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 Volume 44 Number 1 • Spring, 1990'
Falling Star
Post BA Blues
Open House 1990
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ELECTIONS May through August, the UBC Conference Centre
operates the largest university conference facility in
Reasonably priced accommodation consists of
comfortable single rooms and a limited number of one
and two bedroom executive suites in a unique,
easy-paced environment.
The University of British Columbia is set atop the
Point Grey Peninsula and framed by the Strait of
Georgia, the winding fiords of Howe Sound and the
North Shore Coastal Mountains. And it's all located
near the harbour city of Vancouver with its theatres,
night life, and continental cafes and shops.
Imagine us
5959 Student Union Boulevard,
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B. C,
Canada V6T 2C9 Telephone (604) 228-2963 Fax (604) 228-5297 Volume 44 Number 1 • Spring, 1990
Star Light, Star Bright 14
Will the North Star fade to black?
ArtFor Art's Sake .16
UBC's Fine Arts Collection tries to come of age
After the B.A 30
Life after slogging through the Arts
Alumni President's Column  4
Activities 5
Student News 6
Alumni News 7
Campaign News 8
Class Acts 21
Book Reviews 28
Election Ballot
Chris Petty, MFA86
Assistant Editor, Class Acts
Dale Fuller
Robin Laurence, Jaymie Matthews,
Marjorie Simmins, BA'85, Wendy
Soobis, Pat Higinbotham, Alan Hindle
The UBC Alumni Chronicle is published quarterly by the UBC Alumni
Association, and is distributed free to
all graduates. Postage paid at the Third
Class Rate Permit No. 5915. Return
requested. Member, Council for the
Advancement and Support of Education. Indexed in Canadian Education
Index.   ISSN 0824-1279.
Printed In Canada.
Editor's Notes
1 his quarter's cover says a great deal about UBC. The
colour photo was taken in early January ofthis year (on the
only sunny day in the whole month), at the kickoff to this
year's 75th Anniversary celebrations. Students, staff, faculty and visitors all donated their bodies to the cause and,
though you can't tell by looking, they are all waving madly
at the camera.
The black and white inset photo is, of course, the famous
1922 photo of UBC students assembled at the Point Grey
site of the campus.
The enthusiasm and hope shown by those early students is still strong today. In spite of tuition hikes, climbing
entrance standards and crowded classes, UBC students
still feel a fierce pride in their university, and the community
at large still places a high value on a UBC degree.
The next 75 years, it appears, will be just as positive as
the last 75 were.
By showing you various aspects of the campus (from
politics to pulsars), the Chronicle tries to maintain that
same kind of pride in its readers. We try not to pull any
punchs (see this month's article on UBC Art), but we don't
hesitate to heap on the praise, either ("Star Light, Star
We also have our usual features, a stroll down memory
lane ("After the BA") and information on Open House and
the UBC Campaign.
This issue also contains a ballot and information on this
year's Board of Management elections. Please vote. Board of Management
Ann McAfee, BA'62, MA'67. PhD'75
Senior Vice President
Mel Reeves BComm'75, MSc'77, LLB
Past President
John Diggens, BSc'68, DMD'72, MSD
Mark W. Hilton, BCom'83, LLB'88
Members-at-Large 1987-89
Godwin Eni, MSc'81, PhD'87
Oscar Sziklai, MF'61, PhD'64, BSF
Janet Gavinchuk, BCom,'77, MBA'86
Members-at-Large 1989-91
Janet Calder, BASc'74, MBA
Martin Cocking, BA'87
Curt Latham, BA'58, MD'62
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From   the
1 he Spring Chronicle is a time
for looking back and looking
forward. As this is my last
column, I would like to share
some of the ups and down of
being the "CEO" of a 125,000
member association whose ties
that bind are the camaraderie of
The start of my term coincided with all campus fund
raising, including the Association's Annual Fund, being consolidated under the umbrella of
the Development Office. After a long tradition of raising funds
for scholarships and alumni/student activities, the role of the
Association was redefined as "friend raising."
The response to the new role has been mixed. To manage
costs and content more efficiently, changes were made to the
Chronicle. Our communications department has done a good
job of bringing out a better product on time and within budget.
However, alumni groups who traditionally raised their own
funds to support activities face an uncertain future. Friend
raising costs money. As this issue goes to press, a year after the
change of role, terms of the core grant from the university are
still not agreed upon, and procedures for fund raising by
alumni groups are unclear. Uncertainty is disconcerting to volunteers and staff. Establishing a new partnership between
alumni and the university is a high priority.
The highlight of the past year was the opportunity to meet so
many graduates. My most enduring memories will be of reminiscences about student days. These invariably led to an offer of
support for the university. Some promised funds, others volunteered time and energy to student, faculty and alumni events.
To all who participated, thank you.
The challenge for President-Elect Mel Reeves and his incoming Board is to harness the abundant good will graduates have
for UBC into active support for the university. Alumni activities,
and the resources to support them, are limited only by our
imagination and commitment.
I would like to say a special thanks to the Board, staff and to
my special friend Rick for all the support. It was an honour to
represent the graduates of UBC. My best wishes to you, Mel, as
you carry forward the grand traditions of UBC as the 71st
President of the Alumni Association.
Ann McAfee, BA'62, MA'67, PhD'75
4 Chronicle/Spring 1990 Branches
Christopher Brangwln, BEd. (Sec)
'71, MA (Geog) '73, took advantage of a
business trip to Vancouver to visit the
Alumni Association offices at Cecil Green
Park in November. UBC alumni in
Australia interested in alumni activities can contact Chris at: 4 Fairweather
St., Bellevue Hill, New South Wales,
Australia 2023.
New to Toronto? Looking for social
or career contacts? Come and join
UBC alumni for talk and good cheer at
8:00 p.m. on March 21 at the Rose &
Crown, Yonge & Eglinton.
The Nanaimo alumni gathered together to have dinner with Dr. & Mrs.
Strangway at the Coast Bastion Inn on
November 24th. Dr. Strangway brought
the group of 60 graduates and their
guests up to date on university affairs.
Margaret BSN'54 and Hugh Heath
BA'49, LLB'50 were gracious hosts for
the evening, and Dr. James Slater
PhD'71 once again ably coordinated
the event.
Homecoming Week — 1990
If you are planning a visit to campus during our 75th Anniversary
Homecoming Week September 27 -
October 3, plan to attend a special
Branch Brunch at Cecil Green Park on
the morning of September 28. See pages
10 and 11 of this issue and watch for
more details in our June edition of the
Watch for upcoming events in:
Kamloops, Penticton, Seattle and Los
The newly (almost) completed
Medical Alumni & Student Centre at
12th & Heather is the result of the
efforts of many alumni and students.
The Centre will officially open its doors
on March 17th. The program for the
day begins with a series of guest speakers including architect Paul Merrick,
B.Arch.'64, (The City as an Organism);
Dr. Wm. Bowie (Canadian Youth; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; What they
know & what they do); Dr. James Miles
(Love & Survival); and interaction with
artist Sam Black. The festivities get
under way at 4:00 p.m. when UBC
medical students, who are staging a
'reverse trek,' will arrive at the Centre.
Guests will then be given a tour of the
facility, followed by the ribbon cutting
Watch for details of the Annual
General Meeting & Awards Night to be
held at the Centre on May 12, 1990.
The Victoria chapter of the Medicine division will meet for dinner on
Friday, April 27th at the Union Club,
with guest speaker Dr. Ian McTaggart-
Cowan. For further details contact Dr.
Bill Bell, BA'49, MD'54, at 388-4211.
The Annual General Meeting and
Dinner will be held on May 10th at
Cecil Green Park, 5:30 for 6:30 p.m.,
with speaker Nancy Hall, Director,
Health Promotion Programs, North
Shore Health Dept. (Promoting Wellness: An Interdisciplinary Approach).
Teachers of the Visually Impaired
Members of this new division will
celebrate their 10th anniversary reunion at 6:0.0 p.m. on May 26th at Cecil
Green Park.
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
The annual meeting and reception
for new graduates will be held at 7:00
p.m., Cecil Green Park, on March 16th.
Professors Emeriti
A general meeting will be held on
Wednesday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at
Cecil Green Park.
"UBC Pharmacy Alumni - Update
1990," co-sponsored by the division
and the Continuing Ed. Division ofthe
Faculty was held on January 20. The
day-long seminar featured five excellent speakers and was attended by 96
Grads came from Vancouver, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Grand Forks,
Kamloops, Comox, Campbell River,
Chilliwack, Whistler and Victoria.
All Pharmacy grads are invited to
attend the Open House reception in
the George Cunningham Building on
Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Open
House will run from March 9-11, and
all Pharmacy grads are invited to return to UBC for the festivities. Call
Louanne Twaites, Pharmacy Alumni
President, at 228-7715.
Counselling Psychology
The 25th Anniversary Celebration
of Counselling Psych will be held on
September 29, 1990 at the University
Golf Club. Details to follow.
Special reunions are being organized
this year for classes of 1930, 1940,
1965 and 1980. If you graduated in
one of these years and are interested in
participating on a reunion committee,
please contact the Alumni Programmes
office or fill in the "Keep in Touch" form
on page 23. Some classes have already
begun planning.
Class of 1930: 60th Anniversary on
June 21, 1990.
Class of 1940: forming plans for Homecoming 1990.
Class of '47 Engineering: reunion in
September,  1990.
Class of '50 Forestry: reunion at Harrison, April 27-28, 1990.
Class of '50 Engineering: reunion at
the Faculty Club on September 29,
Class of '55 Commerce: tentative plans
for a fall reunion.
Classes of '55 & '57 Medicine: combined reunion in June.
Class of '65 Forestry: reunion in July.
Class of '65 Nursing: reunion in May.
Class of '70 Law: reunion at Whistler,
September 14 -16.
Education of the Visually Impaired
Classes of '78, '79 & '80: combined
reunion on May 26.
Class of '80 Forestry: 10th Anniversary August 17-19 at the Vernon Lodge.
Class of '80 Law: reunion on September 28th.
Class of '80 Medicine: tentative plans
for reunion in September.
Other Classes making plans are:
'48 Commerce
'50 Law
'55 Commerce
'60 Civil Engineering
'60 Forestry
'65 Engineering
'65 Pharmacy
'66 Law
'70 Medicine
'70 Pharmacy
'80 Electrical Engineering
'80 Mechanical Engineering
'80 Home Ec
'80 Pharmacy
We would like to offer a special thanks to
Jim Dutton and Alan Lawley, managers of
The Rose and Crown Pub
in Toronto for their support of the TO.
Branch Pub Nights.
Chronicle/Spring 1990 5 Student News
Financial Hijinks
Ruffle AMS Executives
A letter on AMS letterhead appeared on the front page of the November
28th issue of The Ubyssey. It stated, simply, that the AMS requested
an internal audit. The story dominated campus news for weeks.
So what's all the fuss about? It's about the "borrowing of funds" from
AMS accounts by the elected AMS Director of Finance and the subsequent
handling of the matter by the AMS Executive and Council.
The Director, Karl Kottmeier, took a temporary leave of absence from
his position, and the AMS wasn't talking: their lawyers advised a "no
comment" stance until the audit was complete.
The audit revealed irregularities in the administration of AMS funds.
The most serious was Karl Kottmeier's personal use of AMS money.
Kottmeier was also an officer in an AMS funded club, a clear conflict of
interest according to the auditors, and there was an account for a defunct
club (Victoria Invasion) through which executive meeting expenses were
funnelled. Other executives were implicated.
Students were dissatisfied over the AMS' handling of the matter but
Executive had a close working relationship with Kottmeier, and they all
admitted difficulty in remaining objective.
One of AMS's options was to press criminal charges, but they voted
against such a move. Kottmeier repaid most of the $8,000 he had "borrowed," and made arrangements to repay the remainder. Members felt
Kottmeier had already paid a heavy price for his actions, and that his
future employability was in jeopardy.
The Graduate Student Society passed a motion that the RCMP be requested to pursue an investigation. Law students also supported legal action. But, on January 17, the AMS again voted not to press charges.
On January 19th the RCMP decided to initiate its own investigation.
The AMS is cooperating with the RCMP.
The AMS voted to bring Kottmeier before student court, but Kottmeier
did not appear. He sent a letter to the court requesting an adjournment
until the RCMP's investigation was concluded. The court denied the petition and found him in contempt.
At press time, the matter had spread to involve another AMS executive:
Director of Administration and presidential candidate Andrew Hicks. He
appeared before student court on February 5 to explain his authorization
of expenditures on the Victoria Invasion account. He refused to recognize
the court's authority and the court found him in contempt. He later contacted the court, stating that he wanted to resolve the situation. Tuesday,
February 6 was set as the date for a new hearing.
Other News
• On December 18, the Board of Governors announced a 4.8% tuition
increase. The raise appears moderate, but students were angry anyway,
since the raise comes on top of last year's 10% increase.
Other universities also announced tuition hikes, and students from
SFU, UVic and UBC organized protests. It did nothing to influence a
change in the determination ofthe governors to raise tuition. However, the
Minister of Post Secondary Education, Bruce Strachan, in response to the
protests, announced that his ministry is going to "conduct a government
study into the accessibility and affordability of college education."
• Engineering faculties across Canada have been going through rigorous
soul-searching since the massacre in Montreal. UBC was no exception, especially since it was the only engineering faculty which still staged the
Lady Godiva ride. There was much discussion on campus about whether
the ride would be held this year, and if so, what to do about it.
The engineers kept quiet until the last moment. The new procession included a knight in shining armour (whose gender was concealed), followed
by a horse and buggy filled with engineers of both sexes. So, a tradition
which is no longer considered appropriate was ended and new one begun.
