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Take Note
:   Marshall Lawrence Alton Smith
Challenge, courage and strength. A personal remembrance
of a remarkable man. By Don Wells
3   Music in the Morning
June Goldsmith has brought classical music to a whole new
audience, with morning coffee. By Vanessa Clarke
1   UBC Builds a City
The new university town will create a new vibe on campus,
and a big endowment in the bank. By Chris Petty
8  Achievement Award Winners
We show off this year's roster of achievers.
5   Cecil Green Remembered
The co-founder of Texas Instruments liked UBC. A lot.
5 Letters
8 The Arts
D Books
2 Alumni Events
2 Class Acts
5 In Memoriam
Left: UBC aerial view, 1925
Right: UBC Womens' Field Hockey Team 192S
The Magazine ofthe University of British Columbia
Editor Christopher Petty, mfa'86
Designer Chris Dahl
Assistant Editor Vanessa Clarke
Board of Directors
President Jane Hungerford, BED'67
Senior VP Martin Ertl, BSc'93
Past President Gregory Clark, bcom'86, LLB'89
Treasurer David Elliott, BCOM'69
Members at Large '02 - '04
Darlene Marzari, msw'68
Colin Smith, BASC'65
Members at Large '03 - '05
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
Acting Executive Director
Leslie Konantz
Editorial Committee
Vanessa Clarke
Chris Dahl
Sid Katz
Scott Macrae, BA'71
Christopher Petty
Herbert Rosengarten
Trek (formerly the UBC Alumni Chronicle) is
published three times a year by the UBC Alumni
Association and distributed free of charge to UBC alumni
and friends. Opinions expressed in the magazine do not
necessarily reflect the views of the Alumni Association or
the university. Letters to the editor are welcome. Address
correspondence to:
Christopher Petty, Editor
UBC Alumni Association,
6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, BC, Canada  v6T 1Z1
or send e-mail to cpetty@alumni.ubc.ca
Letters will be published at the editor's discretion
and may be edited for space.
For advertising rates and information, contact
the editor at 604-822-8914.
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Volume 56, Number 3
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Fall 2003   Trek   3 LEGACY
Two of THE many CLICHES used in university promotion are, "A
university is only as good as its alumni," and "A great university
produces great alumni." Slightly contradictory, they never appear
together, but both usually precede florid exposition (I know, I've
written some) on an alumnus who has gained fantastic fame
and fortune. Of course, it's impossible to know how much the
university had to do with it - did the Eidgenossische Technische
Hochschule create Einstein? - but taking credit by association is
no sin.
What we sometimes miss in our rush to lionize the big hitters is
that everyone who passes through our university is a noteworthy
person. Every life, no matter how outwardly dull, is full of drama,
emotion, turmoil, hilarity, success, sadness and joy. Part of the
function of Trek Magazine is to reflect on some of those lives,
especially in death.
This issue contains nine pages in the In Memoriam section and
three more pages of features about recently deceased members of
the UBC community, one of whom, Cecil Green, was a certifiable
star in the business world. We've never before dedicated so much
space to obituaries.
We are publishing all these obituaries for a number of reasons:
our policy of printing longer pieces means we can't always print all
the obits we get; and not printing all we get results in an unaccept
able backlog. This issue catches us up and empties our "overset"
Another reason for the volume is that our graduate base is getting older. Those men and women who flooded into the university
after World War II are now in their 70s and 80s, and the first wave
of the baby boomers is pushing So. Sadly, our graduates are dying
in larger numbers.
But that's just demographics. From purely a reader's point of
view, we publish so many long obituaries because the stories they
tell are compelling. We only wish we could make them longer.
Read about George McKee, BCOM'46, Master Mariner, for
instance. He attended UBC in the '30s, when he could afford it,
spending the rest of his time working at sea. In 1944, as navigator
on hmcs St. Catharines, he was involved in the longest submarine
chase of the war.
Or Al Walisser, BASc'50, born in the Ukraine, brought up in
Alberta, pilot of a fighter in the war. He came to UBC as a war vet,
became a civil engineer and, for 25 years, had a hand in transforming the Lower Mainland building the Granville Bridge, miles of
freeway in the Valley and the Horseshoe Bay terminal.
Every death is a tragedy, but none more so than the death of
someone who still had the vigour and purpose of youth. Eileen
Gojevic, BED'82, DIP.ED'92., MED'02, worked at Woodward's while
she earned degrees at UBC and had a family. Her passion for teach-
The first annual general assembly, September, 1925:  the university was still waiting for delivery of the auditorium seats, so students were forced to sit on the floor
ing shone through her life.
Or Judy Reimer, BSN'83, who took the news of her breast
cancer and turned it into an affirmation of life. Her Life
Quilt project left a legacy of hope that helps cancer sufferers across Canada.
Obituaries generally cover the basics only. It's often what
they don't say, but merely allude to, that calls out for more.
