton of the chemistry building,
and as waves of trekkers arrived
great cheers went up from the
crowd already gathered. There
were speeches, songs, and yells,
and then the students scaled the
frame of the building to be filmed
by newsreel cameras. After this
"ceremonial    occupation"    they
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U.B.C. on the ground. All the proceedings had been organized well
in advance and were conducted
with a minimum of confusion.
To climax the pilgrimage a cairn
ceremony had been arranged. The
cairn was to be a lasting symbol of
the campaign, an idea originally
conceived by the late Professor P.
A. Boving. Before the trek a frame
had been built, and large stones
placed as a foundation. As a token
gesture students gathered rocks
and tossed them into the cairn,
which contains a parchment recording the history of the campaign, and bears the inscription
"To the Glory of Our Alma Mater.
Student Campaign, 1922-23."
Thus ended the Trek, but not the
campaign. On November 1 a delegation comprised of Ab Richards,
Percy Barr, Jack Clyne, and Jack
Grant went to Victoria to talk to
Premier John Oliver and members
of his cabinet. The petitions bearing 56,000 signatures were presented to the House, carried by six
page boys and piled up until the
Speaker was almost completely ob
scured from view. One week later
the success of the campaign was
made perfectly clear: Premier Oliver announced the government
would make a $1.5 million grant for
construction of the University at
Point Grey. In the autumn of 1925,
UBC held its first session on the
new site.
The Great Trek holds a high
place in the tradition of our University. It gave students an example
of what can be done by planned,
organized effort, and set a precedent for a student body which has
since become known for helping itself. In 1950 there was established
a Great Trekker Award, given in
recognition of outstanding contributions to UBC. It is perhaps not
too surprising that many of the recipients of that award were students at UBC during the Student
Publicity Campaign of 1922.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Great Trek. On October 20 many of the surviving trekkers will return to UBC for a special Reunion Day Dinner Celebration at the Faculty Club. One wonders what their feelings will be as
they drive to campus on the well-
paved boulevard which now spans
the route along which they
marched 50 years ago. A Province
editorial of 1922 made a comment
which Aubrey Roberts cites as the
one most highly valued by the original campaign committee, and a
prediction which must surely ring
true to all trekkers who have lived
to see UBC grow to its present maturity:
It is a remarkable feature of this
movement, in which the undergraduates had complete control, that it should have been
carried out without indiscretion
or- sacrifice of dignity or offence
against good taste... In the
years to come, when as mature
and influential citizens, they
shall contemplate the University
establishment at Point Grey,
they may look back on their
early share in this development
with much satisfaction and no
self reproach. □
Valerie Hennell. BA'70. MA'72, does freelance writing and broadcasting for the
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your salesmen on a business trip. A
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How about it?
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A phone is what you make it. The Che//
Duncan Suttle/
there is ATECHNiQUEemployedby
psychologists in which the individual under study is presented
with a series of disconnected
words, to each of which he is asked
to respond by giving the first word
that comes to mind.
It would be interesting to expose
a few North American chess masters to this exercise. How would
they deal with the word "chess"?
With one possible exception, it is
unlikely that their participation in
the Royal Game is accompanied by
expectations which would lead
them to utter "wealth" or "fame"
or other expressions evoking widespread public interest and its concomitant rewards.
The possible exception is, of
course, Robert J. Fischer, whose
spectacular comportment has captured the attention of the mass
media. His bizarre quest for the
World Championship has produced
cover stories in Time, Newsweek
and Life. There were 80 column
inches of chess news on the first
three pages of the July 4 edition of
the Vancouver Sun. Game results
have been reported prominently in
local newspapers, radio and television, and even letters to the editor have been prompted. This
degree of coverage would hardly be
worth mentioning in the Soviet
Union or Eastern Europe, where
chess has been a mania for a long
time. However, it represents a
phenomenal volte-face in the North
American context. Bobby Fischer
has become a genuine celebrity,
and there is no doubt that his notoriety has stimulated curiosity about
the game itself.
One of the most important implications of the current chess boom
is the prospect that economic opportunities will become sufficiently
plentiful to encourage inchoate talents to invest time in the development of their potential. The dominance of players from the Soviet Union and other socialist countries in
international competition can be
explained to a considerable extent
by the state support accorded
promising   youngsters,   who   are
meticulously nurtured and given the
wherewithal to develop their skills
without distraction. The noted
British chess writer, Assiac, once
advised a highly gifted young
player that he could reach master
strength by devoting 5,000 hours to
the game in the next three years.
In our society, a careful choice
must be made by one who is starting to think of bread and butter
matters at the same time that his
chess potential can either be realized with the proper commitment
or wither on the vine if other
considerations interfere.
In golf, tennis and bowling, commercial sponsorship of events has
made it possible for a substantial
number of players to earn comfortable livings through tournament
play. One hundred golfers earned
more than $20,000 in 1971, and 48
pocketed more than $50,000. There
were 44 tournaments played in
which first prize was $20,000 or
more. Compare this with chess,
where the winner of a rich tournament such as the U.S. Open will
11 take home all of $1,500.
There are some signs that this
impoverishment may be alleviated
somewhat in the future. One commercial concern, Church's Fried
Chicken, will sponsor a major
tournament in San Antonio in November and December of this year.
First prize will be $4,000. It may
well be that other lucrative events
will be generated by the popularity
that chess is now enjoying. The list
of those invited to participate in the
Church's tournament is formidable
and includes Boris Spassky, Bent
Larsen, Paul Keres, Larry Evans,
Svetozar Gligoric, Duncan Suttles,
Lajos Portisch, Vlastimil Hort ...
At this point, let us retrace our
steps. One of these names is of
particular interest to us. Duncan
Suttles is a Canadian who lives in
Vancouver and attends the University of British Columbia, where he
is a graduate student in mathematics and is now only a dissertation short of the PhD degree. The
chess world has its own system of
degrees granted by its ruling body,
the Federation Internationale des
Echecs. The titles are awarded to
players who obtain a certain number of points in a tournament in
which a specified number of title
holders are competing. These titles
are International Master and the ultimate, the doctorate, International
Grandmaster. Suttles possesses
the former. Between mathematics
and chess, he has spent the better
part of the last decade pursuing
what is, in effect, a double doctorate.
Born in San Francisco, he
moved to Vancouver with his family at the age of five and became
a Canadian citizen in 1966. His
father, Wayne, is an anthropologist
who once taught at UBC. William
Ewart Napier, a British player who
flourished briefly at the turn of the
century, estimated that the components of chess success consisted of
about 10 percent creativity and 90
per cent acquired background. Suttles disagrees: "Chess is one of the
few games where a player can become strong rather quickly, which
should mean that background is not
that important. It takes 10 or 15
years for a player to become good
at checkers or go, and this is because memory and technique are
very important. However, in
chess, this is not the case. If a
player has ability to see combina-
tions and has ideas, he may develop into a strong player in a matter
of months."
He may well have pointed to his
own example to support this opinion. Suttles learned the moves at
the age of 13, and began playing
competitively at 14. A short time
later he finished second in the B.C.
championship, and at the age of 15
was one of a select field of 12
players competing for the 1961
Canadian Closed Championship.
His inexperience resulted in a finish
near the bottom of the standings.
More successful was his venture
across the border in 1963, where he
participated in the U.S. Open in
Chicago and finished twelfth in a
field of 266, the largest tournament
ever held in the United States to
that time. As top junior in this
event, he became the U.S. Junior
Champion. Suttles went on to the
biennial World Junior Championship, which in 1965 was played in
Barcelona. He was not one of the
10 players to make the "A" section, but finished at the top of the
"B" section ahead of eight other
gladiators. "My failure to qualify
for the championship section was
the greatest setback I have ever experienced in chess," he wrote at
the time.
But an even greater disappointment was in store, ironically arising
out of his greatest international performance. Playing second board
for Canada at the Eighteenth Chess
Olympiad at Lugano, Switzerland,
in 1968, Suttles achieved a record
of seven wins, nine draws and one
loss, a showing which was generally thought to be sufficient to earn the
title of International Grandmaster.
Alas, it was not to be. Suttles
relates his version of the controversy: "I once made the grandmaster
result in a tournament and was denied the title on a technicality. The
technicality was that I played one
game too many. There was absolutely no logic to the rule, it was
a matter of politics. If I hadn't played a certain game that I won, and
it was possible for me not to play
it because it was a team event, I
would have fulfilled all of the requirements of a grandmaster at that
time. However, by playing this extra game, and winning the game in
fact, according to the formulas
applied I had no longer achieved
the grandmaster result in the correct category of tournament."
The title has since continued to
elude him, although he captured
the Canadian" Closed Championship in 1969 and came within a hallucination of defeating World
Champion Boris Spassky and winning the Canadian Open in 1971.
It has been claimed that chess is
purely a game of skill and luck is
not a factor. Duncan Suttles can
tell you from personal experience
that this is not the case. He says
of the game with Spassky: "He
was lucky that I didn't see the
other side of the board. I was concentrating too much on one idea
and I overlooked a simple move
that would have demolished his position. He would have expected to
lose that game to 99 out of 100 reasonably strong players because
there was no difficulty in seeing the
move. In this case, I was on the
wrong track. It's a matter of vision.
Although some players tend to
keep the position in their mind, I
don't. I use my eyes, and if I don't
see it on the board I may overlook
it. This is what happened in that
In his travels, Suttles has encountered across the board most of
the world's greatest players. He
has lost to Bobby Fischer twice,
and appraises his skill thus: "He
is by far the best technician of any
chess player. Once he gets a small
advantage, he seems to hold it.
Strategically, his play may not be
as good as some of the other leading players, but somehow, there
are always chances for him to do
something. He is always alert to
every opportunity to shift the game
in his favour and doesn't get off on
the wrong track very often."
Today Duncan Suttles is
Canada's strongest player and,
next to Winnipeg's International
Grandmaster Abe Yanofsky, the
most experienced in top-level international competition. He has had
a great deal of success, but one
senses a lack of fulfillment in his
chess career. Part of this must certainly be ascribed to a lack of opportunity to concentrate on the
game to the extent necessary to
triumph over the world's best. The
other factor is temperament and
chess style. It may be that Suttles'
approach to the game, his sense of
values, is not conducive to consistently winning chess in grandmaster play.
Colin Aykroyd made the follow- Suttles (above) tries out some of
his imaginative moves on his wife,
Dobrila, in a relaxed game
at home.
Suttles is definitely a player apart. With his bizarre style
he plays one day (or one move!) like a grandmaster and
the next like a beginner.
13 ing observations about Suttles'
play at the Interzonal Tournament in Tunisia in 1967: "Suttles
is definitely a player apart; with his
bizarre style he plays one day (or
one move!) like a grandmaster and
the next like a beginner. He has
collected some valuable scalps and
played some artistic games, notably versus Gipslis, Barczay and
Reshevsky, but also some horrors.
His strategy is deep but his preparation and tactics are often weak.
At any rate he has gained the IM
title and has certainly restored our
prestige a lot."
Of his own play, Suttles says: "I
tend to make tactical oversights
sometimes. I'm not that experienced a technician at carrying out
plans that I evolve during a game.
Some of the plans may be faulty,
too. I'm a very imaginative player
and sometimes I tend to get carried
away with an idea which may not
be realizable because of the amount
of time involved, and this is a defect in the plan."
On hearing this, one is reminded
of Fred Reinfeld's evaluation of
Frank J. Marshall, one of the strongest American players of all time:
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"Marshall was second to none in
imaginative power, but it was an almost wholly undisciplined quality.