6 Chronicle/Spring 1990
On December 11, UBC held a memorial service for the women killed in
Montreal. David Strangway, Alumni
President Ann McAfee and others spoke.
The following is a speech by Vanessa
Geary, AMS external affairs director.
We are here today to mourn the 14
young women killed at the University of Montreal, and to express our support and sympathy for those injured and
for the families of the women.
When I heard the reports on the radio,
I felt shocked, I felt sick, I felt horrified and
scared, but I was not surprised. Not surprised because this incident is not unique.
People say Marc Lepine was crazy, and
this incident is the result of a madman.
Yes, Marc Lepine was a disturbed young
man, but this incident, although extreme,
is not isolated. Women face acts of violence
against them everyday—abuse, sexual harassment, rape. As I sat listening to the
radio, I thought ofthe man who attempted
to stop Chantal Daigle from having an
abortion and his remark of how he "never
hit her hard enough to leave a mark."
I thought of the James Bond movie I
saw a few days earlier where a woman is
violently murdered, and perhaps raped in
scene one, and another is brutally whipped
by her lover as punishment for having
been disloyal to him in scene two.
Society is full of examples, but at this
time we must turn to our own community
and scrutinize ourselves. UBC is not a
place that welcomes women on an equal
basis with men. UBC is not a place where
women feel safe or secure. At this campus
women are confronted with intimidating
situations all the time. The Lady Godiva
ride is but one example. In the March
1989 edition ofthe engineers' newspaper,
the Red Menace, Bob the Engineer said
the best way to get a woman into bed was
to put a gun under her chin. At the engineers' song festival, the lyrics of one song
included a line about beating a woman
with a steel bar. I heard a story not long
ago about a woman who was in physics, at
the top of her class, but had dropped out
after her life was threatened by a male student.
These incidents are real. According to a
recent study, 56% of women are afraid to
walk alone at night. At UBC, I would
estimate that percentage is closer to ninety.
I commend the university for establishing the Sexual Harassment Committee
and the Office for Employment Equity. But
these are only a beginning. Unless this
university addresses these other problems, unless we learn to live together,
sisters and brothers in understanding and
acceptance, UBC will never be a world
class university. Alumni News
Constitution and Bylaws
Amendments to the constitution and
bylaws of the UBC Alumni Association
will be presented to members in a
special resolution at the AGM to be
held in May, 1990. These changes are
made pursuant to the Societies Act
and reflect the present structure of the
Copies of the changes will be available at the meeting. If members have
any questions, please call the Association at 228-3313.
New Vice President
In May, 1989, Ron Longstaffe was
elected Senior Vice President of the
Alumni Association. Under the constitution, the Senior Vice President automatically becomes President the following year.
Ron brought a wide range of community and UBC experience to the
Association. Unfortunately for UBC,
the Commonwealth Games Committee
agreed with our assessment of Ron's
ability. In November Ron was selected
as president and chief executive officer
of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth
Games. Ron moved his family to Victoria and, with regret, submitted his
resignation to the Association.
Under the constitution, when a Board
position becomes vacant during the
term of office, the Board of Management has the authority to fill the position. A search committee was struck
and Mel Reeves, BComm, MSc, LLB
was selected to the position of Senior
Vice President. Mel brings experience
in a variety of business, alumni and
student activities to the Association.
Agi Events
The highlight of a busy agi alumni
autumn was the Career Fair for Agi
undergrads. Alumni from every area of
agribusiness gave undergrads a look
at what the work world had in store for
Agi alumni volunteers will be at
Open House March 9 - 11 to greet
visitors. The 40s grads are having an
informal get-together at the UBC Botanical Gardens on Friday, March 9
between 2 and 4. Grads from that
decade are invited to stop by for a cup
of coffee.
Geography 75 years old
Geography Alumni Alliance celebrates 75 years of Geography 101.
Taught the first year by the late Dean
Brock,  this was the first geography
course to be offered in a Canadian
The dinner and party is to be
held at 6:00 Friday, March 9th in
the Grad Centre Ballroom. Call 228-
2663 for information.
Annual General
Meeting Announced
The Annual General Meeting of the
Alumni Association will be held in
mid May (date not yet confirmed).
All graduates of UBC are invited.
The business part of the meeting will include various committee
reports on the past year's activities,
discussion of changes to the Constitution and Bylaws and the announcement of the winners of the
Board of Management elections.
Members will receive a copy of the
Association's Annual Report.
Business complete, members are
invited to linger over cocktails to
chat with old friends, discuss Association business and talk over plans
for the future.
Please call the Association offices for exact date and time of the
First Nations Grads
First Nations House of Learning is
sponsoring a gathering of all First Nations
people who have graduated from UBC.
The reunion will be held during the last
week of May in conjunction with the Long-
house dedication. Call Madeleine Maclvor
at 222-8940 for details.
Brock Hall: Memories
Brock Hall is 50 years old this year. It
was built in 1940 and has undergone
several sea changes in its life.
It has hosted many celebrations and
events including frosh orientations, sock
hops, banquets, concerts, ceremonies and
dances. We are planning another celebration on the occasion of its 50th birthday
during Open House in March.
We invite you to join the celebration
and share your memories. Please send us
any photos, memories and mementos you
are willing to share and we will display
them. Original photos will be returned
upon request.
Send your memories to Sylvia Palmer,
Student Counselling and Resources Centre,
Brock Hall, 1874 East Mall, Vancouver,
BC, V6T 1W5. For more information call
Kim or Teresa at 228-3811.
Alumni Award winners and others pose for posterity at the Annual Volunteer Christmas
party held at Cecil Green Park on December 14. The others are, from the left. Dr. Strangway, Alumni President Ann McAfee and Past President John Diggens. The winners are,
left from Dr. Diggens, George Plant, winner ofthe Blythe Eagles Service Award, Doug
Whittle, Honorary Alumni Award, Mary Plant, co-winner with her husband, and Dr.
William Benjamin, winner ofthe Faculty Citation Award. Pat Carney (Alumni Award of
Distinction), Anne Bassett and Paul Yee (Outstanding Young Alumni), will receive their
certificates this spring.
The Volunteer party was a great success.
Chronicle/Spring 1990 7 u
UBC's Presidents
Frank Fairchild Wesbrook
Leonard Sylvanus Klinck
N.A.M. (Larry) MacKenzie
John Barfoot MacDonald
Kenneth Hare
Walter Gage
(Acting 1967-68)
Douglas Kenny
K. George Pedersen
Robert H.T. Smith
pro-tem 1985
David W. Strangway
y:i_ Campaign j __=^_L ____-;■.-_____
75 Years of Leadership:
The Presidents of UBC
Over the past 75 years, ten presidents have charted the course of
The University of British Columbia. In their own way, each has worked
towards a common goal: to make UBC one ofthe great universities of
North America.
Building a great university requires the commitment of students,
faculty, parents, government, alumni and the community. But the
architect, the visionary, the leaderwho sets the pace, is the president.
Here are career highlights of six UBC presidents who served the
Frank Fairchild Wesbrook was born
in Ontario and educated at the University of Manitoba. He graduated in 1890
with Master of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees. In 1892, he won an endowed studentship at Cambridge University. His achievements secured him
a professorship at the University of
Minnesota where he became its first
full-time Dean of Medicine.
Wesbrook's international reputation as a leading educator attracted the
attention of Dr. Henry Esson Young,
B.C.'s Minister of Education and Health.
Young offered the presidency of B.C.'s
new university to Wesbrook. He accepted only after the government assured him of adequate financial support.
Wesbrook and a team of architects
developed plans for the new campus.
He sent his new librarian to Europe to
buy books and searched Eastern Canada, the U.S. and Britain for top quality
staff. But cutbacks and delays put Wesbrook's dreams of a Cambridge on the
Pacific on hold.
Despite the hardships of World War
I, Wesbrook managed to open classes at
UBC on September 30th, 1915. Students and faculty squeezed into the old
McGill campus on the Fairview slopes.
Just three years later Wesbrook
died. His dream was unfulfilled, but his
life and the motto he suggested Tuum
est—It's up to you—have inspired many
who became associated with UBC.
Leonard Klinck's academic career
began with his appointment as professor in McGill's agriculture college in
1905. He came to UBC in 1914 at the
request of Wesbrook to help choose the
site for the Faculty of Agriculture. His
reputation as a hard working and respected researcher preceeded him.
Wesbrook soon made him Dean of
Agriculture and his right-hand man.
After Wesbrook's sudden death,
Klinck accepted the presidency. He
remained in that position until his retirement in 1944. His service to UBC
spanned one-third of the university's
history, longer than any other President to date.
During that time he led the university through one crisis after another: its
wobbly infancy in the Fairview Shacks,
the war-delayed move to the Point Grey
campus, the controversies ofthe 1930s
and the trying circumstances of World
War II. He supervised the physical
expansion at Point Grey and built three
strong faculties: Agriculture, Arts and
Applied Science.
Klinck passed on to President Mackenzie a solid institution, ready to spread
its wings.
Photographs courtesy of
The University of British Columbia Archives
8 Chronicle/Spring 1990 Campaign
Larry MacKenzie relished being
President. He was an outgoing individual who had a flair for the job.
Born in Pugwash, Nova Scotia in
1894, MacKenzie served in World War I.
After the war he returned to Dalhousie
where he graduated with distinction
from law school. This success lead to
post-graduate work at Harvard and
In 1940 MacKenzie was appointed
President ofthe University of New Brunswick. After four years his taste for new
challenges took him to Vancouver for
an interview at UBC. In 1944, he became the university's third President.
One month after he set foot in B.C.,
MacKenzie convinced Premier Hart to
allocate $5 million to UBC for a capital
building grant.
After the war, MacKenzie was faced
with a surge of returning veterans
wanting to reclaim lost time. Together
with Physics Head Gordon Shrum, he
concocted a plan to use vacant army
huts. In the space of a year they assembled 370 huts from 23 different
locations to create an instant campus.
MacKenzie initiated UBC's first major
capital campaign in 1958, the centenary ofthe province. The campaign raised
$11 million, more than doubling its
goal. The Government of B.C. matched
private gifts with another $10 million.
During his presidency, MacKenzie
opened the Physics Building, the north
wing of the Library, the War Memorial
Gym, the Faculty Club, the Buchanan
Building, the Medical Sciences Building, the Law Building and student housing.
(Acting 67-68)
Born in Vancouver in 1905, Walter
Gage was known as the "Dean of Everything." During his 57 year association
with UBC, he held almost every administrative post available. Gage enrolled
in UBC as a student in 1921. He graduated with a BA in 1925 and a MA in
Math and Physics in 1926. Later that
year he started teaching at UBC.
Gage loved his work on campus.
Holidays were a nuisance and sabbaticals out ofthe question. In 1969, at the
age of 64, Walter Gage became President.
The standing-room-only status of
Gage's math classes was legendary.
Gage was a great teacher. Even as
President he lectured 11 hours a week
to 500 students, preferring, as well, to
mark his own exam papers.
Though Gage was by nature a private person, he was generous and
thoughtful. As Dean in charge of Financial Services he often loaned desperate
students money from his own pocket.
Typical of Gage's generosity was
his response to being the first winner of
UBC's Master Teacher Award. He
immediately turned over the $5,000
award to the university to buy books for
three campus libraries.
When Walter Gage died in 1975, a
memorial service was held in the War
Memorial Gym. All classes were cancelled in order to allow faculty and students to attend.
The President's Fund
From Wesbrook's choice ofthe Point Grey site to MacKenzie's
army huts and Strangway's launch of The UBC Campaign, strong
presidents have demonstrated their flexibility and creativity in
meeting UBC's needs.
In this era of rapid change, flexibility is more important than
ever. Through The UBC Campaign, the President's Fund will be established to support emerging priorities. The fund will also provide
more graduate fellowships and entrance scholarships. UBC alumni
can help shape UBC's future by contributing to this important
When Douglas Kenny was asked to
be president he replied, "I've always
been willing to do what this university
asked. It is, in part, paying back what I
would say is a debt."
Kenny, a native of Victoria, had
strong ties with UBC. He received his
BA from UBC in 1945, his MA in 1947
and later his PhD from the University of
Washington. Except for a two year teaching stint at Harvard, Kenny never left
UBC until his retirement.
During his term Kenny set two main
goals essential to a great university: to
ensure a high quality of instruction,
and to encourage research.
He cautioned students training specifically for a current job market and
encouraged them to seek a liberal education.
To Kenny, UBC was a university on
the frontier, integrating classic values
with new research.
David W.
David Strangway was bom in Ontario in 1934, the son of United Church
medical missionaries. His early schooling was in Angola and Rhodesia. Later,
he returned to the University of Toronto
where he received his BA, MA, and PhD.
Strangway taught at M.I.T. from
1965 to 1968. For three years he worked
as NASA's Chief of Geophysics where
he was responsible for research on the
Apollo space mission.
After serving as Chairman of the
Geology Department at the University
of Toronto, he was promoted to Vice-
President Academic. In 1985, David
Strangway was installed as UBC's ninth
Like his predecessors, Strangway
wants to make UBC a great university.
He spearheaded the development of a
distinctive mission statement for UBC
and launched its first fund-raising
campaign in over 20 years.
Chronicle/Spring 1990 9 ix)pen House
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March 9, 10, 11
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• feel an earthquake?
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housands of callers throng to your doorstep and want to stay for three
days. What do you do with them?
At UBC, we let them star in a movie, gaze through a telescope, pan for gold
or explore Kid's World.