Each one could be a book.
This issue is about legacy. Each of the lives you read
about in the obituaries created, in their own small way,
the world we live in today, and reflects to some degree the
quality of the education they received here. The cliches are
Our main feature, "UBC Builds a City," is an in-depth
look at the university's plans to build a University Town on
campus. Its legacy will be both physical and financial.
With our regular sections of research-oriented and other
news about campus life, alumni events, book reviews and
class notes, we hope you enjoy this issue.
- Chris Petty MFA'86 Editor
4   Trek   Fall 2003
Photograph: UBC Archives UBC
New Deans Join the Fray
]DThe faculties of Law, Medicine and
Science have new deans beginning with
this academic year.
Mary Anne Bobinski, dean of Law,
comes to UBC from the University of
Houston Law Center, where she was
a professor and director of the Health
Law and Policy Institute. Under her
leadership, the Institute regularly topped
the rankings by U.S. News and World
Report for health law programs in the
US. She is the first non-UBC appointment to the position of dean.
Dean of Medicine Gavin Stuart was
head of Oncology at the University
of Calgary, and a noted clinician and
researcher in ovarian and cervical cancers. He will be responsible for the new
medical education program that will
involve satellite schools around the province (called the "distributed model") and
will double the number of medical grads
by 2.010.
John Hepburn, current head of UBC's
department of Chemistry, was named
dean of Science, effective
in November. He is known        Mary Anne
internationally for his
research in laser spectroscopy and laser
chemistry. He joined UBC in 2001.
Moira Quayle, dean of Agriculture,
and Michael Isaacson, dean of Applied
Science, were re-appointed for second
□Din the Spring 2003 issue of Trek, we
told you the new director of the UBC
Botanical Garden is Walter Cronk. We
lied. In fact his name is Quentin Cronk.
Bobinski UBC's new Dean of Law, an expert on health law, comes from the University of Houston.
The Tinman Wants a Heart
Wouldn't it be great if every household could have its own robot - a metal
servant to complete all those unsavory
household chores without a beep of complaint? Or, in a nobler vein, wouldn't it
be great if sophisticated robots could be
put to use helping the elderly maintain
independence? Or minimizing some of the
limitations faced by the disabled?
The notion of the robot is something
that has intrigued humans for generations,
with artistic representations ranging from
B-movie, sardine-can creations to Star
Trek's Data. But the transition from imagination to reality has not occurred much
beyond industrial robots that are put to
use on the factory floor - and it's not as if
these are able to put the kettle on or sweep
up. Far from interactive, industrial robots
are more likely to be enclosed with a painted yellow hazard line and programmed
Dhotograph   Martin Dee
to shut down if anyone creipesgj}^ jre^ 5 ACCESSIBILITY IS OUR STRENGTH
This year, for the first time in our
university's history, we have admitted
'■J more than 40,000 students to our
rolls. It's a staggering number. While
our talented faculty and staff are
meeting the challenge and continuing
to deliver the very best education this
country has to offer, it is an unsettling reminder that demand for post-
secondary training in this province is
at an all-time high.
British Columbia, traditionally
seen as one ofthe "have" provinces
in Canada, has remained close to the bottom in per capita funding for post-secondary institutions, and in the percentage of the
population enrolled in those institutions.
At the same time, study after study, both in Canada and the
US, has shown that individuals who obtain a university degree
- in any discipline - earn more money, achieve more personal
satisfaction and contribute more to the economy than those who
do not.
Demand for post-secondary space exceeds the available supply in British Columbia. One inevitable consequence of this is
that we have had to raise admission standards considerably in
the past decade. Where once a grade point average of 75 per
cent would have guaranteed entrance to UBC, the average is
now closer to 82 per cent, with some programs demanding even
higher grades. This rise in entrance standards ensures that we
admit the very best-qualified students, but it also means that
many excellent applicants must be excluded.
We recognize that grades are not the only predictor of university success, and that many other elements, such as community
service, artistic performance or athletic ability, may be positive
indicators of likely success in a post-secondary environment.
Accordingly, over the next several years, UBC is phasing in
a broad-based admissions system that will still give priority
to academic accomplishment, but also find room for some of
those students who have demonstrated outstanding qualities or
achievements deserving special consideration.
To ensure that qualified British Columbians receive the education they need to excel in today's economic climate, we need to
provide greater access by creating more post-secondary spaces
without compromising the high standards in learning and
research that distinguish UBC. To this end, we shall be working
closely with the provincial government and our partners in higher education to address this important social and educational
issue that will otherwise only intensify in future years.
- Martha Piper, President, University of British Columbia
to shut down if anyone crosses it.