He was a dangerous opponent to
everyone, including himself. In the
presence of a pretty combination,
he was like a child to whom every
toy is irresistible. Lacking the ability to discriminate between the attractive and the possible, Marshall
frequently overreached himself.
Had he possessed this lacking quality, he could have reached the
heights of chess mastery. His inability to discipline his imagination
kept him out of the ranks of the
That Suttles has great creative
ability is widely recognized. According to Phil Haley, President of
the Chess Federation of Canada,
"his approach to the opening is
highly original and shows an ingenuity relative to developing new
concepts of piece and pawn configuration and employment of the
knights which is unique in the chess
To win in chess, one must frequently be a little more mundane.
Grandmaster Larry Evans, upon
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,K 5     ' ' 'I-       '-M:TiiM,' Dr. George Szasz
B.C's Pioneer In Sex Education
it's a rainy Monday outside.
Inside the basement classroom,
the youngest crop of student nurses
at Vancouver General are giggling
nervously in anticipation of their
first lecture on human sexuality.
They are a rather sheltered lot.
Later, many of them will admit that
"nobody has ever talked to us so
frankly before." Before them
stands a dark, stocky man of middle age, surrounded by tape recorders, a projector, a flickering videotape machine, and a mass of wires.
He bows with European gallantry.
"My name is George Szasz. I'm
Hungarian by birth — a human being by birth, I should say — and
a physician by vocational training.
For 11 years I was a family physician; now my work is in connection
with the Health Sciences Centre at
"Today I'd like to share some
information with you on human
sexuality. But before we begin, I'd
like to play you some music and
show you some pictures, and I
would like it if you would just relax
and abandon yourself to the moods
these pictures suggest."
Giggles all around.
The theme from 2001: Space
Odyssey thunders out over the
darkened room, to a series of exceptionally beautiful slides of the
human fetus. Now the music goes
into romantic piano medleys; the
slides    shift   to   cloud    patterns,
mountaintops, horses in a meadow,
dark-skinned children laughing or
in pain, faces of the aged, smiling
mothers, a hospital room, a cemetery, a city skyline, a slum, a park,
sea waves. The total mood created
is one of harmony and joy in being
part of the vast natural cycle.
The lights don't come up immediately. Dr. Szasz's voice is low:
"This is human sexuality. What
you have just seen is life, from birth
to death, and the manner in which
we respond to these events as men
or women is our sexuality."
He is a showman.
For the remainder of the afternoon, he discusses sexual functions
of every kind, illustrating them by
means of simple diagrams and cartoon figures — but with no suggestion of facetiousness. Sex, to Dr.
George Szasz, "is no joking matter." As the quiet pioneer of sex
education in B.C. he ought to
At UBC, faculty colleagues still
grin as they introduce Dr. Szasz to
visitors: "This is our sex man."
Nursing students talk admiringly
about him in the halls. Organization ladies beam and ask him to
lunch. And Education Dean Neville Scarfe doesn't hesitate a moment when he says, "George Szasz
has been more effective than anyone in B.C. in improving sexual —
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For sex education of the masses is
not Dr. Szasz's Number One goal.
His greater concern is: how can
health care become more effective
and more humane? How can doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, and clergy work together to insure the emotional as well as the
physical health of the populace?
"In my attempts to find out what
are the barriers between professions, it has become obvious one
of the barriers is that few students
or professionals understand the
context in which they work. The
context is not medicine, but humanity...one of the ways to show
this would be to open up a field that
was never talked about, and sex
was one..."
Consequently, he zips around
the city and sometimes around the
country to make his bid for "sexual
consciousness-raising". An associate professor of epidemiology
and director of interprofession -
al education, Dr. Szasz gives formal lectures to medical, nursing,
and education students at UBC.
He gives special lectures at the
B.C. Institute of Technology, Vancouver City College, and Vancouver General Hospital. High school
students, parents, and school
board bigwigs hear him. He may
speak to a group of clergymen in
Vancouver one day, and fly to Calgary to address a meeting of the
Canadian Association of Pediatricians the next.
In a typical group, such as the
VGH nursing class, he is sure to
point out how vital is the role of
a health professional when it comes
to sex. "People will come to you
thinking that you are wise, that you
are knowledgeable and trustworthy
in these matters." Or, patients will
need reassurances that they don't
always ask for. As nurses, what
will they say to a young boy worried sick about masturbation, or to
a pregnant woman whose marriage
is under a strain because she believes intercourse will harm the unborn baby?
The tittering has stopped. The
notebooks are blank on the desks,
but every word is absorbed in earnest silence.
A young woman is brought in to
discuss her marital relations in
front of the class with Dr. Szasz.
Another day it might be an elderly
patient, a teenager or a physically
handicapped person. In any case
the procedure is similar. The conversation is friendly and low-key
and demonstrates Dr. Szasz's four
principles of interviewing. He tries
to: 1) inform usually by volunteering facts in a casual manner; 2)
de-sensitize, by dispelling embarrassment and the unspoken fear of
is-it-normal? 3) re-sensitize, by
making the patient feel his/her body
is a wonderful and well-ordered
structure, and finally 4) ensure the
patient applies the information
to his/her personal situation.
Throughout the interview, the patient is never put on the spot by
forced, direct questions. And always, Dr. Szasz points out that no
sexual activity is abnormal; what
may be abnormal is the obsession
with any particular one.
"I didn't make up these methods
...many others have used them.
They can be applied to anything... to a person with a broken
leg, to a mother who is worried
about how her child is doing at
With students, I saw his approach alter according to the collective maturity and confidence of
the class. It can be fatherly and
conversational, or it can be brisk
and matter-of-fact, as one professional to another. But Dr. Szasz's
main concern as the class ends is
"will they apply what they learned
today? Will they practise the interviews and role-playing among
themselves and in other classes —
or will they just let these ideas
Dr. Szasz sees himself as a
wedge. He wants to make sex a respectable topic of discussion, not
only between doctors and patients,
between high schoolers and teachers, but in a considerably more neglected area, education for the
handicapped. This is his current research baby, educating the blind
and deaf, physically crippled or
mentally retarded children, those
institutionalized strangers to society whose sexual anxieties and
bewilderment are as great as any
normal adolescent's but who rarely
find any reassurance on that score.
It's slow work, Dr. Szasz admits,
because opposition from both parents and staff is often much greater
than where normal children are
But this is a quiet corner of the
crusade. The public man is best
known as a writer and speaker.
18 Articles entitled "Sex and the Public Health Nurse", "Sex and the
Teacher", "The Sex Education of
the Family Physician" roll off his
desk, bound for journals. The Adolescent in Society is his first book;
there are bound to be others.
To the lectures he totes along
videotape machines loaded with
vignettes of his own making. Dr.
Szasz insists on role-playing as a
method of getting his students to
understand and anticipate a patient's problems and, by taping
these sessions, he has a repertoire
of sexual anxieties to demonstrate
to those who will one day have to
deal with them. The video also
spouts one-line questions of the
kind adolescents ask, leaving the
audience to ponder the best way to
One testing and spawning ground
for Dr. Szasz's ideas is the teenage
clinic he operates in conjunction
with Dr. Roger Tonkin's REACH
Centre, "to keep myself clinically
involved." Here his disciples give
contraceptives, examinations and
He says he learned a great deal
from his own children, who never
hesitated to discuss their sexual activities with him. The Szaszes are
a close family. He met his wife in
the admitting office of the North
Vancouver hospital where they
both worked; their children are
now grown-up, the son to be a
medical student at UBC — taking
some of his father's classes. His
daughter took nursing training and
then opted for an air stewardess
If you ask George Szasz what
sex education is, he will simply say
it is "raising children to be men or
women within the framework of
their society." His constant cry is
for a "context of humanity" —
which means nothing less than a
history of sex and how it came to
be such a problem. All our physical
functions have social controls imposed on them, Dr. Szasz points
out, but only sex can be altered or
delayed indefinitely. In our society,
sex has become "the measuring
stick of honour" — and hence a
He maintains that the biggest
problem in education today is the
lack of context. What good is it to
teach our children logarithms if
they don't understand their relation
to history and building? What good
A bit of a showman, Dr. Szasz makes imaginative use of audiovisual
aids in teaching the importance of the context of humanity in
sex education.
19 Dr. Szasz is skilled not only in the use of television, but also in interview
techniques to get people to discuss sex openly and without
is it to tell them what "circumcision" means if they don't understand the moral ethics of an ancient
That is why, deplorable as the
state of sex education — or the lack
of it — in B.C. schools may be,
Dr. Szasz does not want to see separate classes set up just to diagram
genitalia. Better to expand the
courses already taught, so that human sexuality would be included in
biology — but its emotional implications might find their way into
English literature, while sexual beliefs of different cultures and different ages would be dealt with in social studies. In effect, a panorama
of human experience would open
up. Sex would lose its threat, and
— here is an unexpected bonus —
a new respect for our social order
would be gained. ("I'm basically a
conservative fellow," admits
Idealistic? Maybe. A dozen pessimistic objections pop to mind.
Where would you find enough
teachers who could cope with that
kind of information? It is a matter
of developing what Dr. Szasz calls
a "critical mass", of like-minded
individuals in positions of influence.
Right now the most crucial group
to reach is grades 11 and 12. They
in turn will pass the information
along to younger friends, brothers
and sisters, eventually to their own
children. Moreover, parents will
accept sex education for this
"group of risk" sooner than for the
early grades, because the need is
obvious and desperate.
What about the structural
changes that a "context" education would require? That involves
political decisions, which Dr.
Szasz leaves to politicians. He is
not interested in pressuring the
government or the public: "My
work is planting the seed and letting it germinate in many minds."
By a modest count Dr. Szasz
talks to 200 people in a week. Starting out as a lone crusader in a suspect field, in 10 years Dr. Szasz has
become the vanguard of a sizeable
movement. He has also become director of interprofessional education at UBC — which means that
as far as training health professionals is concerned, he is in a position
to create closer contact and more
co-operation between various
20 He is a soft-spoken man. A firm
handshake, rather sad brown eyes,
and an old-country courtesy that
belies his claim to having been "de-
Our first interview takes place in
his office on the top floor of one
of the new buildings in the UBC
health sciences complex. I make
small talk about the lousy summer
weather, how the buildings are beginning to look more and more like
those of Simon Fraser, and hbw I'd
been reading his articles ana been
impressed with their soundness.
And just as 1 am about to launch
into a let's-not-waste-any-time
question about the state of sex education in B.C., Dr. Szasz who has
been patiently waiting for me to get
my introductions in order, says,
"What about you? I'd like to know
more about you."
Right. Let's start over. Things
slow down, become more casual.
I talk freely about my background
and work; Dr. Szasz listens and begins to talk about his own. He tells
how young pregnant girls would
pass through his general practice in
the Fifties, anxious, confused,
above all ignorant. At first he accepted the process as "the way
things were", but when the same
girls would come back pregnant a
second time, he began to feel something was wrong. He tells how he
evolved a way of questioning and
educating them with their barely
being aware of it. How one patient,
a distraught school counsellor,
asked him to speak to her girls, and
how nervous he was in front of that
first class. How he worked out his
theory of sex taboos, and how it
mattered a great deal whether you
sat next to a patient or loomed
above him behind a desk, whether
you wore a white smock or a yellow sport shirt.
"I developed techniques I didn't
know anybody else had, that is,
how to present the information to
classes, what sort of art material to
use, how I could make them feel
very emotional... this had its ups
and downs ... but as I improved
myself and could show these techniques to professionals who were
aware of the need for them, I found
much of my material very well accepted."