Open House 1990 is the centrepiece of UBC's diamond anniversary and
will take place across campus March 9, 10 and 11. Most regular classes on
March 9 will be cancelled for this first major event of UBC's year-long 75th anniversary celebrations.
"This is the perfect opportunity for the community to see and experience
the many exciting contributions that UBC makes in teaching and research,"
said Agricultural Sciences Dean Jim Richards, chair ofthe Open House 1990
committee. "More than that, it's an opportunity for the public to see close-up
the facilities that are available here at UBC."
Three years ago, thousands of visitors crowded the campus to take part in
more than 400 events, displays and activities. In 1990, we are inviting UBC's
friends, neighbours and alumni back to campus to discover what our faculties, departments and schools have been working on.
Our visitors can watch the light bulbs switch on as great moments in
science are re-enacted by the Science Faculty. Or they can find themselves on
the set with a film crew from the Theatre Department. Children can play and
learn at Kid's World. There will be an imagination market and puppet shows
to entertain and teach tomorrow's university students.
Gold fever will rage at the M.Y. Williams Geology Museum where some of
the world's largest gold specimens from Harvard University will be on display.
From there, visitors can head over to Pharmaceutical Sciences to explore
advances in drug research.
At Agricultural Sciences, there will be free plant seedlings, a landscape
design studio, quail hatching, live fish and animal displays, and nutritional
know-how tests.
Visitors can examine a relief map of the environmentally sensitive Stein
Valley at the Forestry Faculty. Or they can explore new cultures at the Museum of Anthropology and the Asian Centre.
For athletes, there will be Sportsfest, a collection of displays and demonstrations of sports at UBC. The judicial-minded can test their legal sense at
mock trials staged by the Law Faculty. Afterwards, visitors can test their
stress levels at the Psychology Department.
For the starry-eyed, there will be day and night viewing at the UBC Observatory. And for those with a green - or not so green - thumb, they can talk to
the experts at the Botanical Garden.
In keeping with the anniversary theme, the Geography Department plans
to hold guided tours to show how UBC has changed with the landscape of
Point Grey over the past 75 years.
"We funded all 12 faculties, eight outreach programs as well as the departments of sports and recreation, and School and College liaison," said Erin
Redden, co-ordinator of Open House 1990. 'The Open House Committee
received many excellent proposals and we endorsed every project we received.
Unfortunately, we were unable to fund them all."
The exhibits and displays will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and all
exhibits and parking will be free.
For further information about Open House, please call 222-8999.
10 Chronicle/Spring 1990 Spring Events
March 9, 10, 11
March 15 or 16
Bio Tech Lab Opening
March 17
UBC Triathlon;
Fundraising Children's Circus
at Old Auditorium & Dinner at MacKenzie
March 24 - 29
"Storm the Wall" - Intramurals event
March 25
"UBC At the Orpheum"
(coordinated by the School of Music)
April 5
20th Anniversary Medieval Workshop
April - August
Spring/Summer Sports Program;
Community Sports Services
We will be organizing pre-arranged travel
packages for Alumni returning to Vancouver for Homecoming. Watch for details in the Summer Chronicle.
Discover Summer
April 27 -
"Discover Summer at UBC" Opens:
Tour Programs, Outdoor cafes. Campus
facilities open to public
April 28
Theatre Dep't: Historical Fashion Show
April 29
The Manufacturer's Ride for Heart: Charity
Bike Ride
May 1 - 28
B.C. Asian Art Exhibit
May 4 - 6
Wheelchair Basketball Championship
May 11 - 12
Pacific Coast Music Festival
May 28 - June 22
Spring/Summer program for retired people
May 29 - June 1
Congregation (8 ceremonies over 4 days)
June 6-9
Applied Ethics Conference
June 23
Malcolm Knapp Research Forest
Driving Tour (Research Forest Open House)
June - August
Children's Theatre programs
(Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays)
Summer Stock Theatre programs
July 10 -15
Canadian Special Olympics
International Male Choirs Gathering
July 3 - August 10
"Summer Sounds"    daytime music series
July 3 - August 10
"Music for a Summer's Evening" -
evening music concert series
July 20
Tai Pei Sinfonietta
July 28
UBC Super Sale; Recycling and Environmental Fair
August 13 - 18
Native Language Conference Week
Sept. 8
Shrum Bowl
September 23 - 24
Logan Cycle 200
September 24 - 26
Cecil & Ida Green Professorships -
Conference on Global Environmental
September 27 - 30
Class Reunions Weekend
September 27
75th Homecoming Ceremony
September 27
1990 Gala Great Trekker Dinner
September 27 - 28
Neuroscience at UBC: A Symposium
September 27 - October 3
Lecture Series: Pacific Rim Development
September 28
Alumni Branch Brunch - Cecil Green
September 28 - 30
75th Anniversary Alumni
Hockey Homecoming Weekend
September 28 - 30
Alumni Tennis Tournament
September 29
Homecoming Football:
Blue & Gold Classic
September 30
Arts 20 Relay
September 30
UBC's 75th Birthday Party
Other Fall Events
October 21-22
Day of the Longboat: Intramurals event
November 10
75th Anniversary Remembrance Day
November 11
Remembrance Day
Observance Ceremony
November 12-17
UBC Soccer Bowl
Nov. 29
Special Graduation Ceremony
Lights of Learning event
(lighting the campus)
Watch the Summer Chronicle
for up-to-date information on
Summer Festival and
Homecoming activities
Chronicle/Spring 1990 11 Elections
Board of
Association Members:
There are five positions to be filled on the Alumni Association Board of Management: Senior Vice President, Treasurer and three Members-at-Large.
The Member-at-Large and Treasurer positions have been filled by acclamation.
Two candidates are contesting the Senior Vice President position.
Vote and Mail Today
Please vote according to the directions on the ballot on page 20. The results
of the election will be announced in May at the Alumni Association Annual General Meeting and will be published by May 31, 1990.
Janet Gavinchuk BComm'77, MBA'86
Alumni Returning Officer
Your Vote Counts
The Alumni Association is directed by the Board of Management. UBC
graduates help set the direction of the Association by annually electing its
officers. The Vice President automatically becomes President the following year.
The Treasurer is elected for a one-year term and Members-at-Large are elected
for two years.
The Board of Management's Nominating Committee ensures a full slate of
candidates. In selecting nominees, we search for people who will bring a broad
range of experience and perspectives to the Association.
The Association appreciates the commitment all these candidates make to
the university and its graduates by offering to stand for election.
We commend these candidates to you. Please mail your ballot today.
Melvin R. Reeves, BComm'75, MSc'77, LLB
Chair, Nominating Committee
Officers 1990-91
Mel Reeves
Ann McAfee
Melvin Reeves, BComm'75, MSc'77, LLB
Alumni Activities: Life Member, UBC Thunderbird Society; Member UBC Resource Council
1983-84; Executive Member 1982-83; Chair, Alumni Fund Committee 1982-83.
Campus Activities: Executive Member, Big Block Advisory Committee 1972-73; Executive
Member University Athletic Committee 1972-75; Served on many Athletic committees, 1972-
Community Service: Law Society of BC; Vancouver Club; Life Member, Wesbrook Society;
Point Grey Social Credit Association 1988.
Occupation: President, First Merchant Capital Corporation
Past President
Ann Pickard McAfee, BA'62, MA'67, PhD'75
Alumni and Campus Activities: Board of Management and Executive 1984-87 and 1988-89:
Senior Vice President and Chair, Alumni Council 1988-89; Chair, Long Range Planning 1984-
87; Distinguished Alumni Award (Geography) 1987; Ubyssey Editorial Board 1959-62; Public
Relations Officer, Women's Athletic Association 1959-60; Sessional Lecturer, School of Community & Regional Planning 1975-80; Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration 1987.
Community Service: Canadian Housing Design
Council Board 1978-83, BC Chairman 1980-83;
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Housing
Committee 1987-88; Chair, BC Housing Conference 1986; Canada Mortgage and Housing Scholarship Committee 1981-87; Social Planning & Research Council, United Way 1979-83; Housing
Committee, Canadian Council on Social Development 1975-79.
Occupation: Associate Director of Planning, City of
Members-at-Large are elected for two year terms.
The following have one year left in their terms:
Janet Calder, BASc'74, MBA
Martin Cocking, BA'87
Curt Latham, BA'58, MD'62
Return Ballot
and Identity
See Ballot
Page 20
12 Chronicle/Spring 1990 Elections
To Be Elected
Vice President
Shayne Brent Boyd, BComm'81
Alumni and Campus Activities: Chair, Great Trek Relived 1989-90; Vice President, Communications 1988-89; Board of Management 1988-89, 1986-87; Treasurer 1987-88; Student Affairs 1986-87; Vice President, Gage Residence 1980-81; AMS External Affairs Committee 1980-81; Student Administrative Council 1980-81.
Community Service: Fund Raising, Vancouver Cystic Fibrosis.
Occupation: Manager Financial Systems, BC Children's Hospital.
Statement: As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of UBC, I believe that the leadership of
the Alumni Association must look forward, reaffirming our commitment to foster the
lifelong relationship that each graduate has with the university. We can only accomplish
this as independent supporters of the university. I have the right combination of
experience, drive and commitment to help in achieving this objective.
David Coulson, BComm76, LLB'80
Alumni and Campus Activities: Current: Chair, Alumni Fund Allocations Committee;
Chair, Alumni Association Open House Committee; Member, President's Alumni Advisory
Committee to the 75th Anniversary. Treasurer, 1988-89; Chair, Executive Finance
Committee 1988-89; Student Senator 1978-79; AMS Treasurer 1975-76; Chair, AMS Finance Committee 1975-76; Chair, AMS Budget Committee; Student Council 1974-76.
Occupation: Lawyer
Statement: The way to foster the relationship between UBC and its graduates is to help
alumni support specific areas of the university through fund raising, providing scholarships or bursaries, and organizing alumni activities. The Association has gone through
many changes in the, past few years. These changes were reached by evolution and dialogue. We must remember that the Alumni Association exists for the overall benefit of its
members and the university. That must be the overriding tenet for any project the Association undertakes.
Elected by Acclamation
Martin J.G. Glynn, BA(Hons)74, MBA76
Student Activities: Pres., Commerce Graduate Society 1975-76.
Community Service: Chair, Fund Raising Cttee for Financial Services Sector, BC Children's Hospital, member 1990; Director and
President ofthe Hong Kong-Canada Business Association 1984-87.
Occupation: VP & Mgr. of the Hong Kong Bank of Canada, Main
James Stich, BSc'71, DMD75
Alumni Activities: Board of Management 1989-90; Chair, Divisions Council 1989-90; Co-Chair 75th Great Trekker Gala Dinner;
Dean's-President's Committee on Future of Dentistry in BC 1986-
87; President, Dental Alumni 1987-89, VP & Fund Chair 1985-87.
Occupation: Dentist
Jim C. Whitehead, BA'62, MA'68, MSc, PhD'87
Alumni Activities: Fund Raising Steering Committee 1989; Vice
President Geography Division .
Community Service: Past Director of Urban Development Institute
of Alberta; Economic Development Committee, Calgary; Planning
Advisory Committee, Calgary; Science World Fund Raising Cttee.
Occupation: VP Development, First National Properties
Colin Davies, BComm'81
Alumni and Campus Activities: Board of Directors, Commerce
Harvard Business Game; consultant on information systems development to UBC; Vice President, Computer Science Option.
Occupation: Senior Manager, Andersen Consulting
Jim Whitehead
Colin Davies
Other Representatives to the Board of Management
Under our constitution, people may be elected or appointed in the following categories: The Executive Direc-
tonchairsof committees; Faculty Association rep.; 1 convocation Senator; 1 representative of the AMS; and any
other position the Board may designate.
Chronicle/Spring 199013 Star Light,
Star Bright
Get your wish in quickly. A team of UBC researchers
has bad news for the North Star. Is it finally fading
after 40,000 Years?
by Jaymie Matthews
To many people, the most familiar star in the night sky
is 'The North Star," dubbed Polaris or Ursa Minoris
by astronomers. It is hardly the brightest (ranking
about 50th), but by virtue of its unique position
almost directly above the Earth's north pole, this star captured the attention of sailors and navigators and inspired
the imagination of many others. Shakespeare first coined
the phrase "...constant as the Northern Star," and singers
and poets have echoed that refrain ever since.
Actually, astronomers have known for well over a century that Polaris is a pulsating variable star. But the Bard
may have the last word after all. The latest results from a
team of UBC astronomers suggest that the pulsations of
Polaris are fading fast, and the expression "constant as the
Northern Star" could soon take on a new meaning.
Polaris is a supergiant star - roughly 30 times larger and
1500 times brighter than our sun. It is also an example of
a Cepheid variable - a pulsating star which expands and
contracts in a regular cycle lasting days to weeks. Such
vibrations usually die out quickly, but if a star's temperature falls in a narrow range known to astronomers as The
Instability Strip, that star can continue to vibrate for a long
time. The vibration period of a Cepheid is related to its
absolute brightness, which in turn can be translated into
the star's distance. Since Cepheids are so bright, they are
visible at extreme distances—even in some other galaxies—
and serve as a basic yardstick for the cosmic distance scale.
Astronomers are eager for more information about the
nature of Cepheids,  since many fundamental questions
about galactic structure and cosmology hinge on the distances derived from their pulsations.
For a Cepheid, Polaris pulsates with a rather short
period (about four days) and has a history of strange behaviour. Its pulsations are detected as small variations in
brightness and surface velocity. (The later measurements
exploit the Doppler effect. When the star expands, its light
is shifted slightly to bluer wavelengths; during contraction,
the spectrum is red-shifted.) Older observations of Polaris
appeared to conflict with more recent results: the variations
were larger in the past, and the period of the star was
definitely changing in some fashion. But astronomers could
not agree on exactly how or why.