One reason that the friendly household robot has not materialized is that robots with limbs and a range of motions have
the potential to be dangerous. To become safer, robots need to
be able to interact with, interpret and react to their human context. Associate professor Elizabeth Croft of UBC's Mechanical
Engineering Department is leading a research team that is trying
to make robotic movements safer and robotic behaviour more
responsive to human cues. "We've got to get from the current
zero interaction to the point where a robot is aware there is a
person in its space," says Croft. Her team observes individuals as
they interact with a robot and measures their responses, such as
body position, eye gaze, heart rate, skin conductance and muscle
contraction. The team uses the information to estimate the intentions of the individual and to control the robot so it responds
"A robot has to learn about each new person it comes into
contact with, and with the information we collect, we can provide the robot with a kind of user profile," says Croft, who hopes
her research will establish safety standards for human-robot
Precarn Inc. recently announced intentions to provide $1 million in funding for 57 students at Canadian universities, including UBC, who are involved in robotics and intelligence systems
Students Vote for a Great Deal
QDUBC students gave themselves a good deal by turning up
in record numbers to approve the introduction of a Universal
Transportation Pass (u-pass). Of 15,000 votes cast in a student
referendum, 10,742 were in favour of the pass, which will be a
mandatory purchase for all students. It will cost $20 per month
(a one-zone pass usually costs $63 per month) and will entitle
students to unlimited use of Translink bus, Sky Train and SeaBus
services in the Greater Regional Vancouver District during the
school year, plus continued access to campus shuttles and bicycle
and carpool programs. In addition, TransLink has promised to
up the current level of service to campus by an extra 23,000 service hours per year.
UBC is the second highest commuter destination in the region
(after the downtown core) and the university is trying to encourage environmentally sound commuting habits. In 2002, single-
occupant vehicles still accounted for 44 per cent of travel to and
from campus. More than So other universities in North America
already have a similar program in place.
The first few weeks of the u-pass have been extremely successful, although students report that the busses are pretty crowded.
TransLink is working to bring more busses to the busiest routes.
6   Trek   Fall 2003
Dhotograph: Paul Joseph The Lure of Northern Emeralds
□Din the late summer of 1998, associate
professor of Geology Lee Groat received
a phone call from former student Bill
Wengzynowski, who asked him to take
a look at something he'd collected while
prospecting in the Yukon. The something
turned out to be some green mineral
samples that Groat was excited to confirm
were emeralds, the first to be discovered in
Emeralds are rarer and more valuable
than diamonds. They are a type of beryl,
a mineral made of beryllium, aluminum,
silicon and oxygen. While beryl itself is
colourless and not considered rare, emeralds are formed when some of the aluminum atoms are replaced by chromium or
vanadium. These two elements belong to a
different chemical family from beryllium,
and are seldom found in the continental
crust. The fact that they rarely mix with
beryllium accounts for the low incidence
of emerald discovery and Groat was
interested in finding out how the elements
came together in the Yukon. He collected
erald Eyes Professor Lee Groat, left, and former students Bill Wengzynowski and Bonnie Pemberton with with emerald-bearing rock.
samples and formed a team of international experts to analyze them. They concluded that slices of oceanic crust containing
chromium and vanadium were thrown up
during massive tectonic shifts 100 million
years ago, getting caught between continental plates.
"Knowing the geology up there, I'm
confident that there are more deposits,"
says Groat. "It's not going to be easy to
find them, but with science we can target
them much better." So far, the quality of
emeralds found in the Yukon is good in
terms of colour, but whether their size will
make them a viable commercial commodity for mining remains to be seen. Several
companies are currently involved in further exploration in the area.
Funded by nserc, True North Gems Inc.
(the company that owns the land), and
the Yukon government, Groat will return
to the site to do further study. His team
will also visit a second site that has been
discovered in the Northwest Territories.
By 2006, he hopes to have pinpointed the
areas in the region most likely to yield
Currently, Colombia, Brazil and Zambia
account for the world's best supplies of
emeralds, with Colombia dominating the
trade for quality, and Brazil for quantity.
Pakistan and Zimbabwe mine them to a
lesser extent. Egyptians mined emeralds in
about 2000 bc and they were also highly
valued in Rome, where Nero is said to
have watched gladiators through emerald-
crystal glasses. The Moguls of India used
emeralds for inscribing some of their texts
and the Incas worshipped them. They
remain a symbol of wealth and power, and
fine examples of the stone can be found in
the jewelry of royal collections around the
Many properties have been associated
with the gem over the centuries. They say
that the stone can ease kidney functions, is
an antidote for poisonous bites, an aphrodisiac and a restorer of eyesight; that it is
able to prevent laziness, stupidity, epilepsy,
bleeding, hysteria, storms, loss of memory
and weakness; that it provides protection
against evil spirits, and the ability to see
into the future, recover lost objects and
feel protected during travel. No wonder
they're so expensive.
Exhausted Cattle on Jupiter
][]The cows on Jupiter must be tired of
all the moons they have to jump over,
and professor Bret Gladman and postdoctoral fellow Lynne Allen along with Dr.