For two and a half hours, he
talks without a pause, yet unhurriedly.  It occurs to me that I've
been getting a demonstration of his
philosophy; that he has been putting me at ease in much the same
fashion he puts students and patients at ease.
There is an essential humility to
the man, not just in the way he
talks about his work, but in the way
he responds to people. The impression he gives is that he respects the
person at the other end, whether
it is a pregnant teenager or a school
board secretary. Maybe that explains why in 10 years he has received only one angry letter of the
"subversive Communist!" variety.
What opposition there has been is
more subtle.
"The main opposition to sex
education comes from the feeling
that it is a domain of clergy and parents. That's okay if society is
stable and knowledge doesn't increase. Then what you're taught in
the home is what you see in the
street and what is supported by the
church. But we know that isn't so.
Now the only place of information
is the street, and instead of being
the worst place, it has become the
best place, the most complete. You
can buy The Sensuous Woman in
any drugstore, kids can go home
and read it ... but if all they get
formally is various condemnations
and no practical application such as
how to handle these functions ...
school, church, home have all lost
credibility for kids."
For Szasz personally, "sex was
never a big thing." As an adolescent in war-torn Hungary, he was
exposed to the kinds of atrocities
and suffering that took the edge off
sex as something titillatingly extraordinary.
George Szasz always knew he
was going to be a doctor; there was
never any question. His grandfather was a physician in Hungary;
so was an uncle. Another uncle
was a pharmacist; various cousins
were attending medical school.
Dr. Szasz was 18 when he came
to Canada in 1947, leaving parents
and a brother behind. His brother
came when the Hungarian Revolution broke out in 1956. His parents
came "quite legitimately" a year
later and started a successful
delicatessen-restaurant on Granville Street.
But UBC had no medical school
at that time, so Dr. Szasz took the
three years of pre-med at McGill,
returning to UBC when the medi-
/'// never forget one
particular experience when
a heart attack patient
was brought in. This other
doctor and I sat in her
room for five hours until
the patient died, just
listening to her
not saying a word,
this is what made me
aware of the
humanistic context.
21 cal school opened. The years at
McGill, Dr. Szasz counts as his
period of Cariadianization. He
lived in a converted air force station with 80 English-speaking veterans and had no choice but to learn
English as his peers spoke it.
"When you go through stages of
youth together, when you kick a
ball with the same guys, take out
girls, that's when you become part
of a culture."
He almost forgot Hungarian —
until 1956 when the Hungarian immigrants arrived. Being one of the
few doctors in Vancouver who
spoke their language, Dr. Szasz
had a lot of patients from his old
country. "Patients coming to me
with their sexual problems,
husband-and-wife problems, child-
rearing problems ... in a Canadian
environment" brought home to
Szasz how strongly sexual attitudes
vary among cultures.
It also hinted at the difficulty of
adopting anybody else's standards
of health care or sex education.
Ten years later at UBC, when Dr.
Szasz was awarded a $40,000 Mill-
bank Memorial Fellowship (he was
the first Canadian to be made a
Millbank Fellow), he began to
travel to South America, to the
Caribbean, to Europe, checking
out facilities, talking to sociologists, and comparing cultural attitudes to various health schemes.
"There are no models. You can go
to China, but then you have to have
Mao. Or you can spend two weeks
in Sweden studying their health
care, but you can't bring back
Swedish thought or their attitude to
We're having lunch at Vancouver City College after a lecture that
included an interview with a pregnant couple. "You must be exhausted — I am," he says, and it
dawns on me how much energy
goes into a morning like this for
George Szasz.
First the interview: putting the
couple at their ease, acting as
middleman between them and the
class, and making sure both sides
get the information and reassurance they need. Then the lecture;
brisk, stressing key points, covering a lot of ground in a short time.
And now there's me with my tape-
recorder and my questions, interfering with his digestion. Of
course, as I've already discovered,
it is neither necessary nor possible
to ask Dr. Szasz very many questions. He starts on one topic and
moves through a dozen others, in
the course of which he manages to
answer all the questions anyway.
"When I was in third-year medicine I became what they used to
call an extern, as opposed to an intern, at the North Vancouver
hospital. We lived in the hospital,
we could hear the ambulance next
door and by the time we got
dressed we could see the patient arriving. We knew everyone ... from
admission to discharge. You don't
see this nowadays, but I'll never
forget one particular experience
when a heart attack patient was
brought in. This other doctor and
I sat in her room for five hours until
the patient died, not saying a word,
just listening to her breathing. A
fantastic experience at that stage of
life. And with maternity ... to sit
beside a woman who is perspiring
and having contractions and to be
aware of her needs ... this is what
made me aware of the humanistic
"Many people think technical
skills are more important than
these ... but what I'm saying is
we're all human. Some of us are
physicians because we have taken
four or five years of extra special
training and become skilled in that,
but we are not any better persons.
We have the same emotions, we
shouldn't act as if we have the keys
to the universe, but accept that we
are just people trying to work with
others through certain techniques,
and that in this work we can't be
alone. We have to share it with
others in similar professions, and
we also have to accept people who
feel their use is in entirely different
professions, such as religion or
other ways of resolving human
Dr. Szasz got into teaching by
a roundabout route. In private
practice he used to use a blackboard in his office for explaining
things to his patients. In 1956 he
submitted a report to the department of education on health care
and its potential in schools. The report was presented to a gathering
of deans and other officials, with
the result that Dr. John McCreary,
then UBC Dean of Medicine, invited Dr. Szasz to join the faculty.
"After considerable agony over
whether I should leave my practice
or not, I elected to go and join the
department of health care and epidemiology because it is the only department for non-specialists." A
few years later he became director
of interprofessional education.
Pastrami sandwich in hand, he
speaks with the mixture of intensity
and serenity that is one of the distinctive features of the man. You
feel he will never have ulcers, that
he enjoys what he does and controls his own work-pace, even
within a very full schedule.
At home he relaxes with reading
and television. "My wife and I are
very close... we lead a quiet life.
We don't go out much; now and
then we have friends over for dinner. And our children come to visit
... my daughter is based in Toronto
but she flies to Vancouver regular-
And an appealingly personal
note; "We have a dog but he is dying, he's very old. A German Shepherd ... but you know how their
hind legs get paralyzed when they
get old."
When weather and time allow,
the Szaszes ski and play tennis.
"My wife is a very good tennis
player, a very good skier ... and I
do a great deal of photography ...
those slides you saw ..."
He also takes his work home
with him. He spends late nights
drawing the little cartoon illustrations for his lectures, arranging
slides and selecting music to go
with them, working out ideas for
the videotape. A devotee of television, he would like to work more
in that medium, maybe have his
own show one day.
And although there is still much
to be improved, both in understanding sexual problems and in
clearing the communication lines
between professionals and public,
Szasz has every reason to be content: "I have a feeling that though
my effect has not been spectacular
in terms of groups of physicians
and nurses marching hand in hand,
a subliminal success is coming.
Students are able to recognize their
own potential, and that they can do
so much more for the patient that
just stand by and give the bedpan."
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Address Alumni Survey Results
A Group
Portrait of
UBC Graduates
the ubc alumni association survey of alumni
opinions has produced an interesting picture of the
attitudes of graduates towards their university, the
alumni association and higher education in general.
In broad outline, the profile that emerges indicates that most alumni:
• feel a sense of loyalty to UBC;
• are eager for news of university/alumni affairs;
• want the association to foster better integration
of university and community;
• feel the association's image is one of a fund-
raising organization;
• believe the association's operation should not
be financed (as it now is) by a UBC grant;
• want the association to encourage more continuing education programs;
• and certainly do not believe the provincial
government spends too much on education.
These main results are contained in the report
of the alumni opinion survey committee which is
now being studied by the alumni board of management for possible policy action. Chaired by Chuck
Campbell, BA'71, alumni third vice-president, the
committee was composed of Peter Forward,
BCom'53, a marketing research professional;
Levente Kornya, BSc'62, a management consultant;
and Frank C. Walden, BA'49, alumni past president. With the assistance of a marketing research
firm, the committee endeavored to discover the attitudes of alumni toward the present operation of the
alumni association and the role of UBC in higher
education with a view to seeing whether new policies were needed.
In October 1971 questionnaires were mailed'to
a random sample of 5,003 alumni and 1,779 were
returned. This was more than a 34 per cent rate
of return, which the committee feels is higher than
needed to give the survey statistical validity — to
make it valid, in other words, to regard the attitudes
expressed as true for all alumni.
Several main attitudes towards the alumni association emerged strongly from the survey. Alumni
generally seem to feel the alumni association does
a fine job and deserves support. Some 42 per cent
of graduates responded positively to the question
on that point, while nine per cent replied negatively
and 49 per cent expressed no opinion.
This latter result may tie in with another major
theme that emerges from the survey: the desire for
more information about alumni association activities, and about university developments. (See adjacent table for complete survey results.) In this connection, it was found that 70 per cent of alumni
feel the Chronicle does a pretty good job of presenting articles and news of wide appeal, while nine
per cent do not and 21 per cent have no opinion::
At the same time, 75 per cent enjoy reading the
Chronicle, while 18 per cent do not and seven per
cent have no opinion. But 64 per cent of graduates
believe the magazine could do better by presenting
more information about student attitudes and problems.
Alumni generally made it clear that they would
like more information about alumni association
organization, financing, elections and relationship
with the University. On the question of university
affairs, graduates are eager for more information
about continuing education programs, course
changes, cultural events, faculty changes and physical development of the University.
The survey also showed that 62 per cent of
graduates feel the image of the alumni association
is that of a fund-raising organization (17 per cent
did not feel this way and 21 per cent didn't know).
But they do not feel that the association should
cease raising funds. However, they arso feel the
association should not conduct more fund raising
appeals than at present.
Graduates also appear to believe that the alumni
association should pursue an active and independent role in university affairs. For one thing, 47
per cent feel the association should not be financed
by an annual UBC grant as it now is; 28 per cent
believe the association should be and 25 per cent
have no opinion. In addition, 74 per cent of respondents feel the association should be involved in university affairs, while 57 per cent feel it should pursue an independent role in its dealings with the
University, the government and the community.
Alumni also feel fairly strongly that the association
should promote better integration of the University
and the community (75 per cent in favour, seven
per cent against and 18 per cent no opinion).
The survey also produced these further interesting results:
• 56 per cent of alumni are not willing to become
active in alumni affairs (20 per cent are and 24
per cent made no reply);
• 57 per cent believe more students should be in- volved in association activities;
» 39 per cent believe faculty tenure is necessary
to academic freedom while 39 per cent do not
believe so and 22 are undecided;
• 73 per cent feel faculty should be required to
have instruction in teaching methods;
> 58 per cent of graduates feel that limits should
be set on the proportion of non-Canadian faculty
» and 84 per cent of alumni do not believe the
provincial government spends too much on education.
For the full story, see the adjacent table.