To tackle the problem, UBC researchers Nadine Din-
shaw, Jaymie Matthews, Gordon Walker and Grant Hill
decided to take a close and intensive look at Polaris. They
collected over 230 spectra of the star during eight months
in 1987-88 with the university's 40 cm telescope. Whereas
previous observers had recorded their data photographically, the team used a sensitive electronic detector called a
Reticon, allowing them to make the most precise measurements yet of the star's pulsations. They also re-examined
(with the help of modern computer analysis) observations
gathered during the past century. Taken together, the new
and old data portray Polaris as a dying Cepheid.
Analysis shows that the period of Polaris is increasing at
a uniform rate of about 3 seconds per year. This increase
can be explained if the star is slowly becoming larger and
cooler as it evolves. The strength ofthe pulsations had been
14 Chronicle/Spring 1990 Jaymie Matthews Cleft), Nadine Dinshaw and Gordon Walker,
three members ofthe team, standing in front ofthe university's
40cm telescope
nearly constant (with the surface moving
in and out at a top speed of roughly
9000 kph) until at least 1956. Sometime between then and 1980, something happened. The pulsations began to weaken and the amplitude
plummeted. The new data reveal surface motions that have slowed to the
rather sluggish pace—for a Cepheid—
on only 2700 kph and are still fading.
Since Polaris has a temperature which
puts it at the cool limit ofthe Instability
Strip, and the star appears to be cooling with age, Dinshaw and her colleagues argue that Polaris is now outgrowing its phase as a Cepheid.
Theory predicts that once a starlike
Polaris becomes stable against pulsation, its vibrations should die in only a
decade or two, in agreement with the
UBC results. But since theory also
suggests that Polaris may have spent
the last 40,000 years or more as a
pulsator, astronomers are being treated
to a rare and fleeting glimpse of the
final days of a Cepheid.
While the pulsations of Polaris may
be dying, the new observations shed
light on other variations. The researchers believe they have detected a subtle
signature of the star's rotation, betrayed by 'starspots' carried across
the visible disk of Polaris. In addition,
they have traced part of the motion of
Polaris in a binary system it shares
with an unseen stellar companion.
As seems fitting for the North Star,
the study of Polaris has had a very
Canadian flavour, even before the UBC
effort. In the late 1960s, Donald Fernie
of the David Dunlap Observatory performed a thorough analysis ofthe star's
light variability. In 1983, A. Arellano
Ferro (then at U of T) first noted the
decline in pulsation amplitude and
suggested that Polaris might be evolving from the Instability Strip. Recently,
Canadian astronomer Nancy Evans
used data from the International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite to search for
the binary companion of Polaris.
The UBC study of Polaris also highlights the importance of smaller telescopes to astronomy. Although large
instruments like the 3.6 cm Canada-
France-Hawaii telescope (which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 1989)
are responsible for many exciting breakthroughs in stellar and extragalactic
astronomy, small telescopes also play
a vital role in astronomical research.
There remain many stars like Polaris
in our galaxy—too bright for the giant
telescopes—which still harbour interesting secrets.
Bright stars often have several
names, but Polaris has garnered an
impressive list of aliases over the years.
Some of these are: Angel Stern, Lodestar, Navigatoria, Pole Star, Star of
Arcady, and Young-He-Goat. V
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fellow in the Department of Geophysics and Astronomy
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Chronicle/Spring 199015 Art
For Art' s S ake
The university's Fine Art Collection grows and
prospers in spite of itself
by Robin Laurence
Since its founding in 1915, over 900 works of art
have come into UBC's possession, mostly through
donations. You might have trouble identifying the
first donation (records weren't kept before 1935),
but there is emphatic and appreciative documentation of
the most recent: an oil sketch by Emily Carr, together with
a pencil drawing by her friend and protege, Jack Shadbolt.
These works were given to UBC by Professor Emeritus
John McDonald and were among the highlights of the university art collection exhibited at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery
last fall. Researched and organized by Scott Watson, the
gallery's new curator, the show included pieces by Frederick Varley, David Milne, L.L. Fitzgerald and B.C. Binning.
What the exhibition revealed is how each work contributes to what Watson calls "a history of university culture."
Since UBC's art has been acquired largely through donations, the relationships ofthe donors and artists to UBC and
to each other form a network of local affiliations and regional
Professor McDonald's story is exemplary: He taught in
the Spanish Department for many years and is a longtime
friend of Jack Shadbolt, with whom he visited Emily Carr on
the day in 1932 when he acquired Forest Interior.
Carr's early influence on Shadbolt can be seen in his
1939 drawing, Numatl Mask, which employs an Indian
theme, and it is apt that Professor McDonald donated the
Carr and the Shadbolt together. Years later, Shadbolt
painted a mural for Mcdonald's house, which Mcdonald
also gave to UBC; Shadbolt repainted it as Emergent Image, and the triptych now hangs in the Great Hall of the
University Library. 'The collection is more than the aesthetic statement," Watson says. "It's a record of the people
who gave and their circle and their interests."
Other works, other records, have come into the collection through former presidents, professors and department
heads, through sororities and societies and the UBC contingent ofthe C.O.T.C, through alumni and families of alumni
and artists themselves.
Among the most distinguished of these artists was B.C.
Binning, who taught in the School of Architecture from
1949 and who became founding head of the Fine Arts Department in 1955, while concurrently acting as the first
director of the Fine Arts Gallery. A powerful influence upon
modernist art and architecture in postwar Vancouver,
Binning was also a gifted painter, draughtsman and mural-
ist, and a visionary presence in Academe. He is represented
in the UBC collection by an oil painting (donated to the Fine
Arts Gallery by his nephew, Peter Reed), an oil sketch, and
pieces of a ceramic mural from the old CKWX Building. The
mural was partially salvaged last year before the building
was demolished, and is now in storage, waiting, as June
Binkert explains, to be incorporated into the planned
Creative and Performing Arts Centre at UBC.
Binkert, who acts as "registrar" to the university collection and who has been secretary in the Department of Fine
Arts since its inception, is adamant that such a memorial to
Binning is long overdue. "There's absolutely no reference to
B.C. Binning on this campus at all, and I think he was a very
important person. Not just for fine arts on campus, but for
architecture in the city and art across the country."
Binning's Night Harbour was bequeathed to UBC by
another visionary, Hunter Lewis. Lewis, who taught in the
English Department and sat on the Board of Directors ofthe
National Gallery, was the first person to suggest assigning
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an individual or body to be responsible for UBC's art collection (which is now overseen by the President's Committee
on University Art). He also proposed, in 1940, the idea of a
student collection of art in Brock Hall. The idea was later
promoted by Binning and J.R. Longstaffe, resulting in what
is now the Alma Mater Society Collection, fifty-six very fine
pieces of contemporary Canadian art.
Among Professor Lewis' bequests to the university was
a 1933 Jack Shadbolt watercolour, another link in the
culture network. Most of the nine Shadbolt works in the
university collections are early and formative, showing the
artist's development toward the nature-based "lyrical abstraction" for which he is known today.
Other West Coast landscape-inspired abstractionists in
the university collection are Gordon Smith and Takao
Tanabe, both of whom have taught in the Department.
Some of their works are a part of the Department's Study
Collection, which is comprised largely of prints purchased
in 1973 from a grant by the Merrill Foundation. With this
grant, the Department was able to acquire prints by outstanding Canadian, American and British artists, including
Robert Young, Joyce Wieland, Sam Francis, David Hock-
ney, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. So inflationary is the
current art market that a few of the American prints in the
Study Collection now command prices ten to fifty times
what was paid for them.
Another valuable body of prints came into UBC's possession through, a bequest from an alumnus who died on the
other side of the continent. He left a portion of his estate to
the university, including eleven early Inuit prints from Cape
Dorset. Most famous ofthis group of stonecuts, stencils and
engravings—probably most famous of all Inuit prints—is
from top left, clockwise: Jack
Shadbolt, River Reserve;
B.C. Binning, Four Ships
on a North West Course;
J.W.G. MacDonald, Mt. Le-
froy, Lake O'Hara; Frederick Varley, portrait of UBC's
first chancellor, Francis
Lovett Carter-Cotton.
Kenojuak's Enchanted Owl, whose look of bright wonder
seems particularly appropriate for a university.
Also appropriate, in a stodgily traditional way, are commissioned portraits of presidents, chancellors, deans and
other academics. What is surprisingly unstodgy is the
choice of portrait artists over the years, in some cases from
among the best in Canada. Charles Comfort, a bold muralist
and watercolourist, and Director of the National Gallery of
Canada from 1960 to 1965, painted six portraits for the
university, including Dean Henry Angus and Chancellor
Sherwood Lett. Lilias Torrance Newton, a founding member
of the Canadian Group of Painters and one of the most
distinguished portrait artists of her age, painted President
Norman Mackenzie and Dean of Women, Dorothy Mawd-
esley. But the most valuable and significant portrait in
UBC's collection is that of its first chancellor, Francis Lovett
Carter-Cotton, painted in 1927 by Frederick Varley.
Varley was one of two original members of the Group of
Seven who settled in Vancouver for a time. Arriving in 1926,
he taught at the Vancouver School of Art, but his impact was
felt far beyond that, stimulating concerns for modernism
and expressionism that reached Emily Carr in Victoria.
Lawren Harris, who came here in 1940, was also a great influence upon Carr, encouraging her to abandon Indian
themes for the primal imagery of the rain forest. His presence was also a stimulus to J.W.G. (Jock) Macdonald in
exploring the possibilities of pure abstraction.
Harris is represented in UBC's collections by an untitled
orange and yellow abstraction (from Dr. Norman Mackenzie)
that is suggestive of automatic drawing. Macdonald is
represented by a 1944 pink and blue plaid landscape,
Mount Lefroy, Lake O'Hara. Originally purchased for the
Chronicle/Spring 1990 17 Officer's Mess ofthe C.O.T.C, Mount
Lefroy was presented to the university
in 1978 by the Combined Services
Trust Fund.
Years earlier, some officer of great
perception had convinced his fellows
to decorate their mess with landscapes
painted by Macdonald and Emily Carr,
and it was with equal perception that
these works were donated to the
university. Plumed Firs and Wasteland, the C.O.T.C.'s two oil on canvas
paintings by Carr, are now the most
highly valued works in the entire UBC
collection. (The nine Carrs at UBC
command a total market value in excess of one million dollars. The sad
irony, of course, is how little Carr realized in sales in her own lifetime. The
collection abounds in tales of "I bought
this sketch from Carr for $10 ..." and
"That painting cost 50 framed ...")
With the exception of the commissioned portraits, UBC has never established an active acquisitions policy. As
a result, the collection has grown in a
somewhat eccentric and undirected
fashion. In addition to the 20th century Canadian works, there have been
donations of British and European
paintings and drawings, among them
a still life by Vanessa Bell, a portrait
study by George Watts, a cupid by Sir
Matthew Smith, and a pencil drawing
by Ernest Kirchner, all valuable and
interesting if not exactly relevant.
The Canadian works, which comprise the core of the collection, are
historically and aesthetically significant, but they are hardly extensive.
Beyond that, Scott Watson concedes,
"Not all the works in the collection are
of museum quality," while one of his
colleagues less diplomatically asserts
that "ninety percent of the collection"
is beneath consideration. The less than
immortal ninety percent includes
quantities of amateur pencil and wa-
tercolour sketches, portraits of anonymous people by equally anonymous
portraitists, irrelevant photographs of
near and distant places, mass-produced drawings of European parks
and palaces, and odd pieces of furniture and fabric, maps and scrolls,
stained glass and armour and brass
rubbings that were deposited at UBC
because there apparently was nowhere
else for them to go.
Much of this mediocre stuff came
into the university's collection years
ago, when its policy was to accept all
donations. Now works are screened by
the President's Committee on University Art, which supervises all aspects
of the collection, from acquisition to
maintenance and display. The chairman of the Committee, Dr. Sheldon
Cherry, explains: "We don't accept
everything that's offered. It has to meet
a certain standard of quality in the
view of the Committee." This somewhat more ruthless approach, however, is not meant to discourage potential donors; Dr. Cherry is keen to attract new works to the university. As
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies,
Professor of Civil Engineering, and
former board president of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Dr. Cherry is incarnate
proof that the arts and sciences are
compatible. His work on the President's Committee seems to be the most
appropriate vehicle for his belief in the
positive impact of art upon the university environment. Enthusiasm radiates from him as he describes his
vision of quiet comers of the campus,
transformed by beautiful and unexpected pieces of sculpture, drab interior walls illuminated by paintings.
Dr. Cherry sees the campus as an
extended gallery space, and essentially that is how it functions. Most of
the collection is located in offices, libraries and conference rooms throughout UBC and until a new Fine Arts
gallery is built (projected for completion between 1992 and 1994), this
represents the only practical method
of both exhibiting and storing the work.
The current gallery setting, which is
little changed since 1948, is not exactly a brilliant focal point for the university's art. Long and low, punctuated by metal girders, and located in
the noisy rear ofthe Library basement.
left: Emily Carr. Forest
Interior; above: Lawren
Harris, Mountain Spirit
(AMS Collection) Next
page: June Binkert displays one of many "in
storage" works in the
UBC Collection
the space would be awful if it weren't so
downright hilarious. Or vice versa.
Dr. James Caswell, Head of the
Department of Fine Art (which is responsible for administering the Fine
Arts Gallery), is quick to point out that
innovative uses have been made of the
space over the years. "It represents a
challenge and has often been used in
an extremely effective fashion ... not in
spite of the space, not just making do
with the space, but actually using it in
a creative fashion." But he is equally
quick to add that "It is not going to be
something we will move out of with any
sadness whatsoever."