J. J. Kavelaars of the National Research
Council of Canada aren't helping much.
The researchers recently discovered nine
more. That makes a running (and jump-
Dhotograph   Michelle Cook
Each year for the past 55, the
Alumni Association has celebrated
the accomplishments of members of
the UBC community with a program
of annual awards. For the past nine,
we have recognized these remarkable
individuals at the Annual Alumni
Achievement Dinner, an event that
has become one of the high points of
the university year.
Glancing down the list of award
recipients over the years gives an
indication of the extraordinary pool
of talent this university has produced as graduates and as faculty, staff and friends. Some of the
nation's most respected researchers are included here, as are artists, actors, politicians, business leaders, community activists and
representatives of virtually every occupation and vocation. Such
a roster would be the envy of any institution, and is a measure
of the excellence of UBC.
As the official representative of this august group, the Alumni
Association works with the university to support that excellence,
and to develop relationships with government, business - both
private and public - foundations and individuals that would further the university's goals.
Alumni are UBC's most effective advocates. We, more than
any other group, have a vested interest in ensuring our alma
mater remains academically strong, employs the best faculty and
staff, and attracts the best students. Our programs are designed
to bring that message to alumni, involve them in the university,
and encourage them to promote the interests of the university
wherever and whenever they can.
During the next few years, our services will change and
improve. The university will become more involved in alumni
cultivation - with input and direction from the Alumni
Association - while the Association itself will undergo a transformation designed to help us develop a stronger, more assertive
group of advocates for UBC.
As an example, a group of alumni who were involved in rowing during their student years has gathered together to raise
funding for a new rowing centre in Richmond. This group,
working closely with Athletics and the Development Office, has
made the centre an important priority of university planning,
and has commitments for more than half the necessary funds.
As alumni, we have a strong voice in university affairs. We
are well-represented on the Board of Governors and have positions of responsibility on many university committees and work
groups. We must continue our activism and show the world how
important this institution is to us and to our community.
I look forward to working with the dynamic men and women
on our Board of Directors. I invite you to get involved. It's still
your university.
-Jane Hungerford, BED'67 Chair, UBC Alumni Association
more known moons than any other planet in our solar system. "The
discovery of these small satellites is going to help us understand how
Jupiter and the other giant planets formed," says Gladman.
The discoveries are the latest in a string that began in 1997 using
the powerful new Megaprime mosaic of ccd cameras at the 3.6m
Canada-France-Hawaii telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The moons
are between one and five kilometres in size, and because of their
distance from the sun they reflect only tiny amounts of light back to
earth. Their proximity to the enormous and comparatively blinding
Jupiter adds to the difficulty in detecting them. The team took three
images of the sky around Jupiter and used computer algorithms to
search the images for faint, moving spots of light. "Searching by eye
through the 50 gigabytes of images each night would be an impossible task," says Allen, "So we use computers to sift through the
data." The process had to be repeated several times, because the
moons could easily be obscured by stars and the light coming from
The rate of discovery will likely slow down, since all of the giant
planets have now been surveyed using the latest technology. For
more information, visit Gladman's website at www.astro.ubc.ca/peo-
ple/gladman/jup2003 .html.
MORE is Less
Among the space debris, meteoroids and satellites orbiting planet
earth is a newcomer: Canada's first orbiting space telescope. A
team of UBC scientists, headed by Physics and Astronomy professor
Jaymie Matthews, went to Plesetsk, Russia, in May and launched
most (Microvariability and Oscillation of Stars) on June 30.
The telescope's tiny size (about that of a suitcase, the smallest
space telescope ever built) belies its enormous capabilities. Able
to capture more information than six 20-metre, earth-bound telescopes, most's observations will surpass those of the Hubble Space
Telescope, and will allow astronomers to search for planets outside
our solar system, see inside distant stars and help define the age of
the universe.
Launched by a converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile
launcher, most is orbiting 820 km above the earth and circling it
once every 100 minutes at a speed of 27, 000 km per hour.
The satellite telescope was built at UBC, the University of Toronto
and Dynacon Inc. The Canadian Space Agency is funding the project to the tune of $10 million, a modest sum in the world of space
exploration. The innovation of Canadian scientists may turn the tide
of space science by demonstrating that smaller and cheaper can be
Literacy in the 21s* Century
Literacy education is due for an overhaul and Canada wants
to lead the way in bringing it up to date. The Social Sciences and
Trek   Fall 2003 Humanities Research Council has provided a $750,000 grant (shared between
five Canadian universities) to explore the
relevance of existing literacy education
and the potential for new approaches.
UBC Education professor Margaret
Early and colleagues will ascertain the
effects on literacy skills of a number
of innovative teaching methods using
various media such as drama, art and the
Internet. The team will also take cultural
diversity in the classroom into account.