I. The Association — Its Role
and Structure
Reply  Yes   No
1. The Alumni Association should
take an active interest in student
opinion on campus      16    71     13
2. The Alumni Association does a fine
job and deserves my support      49    42      9
3. There should be local branches
of the Alumni Association to encourage
more active participation of members
in its affairs      31     48     21
4. The Alumni Association should
encourage increased student participation
in its activities by students in their
final years on campus      26    56     18
5. I am aware of the management
structure of the Alumni Association      15     14     71
6. The Alumni Association should
act as an independent body in its
dealings with the University, the
government and the community      29    57     14
7. Members of the Alumni Association's
governing board should choose their
successors in office      25       9     66
8. 1 would be interested in receiving
more information about:
a) Management of the Alumni
Association      17    50    33
b) Financing of the Alumni
Association      16     52     32
c) Election/appointment of
association office holders      18     52     30
d) Relationship of the Alumni
Association to the University      13     68     19
9. There should be separate divisions
of the Alumni Association representative
of the different faculties or of
faculty groups      32    27    41
10. A variety of ages and backgrounds
should be represented by persons on
the association's governing board      12     84      4
11. The cost of operating the Alumni
Association should be raised by means of:
a) A grant from UBC  25 28 47
b) Contributions from alumni   22 66 12
c) Income from property and bequests.... 26 63 II
d) Membership dues  23 53 24
12. I would be prepared to take an
active role in alumni affairs at UBC      24     20     56
13. The Alumni Association should
stay out of university affairs      18       8     74
14. I would support the election of
the association's governing board
by means of a mail ballot      20    69     II
No   Yes  No
15. I think the Alumni Association should: Reply
a) Promote better integration of
the university and the community      18    75      7
b) Encourage the physical growth
of UBC     28    32    40
c) Be dissolved      17      4    79
16. It is fair to say that the image
of the Alumni Association is primarily
that of a fund-raising organization     21     62     17
17. Despite UBC graduates varying so
widely in their beliefs and attitudes,
the Alumni Association should attempt
to represent them as a single body      26    53     21
18. 1 have considerable interest in UBC
Alumni Association activities      20     26     54
19. I wish the Alumni Association would
forget I exist and stop sending me the
Chronicle and appeals for funds      13     10    77
II. The Association — Activities:
Present and Potential
1. Alumni should be expected to contribute
through donations towards the finances
of UBC      17    37    46
2. There should be local branches
of the Alumni Association to encourage
more active participation of members
in its affairs      31     48     21
3. The Alumni Association should
organize charter flights for members      30     48     22
4. I think the Alumni Association should
cease its efforts at raising funds
for the University      19     16    65
5. The Alumni Association should
encourage increased student participation
in its activities by students in their
final years on campus     25    57     18
25 No  Yes    No
6. I enjoy the Chronicle and usually
read one or more articles in each issue       7    75     18
7. I would be interested in receiving
more information about:
a)   University extension and
continuing education programs      10     77     13
8. There should be separate divisions
of the Alumni Association representative of
the different faculties or of
faculty groups      32    27    41
9. I would be prepared to take an
active role in alumni affairs at UBC      24     20    56
10. The Chronicle does a pretty good
job in presenting articles and news
of wide appeal to association members      21     70      9
11. Continuing opinion polls of UBC
alumni would be an effective means of
gauging their views on matters of
concern to the association's governing
board      20     74       6
12. I think the Alumni Association
a) Provide information and contact
services so alumni can keep in
touch with one another      26    51     23
b) Provide alumni with information
about university affairs and
academic matters      10
c) Promote better integration of
the University and the community      18
d) Raise more money for student
scholarships and bursaries      28
e) Give assistance to native Indian
education      24
f) Conduct more appeals for funds      37
g) Develop a student counselling
service      24
h) Take an active role in the peace
movement      23
i)   Encourage the physical growth of
UBC      28
j)    Become more involved in continuing
education programs to give
alumni the opportunity to keep
up to date in their field      15    75     10
k)  Assist graduates in finding
employment      19     51     30
13. The Chronicle would provide a more
valuable service to alumni if it kept
them informed about student attitudes
and student problems      23     64     13
No Yes No
14. If I face up to it, I should be Reply
giving UBC more money than I do      19    40    41
15. Despite UBC graduates varying so
widely in their beliefs and attitudes,
the Alumni Association should attempt
to represent them as a single body      26    53    21
16. I would welcome the opportunity to
express my opinions on matters affecting
the university about which I feel
reasonably well-informed      23    55    22
17. The Alumni Association should continue
to organize class reunions      29    53     18
III. The University of British Columbia
1. I still feel a sense of loyalty
towards UBC        5     86      9
2. My own time on campus was thoroughly
enjoyable       7    77     16
3. Athletic scholarships should be
offered by UBC provided academic
standards are not impaired      12    55    33
4. The standards for admission of
students to UBC should be raised to
increase the quality of scholarship
and reduce enrolment      15     43     42
5. I find UBC Reports a helpful means of
keeping abreast of the developments on
campus       7    79     14
6. The Board of Governors of UBC is
responsive to the challenges that face
the university     47    33    20
7. Tuition fees at UBC should be
increased so that students pay at
least a quarter of the university
operating costs      18     17    65
8. I would be interested in receiving
more information about:
a) Relationship of the Alumni
Association to the University      13    68     19
b) Physical development of the
University  12 73 15
c) Faculty changes at the University  15 63 22
d) Changes in course content  11 73 16
e) University extension and continuing
education programs      10    77     13
f) Talks/films/cultural activities of
UBC open to the public      12     71     17
9. I have an interest in keeping
abreast of the situation on the UBC
campus       6    86      8
10. I would enjoy more personal contact
with UBC than I have today      22    55    23
11. I have been back to visit the UBC
campus since I received my degree or
diploma        1     88     11
12. The Alumni Association should stay
out of university affairs      18       8     74
13. UBC now has so many students that
the university authorities should
limit admissions to ensure that it
does not grow any larger      19    49     32
14. My attachment to UBC is stronger
than it is to any other university       5    79     16
15. If I face up to it, I should be
giving UBC more money than I do      19    40    41
16. I would welcome the opportunity
to express my opinions on matters
affecting the University about which I
feel reasonably well-informed      23    55    22 IV. Higher Education — General
No Yes No
1. Universities change too slowly Reply
in the face of new needs      18    47    35
2. Faculty tenure is necessary to
protect academic freedom     22    39    39
3. Alumni should be expected to contribute
through donations towards the finances of
UBC      17    37    46
4. There is some justification for the
student complaint that economic and
social inequities are particularly
hard to tolerate in an affluent society      11     69    20
5. Students who advocate disruptive
tactics on campus constitute a very
small minority of the total student
body      14     81       5
6. UBC should concentrate on education
in fields where there is a demonstrated
demand for graduates       7    60    33
7. All members of faculty should be
compelled to take instruction in teaching
methods       6    73    21
8. Regional colleges should assume an
intermediate role between the high
schools and the universities       7    82     11
9. A function of regional colleges
should be to separate students into those
more suited for academic or for technical
education        9     68     23
10. Tuition fees at UBC should be increased
so that students pay at least a quarter
of the university operating costs      18     17     65
11. Students should be granted direct
representation on the U BC Board of
Governors      17     46     37
12. Within each faculty at UBC definite
limits should be set on the proportion
of non-Canadian faculty members      10     58     32
13. Students from places outside B.C.
should pay higher tuition fees than
students from B.C      10    54     36
14. Whatever legitimate complaints
the students may have, there is no
justification for interfering with the
rights of others to attend class or
to have job interviews on campus       6    85      9
15. Students should be consulted about new
appointments to faculty      12     18    70
16. The B.C. provincial government
should make funds available to equalize
the cost of attending UBC for students
from outside greater Vancouver      12     62     26
17. We need universities which encourage
vigorous criticism of our society      13     57     30
18. Much of the blame for student disorders
should be placed on faculty members
who either encourage disruptive
behaviour or do nothing to discourage it      20     30    50
19. Students are justified in protesting
against class, sizes which make personal
contact with teachers impossible for
the majority        7     80     13
20. The B.C. provincial government
spends too much on higher education      13       3     84
21. Students should regard attendance
at university as a privilege, not a
right        8     68     24
22. I agree with the education priorities
and policies of the B.C. provincial
government      30     11     59 I I
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New Scholarship To
Honor Harry Logan
a new scholarship fund has been established in memory of one of UBC's most
well-known and beloved professors. It
is the Harry Logan Memorial Fund, set
up to honor the late Harry Tremaine
Logan, a long-time UBC professor of classics.
Prof. Harry Logan joined the faculty of
UBC in 1915. He taught until 1967, when
he reached the age of 80, with two interruptions, one for service in the First World War
and one when he became Principal of Prince
of Wales Fairbridge Farm School (1936). He
was British Columbia's fifth Rhodes Scholar, a founder of the Alma Mater Society,
editor of the UBC Alumni Chronicle, head
of UBC's classics department (1949-54), a
Great Trekker (1960), a member of UBC
senate for 24 years and served on the board
of governors for six. Prof. Logan died in
The Harry Logan Memorial Fund is trying to raise $10,000 so as to produce an annual scholarship of $500 to be given to a
student entering the third year of study. Already the response from friends and former
students has been most encouraging. As one
donor wrote: "As a beneficiary of his teaching and of his friendship, I only wish that
my contribution could be of more substantial help, but for what it is it comes to you
as a wholehearted expression of agreement
with and support for the effort you have undertaken."
Under the chairmanship of UBC classics
head Dr. Malcolm McGregor, the Harry
Logan Memorial Committee is composed of
University Professor of English Dr. Roy
Daniells, UBC President Emeritus Dr.
N.A.M. MacKenzie and B.C. Hydro Chairman Dr. Gordon Shrum. The scholarship
will be administered by President Walter
Gage. Contributions should be sent to UBC
Alumni Fund, 6251 N.W. Marine Drive,
Vancouver 8, B.C.
Library Needs
Spanish Readers
one pace forward all those who are able
to read Spanish well.
The Crane Memorial Library is in urgent
need of volunteer readers to read Spanish
books onto tape for blind students.
If you are interested in helping the library
— or, more accurately, helping the blind
students — please contact Linda McDonell
at the Crane Library at 228-2373.
Mr. Justice Nathan Nemetz, BA'34 a former chairman of the UBC Board of Governors,
enjoys a joke following his installation as Chancellor of UBC. Mr. Justice Nemetz was
president of the alumni association from 1956 to 1957. The Challenge Of
The Seventies
"Human history becomes more and
more a race between education and ca-
astrophe." This quotation from H. G.
Wells, uttered by a keynote speaker,
heralded the opening of the 1972 American Alumni Council conference in St.
Louis, Mo., in July. It was an appropriate quotation for it indicated, to some
degree at least, the challenge facing the
University in the 70s. And it was appropriate since the conference was planned
to look at. the state of the University
and alumni associations today, and to
discuss what new directions should be
taken in future.
One point made repeatedly by the
speakers was that universities in future
must be more flexible. The widely —
recognized trinity of research, teaching
and public service does not adequately
reflect the diversity of the modern university or the demands placed on it. lt
is important, speakers said, that individual institutions not try to teach all
things to all people, but instead concentrate on their strongest disciplines.
The mission of education today, ifwas
said, is not higher, but deeper education.
But at the same time education must be
opened up in terms of being made available to more people. Continuing education programs should be expanded and
their enrolment policies made more flexible. Because of changing life styles, increased leisure time and the need for job
retraining programs, the old pattern of
education from age six to 21 is becoming
obsolete; in future it will become a life
long experience. In this connection, it's
worth noting that UBC's continuing education programs have had an average enrolment increase of 20 per cent from
Speakers also said that universities
should consider the personal as well as
the intellectual life of their students —
guidance, for example, is necessary to
successful learning. In the 70s. the University must offer not only diversity in
approaches to education, but also be prepared for diversity in the age and background of students. Students will likely
be more mature, more responsible, more
socialistic and more humanitarian. There
will be activists around, it was said, but
the 70 s are likely to be more stable on
campus than the 60s.