Whatever the gallery's limitations,
it probably represents a safer and more
secure home for university art than
most of the places in which that art
now resides. Pieces have hung for years
without being moved and been subject
to deterioration from light, dust, heat
and vacillating levels of humidity. "The
whole collection needs to be looked at
thoroughly," June Binkert says. "And
I reckon it would take probably
$100,000 or so to put it back into
order." For now, urgent conservation
work is done on an ad hoc basis. As for
security, work is only displayed in high
traffic areas that can be locked at
night. Nevertheless, a David Milne
watercolour (valued at $12,000) disappeared last May from a conference
room annex in the President's office.
18 Chronicle/Spring 1990 Despite safety and conservation
embarrassments, nobody on campus
is advocating recalling all the works to
storage. Even if storage space were
available, dark seclusion is not what
the university art collection is all about.
Both Scott Watson and Dr. Cherry are
convinced that the university represents a special place for art, a place
where there is stimulating interaction
between students and highly visible
pieces of two-, three- and multi-dimensional work.
Watson, who would like to see more
contemporary art in the collection,
explains that a "sophisticated contemporary art program" allows students
within an institution to be aware of
what is happening in the field of art,
just as their studies update them on
what is happening in their own areas of
specialization. "Contemporary art can
serve as a bridge between art and
science, between disciplines," Watson
says. But he admits that it will be
difficult to attract important pieces to
UBC before the new gallery is built and
a specific collections mandate has been
established. "If you want a gallery with
some seriousness to it, and you want
objects of some quality and some historical importance," he says, "then you
need an acquisitions policy." You also
need an acquisitions budget. "Without
one, you cannot really have a very
interesting collection."
Dr. Caswell explains that you don't
have to possess "the Getty Endowment" in order to build up a collection.
"The art market is so crazy these days
that one does not set out to collect an
example of every great artist in the
history of world art. But there are still
areas that one could focus on with not
very much money and, over a period of
time, build up a very respectable collection." He cites, as an example, his
alma mater, the University of Michigan, whose gallery began purchasing
work thirty years ago and now possesses a "very, very good collection.
They buy a piece or two each year and
it does add up."
There is a consensus that the new
Fine Arts Gallery has the potential to
consolidate the university's diverse art
collections and establish UBC as a
serious entity in the field (something it
cannot now claim). But the gallery's
future, the collection's future, will be
contingent upon adequate funding,
funding to undertake serious programs
of exhibition, education, research,
publication and conservation. Not to
mention having a little left over to
purchase works of art.*
Robin Laurence is a Vancouver
freelance writer who writes on a
variety of art issues.
"Oh June, You're So
Left Bank"
If you have any questions about he University Art Collection, you will
be inevitably referred to June Binkert. "Speak to June," says the
Chairman of the President's Committee on University Art. "Speak to
June," says the Head ofthe Fine Arts Department. "Speak to June," says
the Curator of the Fine Arts Gallery, "she knows more than anybody."
June Binkert has been secretary to the President's Committee since
1959 and secretary to the Head of Fine Arts since 1955, the year B.C.
Binning started the department. She is a one-woman registry for the 900
piece collection which is scattered across the UBC campus. She also
helps oversee its care and maintenance. However, she's a bit apologetic
for these diverse functions:
"I'm not a trained art historian or conservation expert or
registrar. I'm a secretary!" Listening to her history, though,
you find that she is far more
than a secretary. She's a fine
arts pioneer.
June grew up in England,
joined the WRENs during WWII,
then attended Kings College,
London University, where she
took a degree in history. "And
then," she says, "I did a secretarial course because that was
the sort of thing women did in
The prospect of staying on in
postwar London, though, was
not attractive. "I would earn £5 a
week and I'd live in a bed-sitting
room with a gas ring."
She jumped when a Canadian friend invited her to come to
Vancouver. She soon found a job at UBC in the Registrar's Office, then
went to work for B.C. Binning and Peter Oberlander in the School of
Architecture. In 1955 she became Binning's secretary in the department
he'd been asked to found.
June and Binning were the Fine Arts Department in those days.
Among her many duties, she maintained a small slide library in a filing
cabinet and helped Binning run the exhibition program.
June served on the university's Fine Arts Committee, and was
involved in the infamous Dylan Thomas reading at UBC. He was, of
course, quite drunk. "Everybody had a terrible time getting him to the
right place and he had to be propped up on the stage. But he was a big
Binning stepped down as department head in 1968, and retired from
UBC in 1974. June carried on, "But of course it isn't the same job now.
There was Mr. Binning and me in that office in the basement of the
library, and now there are eleven art historians and nine artists, two
people running the gallery and two people running the slide library..."
She is scheduled to retire in June, 1991, and some Fine Arts staff are
saying that will create a "bit of a crisis." Ian Thorn, Senior Curator at the
Vancouver Art Gallery, says "It will be the passing of an era when June
June is not quite so apocalyptic. The secretarial work is not as
engaging as it once was, and as for the university's art collection, her
simple hope is that someone will be hired to care for it.
Was she a bohemian in those hectic, art-filled days of the '50s and
'60s? "I don't think so," she says, "but I have an elder brother who's a
parson in England, and whenever I went home he would always say, 'Oh
June, you're so Left Bank!'"—RL
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R. Bruce Carrick BA'29 has been named a
Fellow ofthe Photographic Society of America. He is a retired director of the Spokane,
Washington Public Library ... Ed Nunn
BASc'27 would like to hear from ex-classmates for his class letter. You can write him
at 5651 Cascade St., West Linn, Oregon,
John McLaren BA'39 was made assistant
professor emeritus of medicine by the board
of trustees of Northwestern University. He
was also appointed to the emeritus staff in
medicine at Evanston (Illinois) Hospital. He
has been with both institutions since 1948.
Charles Cooper BA(HonsChem)'43, MA'45
was a professor at Queen's University from
1975 to 1987 when he was made professor
emeritus in the department of metallurgical
engineering. In 1989 he was appointed adjunct professor in the department of metals
and materials engineering at UBC ... Joy
(Joyce Carter) Inglis BA'41, MA'65. while
living on Quadra Island near the native
village of Cape Mudge, helped Harry Assu
with his memoirs, entitled Assu of Cape
Mudge, Recollections of a Lekwiltok Chief
UBC Press, 1989... Peter Lindenfeld BASc'46,
MASc'48 is a professor of physics at Rutgers
University. He is the 1989 recipient of the
Robert A. Milliken medal, given by the
American Association of Physics Teachers,
and is doing research in superconductivity
... Robert W. McRae BComm'40, MA'54 is
living in Toronto. He reports that during his
student years he drove street cars at night
and on weekends. He also wrote for the
Province and some trade journals. He was
so busy studying to keep his scholarships,
that he had no time for campus activities ...
Grant Moreton BComm'47 has been appointed interim executive director at Richmond
General Hospital. Moreton is a former president of Shaughnessy Hospital and a chartered accountant... Victor (Vic) L. Pinchin
BSA'44 lives in Winnipeg and has been
retired for 5 years from his job as vice-
president and director of industrial relations for Canada Safeway. He is active as a
management trustee on a multi-employer
pension plan. He and wife Gwen BA'42
enjoyed the '44-'45 reunion.
Rod Bailey BSA'53 is Associate Deputy
Minister with Agriculture Canada. He will be
working for Agrodev Canada and the Asian
Bank in Pakistan and Bangladesh ... Al
Boggie BA'50, MD'54 has been elected President of the Medical Council of Canada for
1990 ... David C. Campbell BComm'55 is
now an economist with the National Wildlife
Federation in Washington DC. One of his
assignments is to help in the fight against
the proposed Rafferty and Alameda Dams in
Saskatchewan ... Raymond E. Counsell
BSc(Pharm)'53 received the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in November 1989 ...
Owen C. Dolan BA'51, LLB'52, a partner in
Clark, Wilson, Barristers & Solicitors, has
been selected to receive a Canada Volunteer
Award Certificate of Merit ... Dr. Hibert
Doornenbal BSA'52, MSA'56 is retired from
his position at the Lacombe Research Station in Lacombe, Alberta ... Roger
Montgomery BComm'56 has been appointed
BC regional manager of CanadaTrust/Real-
tor ... Albert C. Plant BComm'55 will manage the Toronto law firm of Shibley, Righton
& McCutcheon as chief operating officer ...
The Investment Counselling firm of Phillips,
Hager & North Ltd., which was started by
UBC grads Art Phillips BComm'53, Bob
Hager BComm'61 and Rudy North
BComm'63, is celebrating its 25th anniversary ... A. Harold Skolrood BA'56, BEd'57
retired from the Faculty of Education at the
University of Lethbridge, where he was a
professor of education. He taught during the
50s and 60s in Burnaby senior and junior
secondary schools ... Donald E. Waldern
BSA'51. MSA'54 retired as director of Agriculture Res, Station, Lacombe, Alberta after
31 years as a research scientist (animal
nutrition & biochemistry), research director
with the research branch of Agriculture
Canada and 5 years as an assistant associate professor of animal science, Washington
State University at Pullman. Dr. Waldern
and wife Sharon live in Summerland, BC ...
Robert L. Ward BComm'59 has joined the
investment firm of Gammon International
in the capacity of investment sales ... Henry
Wiebe BA'51, BEd'56 has published his first
book of poems entitled The Ferryman and
Other Poems.
Gordon Andrews BASc'61 is a professor of
mechanical engineering at the University of
Waterloo ... Phil Bartle BA'65, MA'71 is the
country representative for Radda Barnen
(Swedish Save the Children) in Pakistan,
where he is working with Afghan refugees.
He and his family live in Peshawar, about
forty kilometres from the famous Khyber
Pass ... Kirby Carter BComm'69 has been
appointed manager of Agro BC Limited, a
subsidiary of ConAgra, Inc., a major Canadian trader of domestic and export grains ...
Pamela (Preston) Clark BEd'66 has moved
to Oakville, Ontario, where her husband is
Canadian regional manager for Rockwell
International ... Malcolm Clay BA'65 is a
partner in the chartered accountancy firm
of Peat Marwick Thorne ... William I. Coleman BA'65 has been appointed to the position of vice-president investment sales at
Bruce Freeman Real Estate Services. He has
been involved for twenty years in the area of
trade relations between Canada and the
Pacific Rim ... Kenneth Dyba BA'64 is enjoying a successful career as a journalist, an-
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nouncer. reviewer and archivist as well as a
dramaturge and artistic director. He has
directed more than 60 plays. His novels
include Sister Roxy. Lucifer and Lucinda. His
latest play is Lilly. Alta. ... Ron Effa BASc'63
has been appointed operations manager for
the Bellingham office ofthe engineering firm
of Harris Group Inc.... Frank Emery BA'61,
MA'63 has accepted a 3 year teaching assignment with the Brunei government in
cooperation with the BC Ministry of Education ... Philip G. Ferber BA'60, LLB'63 has
been appointed chairman ofthe board ofthe
Amalgamated Construction Association of
British Columbia... Nelson Ferguson MASc'66
has been appointed senior VP of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is a graduate in naval architecture ofthe Royal College
of Science and Technology and the University of Strathclyde. He has taught at the
Technical University of Nova Scotia since
1965. He has been involved in the Canadian
Bureau for International Education, CUSO
and the Canadian Association of College and
University Student Services. He is a Fellow
of the Engineering Institute of Canada and
the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers ... David Hare BComm'65 is estab
lishing a treatment centre for adolescents
on his ranch in the Williams Lake area ... W.
(Bill) Gilmartin BASc'66 has started his
own electrical engineering consulting practice. W. Gilmartin and Associates Inc.. in
North Vancouver after a diversified career in
the electrical utility, construction and consulting fields... Lynore Harrington BHE'69
graduated in June 1989 from Boston Uni
versity (overseas) with an MA in counselling.
She lives in Heidelberg, Germany with her
husband Don and four children ... David M.
Howard BComm'61 has been appointed to
the board of directors of AEtna Trust Company. He is also the chairman ofthe board of
International Care Corp. and a director of
The Urban Development Institute ... Paul
Inglefield PhD'67 is a research professor of
chemistry and director of the Worcester
Consortium NMR Facility at Clark University in Massachussets ... Eduard Lavalle
BComm'65 was elected president of the
College-Institute Educators' Association, an
organization representing over 3,000 faculty members employed in colleges and institutes across BC ... I.R. (Rich) Mayers
BSc'68 is working on loan from the Petro
Canada International Assistance Corporation for the Costa Rican National Oil Company as a geophysical advisor. He and wife
Heather have three children ... Bill Mewhort BComm'69, MEd'89 and wife Heather
(Powers) MEd'69 live in Kamloops with their
four children. They both teach for SD #24 ...
Douglas Murphy BComm'69 is a partner in
the chartered accountancy firm of Peat
Marwick Thorne ... Mike Riesterer BA'69
has been appointed VP investment group at
Gammon International Real Estate Group.
He sits on both the Business Economic Ad
visory Committee and the Advisory Planning
Commission of Richmond ... Peter Stigings
BEd'67 has been reappointed national Festival Chairman ofthe Canadian Stage Band
Festival of MusicFest Canada ... Brian R.D.