Early's group will work with three school
boards and a teachers' union to pinpoint
literacy needs. Their findings will inform
a "Literacy Framework for the New
Economy," that they hope will establish
Canada as a leader in the field of literacy
"The Sun's Bad for You!" ("Yeah, yeah, I
know. Pass the lotion, willya?")
ID You'd think those gorgeous sunbathers
soaking up the rays on hot summer beaches must never have heard of skin cancer.
But don't bother telling them: according
to a study by Ingrid Tyler, a grad student
in Health Science, they already know. Not
only that, many people who develop suspicious skin lesions put off visiting a physician, hoping the problem will go away by
The study, conducted between October
2002 and April 2003, polled 175 malignant melanoma patients about their
experience seeking attention for their skin
lesions. Tyler, along with Jean Shoveller,
assistant professor in the department of
Health Care and Epidemiology and dermatology professor Jason Rivers, looked
at the delay between when the patient
first discovered the lesion and when it was
While the patients involved had good
prior knowledge of melanoma, and were
fully aware of the relationship between
sun exposure and the disease, they nevertheless delayed visiting the doctor no matter what the size or thickness of the lesion.
Twenty-five percent of the respondents
only sought medical attention when the
What? Me Worry?   Students gather death rays outside Empire Pool during summer heat wave.
lesion was bleeding and crusting. Coupled
with physician delays (due to backlogs, misdiagnosis and multiple visits), total delay
in getting treatment averaged nine and one
half months among those involved in the
Melanomas are the most dangerous
of skin cancers. They affect one in 100
Canadians, and are almost all a result of
sun exposure.
"There was no significant correlation
between knowledge and delays, including
knowledge about risks and early detection,"
says Tyler. "It's not enough that people
know about risks. We need to find a way to
help them change behaviour."
Swimming World Record
Representing UBC at the 2003 Canadian
Interuniversity Sport (cis) Swimming
Championship held in February, 19-year-old
Brian Johns swam 400 metres in 4:02:72 to
slash more than a second-and-a-half off the
world record for the short course (25-metre
pool) Individual Medley. He is the first
Canadian man in six years to hold a world
record in swimming and broke his previous
personal best by more than four seconds.
"I knew the first two legs of the race, the
butterfly and the backstroke, had gone
well but I wasn't really sure how fast I
was going," said Johns. "When I came up
to take my first breath on the breaststroke
I could hear the crowd going crazy. That's
when I knew I must be on a world record
pace. That gave me the extra adrenaline
push I needed."
Fitness is for Kids
□nit may be low-tech compared with
video games, but charging around playing
cops and robbers is far better for a kid's
physical health than zapping mortal enemies at the press of a button. And much
better for his or her waistline.
A telling report published in The
Canadian Medical Association Journal
in 2000 said that between 1981 and
1996, the prevalence of overweight youth
increased by 92 per cent in boys and 57
per cent in girls. A new UBC program,
unique in Canada, is helping overweight
kids to tackle the problem, and have fun
while they're doing it.
MET (short for metamorphosis) is a
Dhotograph   Elizabeth Mimsh
Fall 2003   Trek  9 TAKE NOTE
year-long course for nine to 16-year-olds
that was created by Sonya Lumholst-Smith,
associate director of UBC's Centre for
Active Living. It combines workouts three
times a week with online education and
Kids, their parents and the program staff
need a high level of dedication and cooperation for the program to be a success, but
the educational element is also an important factor in encouraging the kids to make
changes in their lifestyles last a lifetime.
coopconnect is an on-line service the
kids can access either from a booth in the
fitness facilities at UBC Tennis Centre, or
from their home computers. They document their workouts and become aware of
fitness factors such as heart rate and nutrition. It's also a means of tracking progress
and making adjustments where needed.
Most fitness facilities are geared towards
adults and not kids (how many kids have
you seen in a gym?) but the program's
gym equipment has been scaled down for
them to use. The eight staff members are
Human Kinetics exercise science students
who work with the kids and help them to
Dr. Wallace Chung thinks so. "Collecting has been my all-consuming hobby for
40 years." Now, thanks to Dr. Chung and his family, British Columbians have
access to a unique collection that chronicles the history of BC, the CPR and the
Asian community in Canada. Dr. Chung donated his collection - more than 25,000
books, newspaper clippings, posters, silverware and journals of Captain Cook and
Captain Vancouver - to the UBC Library. The collection is open to the public at no
charge. Or have a look at www.library.ubc.ca/chung.
There are many ways to create a legacy. Gifts in kind like Dr. Chung's are just one
of these ways. For a copy of our Wills Planning Booklet, or other information, call
the UBC Gift and Estate Planning Office, 604.822.5373, or e-mail us at heritage.
circle@ubc.ca. Visit us at www.supporting.ubc.ca
tench their goals.