But students must not be ignored by
alumni associations. An alumni association functions only because of its alumni
volunteers and the best ones tend to be
those who were active while on campus.
We do not involve student volunteers as
often as we should. They could make
valuable contributions participating on
committees, visiting alumni branches,
serving on student-alumni panels and
writing viewpoints in the alumni magazine.
It's important that we try and involve
students more.   In this way they might
come to understand the meaning and
challenge of higher education better and,
later as alumni, give it their continued
support through donations, at the ballot
box. and in everyday living.
Beverly Field,
^4 "   "
Harry Franklin
Members of the Class of '22 (left) enjoy a buffet dinner at their 50-year reunion at the
home of Dean Blythe and Mrs. Eagles. AMS President Doug Aldridge (above, left) chats
with George Fountain (centre) and Orson Banfield (right).
Harry Franklin
Appointed New
Executive Director
the ubc alumni association has a new
executive director. He is Harry Franklin,
who brings to the position extensive administrative experience gained in the fishing industry, import-export business and in association work.
Under direction of the alumni board of
management, Harry Franklin has the responsibility for guiding the many-faceted
daily operation of the association, which represents 61,000 UBC graduates. He assumed the new position in June, following the
resignation for personal reasons of Jack
Stathers, BA'55, MA'58.
Born in Vancouver, Franklin graduated
from UBC in 1949 with a bachelor of arts
degree in economics. He has served as export sales manager of British Columbia
Packers Ltd., vice-president and director of
Powell and Russell Ltd., a Vancouver import-export company and, until his new appointment, as president of Harry J. Franklin and Associates Ltd., a public relations
firm. In this latter position, Franklin worked out of Ottawa and functioned as executive director of the Canadian Amateur Basketball Association.
Well known in athletic circles as a national sports administrator and an active sportsman, Franklin played on the UBC Thunderbird basketball squad as an undergraduate
and on the Canadian champions, the Clover
Leafs, travelling to the Phillipines in 1947-
48. He is currently an avid swimmer and
a 7-handicap golfer.
Franklin has been involved in UBC
Alumni Association programs as an active
volunteer, serving on the Board of Management and as 1958 chairman of the Homecoming celebrations. He also served as
chairman and chief fund-raiser for the John
Owen Memorial Bursary Fund.
Honorary President: Walter H. Gage,
BA'25, MA'26, LLD'58.
President: Mrs. Frederick Field, BA'42;
Past President: Frank C. Walden,
BA'49; 1st Vice-President: George Morfitt, BCom'58; 2nd Vice-President:
Robert Dundas, BASc'48; 3rd Vice-
President: Chuck Campbell, BA'71;
Treasurer: Donald J. Currie, BCom'61;
Memhers-at-Large: Mrs. Geoffrey Bird,
BA'66; Kenneth Brawner, BA'57,
LLB'58; James Denholme, BASc'56;
Mrs. John Milroy, BHE'51; Mrs.
Nathan Nemetz, BA'35; Peter Uitden-
bosch, BCom'68; Mrs. R.W. Wellwood,
BA'51; Harry White, BASc'63.
Degree Representatives: Agriculture:
Robert Tait, BSA'48; Applied Science:
Frederick Culbert, BASc'64; Architecture: Steven Zibin, BArch'64; Arts:
David Grahame, BA'69; Commerce:
Bernie Treasurer, BCom'58; Dentistry:
Edward Fukushima, DMD'69; Education: Kenneth Aitchison, BA'48,
BEd'51, MEd'58; Forestry: Jim McWilliams, BSF'53; Home Economics: Barbara Wood, BHE'65; Law: Greg Bowden, LLB'70; Library Science: Mrs.
Margaret Burke, BA'64, BLS'65; Medicine: Sydney Peerless, MD'61; Nursing:
Elizabeth Taylor, MSN'70; Pharmacy:
William Baker, BSP'50; Physical Education: Robert Hindmarch, BPE'52; Recreation: Larry Olhmann, BRE'71; Rehabilitation Medicine: Betty McGill,
BSR'67; Science: Charles Hulton,
BSc'70; Social Work: Mrs. Helen
McCrae, MSW'49.
Representatives of Alma Mater Society:
President: Doug Aldridge; Treasurer:
Dave Dick.
Ex-Officio Members:
President, Young Alumni Club: David
Dale-Johnson, BA'69; Chairman, Allocations Committee: M. Keith Douglass,
BASc'42; Chairman, Alumni Fund: Don
McKay, BA'55; Co-chairman, Divisions: Jan Peskett, BHE'65; President,
Friends of UBC (U.S.A.) Inc.: Frank
Johnston, BArch'53; Executive Director: Harry Franklin, BA'49.
Representatives of Faculty Association:
Dr.   Richard  Rosenberg,  Dr.   Richard
Representatives to Senate
Mrs. Frederick Field, BA'42; T. Barrie
Lindsay, BCom'58; Frank C. Walden,
At well-attended alumni meeting in Port Alberni, branches secretary Leona Doduk, BA'71,
(left) talks to UBC interprofessional education director Dr. George Szasz (right) and
(centre) Mr. and Mrs. Bob Scoffield, LLB'59.
Centre Established
the ubc centre for Continuing Education
has developed a centre within the centre to
provide a comprehensive and coordinated
approach to programs for adult women.
Called the Women's Resources Centre,
the new unit is designed to better serve
women who are seeking opportunities to put
their talents to work and/or who want to get
a new perspective on their lives and their
places in the world. The resources centre
has grown out of a Re-entry Program for
Women which has functioned for the past
three years to provide a "first-step" for the
woman considering re-entering, or entering
for the first time, a new life space — be it
community involvement, returning to
school, a career, part-time employment,
public life, or personal growth.
The new Women's Resources Centre will
be involved in helping women examine their
life styles and, if they so choose, assisting
them in planning toward changing or modifying those life styles. Under auspices of the
centre, classes, workshops and special programs are planned in five topical areas: self-
awareness and self-discovery; education;
careers; community involvement; and family life.
A woman enters the program generally
through a core course called "Options for
Women", which is a series of six lecture-
discussions aimed at encouraging the participants in clarifying and choosing personal
goals. At the conclusion of the course, participants may go on to workshops in special
interest areas such as psychological testing;
developing personal potential; returning to
education; choosing and finding careers;
and becoming involved in community action.
Further information may be obtained by
phoning 228-2181 (local 273) or by writing
Women's Resources Centre, Centre for
Continuing Education, University of B.C.,
Vancouver 8, B.C.
Alumni Branches
Plan Meetings
after a summer respite, alumni branch
activity has picked up again with meetings
and social events being slated for cities
across Canada and the U.S.
Later this fall, alumni in Halifax and Winnipeg will have the pleasure of an address
by President Emeritus Dr. Norman
MacKenzie. On Thursday, October 26, Dr.
MacKenzie will attend an alumni function
in Halifax and on Wednesday, November
1, he will be at a Winnipeg alumni meeting.
Closer to home, an alumni branch meeting is set for Monday, November 6, in
Castlegar. UBC Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Ian McTaggart-Cowan will be the special guest at the function being held in Selkirk College.
New Program Head
Also Appointed
the alumni association has also appointed a new program director. He is Perry
Goldsmith, 24, who replaces Mrs. Barbara
Vitols, BA'61, who left after five years of
service to devote more time to her family.
Goldsmith, BA'70, brings to the position
experience in developing and coordinating
programs, working with volunteers and
community groups and in supervising employees.
Goldsmith, a Vancouver-born Lord Byng
Secondary School graduate, previously served as director of Youth Employment Services with the Vancouver area YMCA. He
assumed his new position on September 6.
As program director, Goldsmith will be
responsible for working with alumni volunteers in coordinating such programs as
Homecoming, Young Alumni Club, annual meeting and special events.
30 Admiring the award-winning Wally Wagon at alumni luncheon at Cecil Green Park are
(left to right) association first vice-president George Morfitt, design team coordinator Dean
MacKay. BASc'72, and UBC President Walter Gage.
you want to know right now; you don't have
to interpret." At night, the dash shows a
plan view of the car with lights connected
with fibre optic light pipe — a feature which
immediately tells the driver if his headlights,
turn signals and so on are working.
Among the other innovations are: a
frame, with energy-absorbing bumpers,
which tolerates collisions up to 10 miles per
hour and which will deflect the engine down
and the passenger compartment up in case
of high-speed collisions; a fibreglass body
formed from a single mold; a collapsible
steering wheel; and a hidden service module
enabling functioning of the car to be measured electronically.
The engineering students currently are
about to launch a feasibility study of possible manufacture of the Wally Wagon. They
have been approached by some Canadian
businessmen and the capital is available if
the car seems feasible for manufacture.
So, who knows, you may yet get a chance
to own a Wally Wagon.
Students Honored
For Safe, Clean
Urban Car Design
how would you like to be able to nip
around town in a sporty, natural gas-fired,
two-seater car that, besides giving up to 30
miles per gallon, would:
• make you feel saintly, secure in the
knowledge that your exhaust was not
polluting the atmosphere;
• let you stupidly collide with another car
at 10 miles per hour and escape damage
to front or rear bumpers;
• prevent you from entering or starting the
car when you're (stupidly) drunk;
• force you to be safety conscious by not
starting unless your seat belts are fastened;
• keep you safe and unharmed in a sturdy
passenger compartment in collisions up
to 50 miles per hour?
Well, there's only one car anywhere —
and we mean one — that will give you these
features. It's the Wally Wagon. Unfortunately it's not in mass production —
though the UBC engineering students who
designed and built this unique car would like
to see it in production.
The Wally Wagon — in case you haven't
yet heard anything about it — was designed
and built by a team of U BC engineering students last year for entry in a continent-wide
Urban Vehicle Design Competition. Out of
92 entries from Canadian and American universities, the Wally Wagon won the over-all
award for excellence in the judging at Ann
Arbor, Michigan, in August. The award was
presented by U.S. Transportation Secretary
John Volpe.
The pollution-free UBC car also won an
award for safety performance and was cited
for excellence in maneuverability, parking
and braking performance. So it's understandable that the student team received a
hero's welcome on their return, being personally congratulated by President Walter
Gage and feted at a University dinner and
at a UBC Alumni Association luncheon.
The alumni association held the luncheon
not only to honor the achievement of the
engineering students, but also to enable the
local sponsors to have a demonstration of
the Wally Wagon's unique features. One of
the sponsors was the UBC Alumni Fund,
which contributed $2,000.
In an interview at the luncheon, the student engineering team coordinator Dean
MacKay, a 1972 mechanical engineering
graduate, explained significantly that:
"There's nothing that we have done that
General Motors couldn't have done." Most
of the components are standard, though
many have been modified. The Wally
Wagon, for example, uses a four-cylinder
Fiat engine modified for liquid natural gas.
One of the objects of the contest was to
develop a vehicle which minimized harmful
exhaust emissions and the conversion to natural gas immediately reduced exhaust emissions by 70 per cent. The injection of water
into the carburetor further reduced emissions. The Wally Wagon currently meets
1976 U.S. automobile emission standards.
Probably the innovation that most intrigues observers is the digital door-lock and
starter system. Instead of key-holes, the
driver is confronted with numbered pushbuttons — much like those on new telephones — on the door and on the dash. With
the Wally Wagon. MacKay said, "you don't
carry any keys. You punch a combination
to get into the vehicle and to start it. It also
serves as a drunk tester in that you've got
to do it right the first or second time or
everything shuts down."