Smith, QC LLB'60 has been appointed chair-
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man of the board of directors of Canadian
National Railways. Mr. Smith has had a distinguished career in law and in provincial
and municipal service. First elected to the
BC Legislature in 1979, he served as Provincial Minister of Education, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and
as Attorney-General ... Dominic Venditti
MASc'67 has been appointed vice-president
of the SX-2000 Development Program at
Mitel Corporation ... Denis Travers BEd'64
and his wife Jen are beginning a two-year
Mennonite Central Committee assignments
in Harlan, Kentucky. They will be working
as SWAP (Serving With Appalachian People)
... Philip Walton BComm'67 has been appointed senior vice president of First City
Trust Company ... Paul G. Wolf BA'63 re
tired after working in Ottawa for 23 years
with the federal government, including one
stint as the first environmental advisor to
the Canadian International Development
Agency. He then set up a non profit organization called International Service for Environment and Development which promotes
sustainable development in the north and
the third world. He would like to hear from
other 1963 grads. Write him at Box 4065.
Station E, Ottawa, K1S 5B1.
Elizabeth A. (Treloar) Ayre BHE'73 and
David W. Ayre BA'73 are living in Hong
Kong, where David is liaison officer for the
Commission for Canada and Elizabeth is ina
postgraduate research degree in physiology
at the University of Hong Kong ... George
Battye BComm'70 is a partner in the CA
firm of Peat Marwick Thorne ... Stuart Bird
BASc(MechEng)'74 has been appointed president and general manager of General Equipment Ltd. He joined the company upon
graduation from UBC and has been application engineer, sales engineer, BC branch
manager, marketing manager and sales manager ... Henry Carter PhD'71, a professor of
chemistry at Camrose Lutheran College in
Alberta, completed the third paper ("The
Acidity of Paper") in his "Chemistry in the
Comics" miniseries. He has received requests for reprints from all over the world ...
Allison Fader BA'74. LLB'79 is now working
as an evaluation manager for the Department of Justice in Ottawa ... Barry R. Fenton BComm'77 and Lynn (McKinnon) Fenton BComm'76 were married in 1983. Barry
is now VP of commercial mortgages and real
estate at VanCity Savings Credit Union.
Lynn is at home caring for their two sons ...
Captain Rich Folkmann BPE'73 is a hospital administrator at National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa, Ontario ... Brian Fuhr
BSc'74 is the regional habitat biologist for
the BC Ministry of the Environment in
Smithers ... Doug Grunert BSc'75 has been
elected to a three year term as BC/Yukon
zone representative to the National Science
Fairs Committee of the Youth Science Foundation. He is a secondary school science
teacher, and his wife Beverly Grunert BSN'76
is a public health nurse. They live in Creston.
BC with their two children ... Rob Hawes
22 Chronicle/Spring 1990 Class Acts
MSc'74 is the president of Norecol Environmental Consultants Ltd. which has contracts with companies that now must take
environmental design into consideration before
they embark on large projects. The company
currently has contracts in Australia, Central America and Taiwan ... Tony Hume
BComm'76 has moved to Ganges on Saltspring
Island with his wife Ruth and their four
children to do some consulting and lots of
fishing... Philip A. Laing BA'72, LicAcct'74
is enjoying southern California after moving
there in August 1988. He accepted a management position with a Long Beach ocean
freight consolidator ... Peter Leggat
BSc(Agr)'73 is employed as vice-president
and general manager of Royal LePage Real
Estate Management (Western) Ltd. ... Mary
(Overton) McConville BEd'77 now has three
children ... Robert McKay BArch'70, previously the director of design and construction ofthe BC Pavilion at Expo '86, is nowthe
general manager of operations and development at Quadrant Developments... Brian J.
McParland BASc'79, MSc'81, PhD'85 has
been elected a Fellow of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine and is working
as a clinical physicist at Princess Margaret
Hospital in Toronto ... Russell T. Mark
BComm'76, upon completion of a secondment to the Province of BC as senior representative in the province's Tokyo Office, was
again seconded to the Canadian Embassy in
Tokyo as Special Advisor (Investment). Both
secondments have been from Coopers &
Lybrand's Vancouver office ... R. Anne Mudie BSc'77, MD'82 and Andrew Jin MHSc'88
were married on July 22, 1989 ... Michael
Morris BArch'73 has formed The Michael
Morris Architectural Group In Edmonton ...
Eric Nellis PhD'79 is now head ofthe history
department at Okanagan College at Kelowna
after having taught history at UBC for several years... Lorna (Woodman) Sapp BEd'76
taught in one room schools at Douglas Lake
Ranch and Big Creek (Cariboo-Chilcotin)
until 1982. She married rancher/logger Gene
Sapp In 1980 and they have three children.
The family is living on a small farm in the
Williams Lake area... Phyllis Simon MLS'73
is a mother of two and owns and operates
Vancouver Kidsbooks. She still finds the
time to run 20 to 30 miles each week! ...
Dennis G. Swan BComm'71 has been appointed assistant vice-president, investments
forTruscan Realty Ltd ... Sieu Toon BA'77
has opened a restaurant in the Metrotown
area called the Royal Mandarin Cuisine,
which serves northern Chinese food... John
Vernon BAV 1 ofthe Red Carpet Inn, Washburn, Wisconsin, has been selected by the
Wisconsin Innkeepers Association as the
winner ofthe 1989 General Manager ofthe
Year award ... Mohan K. Wali PhD'70 has
joined the faculty at Ohio State University as
professor and director ofthe School of Natural Resources ... Alice (Delaney) Walker
MFA'76 is In her second year as an English
language instructor at the United Emirates
University. She also writes a weekly column
for the GulfWeekly, a magazine which circulates in six countries in the Middle East. She
would like to know if there are any other
UBC graduates in her part of the world ...
Paul S. Walters BComm'78 has been appointed executive vice-president of the
Hudson's Bay Company and president of
Zellers Inc. ... Brian Whitehouse BSc'76 is
now working for the Canadian Centre for
Marine Communications... Gordon Wilkinson BASc'71 has left his position with the
BC government and is now employed as
manager of control survey with Geosurvey
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ... David E.M.
Williams BComm'78 was awarded his chartered financial analyst designation by the
Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts ...
Allan Wong BSc(Pharm)'79 married Lisa
Chang BComm'84.
Lindsay Abbie BEd'88 is teaching physical
education and English at Southern Okanagan Senior Secondary in Oliver, BC while
residing in Penticton ... James P. Almaas
BASc'81 and family are now living in Republic, Washington, where James is chief mining engineer with Echo Bay's Kettle River
project ... Mark R. Attisha BSc(Hon)'84
recently joined the DMR Group Inc. as an
analyst in their Ottawa office... Geoff Bailey
BASc'85 transferred to Timmins Division as
senior civil engineer after 4 years at Giant
Yellowknife Mines in the NWT as project
engineer ... Jacqueline Bradshaw MLS'86
has been appointed program coordinator at
Vancouver Community College's Oakridge
Centre microcomputer lab... Mark Bridgefoot
BA'88 married Tania Wilkinson in April of
1988 ... Dean R. Brox BASc'85, formerly
with Steffen, Robertson and Kirsten in
Johannesburg, is now at the Royal School of
Mines, Imperial College, London... Carey A.
Cameron BSN'81 received her MSc in computation from the University of Manchester,
England and has joined the firm of Peat
Marwick McLintock as a senior consultant
for information technology in health care
systems in England ... Deborah Lin Chan
BComm'84, and husband Dr. Thomas J.
Chan BASc'83 returned to Vancouver after a
stint in Dallas, Texas. They have started
three new businesses ... Randolph Dick
BComm'89 is working for Gammon International Realty (research & sales) ...Brenda
(Parker) Dickau BEd'81 and husband John
have moved from Delta to Surrey now that
their two children are grown. Brenda is still
teaching grade 7 In Cloverdale... Ian Douglas
BComm'80 is working for Dominion Securities in Nanaimo as a stockbroker. He was
married in 1987 to Carolyn Mogg... Diane P.
Driver BSc'87 married Michael Abundo in
August of 1988. She is currently working on
her MSc in microbiology at UBC ... Susanne
Ebeling BA'87 has been teaching French at
her old Vancouver high school, Magee Secondary, and is enjoying it very much ...
Janet Erasmus BA'88 will marry John A.
Nolli in August of this year, soon after he
graduates in forestry... Bruce Ewert BASc'86
is assistant winemaker for Andres Wines in
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Chronicle/Spring 1990 23 Windsor, Ontario... Anna Kelly Fung BA'81,
LLB'84 clerked in the BC Court of Appeal
before joining the Vancouver law firm of
Davis & Company in its corporate/commercial department. Since October 30, 1989,
she has been practicing corporate /commercial law with the firm of McCarthy & McCarthy ... Sharon Graydon BA'80 has just
completed her first year in her own PR/communications consultancy, after spending 4
years working with Burson-Marsteller ...
Sarita Gupta BSc(Pharm)'82 and husband
Cameron Zaremba BSc(Pharm)'85 moved
to Saudi Arabia in June 1989 and are both
working as pharmacists at the Al Hada
Hospital in Taif ... Vincent C. Hanemeyer
BASc(GeoEng)'86 recently received his MEng
from Carleton University and is now working for Golder Associates in Hamilton ...
Douglas J. Hill BASc'89 has moved to Prince
George to work for the Ministry of the Environment ... Grant Hogarth BA'83 received
his MA in English (Rhetoric & Composition)
from Ohio State. He is now pursuing an MSc
in technical communication at Rensselsen
Polytechnic Institute in NY... Alison Hunter
BMus'80 has moved to Whistler with her
husband and two daughters and is commuting one day a week to teach at the Vancouver
Academy of Music ... Gail Lin Joe BEd'83,
MEd'85 heads the ESL department at Coquitlam College. She recently returned from
a trip to Tokyo, where she implemented the
curriculum she had written at CC's affiliate
school. She hopes to return there to teach in
the spring... Ken Johnson BASc'81, MASc'86
is engaged to marry Krista Logerg this year.
They will spend 2 months honeymooning in
Australia. In the fall they will move to
Edmonton from Yellowknife... Yennie Chee-
Yen Jong BA'83 received her BBA from SFU
and has been transferred to Calgary by
Petro Canada, where she works in the accounting division... Eric Jonk MASc'86 is a
project engineer at Deutsch Metal Components in Gardena, California. He was a
ballroom dancer in a musical salute to George
Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" on First
Interstate Bancorp's float in the 1990 Tournament of Roses parade ... Gerret W.
Kavanagh MBA'83 was recently awarded
his chartered financial analyst designation
(CFA) and has joined Walwyn Stodgell Cochran Murray Ltd. as an investment advisor
... Keith F.R. Kirkwood BASc'87, recently
an employee of Buckland and Taylor in
North Vancouver, is now studying at the
University of Western Ontario Boundary
Layer Wind Tunnel under Dr. A.G. Davenport ... Terri (Bakes) Klassen BEd'87 was
married on August 26, 1989 in St. Catherines, Ontario. She started teaching grades 6
and 7 in September... Margot Koning BA'81,
MBA'85 and Mark Wells BSc'79, MSc'82
were married in August 1989 after 10 years
of courtship. Mark received his PhD in oceanography from the University of Maine, and
the couple moved to San Diego where Mark
is now working as a research chemist for the
Scripps Institute of Oceanography ... Karin
Litzcke BHE'80 is doing an MBA at the
University of Western Ontario... Gary Lockhart BASc'88 and Christine Yakura BSc'87
were married in September 1989. Gary is
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taking a master's degree in materials engineering at UBC, and Chris is a research
technician at the UBC department of medicine ... Kevin McDowell BASc'88 is presently working in Fort McMurray as a process
engineer for an oil sands plant ... Brian T.
Mclntyre BComm'85 is engaged to commerce undergraduate, Debra Newman ...
John MacKay BA'87 married Lilya Zaitseva
in Moscow, where he was studying Russian,
on June 30, 1989 ... Hugh McLean MA'88 is
working as a network planner with CIBC in
Vancouver ... Patrick C. Madaisky LLB'88
was called to the Bar in 1989. He now
practices corporate and commercial law at
Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang ...
Mike Madill BSF'86 and Kim Nalesnik
BScPT'89 were married on September 2,
1989. Kim is working in private practice and
Mike is district silviculturist for the Chilliwack Forest District ... Robin Manley
BSc(Geol)'89 and Steve Price BScGeol'87
were married in May 1989 and have been
traveling through Australia, New Zealand,
Malaysia and England ... George K. Markin
BRE'86 is the new parks and recreation
director for the town of Rainbow Lake, Alberta ... Jennifer (James) Nicol BMus'86
graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Music
Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.
She has been employed as a music therapist
at the Oak Bay Lodge in Victoria since April
1989 and was married in June to Jerome
Nicol ... Katherine J. Owen LLB'88 was
called to the Bar in 1989. She is now practicing corporate and commercial litigation
with Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang...
Shelby (Dowling) Parkinson BA'80 is living
in Philadelphia while her husband, David,
works on his PhD in management at the
Wharton School. They had a daughter, Alana
Joy, in March 1989 ... Ruth Picha BA'85,
LLB'88 has joined the firm of Doig, Baily in
Burnaby... Mike Purdon BSc'86, BA'88 is in
his second year of medical school at McGill.
He was recently in Victoria for the wedding
of  his   sister   Penny   (Purdon)   Hulbert
DipSpEd'83... Margaret Rankin BComm'83
is now working for the Advisory Board
Company, a research firm in Washington
DC. She spends her time between Vancouver and Washington and travels across Canada
visiting clients ... David Ranson BA'88 and
Heather Campbell BA'88 were married in
September 1989 and are now studying and
working in Victoria... David Reimer MMus'87
graduated from the University of Western
Ontario with a MLIS in June 1989. Since
then he has been working as a music cataloguer at the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library ... Jim Richardson BASc'86
retired early from Amoco Petroleum and has
relocated to Vancouver Island to pursue life
as an independent businessman ... Gwen-
nith M. Robinson BSc(Geol)'82 is working
for Gow Valley Industries as a Senior Geologist ... Robert J. Ross BComm'83 married
Alix McLeod BComm(CA)'84 in September
1988. Robert is a brand manager at Canada
Packers Inc. in Toronto, and Alix is a financial analyst with the TD Bank ... Susan
Corinne Rushton BSN'85 received her Master
of Health Services Administration degree at
Dalhousie and has been appointed administrator of Bulkley Lodge, Smithers, BC ...