Says Behnad Honarbakhsh, the MET program's student manager, "The energy level
and enthusiasm we create in each class are
nothing short of pure magic. All the attention
these kids have received in the past has been
negative related to their weight. Finally, they
are being told in the MET program that they
can be active and that they can do it. We get
tons of smiles."
For information, e-mail your address to
Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress
]DThe traumatic events experienced by
Canada's peacekeepers during service in
war-ravaged countries can lead to serious
emotional aftermath. Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (ptsd) can be the result of exposure to extreme situations and tasks, such as
the retrieval and disposal of human remains
or the experience of being under fire. Left
untreated ptsd can lead to depression, social
withdrawal and damaged relationships.
Surprisingly, there is a dearth of research
on how such trauma can negatively affect a
soldier's transition back to civilian life. UBC
counseling psychologist Marv Westwood is
counteracting this with a group-counseling
program called Transitions that he introduced
in 2001. He and colleague professor Bill
Borgen recently received a $104,000 grant
from the sshrc to evaluate the program's
effectiveness. "Returning peacekeeping soldiers have not been well-served by existing
counseling programs," says Westwood. "We
hope this research will help develop therapies
that recognize the significance of their experiences."
The duo's research will involve three groups
of six to eight soldiers who have served as
peacekeepers and as soldiers in Vietnam.
Personal interviews and questionnaires conducted before, soon after, and six months
after completion of the counseling program
will be used to determine its effectiveness.
The program has recently been expanded to
include career strategy and partner awareness
10   Trek   Fall 2003 Biotech Boon
UBC had a lot to feel proud about
at the province's 2003 Biotechnology
Awards. Professor Brett Finlay of the
Biotechnology Laboratory was presented
with an Innovation and Achievement
Award for his pioneering work in the
creation of a cattle vaccine to combat E.
coli. Also honoured was the University-
Industry Liaison Office, which received a
Lifetime Achievement Award for its part
in creating most of bc's biotechnology
companies since its inception in 1984. Led
by Angus Livingstone, the office offers,
among other services, technology screening and assessment, prototype development and intellectual property protection.
Bugs Eat Waste, Produce Money
□Hit may not be glamorous, but the treatment of sewage plays a vital role in the
conservation of the world's water resources. The Civil Engineering Department's
Environmental Engineering Program
began a pilot project to treat UBC's wastewater in 1985, and established a sewage
treatment plant based out of two trailers on campus. Although only 5 per cent
of UBC's wastewater is treated here, the
research conducted has been invaluable.
The project has received worldwide attention, with many municipalities adopting
its methods.
Instead of chemicals, the plant uses
naturally occurring microbes to clean up
the waste water. These bugs remove the
nitrogen and phosphorus, which can then
be re-used as fertilizer. The project makes
money through sales of the fertilizer, and
saves more money because no chemicals
need be purchased, and no toxic wastes
need be disposed of.
But the benefits aren't just financial.
The team is involved in projects that use
the nitrogen and phosphorus by-products
to restore the balance of the nutrient content in dam reservoirs at the Kootenay and
Arrow Lakes. UBC is also working with
BC Hydro, the gvrd, and the municipality
of Penticton in researching use of a pure
phosphorus fertilizer.
Innovation and Achievement Award: Brett Finlay
"We look at the waste as a resource,"
says professor Don Mavinic, group
leader of the environmental engineering program and one of the Biological
Nutrient Removal (bnr) plant's founders. "It's a product, not a problem." The
use of bugs to clean sewage originated
in South Africa, but the innovation of
UBC Engineers like Bill Oldham (another
plant founder and now a professor emeritus) was in adapting the process for use
in colder climes. "We basically set up the
temperature and pH conditions for the
bugs to do their thing, and they merrily
go around and do the work of removing
nitrogen and phosphorus from the discharge stream," says Mavinic.
The engineers have collaborated with
the department of Microbiology and
Immunology, which has advised on
which bugs to use. "We've developed a
research and knowledge base that no one
else in the world has at this scale," says
New T-Bird Totem Pole in the Works
Plans are afoot to replace the
Thunderbird totem pole that was vandalized in 2001, and now lies in an
irreparable state in a campus warehouse.
Carved by Ellen Neel (one of the first
women accorded the right to be a Native
carver), the pole commemorated the
Kwicksutaineuk people's sanctioning of
UBC's use of the name Thunderbird for its
sports teams.
Part of the Kwicksutaineuk's folklore,
the Thunderbird symbolizes peace, goodwill, camaraderie, determination and a
fighting spirit.
The pole was named Victory through
Honour, and is imbued with the essence of
competition and good sporting etiquette.
The late Chief William Scow granted
UBC this honour in 1948 during the
Homecoming football game in the old
Varsity Stadium. It was a time when few
First Nations students attended UBC, and
the Indian Act sought to prevent Native
people from practicing their own customs.