Another eye-catcher is the dashboard
which when the car is stopped presents only
a smoky glass panel, but when it is running
gives the driver a simple picture of what he
needs to know. As one member of the team,
Ken Biss, BASc'72, said: "We had to make
the car look a little bit futuristic — but it's
also a good way of eliminating the attention-
getting problems of warning lights and instruments on the dashboard. Like we don't
have a vernier speedometer like the conventional ones. It's a digital speedometer that
just tells you the speed. The idea being that
if you look at the dash it tells you everything
Alumni Association
Wins Two Awards
the ubc alumni association received two awards at the annual American
Alumni Council conference, held on July 3-5
in St. Louis, Mo.
The association's magazine, the Chronicle, was named one of 25 "Publications of
Distinction". It was cited for its strong editorial voice and the way in which it seeks
to deal with the reality of the University today — "not in terms of rosy alumni nostalgia of what the University may once have
been." The Chronicle's development is under the guidance of editor Clive Cocking,
BA'62. and editorial assistant Susan Jamieson, BA'65.
The association was also given an Award
of Excellence for Special Campaign Promotion. The object of the citation is to give
recognition to the best material produced in
the category of alumni association promotion campaigns and the UBC Alumni Association received the only honors in this section.
The award was for the association's FYI
bulletins, short papers produced annually
for the past three years to inform members
of the provincial legislature, local government, educational and community leaders
about new developments at UBC. In 1971-
72. a total of 15 FYI bulletins were produced, written by freelance writer Joyce
Bradbury, BA'67, edited by Clive Cocking
and with design by Susan Jamieson. The
bulletins were produced as part of the association's government relations program under the chairmanship, in 1971-72, of Robert
Dundas, BASc'48. The 1972-73 chairman of
the government relations committee is Ken
Brawner, BA'57, LLB'58.
UBC, one of three Canadian universities
at the conference, was represented by Mrs.
Beverly Field, BA'42, president of the UBC
Alumni Association; Harry Franklin,
BA'49, alumni executive director; I.C.
(Scotty) Malcolm, alumni fund director, and
Alfred T. Adams, executive director of the
Universities Resources Council.
31 How UBC Traditions
Are Being Kept
Alive In Montreal
Brooke Campbell (above) leaps for ball in game last fall against Ottawa Indians in which
UBC grad-dominated Town of Mount Royal won Mair Shield, white (below) John Kalb-
fleisch and ball run into heavy traffic in game against Westmount.
much from the escape the club offers as
from a continuing love for the game.
Notwithstanding, the continuing success
of the powerful TMR club, defending Quebec Rugby Union champions, is in no small
way due to these UBC exiles.
At present, Martin Copeland, BCom'68,
and John Kalbfleisch, BA '64, both at times
emerge from the warm, friendly confines of
the TMR scrum to wave abstractedly to
their fans. Brooke Campbell, BCom '65,
LLB'66, whose sleep is constantly interrupted by bad dreams of bad cheques (he's the
club's treasurer and its only bulwark against
bookkeeping chaos), swears he has hung up
his elbows, but if a 50-3 win over Montreal
Barbarians last week and the bruised heads
and shoulders of their lineout jumpers are
anything to go by, you'd be wise to bet on
a credibility gap.
Only a job transfer to Toronto last month
has succeeded in relieving opposing scrum
halves and stand-offs of their chronic fear
of ex-UBC football and rugby captain Gary
Bruce, BCom '64. However, before Blacky
got away, the real words to "B.C. Logger,"
as well as the correct, lidded-eye posture
for singing "Mountain Dew" and "Dear
John", were extracted from him for the future use of the TMR choir. At various times
during his six-year career with the club, he
was both its captain and its president.
the time: a few minutes after five. The
place: the concourse of Montreal's Central
Station. The situation: well, that's a longer
item to describe. For only the most sharp-
eyed of Old Vancouver Hands would notice, among the hordes of commuters rushing to catch the 17:22 to suburban Town of
Mount Royal and points north, a handful
of young men with beatific smiles of relief
and, I fear, occasionally crinkly noses on
their faces and tattered UBC kitbags instead
of attache cases at the ends of their arms.
A mystery? Hardly, for in recent years
the Town of Mount Royal Rugby Club has
become a focal point for ex-UBC rugby enthusiasts. The club trains regularly every
Tuesday and Thursday evening, explaining
at one blow the kitbags. the noses and, if
tales of the workaday pressures of Place
Ville Marie and St. James Street are to be
believed, the smiles.
It's enthusiasm, all right, and only the
most curmudgeonly of UBC's rugby
coaches would dare suggest it springs as
In recent years, Dennis Moorhead,
BCom '65, Fraser Evans, Dr. Bruce Allardyce, MD '62, Mike and Tarny Williams,
Dave Reid, BASc '67, and Mark Alexander, BA '68, among others, have all played
with distinction. Doug Sturrock, BPE '63,
and Fred Sturrock and John Lecky, BA '61,
have made brief "cameo appearances."
In opposition, former Thunderbirds like
Jack Littlehales, BA '65, now with Toronto
Balmy Beach, and Mike Bird, BA '68, of
the Ottawa Irish have both lifted post-match
steins with TMR. Mike Chambers, BA '58,
LLB '61, rekindled feelings of awe among
the TMR west coast refugees when he put
on the hated green jersey of TMR's arch
rivals, the Montreal Irish.
But the ex-UBCers on the playing list of
the TMR aren't the only things making the
club an eastern annex of UBC's Wolfson
Field. Twice, TMR has hosted touring
UBC rugby sides — in 1966 when UBC
visited here under Brian Wightman, and in
1969 when they were coached by Donn
Spence, BPE '56.
UBC was eminently successful on both
tours, and it was with great relish that a rep
side of Canadian-born Montrealers, including Gary Bruce (once again a captain) and
Brooke Campbell (a member of the 1966
tour while at UBC himself) from TMR, held
the young and aggressive UBC side to a 3-3
draw. Considerable support for these endeavours was provided the club by the Council
and Administration of the Town of Mount
This is all very well, but that sharp-eyed
OVH we left behind in Central Station
might still be wondering what's happened
to the traditional rugby "third half in the
chilly east. If he is, however, he clearly
overlooked the cunningly subtle references
planted so far to hoisted steins and lidded-
eye postures.
The sport of rugby has been described
long before this journalistic exercise ever
saw print as a ruffian's game played by
gentlemen. And in TMR, no less than anywhere rugby is played, the players have the
time-honored opportunity to cream the opposition during the first two halves, and then
join in with them in the third swilling beer
and shouting Welsh hymns, paeans to various clergymen's daughters now sadly gone
astray, and the "Wild West Show."
Anyone who has played under or with
Brian Wightman, the former U.K. International and Fiji national coach, could not help
being influenced by his successful formula
of hard rugby through all three halves. The
Birds may regrettably have dropped behind
California in the first two from time to time,
notes Campbell, but they never gave them
an inch in the third.
The TMR Rugby Club looks forward to
meeting any UBC alums interested in playing the first two halves, the third or, in the
Wightman tradition, all three.
For the last eight months, the club has
been refurbishing an 18th century French-
Canadian farm house with stone walls, thankfully, four feet thick as their clubhouse.
The location, 338 Cote de Liesse Rd.,
(phone 738-4157) not far from the club's
Mohawk Park home ground, is ideal for
even the most elevated of discussions on the
theory and practice of Coarse Rugby. And
with social dues of only $10 and an active
program, all other former UBCers are welcome as well.      -Brooke Campbell 20's
Notre Dame University chancellor, Hugh
Keenleyside, BA'20, MA, PhD, Clark),
LLD'45, former chairman of B.C. Hydro
and a former United Nations undersecretary for public administration, was again in
UN service during the June conference in
Stockholm on the Human Environment. He
was there as special assistant to the conference's secretary general, Maurice Strong.
Mrs. George Ledingham (Muriel Harvie),
BA'30, the first woman president of the
Vancouver and District Council of Churches, did such a good job that she's been
elected to carry on for a second term. She
is a past president of the University
Women's Club in Vancouver The Connaught Laboratories at the University of
Toronto, the site of the discovery of insulin,
has a new director, Robert James Wilson,
BA'35. MA'37, (MD, Toronto). He was
previously assistant director of the laboratory and served in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War....Franc R.
Joubin, BA'36, MA'43, DSc'58, has added
another degree to his list. St. Francis
Xavier University has made him an honorary doctor of laws, citing his ability and selfless dedication in "unlocking the mineral
wealth of several nations, beginning with his
own." A past chairman of the Bralorne
Pioneer Mines, in the '60's he spent some
years as a technical advisor in mining and
geology with the United Nations.
Canada's new ambassador and permanent
representative to the United Nations office
and the conference of the committee on disarmament in Geneva is William H. Barton,
BA'40. Previously assistant undersecretary
for external affairs in Ottawa, this is not his
first UN assignment. He spent a period at
the New York UN headquarters doing
groundwork for the various peace-keeping
operations — at that time, the Congo and
the Middle East   One writer said that
Lister Sinclair, BA'42, LLD'72, was
"giving up the national dream to work on
the national nightmare." He was referring
to Sinclair's most recent CBC project to
turn Pierre Berton's, BA'41, National
Dream and The Last Spike into a television
series — which he has put aside to look after
the larger problems of running the CBC as
Howard White
& Mary Lee
"The B.C. heritage is vanishing," says
Howard White, class of '68, and he is
doing something about it. He is the founder of The Raincoast Chronicles, an historical quarterly, and the Peninsula
Voice a weekly newspaper in Pender
Harbour. "The Indians of B.C. preserved their culture through tradition; today's cultural patterns are bound by the
media, and if media reflects only urban
life, kids reject their coastal background
for a more cosmopolitan way of life. We
want the people of the B.C. coast to be
more aware of their heritage and to come
to recognize it as an important part of
their outlook."
He said he first realized the need for
a reorientation himself while studying at
UBC. Born on Nelson Island, he hadn't
attended school until the age of 12, and
later at UBC found the general attitude
on campus toward his own upbringing to
be one of condescension.
After attending UBC. — White. 27,
travelled and worked on construction in
the Yukon. He founded the Peninsula
Voice two years ago with a Letraset kit
and a rented typewriter and by the first
printing, had enough subscriptions to
pay the printing bill. In keeping with his
general philosophy, the newspaper attempts to capture the daily events of the
area in its own language and pace.
The example of Canada  West pub
lished by N.L. Barlee in Summerland,
showed White that an historical journal
of the caliber of The Raincoast Chronicles would be feasible. A Local Initiatives grant of $12,545 got the magazine
started, and a subsequent renewal in the
spring is allowing him to continue publishing. Mary Lee, BA'69. is one of
White's co-workers. She handles the administrative duties of the magazine.
While principally involved with historical aspects of coastal British Columbia, the journal also deals with historical
fiction and character sketches of notorious personalities, of the area. Recent
issues contain articles by John Kelly,
winner of the Governor General's
Award for Drama last year, and Les
Peterson, author of Goodson's Landing
Story. An earlier edition on the maritimes included an account of the early
steamboats of Vancouver's harbours
and histories of lighthouses and tug-
boating in the area, as well as articles
on petroglyphs and the old government
leper station on D'Arcy Island. Local interest in the journal has been high. "We
oversold our first issue by a thousand."
White said. Along with its own nationwide mailing list, it is distributed by the
B.C. Coast Historical Society.