David W. Shaw BASc'80 is director of engineering at Standard Aero Ltd. in Winnipeg
... Kerry M. Smith BA'83 received an LLB
from the U of T in 1987, was admitted to the
Alberta bar in 1988 and now practices natural resources law with McCarthy & McCarthy in Calgary ... Kenneth Chong So
BSc'83 was married on August 5, 1989 ...
Steven A. Town BSc'86 is an engineer with
Northern Telecom. He plans to be married in
June of this year ... Jonathan Sterwar
BSc'80, MBA'89 as been awarded his chartered financial analyst designation by the
Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts ...
Elsie Tse BA'86 lives with her husband, Sze-
Hon Kwan, in San Francisco ... Jennifer J.
Walker BSc'85. MD'89 and Daniel F. Worsley
BSc'85, MD'89 were married at St. Mary's
Church in Vancouver in May 1989 ...Ruth
From fibre optics
to satellite communications.
we're meeting tomorrow's
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Walker BSc'88 married Clarence Martens
BA'87 in August 1989. Clarence is in a
master's program in computer science at the
U of T and Ruth is interning in dietetics at
St. Michael's Hospital... Donald S. Webster
BSc'87, MSc'89 completed his MSc at UBC
in August of 1989. In September of the same
year he began the MBA/LLB program at
York University ... Wilfred Woo BComm'82
has been appointed director of The Chinese
Services Group of Coopers & Lybrand's
Vancouver office. He has spent the last four
years in the firm's Hong Kong office. He is
fluent in Cantonese, Shanghaiese and
Mandarin dialects and is a member of the
Hong Kong Society of Accountants ... Joel
Yuen BSc'86 married Gigi Loy BA'85 on
July 8, 1989 in Vancouver. They live in Fort
St. John where Joel is working at a pulp mill
and Gigi is teaching... Bert Zethof MBA'80,
two-year-old son Nicholas and wife Val moved
to Victoria last year, where Bert has joined
the BC Ministry of Regional and Economic
Ellen Janet (Nightingale) Berry MA'80 and
husband Jim would like to announce the
birth of Amanda Lea, born on May 22, 1989;
a sister for Andrew ... Gregory H. Brown
BA'82, LLB'86 and Anna-Maya (Sipila) Brown
LLB'86 are happy to announce the birth of a
baby girl, Sarah Christina, on October 18,
1989 in Prince George... Linda-Rae J. (Walker)
Carson BA'85 had a little girl on February
23, 1989. Linda-Rae is a teacher in the
Edmonton public school system ... I. Jane
Churchill BSc(Agr)'85 is pleased to announce
the birth of daughter, Christina Faye, on
March 6, 1989, a "practical project in reproduction" to go along with the MSc in reproductive physiology at the U. of Saskatchewan ... Campbell Day BSF'71 and wife Bodil
announce the birth of twins, their second
and third children, on December 21,1989 in
Drammen, Norway. Cam is now working
with Forindeco (Norway), owned by Roar
Gjessing BSF'61, as a forest consultant,
mostly in Tanzania... Karalee Drdul BHE'77
and Gordon Mann are pleased to announce
the birth of their first child, Alexzandrea
Nancy, on November 6, 1989. Karalee is a
school counsellor in Campbell River... Robert
Hlatky BSc(Agr)'69, MA'73 and wife Judith
wish to announce the birth of their son,
Robert Michael Martin Hlatky, on October
20, 1989. Brothers Timothy (18) andWestin
(3) welcomed their brother to the family
home in Nelson, BC... Martin Hopper BASc'81
would like to announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Rose, on August 19, 1989. He also
has a son, Neil, aged 2 . Martin works for the
City of Santa Clara, California as division
manager of power supply in the electric
department. He has lived in San Jose since
his graduation, and he says he survived the
7.1 September earthquake!... Monica Jahrig
BSc(Agr)'78 and husband Charles Hof are
pleased to announce the birth of their first
child, Jayda Caroline, born on September
16, 1989. She would also like to thank those
who organized the '78-'79 reunion; she enjoyed meeting old friends again ... Born to
James Joyce BA'74 and Linda James, a
son, David Matthew, on November 12, 1989
... Julia (Thompson) Lymburner BEd'80
and husband Ken announce the birth of
their daughter Sarah Ashley on July 17,
1989... Tom MacKinnon LLB'72, who married
Kadria Zaripova in Moscow, Soviet Union in
December 1987, takes pleasure in announcing the birth of a baby girl, Jane Kadria,
born on July 18, 1989 ... Sheila (Murphy)
Marshall BSR'77 and husband Ray are pleased
to announce the birth of Michael Murphy
Marshall born on August 16, 1988,abrother
for David and Kevin ... Robert B. Maule
BA'86 proudly announces the birth of Sylvia
Victoria Jirapapha Maule on 10 October
1989. Elder sister, NoyNaa Pamela, is thrilled
... Mike Nicholls DMD'85 and Rhonda
(Bishop) Nicholls BA'77, MLS'82 are pleased
to announce the birth of Madalen Claire on
October 11, 1989. Her big brother, Owen
Michael, was born on July 18, 1986 ...
Victor Nishi BSc'82 and Lynda (Arbeider)
Nishi BEd'82 had a boy on March 24, 1988.
First grandson for Phyllis (Wensink) Arbeider BHE'56 ... Margaret (Mathews) Parlor
LLB'76 and husband Bryan welcome their
new son, William, born December 22, 1989
in Ottawa. First grandchild for Bill Mathews
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sor of geology, after whom little William was
named. Proud uncle is Tom Mathews BSc'72
of Toronto... Pastor Brian M. Pierson MA'88
and Julie (Jerome) Pierson BPE'78 wish to
announce the birth of Olivia Joy, born on
August 20, 1989 in Langley, BC. A sister for
Owen, Brock and Preston ... On April 8,
1989 baby girl Alysha was born to Serena
(Woods) Rata BSR'77... Yeshova (Porzecan-
ski) Raz BSc'81 and Hadas Raz are the
proud parents of their first child, a baby boy
named Nitzan, born on May 7, 1989 ...
Leonard Surges BASc'79 and Kathryn Racine
announce the birth of a son, Harold Alexander Lyle, on May 17, 1989 ... To Andrea
Szametz BA'75 and Gerald de Ga, Victoria
Judith, in Toronto on October 22, 1989 ...
Born to Tremain Tanner BA'78. MA'81 and
Diane (Fowler) Tanner BSc'80, MSc'85, a
daughter, Natalka Katherine, on July 9,
1989 in Singapore. Tremain has been working for Coopers and Lybrand Management
Consultants in Singapore and is now returning to Vancouver to work for the Ministry of International Business ... Pamela
(Finnie) Williamson BSN'82, husband John
and big brother Scott are pleased to announce the arrival of Maxwell Warren, born
October 3, 1989 ... Born to Miriam (Bray)
van der Est MLS'77 and John van der Est
BSc'76, a son. Adrian John, on December 7,
1989; a brother for Paul.
In Memoriam
John Allert BSc(Pharm)'61 died on July 21,
1989 of cancer. He is sadly missed by his
wife Linda ... Donald Hamilton Baker
BASc(Chem)'34 died on August 15, 1989
after a long and distinguished career in BC's
pulp and paper industry. He was an executive with BC Forest Products Ltd. when he
retired. He is survived by his wife of 49 years,
Amy (Seed) BA'36, BSW37. daughter Wendy
McLean BA'66, son David E. Baker BASc'69
and their families ... Pearly Ransdell Brissenden, Q.C. BA'31 died peacefully at home
on December 28, 1989. Mr. Brissenden
practiced with Douglas, Symes & Brissenden
and its predecessor firms for 50 years. He
was a Bencher ofthe Law Society, President
of the Vancouver Bar Association, a Commissioner for Uniformity of Legislation in
Canada and as honorary counsel for the
Vancouver Foundation. He is survived by his
wife Norine... Florence Verona Brown BA'26
passed away on December 12, 1989. Florence
taught business education for 36 years at
Point Grey and Lord Byng secondary schools
in Vancouver. She continued to teach at
UBC after her retirement from the public
school system ... Arthur E. Buller BA'33
died suddenly at his home in Victoria on
June 5 of last year... Dorothy Mary Cameron
MA'65 passed away in Calgary last July 25
... Barbara A. Carstens BA'68 passed away
on December 6, 1989 ... Christopher JJ_
Dalton BComm'34 died peacefully at Lions
Gate Hospital on December 20 of last year.
He was a past member ofthe West Vancouver School Board and the BC Parole Board.
He is survived by his wife Margaret, by his
sons John and Jeremy and their families ...
A. Boyd Ferris, Q.C. LLB'54 passed away
suddenly at Whistler, BC on July 31, 1989.
He was called to the BC Bar in 1955 and was
appointed QC in 1969. He was a Law Society
Bencher; Governor of the Law Foundation;
Chairman of the Attorney-General's Committee on the Rules of Court; a Founder of
the Continuing Legal Education Society and
Provincial and National President of the
Canadian Bar Association. He was also active in the community. He will be missed by
his wife Kerry and family ... Howard James
Gardner BComm'48 died in Calgary on
September 24, 1989. He was an executive
with the Hudson's Bay Company since graduation from UBC. He was a founding member
of the Chinook Rotary Club of Calgary and
belonged to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club ...
Richard Harris BComm'46 died in Vancouver on December 30, 1989. He taught at
John Oliver High School in Vancouver from
1925 until his retirement in 1966. Survived
by wife Marjory and his two children, Cole
and Susan ... Clifford F. Hillary BA'32 died
October 8, 1989 ... Thomas Henry Gosset
Jackson BA'35 passed away in his seventy-
eighth year in Montreal on March 28, 1989.
During WWII he was Meteorological Officer
attached to the R.C.A.F. in St. Hubert and
Dorval. He was an accomplished man who
taught 20 years for the Protestant School
Board of Greater Montreal and became General
Secretary of the Provincial Association of
Protestant Teachers, editing The Teachers
Magazine. He was awarded the Diploma of
Distinguished Merit by the Board of the
Order of Scholastic Merit. The federal government recognized his service with the
Centennial Medal in 1967... Drennan Hincks
BASc'27 died in Montreal in May, 1989. He
and his wife Eileen died within a week of
each other... Frances Muriel (Locke) Hodge
Ba'36, BComm'37 died on August 24. She
maintained a strong connection with UBC
and the Alumni Association. She was active
in the University Women's Club. Frances
organized a major reunion in 1987. Her
husband, Robert Hodge BASc'37, predeceased her by five years. Their four children
are all UBC grads ... Eric Holmgren BA'47
passed away in August of 1988 after a
courageous fight with cancer. He was provincial librarian in Alberta from 1959 to
1973 and then was heritage historian for the
provincial archives. His great loves were
history and geography. He was active on
committees and boards which deliberated
on geographical place names and was one of
four Canadians at the first UN conference in
Geneva on the standardization of geographical names. He wrote with wife Patricia Over
2,000 Place Names of Alberta ... Bryant
Holmes Hunter BA'56 died suddenly on
November 17, 1989 at the age of 55. Bryant
graduated from the U of T school of dentistry
in 1961 and conducted a private practice in
Richmond, BC for 27 years ... Donald F.
Hutchinson BA'31 died suddenly on October 10, 1989. During 1929-30 he was treasurer of AMS and served as its president in
his graduating year ... James Albert Imlah
BA'22 died on July 8 of last year after a long
and distinguished scholarly career. He received his master's degree from Clark Uni
versity in Massachusetts. He then taught at
the University of Maine, where he introduced a course on Canadian history. He
later joined the history department at Tufts
University and received his doctorate in
1931 from Harvard. He remained at Tufts
throughout his professional life. He became
instrumental in the fight to raise university
teachers' salaries, serving on many committees and commissions. Tufts University
awarded him an honorary degree in 1981 for
"excellence in teaching, impeccable scholarship and leadership in academic affairs." He
is survived by second wife Miriam and his
two daughters, Ann and Janet... Mr. W.H.D.
Ladner BSc'48 died in January of last year
. ..RichardFongLim BASc(ElecEng)'57 passed
away December 3, 1989. He is survived by
his wife and three sons. He had worked for
BC Tel since his graduation from UBC ... Dr.
S. Wah Leung, Dean Emeritus of Oral Biology, died on November 18, 1989 ... Constance L.B. (Still) Lynch BSA'45 passed
away on December 23 in Burlington, Ontario. She is survived by her husband John
... John F. McLeod BA'48, LLB'55 passed
away in October of 1989 ... Norman A.
McRae BSF'50 died on October 23, 1989. He
retired from the BC Forest Service in 1978.