Ellen Neel's dedication of the pole led
efforts to forge strong relations between
UBC and Native communities. "To the
Native people of the whole province we
can give our assurance that [their] children
will be accepted at this school by the staff
and student council, eager to smooth their
Business education received a boost in June with the largest private donation
ever made to a Canadian business school. William Sauder, BCOM'48, former UBC
Board chair and chancellor, endowed the university's faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration with $20 million. In response to his announcement, the
provincial government committed to increase funding to the school by $1 million
a year to support additional undergraduate student places. The faculty also hopes
to increase the scope of courses on offer, including new management education
programs for Canadian and international students. It also intends to expand
research by recruiting new faculty.
Sauder was a pioneer in the forest industry in BC, building Sauder Industries
to one of the largest forestry firms in the province. "I am proud to be able to
give something significant back to UBC - the institution that provided me with
the knowledge to help me establish my business
career - and to British Columbia, which I have
called home all my life," he said. "I believe that it
is extremely important for us to create opportunities for young people and provide them with the
tools they need to shape their futures in this great
province, especially if we are going to create the
wealth necessary to look after the ongoing needs of
healthcare and education."
The faculty has been renamed the Sauder School
of Business in recognition of his outstanding gift.
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she said at the time. "We need now only
students to take advantage of the opportunity, so that some day our doctors, lawyers,
social workers and departmental workers
will be fully trained university graduates of
our own race."
Members of the Neel and Scow families
are now involved in a committee chaired by
Sid Katz, UBC's Community Affairs executive director, that will oversee the process of
replacing the damaged pole. It has already
chosen a carver and secured some northern
BC wood from which a new pole will be
carved. It estimates that the total cost will
be $100,000 and contributions are currently
being sought to cover it.
Madeleine Maclvor, associate director of
UBC's First Nations House of Learning, says
that erecting a new pole will reaffirm UBC's
commitment to the recruitment of aboriginal
students. "The original Thunderbird pole
symbolized a commitment by UBC and First
Nations to develop an ongoing relationship.
Over the years, that history was forgotten and the relationship has suffered as a
result," she says. "The new pole will serve
as a reminder of the strong relationship that
First Nations and the university are striving
Brown Dwarf is Really a Planet
][]The existence of a yet-to-be-named
planet, the oldest and farthest away known
in the universe, has been confirmed. "This
is tremendously exciting and certainly suggests that planets are probably more common than we had suspected," says professor
Harvey Richer, co-leader of the international
research team that made the discovery.
Although the object's existence was already
known, there was disagreement over
whether it was a planet or a brown dwarf.
Its mass (too small to be a star or brown
dwarf) confirms it is the former.
It is located near the core of an ancient
globular star cluster 5,600 light-years away
from Earth and orbits around two burned-
photograph: Mark Mushet out stars. Some astronomers argued that
the existence of planets in these clusters
was impossible because of deficiencies in
heavy elements, but the discovery throws
up questions on how planets actually
form and provides proof that the first
ones were formed rapidly, within a billion years of the Big Bang.
Current thinking on how planets form
suggests that they evolve out of small
collections of rocks that join together
and form a large enough mass to attract
gas gravitationally. But the newly discovered planet was formed so early in the
history of the universe that its gas was
still very metal-poor (and could not conceivably form rocks). This suggests that
direct gravitational collapse of gas was
its formation scenario, and that planets
could have been forming continuously
since the universe was very young.
About twice the size of Jupiter, the
planet was formed 13 billion years ago
and takes a century to complete its orbit.
Experts believe that it is not likely capable of sustaining life because it doesn't
have a solid surface or large quantities
of carbon or oxygen. In the 13 billion
er led an international team that discovered a planet in another solar system (far, far away), formed 13 billions years ago.
years since its creation, it has survived
blistering ultraviolet radiation, supernova explosions and violent shockwaves.
Other members of the research team
include UBC Radio Astronomer Ingrid
Stairs, Brad Hansen of ucla, Steinn
Sigurdsson of Penn State University and
Stephen Thorsett of ucsc.
Breast Cancer Gene
][]The availability of genetic testing
means that women can be more aware
of their risk for developing hereditary
breast cancer. Of those who test positive for the breast cancer gene, 50-80
per cent will develop the disease. With
this knowledge comes a difficult choice
- whether or not to go ahead with the
removal of healthy breasts, significantly
reducing the risk.
Mary McCullum works as a nurse
educator for the bc Cancer Agency's
Hereditary Cancer Program. "Every day,
I see the anxiety and personal struggle of
women trying to make this difficult decision," she says. "There are no resources
just for them. I would like to help support women intellectually and psychologically." During her graduate studies
at UBC, McCullum developed a decision-making guide for women who are at
high risk. Along with a fellow researcher
at UBC's School of Nursing, professor Joan Bottorff, she recently began a
study to assess its effectiveness as a tool.