White plans to have two presses of his
own in working order by the fall, as another outlet for local talent. Several
books of poetry and a novel are planned
to go to press at that time. As for the
magazine, White is hoping for a third
grant to carry it into next year. He believes that there is a lot more of the B.C.
story to be told and remembered.
33 a year — unless you happen to get a call
from the special investigations branch of the
department of finance. The director of the
division is James Gourlay, BCom'48,
LLB'51. His team of auditors, in the course
of 261 investigations recovered $15,714,013
for the government's coffers in the 1971 fiscal year. I.M. (Bud) Harford, BCom'47, is
in the same division as chief of staff training
and development .... After many years in
the insurance field as a claims manager, Leslie Dennis Olmstead, BCom'48, LLB'51, has
joined the staff of the Law Society of B.C.
as deputy secretary .... UBC's physical
plant department — better known to many
alumni as buildings and grounds has a new
director, Neville Smith, BASc'49. He joined
the UBC staff in 1968 as superintendent of
Lister Sinclair
David Anderson
executive vice-president and chief operating
officer. The CBC is every politician's favorite bone — but perhaps with a new president, Luciene Picard, and Lister Sinclair
they won't be able to find so much to chew
on. Sinclair joined the CBC in the '40's and
gained national recognition through his writing and acting. He later expanded his duties
to include panel shows (23 years on Court
Of Opinion), work as a producer, commentator and natural science expert.
Barry Sleigh, BASc'44, is now regional
manager of the western marketing region of
Shell Canada .... James W. Phelps,
BCom'45, currently vice-president and director of Hugh McKinnon Ltd. is the new
president of the Insurance Institute of B.C.
The Canada Council's new million dollar
program to assist Canada's struggling book
publishers is headed by Robin Farr, BA'47.
The program will include direct grants to
publishers for publication and translation, as
well as purchases and distribution of some
Canadian works. A former editor-in-chief of
Ryerson Press, he was most recently project director of an Ontario government
study of its printing and publishing activities
.... John Vandrick, BA'47 (MD, McGill),
is the new director of the university health
services at Central Michigan University.
He joined the staff of the health service two
years ago as physician and psychiatrist.
Associate professor of education at
Sonoma State College in California, George
Elliott, BA'48, (MA, Long Beach), DEd,
UCLA), is now coordinator of secondary
student teaching at the college .... Income
tax time, for most of us. comes but once
The new
Asahi Pentax Spotmatic ES:
It was inevitable.
After all, what could possibly provide more precise, automatic
exposure control, than a computer with a memory bank. With less
wear and tear on all parts concerned.
Together with your present Super Multi-Coated Takumar lenses,
you have a totally automated exposure system: just set the aperture
and shoot. But even with bellows or extension tubes or special
purpose lenses and adapters you don't lose the precision exposure
Some day, maybe, all cameras will be built like this.
See your favourite camera dealer
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Grads Sweep to
Electoral Victory
the new democratic party victory in
the B.C. election on August 30 was
a landslide in more than one sense. It
was a landslide for UBC as well as fpr
the N DP. For when all the election dust
had settled the voters — while giving the
N DP a sizeable majority — had elected
20UBC graduates to the provincial legislature.
The new premier, David Barrett, however, was not one of them. A 41-year-old
social worker who has sat in the legislature since I960, he obtained his professional education elsewhere than at UBC:
he holds a bachelor of social work degree
from Seattle University and a master of
social work from St. Louis University.
Aside from Barrett, 13 NDP members
are UBC alumni. They are: Emery
Barnes, BSW'62, Vancouver Centre;
Rosemary Brown, BSW'62, MSW'67,
Vancouver Burrard; Gordon Dowding,
LLB'51, Burnaby Edmonds; Gary Lauk,
BA'63, LLB'66, Vancouver Centre;
James Lorimer, BA'48, LLB'49, Burnaby Willingdon; Alex Macdonald, BA'39,
Vancouver East; Leo Nimsick, LLB'61,
Kootenay; Robert Skelly, BA'68, Alberni; Harold Steves, BSA'63, Richmond; David Stupich, BSA'49, Nanaimo; Daisy Webster, MA'68, Vancouver
South; Peter Rolston, BA'64. Dewdney
and Bob Williams, BA'56, MSc'58,
Vancouver East.
All five of the Liberals elected are
UBC graduates. Headed by new provincial leader David Anderson, LLB'62,
Victoria, they include: David Brousson,
BASc'49, North Vancouver-Capilano;
Garde Gardom, BA'49, LLB'49, Point
Grey; Pat McGeer, BA'48, MD'58,
Point Grey; and Allan Williams,
LLB'50, West Vancouver-Howe Sound.
Of the ten Social Credit members
elected, two have degrees conferred by
UBC. Former premier, W.A.C. Bennett, who holds an honorary doctor of
laws degree conferred on him in 1958,
represents Okanagan South; Newell
Morrison, BCom'50 represenls Victoria. Daisy Webster
operations and maintenance. Now he has
the overall responsibility for planning, construction and maintenance of the more than
$100 million worth of physical assets on the
university's 1,000 acre campus Susana
Welbourn, BA'48, BSW'49 and John Tudor,
BSc'65, both received master of social work
degrees at the recent congregation at Waterloo Lutheran University.
A change of venue? Richard Fraser Gosse,
LLB'50, (LLD, Oxford), a member since
1970 of B.C.'s Law Reform Commission is
Mary Southin
now teaching evidence, legal process, succession and family law reform to UBC's law
students. His replacement on the commission is a former UBC law professor J. Noel
Lyon, LLB'60, (LLM, Harvard). A leading
authority on constitutional and administrative law he has been on the faculty at McGill
.... D. Barry Harper, BASc'50, (MSc,
MASc, DSc, MIT), is now vice-president,
technical, for Alcan Metal Powders — a division of Alcan Aluminum in New Jersey.
The Advocate, the B.C. legal profession's
most interesting publication — noted that
among the recently elected Benchers of the
Society is Mary Southin, LLB'52. It also
notes that she is the first woman Bencher
to be elected in B.C. and perhaps in Canada.
.... The Far East comes a little nearer to
Vancouver by way of a special new shop,
the Sandalwood House in Maple Tree
Square, Gastown. Mrs. John Southworth
(Sheila Cope), BA'52, BSW'53, has opened
a shop specializing in unusual oriental imports. During her stay in Japan when her
husband, John, BA'53, was B.C. commissioner to Expo 70, she discovered that most
of the unique and different Japanese articles
never reached the export market. By personally selecting all the items in her shop
on visits to the Orient she is now able to
offer another aspect to creative shopping in
Vancouver's Gastown.
Maurice Copithorne, BA'54, LLB'55, is
now director of the legal division in the external affairs department in Ottawa. He replaces Edward Lee, BA'54, LLB'55, who
now heads the personnel section of the department. Both men have had postings outside Canada — Copithorne to Iran and Lee
to Indonesia and London .... An instructor
at Vancouver City College, Gordon Jones,
BA'54, BEd'58, MA'62, has just received
his doctorate from the University of Florida, with a dissertation on a subject close
to home — why some community college
students persist and finish the course and
why the rest don't.
Donald G. Watts, BASc'56, MASc'58,
has for the last year been professor of
mathematics at Queen's University. Previously he was associate chairman of the department of statistics at the University of
Wisconsin .... At the University of Alberta,
Peter Meekison, BASc'59, BA'61, (PhD,
Duke), is the new chairman of political science, moving from his post as associate
dean of graduate studies and research ....
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Cottage Cheese
Wb   Swiss Style Yogurt
Smooth & Creamy
Sour Cream
and many more good things to eat and drink
... means scholarships and
bursaries for students, funds for
student activities, athletics and
special projects, more books for
the library and even some
building campaigns ... all
benefiting from Alumni Power
in the form of your donation to
the Alumni Fund. So help keep
our Knight shining — send your
contribution today to the
Alumni Fund,
6251 NW Marine Drive,
Vancouver 8, B.C.
35 Jeremy Winter
After 10 years in the U.S. Carl Zanon,
BASc'59, (MBA, Northwestern) is returning to Canada as staff consultant with Westinghouse in Hamilton, Ont.
60's & 7Q's
Mark Mealing, BA'60, (MA, PhD,
Pennsylvania), is now teaching anthropology at Selkirk College, Castlegar. He also finds time to do field work for the National Museum of Man .... The Western
News — one of Vancouver's neighbourhood newspapers that you probably remember from your university days — now has
both a new publisher and a new editor in
the persons of Phil, BCom'65, and Marilyn
Clark (Ardley), BA'61. They have moved
to Point Grey from Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island where they ran the local paper
.... A project on the hormones of puberty
has won Jeremy Winter, MD'61, the Queen
Elizabeth Scientist Award of $54,000 over
a six-year period. An associate professor of
pediatrics at the University of Manitoba, he
is also studying the effect of these hormones
in the sex-specific changes in the central
nervous system during the early embyronic
period. The award was established in 1959
to mark the Queen's visit and is for research
into children's diseases.
Donald Clerihue, BCom'62. has been appointed associate actuary of the Fidelity
Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Philadelphia
...Assistant professor of civil engineering
at Lehigh University Terence Hirst,
BASc'62, MASc'66, (PhD, Berkeley), has
been appointed associate director of the
marine geotechnical laboratory of the university's centre for marine and environmental studies .... H.F. (Gus) Shurvell,
MSc'62, PhD'64, associate professor of
chemistry at Queen's University is off to
Australia for a sabbatical year at the University of Queensland .... Marvin Ross Stor-
row, LLB'62 is in Ottawa with the government's income tax litigation section.
Both Howard Prout, BASc'63, (MBA,
Western Ont.) and Nicholas Close, BSc'63,
(MBA, McGill) have benefited from grants
from Shell Canada for completion of their
doctoral work at the University of Western
Ontario. They are the first recipients of the
$45,000, five-year research program that
Shell is sponsoring at Western .... Donald
Brooks, BSc'64, MSc'67, (PhD. Oregon),
who has been working at the Weizmann Institute in Israel for the past year — investigating the effects of large electrically neutral
Howard Prout
molecules on the interaction of blood cells,
will be continuing his research at Cambridge
after a trip to Moscow where he will give
a paper at a scientific congress. His work
is being supported by a three-year Canadian
Medical Research Council fellowship	
The Vancouver Province's new editor is
Robert McConnell, BA'64, (MA, Chicago).
He started working for the Province while
a student, joining the staff full-time after
graduation. He was named associate editor
in 1969 and since 1970 has lived in Victoria,
writing on political affairs.
Philip Bartle, BA'65, MA'71, is off to
Ghana again, accompanied by wife and
child, to complete his doctorate on a Commonwealth scholarship at the University of
Ghana in Accra. Between degrees he spent
two years as a CUSO volunteer in Ghana
followed by a year of travel to a multitude
of places with completely unpronounceable
names. He returned to UBC in 1968, working as a teaching and research assistant in
several departments. Last year he taught at
Capilano  College,   West   Vancouver	
Another alumnus bound for Africa. Nuru-
deen O. Adedipe, BSA'66, PhD'69, leaves
the University of Guelph to join the faculty
of agricultural biology at the University of
Ibadan in Nigeria Jacques Brel — alive,
thriving and a smash hit on Vancouver's
summer scene — was produced by David
Y.H. Lui, a past president of the campus
special events committee and starred Ann
Mortifle, a former student, Pat Rose, BA'67,
Ruth Nichol and Leon Bibb.
Donald Petrie, BCom'68, has earned his
master of religious education at Golden
Gate Baptist Theological Seminary ....