He is survived by wife Dorothy, daughter
Keely and her family and a sister ... Rosemary J. McTavish BEd'70 succumbed after
a long battle with leukemia. Rosemary was a
teacher/counsellor with York House School
in Vancouver. She is missed by husband Ian
McTavish BA'70, LLB'73 and her two young
children .JodieandAlison... Margaret Joyce
(Barnard) Maber BA'73 died of cancer at age
40, February 15, 1989 in Victoria, BC. She is
survived by her husband Colin BASc'69,
daughter Carolyn and son David ... The
faculty of the General Nursing Program at
BCIT is establishing a memorial fund in
memory of the late Angela (Collins) Maz-
zocato MSN'77, who passed away on September 23, 1989. The award will be presented annually to a first year student for
academic and clinical excellence. Angela
Mazzocato had a very positive influence on
the education of a great number of student
nurses during her 17 years as a faculty
member in the General Nursing Program at
BCIT... Naomi Spencer Page BA'50 died on
January 20, 1989 ... Lawrence W. Prowd
BA'45 died suddenly in New York on December 13, 1989. He was on his way to Paris,
France to visit his daughter and her family
for Christmas. Besides his UBC degree, Larry
earned his MA at the University of California. He was a Lieutenant in the Canadian
Army Service Corp. during the war ... Paul
Cameron Russell BA'56 died on July 26,
1989 in Michigan. In 1961 Dr. Russelljoined
the faculty of Alma College in Michigan. He
became professor of piano and head of the
music department, retiring in 1988 ... Joan
Stusiak BA'43 passed away at home in El
Cerrito, California on October 8, 1989 ...
Hansa Thakkar MLS'76, beloved wife of
Ranjit, passed away on June 6, 1989 at the
age of 56 years. She is also survived by a
daughter and son ... Victor Vishniakoff
BA'50 died suddenly on November 1, 1989 at
the age of 66. Survived by his loving wife
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Lydia Thelma Mary and daughters Victoria
and Katherine ... Ellen (Nellie Mellish)
Whaites BA'29 died on December 22, 1989
in Victoria at the age of 83. While at UBC she
excelled in swimming, diving and grass hockey.
She taught for many years in Vancouver.
She is survived by many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren ... Robert
James Wilson BA'35, MA'37 died in Toronto
on March 30, 1989. While a student at the
University of Toronto, he was a research
grantee with the Banting Research Foundation and a Fellow in Hygiene and Preventative Medicine. From 1942-45 he was Surgeon Lieutenant Commander of the
R.C.N.V.R., serving in Newfoundland. In
1945 Robert joined the Connaught Medical
Research Laboratories and was on the Faculty of the School of Hygiene at the U of T.
Dr. Wilson eventually became director of
Connaught and, when it separated from the
university, became chairman and scientific
director. He played an important international role as consultant to the Pan American Health Organization and to the Smallpox Eradication Program of WHO. He is
survived by wife Madeleine, daughter Lynn
and son Ray... Dr. E.S. Wybourn BA'44 has
died ... Robert Morgan Young BComm'47
died in June of last year.*
Tose Uchida
V^hitose (Tose) Uchida died on November 27, 1989 at the age of 94. She
was the last known surviving member
of UBC's first graduating class.
Tose's niece, Jane Uchida BA'57,
MSc'60, says her aunt was not very
active socially, partly due to the fact
that she had to take in sewing to put
herself and her brother through school.
Tose became a teacher and taught
in a one-room schoolhouse in Alberta
until 1939, and then returned to Vancouver.
She taught English to Japanese
immigrants in Vancouver, but was sent
to the Cariboo in 1941 during the in
ternment of Japanese-Canadians. There,
ever the teacher, she taught in a one-
room schoolhouse.
She stayed in the Cariboo after the
war, and taught grades 1 - 4 in Williams Lake. She taught one year in
Surrey after moving back to Vancouver
in 1960.
She spent the rest of her life with
her family, caring for her mother and
forming a close relationship with niece
Jane's children, Melanie and Brad.
According to the 1916 yearbook,
Tose's aim in life was "to do nice things
unnoticed," and she wanted to finish
her life as "a sweet old lady." Her
wishes were amply fulfilled.
Besides Jane and her children, Tose
is survived by her brother Matasaburo
and his wife.
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Malcolm McGregor: 1910-1989
Malcolm Francis McGregor, one of UBC's finest teachers, died on November 16,  1989.
The first time I met him, Malcolm McGregor was not a happy man.
The receptionist called my desk and said, in a whisper, 'There's a man
here to see you about the Chronicle, and he seems pretty mad. Should I
tell him you're out?" No, I said. Send him down.
But he was mad. He came into my office waving the latest copy of the
magazine and told me it was intolerable that a university magazine should
carry so many errors. He sat down and leafed through the issue, showing
me the carefully circled and corrected mistakes he had found. There were
errors in punctuation, syntax and spelling, and, the error he found most
heinous, the word "honourary."
'There is no 'u' in honorary," he said. "It doesn't have the same root as
He was right, of course, and I agreed with everything he said. I had
nothing to defend: I wasn't even the editor then. As far as I was concerned,
there WAS no excuse for a university magazine to contain such errors.
He was taken aback at my attitude: he expected an argument.
We spoke often after that, both in person and on the phone. He even
wrote an article for the magazine ("Second to None," Fall '88) in which he
attacked all levels of linguistic discord with his typical humour, rigour and
absolute insistence on correct English usage.
I came to like him very much. He was a dogmatist, but he was neither
harsh nor offensive. His refined, ironic sense of humour pervaded his
criticism and made talking with him a joy.
He was born in England and grew up in Creston, B.C. He earned a
BA'30 and an MA'31 at UBC and his PhD at the U. of Cincinnati in 1937.
He returned to UBC in 1954 where he was head of the classics
department between 1954 and his retirement in 1975. He served on the
university's Senate for 14 years and became known as its conscience. He
was also known as a classics scholar and his book The Athenians and
Their Empire (reviewed here in Spring '89) is used as a standard text. He
was given an Honorary LLB by UBC in 1983.
But his most memorable accomplishment was as a teacher. He felt that
teaching was the noblest calling. He was given what he considered the
most valuable recognition, the Master Teacher Award, in 1974. After his
retirement, he taught history at VCC.
Malcolm McGregor was the embodiment of the classic university professor. He respected tradition (he wore his academic robes to class), loved
teaching and went about his pursuits with high energy and total dedication. He will be missed by his family and friends, by the many students who
were touched by his magic, and by his friends at the Chronicle. -CP
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never wear out and forty loaves of bread that will never go stale or lose his
job.   He does, with the help of his friends, and the evil boss is destroyed.
These and the six other stories, like all good folk tales, tell ofthe victory
of goodness over evil and deceit, and show how the spirit can soar in the
face of abuse, hatred and death. The writing is simple but beautiful, and
while the stories deal with adult themes, they are accessible to all ages.
The illustrations by Simon Ng are strikingly provocative, and blend
modern realism with oriental tradition.
Highly recommended. CP.
ally based on business interests which
are indifferent, even hostile to, environmental concerns.
Paehlke believes that environmentalism is most closely linked with left of
centre politics. Their commonalities
include a revulsion towards waste (especially in the face of human need), the
willingness to change society, a long
term outlook, a global view, restraints
on consumerism, controlled management of industry and the measurement of accomplishment by non-monetary standards.
He also finds some fairly substantial differences. Generally, environmentalists reject centrist governments,
applaud the decline of the working
class, and reject the notion of unlimited economic growth.
The major hurdle environmentalists face in allying themselves with the
centre left is their strong stand on
decentralization of government. But
this difference may be offset by their
mutual willingness to intervene in the
It is becoming increasingly evident
that environmental issues will be an
important part of our lives. Like Americans who were shocked from their
complacency by the bombing of Pearl
Harbour, all people and all nations will
have to change their lives radically.
The political agendas of many nations
are already changing in response to
the environmental crisis, and Paehlke
concludes that the goals of both progressive politics and environmentalism would be served by fusing together
into a single potent political and social
Dale Fuller
Not For Gold Alone: The Memoirs of
a Prospector
by Franc Joubin BA'36, MA'43, DSc'58
and D. McCormack Smith, MLS'75
Deljay Publications
rraduates of UBC will enjoy this Horatio Alger story with its portraits of
Walter Gage, Henry Gunning, Harry
Warren and many others. From the
orphanage in Victoria to shovelling coal
in Chinatown, working on the Empress Hotel construction with a wheelbarrow to discovering uranium deposits at Elliot Lake in Ontario, the book
takes us on an exciting journey. The
second half of Joubin's life, spent as a
volunteer geological advisor to the United
Nations, is truly inspiring.
The book is well produced and is a
mine of information concerning British Columbia, Canadian and world
history as seen through the eyes of one
of UBC's most famous graduates.
William Gibson
28 Chronicle/Spring 1990 continued from page 30
hours between Visa payments and
bumping into dear old David.
"Who's he?"
Dear old David is a guy you knew
from high school. He dropped out in
grade eight. He's a plumber now and
lives in Shaughnessy.
"Surely you don't regret your BA?"
Certainly not. If I hadn't gone to
UBC I would never have known the
culinary joys of chop suey at Yum
Yum's in Old Aud. Or walking out to
the back-40 or "B" lot in the pouring
rain. Or the tinny sound of the Ladner
Clock Tower as it bongs its way around
the hours. Or the I-got-51-and-50-is-
a-pass on my Oceanography exam.
These memories are Midas-precious.
"Very touching. What about the
survival tips?"
Oh, yes. First you must lose your
sense of humour.
"Why on earth do that?"
Because you've just spent four years
thinking up silly essay titles and discussing Professor W.'s sexual orientation, and darn it, it's time to get serious. I recommend a basic accounting
course with Block Brothers.
"Anything else?"
Yes. Take all those dozens of credit
card applications they send you after
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you graduate and build a bonfire in
your back yard. Do not save one application or you will need many more
Block Brothers' seminars to keep up
the payments.
"What about work though? How do
you get what you want?"
By constantly reminding yourself
that you survived your science requirement and first year English with
Michael Misogynist. That took guts.
The job will come. Be patient.
"What about all those well-meaning
relatives who keep saying, 'And what
are you going to do now, dear?'"
If you're feeling optimistic that day,
tell them you're going to join CUSO,
that your minor was in Good Works. If
you're feeling low, tell them that grad
school looks really promising and you've
decided to devote your life to Milton.
Remember all the good stuff that is
absolutely yours and no one else's.
How Hedda Gabler made you cry. The
Merlin mustiness of Main Library. That
generous-spirited professor who became your friend and mentor. The
adventures you shared with your Friday afternoon seminar mates after an
evening in the Pit. That winter evening
you spent three hours in the Woodward Bio-Medical Library reading case
histories in abnormal psychology. Being
passionate about theatre and "borrowing" roses from the rose garden. Remember muttering French 24 hours a
day in the hope that one or two phrases
would spring to mind during your oral
exam. Remember the Nitobe Gardens
when the cherry trees are in blossom.
Sure there's life after the BA. There
are frustrations, highs, lows, small and
large victories, tear-gained wisdoms
.... all the things that happen in school,
except on a wider, chillier stage.
"But has your BA really helped you
to achieve your dreams and goals?
What kind of practical value does a
degree in arts have?"
It has taught me to ignore these
types of questions. To listen to the
voice inside and not the doubting voices
around me. I know the discipline and
work it took to earn that BA and I know
that dreams aren't always tangible items
to be boxed and bowed like a Christmas present. You walk proud with
your dreams, the way I walked with the
heavy graduation robes and mortar
board. And reserve the term "practical" for engineers and nurses.
'Thanks for this, Marjorie." *
Marjorie Simmins is a Vancouver
freelance writer.
«**«■'*  . ...opening fftgl After
Reflections on life
after slogging
through the Arts
By Marjorie Simmins, BA'84
I'm waiting for that call from Barbara Frum. Have been waiting for
several years now. It will come.
"Good evening, Marjorie. I understand you've survived life after the BA.
Would you like to tell us about it?"
Yes, Barbara, I would.
"All right. Go ahead."
It was 1984.
"What was?"
The year I graduated from UBC.
You could never forget a date like that.
"Why not?"
Because it was George Orwell's year.
Remember?They re-printed thousands
of copies of 1984. The whole campus
must have read or re-read that book.
I remember feeling smug that Orwell's
forecast was nowhere near my reality.
1984 was a wonderful, wacky and
weird year. Remember our northern
magus, Pierre Trudeau's long, cold
walk on a stormy February night to"...
see if there were any signs of [his]
destiny in the sky"?
So many contrasts in that year: the
pomp and pageantry of the papal tour
and only a short while later, Ethiopia's
devastating drought. Cyndi Lauper
squeaked to the top ten with "Girls
Just Want to Have Fun," and Jeanne
Sauve became Canada's first woman
governor-general. Tiny baby Fae lived
for 20 days with a transplanted baboon heart. The Princess of Wales
gave birth to son Henry and Roland
Joffe showed us The Killing Fields.
But the part I remember best was
the recession.
At first I thought a recession had
something to do with geophysics or
earth science. Turns out it meant the
economy. It meant bankruptcies. It
meant leaving your resume on top of
a three foot stack of other resumes. It
meant going to the UIC office to look at
postings and getting excited about a
library assistant's job for $4.50 an
hour. It meant fifty people with BAs
applying for that job. It meant
waitressing for three years after the
"Did that depress you?"
Well, considering I was elected
UBC's most obnoxiously cheerful
undergrad for four years running,
yes, you could say it depressed me.
I just thought it was going to be
"What was going to be different?"
After the BA. I mean really, once
you've learned the intricacies of the
semi-colon, the colon and the dash,
you expect life to dazzle you with
financially rewarding challenges.
You have major expectations, quite
aside from your major in English. You
also have major debts, which is why I
keep waitressing. But that's not the
worst of it.
"There's more?"
Oh, yes. The worst of it are the
Practical Attacks.
Practical Attacks are when you
wish you had majored in Nursing. Or
Computer Science. These attacks
usually occur in the dark, desperate
continued page 29
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