Richard Reid, BCom'69, a former member
of the student-alumni committee, has joined
the Council of Forest Industries in Vancouver as transportation manager Elizabeth
Aulin, BEd'71, an elementary school teacher in Kamloops has been elected for a two-
year term as president of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.
Mr. and Mrs. Sigurd G. Byrnjolfson, (Virginia M. Willis, BEd'67), a son, Leif Willis,
June 6, 1972 in Delta. . . . Mr. and Mrs.
John M. Curtis, BA'63, PhD, (Harvard), a
daughter, Devon Elizabeth Anne, July 18,
1972 in Ottawa. . . . Mr. and Mrs. J. Derek
Duerden, BA'65, MSW'69, (Susan Enger,
BA'64), a daughter, Janet Lorraine, April
19, 1972 in Kamloops. . . . Mr. and Mrs.
Kevin Elliott, (Joyce Lanko, BSc'60,
MSc'62), a daughter, Diane Cheryl, January 16, 1972 in Upwey, Australia. . . . Dr.
and Mrs. Murray Elliott, (Mary James,
BEd'67), a son, Craig James, March 23,
1972 in Kingston, Ont. ... Dr. and Mrs.
Allan F. Gill, BSc'67, DVM(Sask.), a son,
Ryan Andrew, July 1, 1972 in Richmond.
. . . Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Horita,
BASc'60, MASc'62, PhD'68, a daughter,
Christa June, May 5, 1972 in Victoria. . .
. Mr. and Mrs. John Scott Keenlyside,
BA'66, (Wendy Barber, BA'68), a son,
Christopher James, February 22, 1972 in
Vancouver. . . . Dr. and Mrs. Charles Pentland, BA'65, MA'66, (Carol Ann Stephenson, BA'67), a daughter, Elizabeth Ann,
May 9, 1972 in Kingston, Ont. . . . Mr. and
Mrs. Ronald E. Sowerby, BCom'69 (Lynne
Bergman, BEd'67), a son, Craig Ronald,
January 23, 1972 in New Westminster.
Hirota-Schuster. Jackson Y. Hirota to
Gladys J. Schuster, BHE'68, July 17, 1972
in Vancouver.
An Apology...
To David Douglas Reeve, BASc'33... in the
Summer '72 issue of the Chronicle Mr.
Reeve was reported, in error, as deceased.
The notice should have referred to Mr.
Reeve's first wife (Marion Cliff Sangster,
BA'33) who died some time ago. Mr. Reeve
is currently vice-president, engineering,
Pacific Coast Pipe Line Ltd. and lives in
Vancouver. We apologize for any inconvenience that we may have caused him.
Albert E. Anderson, BArch'51, June 1971 in
Chilliwack. Survived by his wife and
Francis T. Fairey, BA'35, LLD'48, November 1971 in Vancouver. A member of the
board of directors of the UBC Development
Fund in 1957 (later the Alumni Fund), he
is survived by his wife and five children.
Frank A. Forward, BASc (Toronto),
DSC'65, August 1972 in Vancouver. Professor Forward taught at UBC for over 25
years. As head of the department of metallurgy from 1945-64 he was responsible for
building it into the largest of its kind in
Canada. He spent the following three years
in Ottawa as director of the Science Secretariat of the Privy Council where he drafted
the legislation that created the Science
Council of Canada. After his return to B.C.
in 1968 he acted as consultant to UBC on
research administration. Survived by his
wife, and sons: Peter, BCom'53; Alan
(Herb), MD'57; Gordon, BASc'60,
MASc'62 and Nelson, BCom'66.
Sidney Wayne Hubble, BA'58, BA(Oxford),
June 1972 accidentally near New Delhi,
India. A B.C. Rhodes scholar, he joined the
external affairs department in I960 and was currently serving as first secretary of the
Canadian trade commission in Hong Kong.
At UBC he was president of the World University Service committee, a member of the
grass hockey team and a past president of
the Player's Club.
Lome P. Hudson, BCom'67. LLB'67, May
1972 in Vancouver. While at U BC he served
as president of the Social Credit Club, Varsity Christian Fellowship and chairman of
the University Mission Outreach program.
A lawyer in Vancouver, he is survived by
his wife (Phillis Lange, DPH'65), a daughter, parents, brother and sister.
Samuel A. Levis, LLB'52, June 1972 in West
Vancouver. After discharge from the
RCAF in 1945 he entered Victoria College
before coming to UBC for his law degree.
He was known as one of B.C.'s outstanding
insurance counsel "noted for his tenacity
but even more for his fairness". Survived
by his wife, two sons, mother, two sisters,
(Eileen, BA'54, MD(Mexico), and two
brothers, (William, MA'54 and David,
William H. Mitchell, BA'38, BEd'47, August 1970 in North Vancouver. Survived by
his wife (Margaret Jones, class of '33).
Mrs. John H. Moore (Helen Robinson),
BHE'50, March 1972 in Edmonton, Alta.
She and her husband had a farm in the Alix
district of Alberta near Lacombe where she
was district home economist for the provincial department of agriculture. Survived by
her husband, two sons and two sisters.
Mrs. Marion Cliff Sangster Reeve, BA'33,
February 1971 in Vancouver. At university
she received a Big Block for swimming and
was later active in the University Women's
Club. Survived by her husband, David (see
above), daughter, Jo Ann, (Mrs. L.D.
Druehl), BA'63, and two sons, Douglas,
BSc'66 and John.
Joseph M. Schell, BA'21, January 1972, in
White Rock. He retired in 1965 after over
40 years service with the Northern Electric
Company in Canada and the West Indies.
Survived by his wife, son and brother (Kenneth, BA'25).
Ian Alistair Shaw, BA'19. March 1971 in
Vancouver. At UBC he was an active participant in student affairs — especially in the
beginning of The Ubyssey. whose name he
is credited with coining. After graduation he
attended the Vancouver law school, articling with the firm of MacDonald and DesBrisay, and was called to the bar in 1924.
A past president of the Vancouver Bar Association, he was named Queen's Counsel
in 1964. He retired from active practice in
1969. Survived by his wife (Mary Anderson,
Donald M. Thorn, BSF'51, June 1972, accidentally near Kamloops. He was with the
provincial lands department and is survived
by his wife and three sons.
John William Thompson, BA'50, May 1972
in Victoria. Survived by his wife.
Richard J. Walsh, BA'50, MEd'65, April
1972 in Surrey. A teacher in Burnaby, he
is survived by his wife and two children.
William H. White, BASc'36, MASc'39!
PhD(Toronto), August 1972 in Vancouver.
A professor of geology, he joined the UBC
faculty in 1947. In recognition of his research work on the geological history of
B.C. he was awarded the W.G. Miller
Medal of the Royal Society of Canada in
1961. Survived by his wife, daughter, and
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Growth Factors
Ignored by
Former Minister
The remarks of the Minister of Health* concerning the growth of faculty and budget in
the medical school at the University of British Columbia do not give cognizance to the
manner in which a medical school grows and
matures. In 1954, which year he takes as
a baseline, the faculty of medicine was four
years old. It was operating with a skeleton
staff consisting of one or two people in each
department.The sparse full-time faculty was
to give the
United Way
concerned with the organization of the
teaching and setting standards of teaching.
The actual teaching was done almost entirely by physicians who earned their living in
practice and donated their time freely to the
University for this purpose.
One doubts that the magnitude of the
teaching load is readily understood outside
of medicine. For example, each student receives 400 hours of training in paediatrics.
Sixty of these hours are in full class exercises and require only one teacher. However, 340 of them are in small group teaching
in which no more than six students can be
involved if the examination of the infant or
child is to be meaningful to the student and
not harmful to the patient. Since a class of
60 must be broken up into 10 groups this
represents 3,400 hours of faculty participation to give each class its paediatric experience. For a class of 80 students this will
increase to 4,500 hours. Similar proliferation
of teaching hours occurs in all clinical departments.
It takes many years to assemble the full-
time faculty for a complete medical school.
Individuals with the required skills and abilities are recruited from other areas when
they are available. However, medical teacher scientists are in short supply and frequently it is necessary to select appropriate
local persons, send them away to other centers for training and bring them on faculty
as funds become available to employ them.
Only when all phases of medicine are covered by such highly selected and trained individuals can the medical school be considered complete. That stage has not been
reached at the present time. In 1954 it had
barely begun. Starting a medical school puts
in train a process of strengthening academic
services and adding academic strength to
faculty which continues for a number of
years. Thus even if there had been no increased teaching responsibilities a steady
budgetary increase would normally be expected during the building period.
In 1954 the faculty of medicine graduated
its first class. It had just completed the major task of initiating a new class of 60 students each year with a very small full-time
faculty. There were no responsibilities outside of the four years of medicine. Since that
• a faculty of dentistry has been started
and the 40 dental students have virtually
the same curriculum for the first two of
their four years of training as do the medical students and are taught in large part
by the medical faculty;
• a school of rehabilitation medicine has
been started, budgeted within the faculty
of medicine;
• the school of nursing and the faculty of
pharmaceutical sciences have to an increasing degree been taught by the medical faculty;
• there has been a more than tenfold increase in the teaching being done by some
departments in the faculty of medicine for
general science and other UBC students.
At the present time in the case of biochemistry, eight-ninths of its teaching
load is devoted to students other than
those in the faculty of medicine.
• Recent changes in viewpoint of the
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have had the effect of
making the teaching of residents a major
University responsibility, requiring con
siderable funding of clinical departments
if the teaching is to be competitive, at this
level, with the best that Canada has to
In spite of the growth of faculty which
these changes have necessitated since 1954,
we are still dependent in very large measure
on voluntary teachers to meet the teaching
load. In 1970, 15,920 hours of teaching were
provided at little or no cost to the University
by these valuable though unrewarded clinicians. Assuming the average student contact time of a full-time clinical teacher to
be 15 hours per week for 32 weeks this contribution would be the equivalent of 33 additional full-time faculty.
The minister's letter would indicate that
the faculty of medicine at the University of
British Columbia is relatively over-financed
in relation to its load of medical student
teaching. However, this represents only 25
per cent of the total teaching load of the faculty. A recent study of operating costs at
seven major Canadian universities which include medical schools casts some light upon
this situation. At UBC, the cost of operating
the medical school as a percentage of the
University's total operation budget was second lowest of the seven. The same study
compared the costs of educating medical
students with the costs for non-medical students at each university. In this case, UBC
ranked third among the seven.
The minister's comments concerning the
priorities within the medical school are accurate enough. As long as British Columbia
was better supplied with physicians than
any other part of Canada and as long as
every well qualified British Columbia resident who wished to enter medicine could
be provided the opportunity, the medical
school placed its emphasis on other highly
important tasks. For example, more than
any other school in Canada, UBC has put
great effort into continuing medical education. This task of maintaining our existing
supply of medical manpower up-to-date is
quite as important as providing new physicians. However, when the time came that
well qualified British Columbia students
were being denied entry to the school it was
clear that the policy of restricting entry to
60 students must change. An increase to 80
students will occur in the fall of 1972, even
though funding the necessary teaching laboratories has not as yet been arranged.
Dr. John F. McCreary
Coordinator. Health Sciences
University of B.C.
This is a reply to a letter by former B.C.
Health Minister Ralph Loffmark Chronicle,
summer '72) in which he made a series of
observations about UBC medical faculty
finances and priorities. In that letter, the
former minister questioned the validity of an
article in the spring issue ("The Great British Columbia Doctor Snatch") which
attributed UBC's failure to produce enough
doctors to inadequate financial aid from the
provincial government. f~J
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