Funded by the BC-Yukon Chapter of the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the
study involves gathering feedback from 15
women to gauge the effectiveness of the
20-page guide, which contains information
on surgery, lists web resources, outlines
less obvious questions to consider, and
includes case studies, values scales and lists
of pros and cons.
The nine-member research team
(which also includes researchers from
the University of Toronto and Vancouver
Hospital) plans to expand the study to
sites nationwide.
According to the bc Cancer Agency,
about 2,000 women in bc develop breast
cancer annually and more than 500 of
them die as a result. About 10 per cent of
cases are hereditary in origin.
Female Computer Geeks Wanted
□□If the statistics are anything to go by,
computer science is not a subject that
holds much interest for university girls.
Only 15-20 per cent tackle the subject at
Canadian universities and fewer than 25
per cent of high tech professionals are
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Fall 2003   Trek   13 TAKE NOTE
women. Two UBC academics think this
shortage could be a result of the way computer science is typically represented and
taught, and that society could be better
served if there was more female involvement in technology. To this end, Women's
Studies program chair Tineke Hellwig and
Computer Science professor Anne Condon
have collaborated on a new course called
Connecting with Computer Science.
Offered by both the Arts and Science
faculties at UBC, the course emphasizes the
links between computer science and fine
arts, linguistics, music, philosophy, psychology and biology. It underlines the part
that computer programs play in enhancing human expression and how useful a
tool a computer can be in a traditionally
non-technical realm. "This is not a course
about computers in society and it's not
about social issues," says Condon. "It is a
technical course...designed to help get at
programming, at what it means, at why it's
The pair would like to garner the attention of people who would otherwise never
consider Computer Science as a subject they
can relate to, having consigned it firmly
to the realm of science and mathematics.
Although acknowledging the need for precision, the course encourages exploration,
imagination and creativity in approaches to
the challenges of programming. "There is a
tendency to teach students to do everything
right and to teach in a very rigid framework. But that's not the way it works for
everyone to learn," says Condon.
Gender as a factor in the use of computers is explored early in the course. Both
genders like to use computers, but (partly
as a result of culture) boys typically show
a greater tendency to expand their interest
further, from use to understanding. "Girls
will manage what's provided but they don't
create new things," says Condon. "It rarely
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it's an end in itself. For some boys, the
computer lab is their social club. Many
boys will know how to program by the
time they get to computer class."
Even Your Best Friend Won't Tell You
□D Chewing-gum ads typically show good-
looking people about to embark on a
passionate kiss, secure in the knowledge
that their breath is minty fresh. They'd feel
less secure if they knew that some types of
sugar-free, minty gums can actually worsen breath smell by stripping the tongue
of its natural coating and releasing malodorous compounds into the mouth. And
what about those ads for mouthwash that
promise all-day, bacteria-free confidence?
According to Ken Yaegaki, director of the
faculty of Dentistry and world expert on
halitosis, mouthwash is little more effective than water.
Another myth surrounding bad breath
is concerned with its cause; many people
mistakenly assume that poor oral hygiene
is the culprit - leading to more social
shunning for those that suffer from the
condition. "There is a common superstition - even among dentists - that oral
hygiene is directly linked to bad breath,"
says Yaegaki. "Our clinical experience
doesn't support that theory at all." He
has been collaborating with colleagues
in Beijing and Tokyo to pinpoint the
real primary causes. The doctoral thesis
by Xuenan Liu at Tokyo Medical and
Dental University, for which Yaegaki is
co-supervisor, has involved examining the
mouths of 2,000 Chinese in Beijing health
clinics, schools and the local offices of
the Communist Party. Information was
collected using a halimeter, into which
subjects blew to measure the level of
sulphur compounds associated with bad
breath. The study has shown that gum
disease is actually the primary and most
direct causal factor in bad breath. Other
causes include some medications, and the
side effects of other conditions such as
As China's economy grows, oral hygiene
14   Trek   Fall 2003 is improving and teeth-cleaning and
breath-freshening products are increasingly in demand. In Beijing, two dental
schools have established bad breath clinics and plan to conduct further research.
Yaegaki hopes that findings from the
initial study will encourage people to visit
their dentist on a regular basis. "Even in
Canada, almost half the population does
not have regular exams and cleaning,"
he says. "I want to change this behaviour
through people's fear of bad breath. They
may be more motivated to have regular
check-ups to avoid getting the gum disease
that leads to bad breath."
OCs to UBCers
QDPresident Martha Piper, a former
dean of Law, a Great Trekker and other
members of the UBC community have
been named to the Order of Canada.
The appointments were announced on
August 5 th by Governor General Adrienne
Clarkson in Ottawa.
Named as Officers of the Order of
Canada were:
Lloyd Axworthy, former member of
Parliament and government minister, now
ceo of the Liu Centre for the Study of
Global Issues;
George Curtis, founding dean of UBC's
faculty of Law, and advisor to the government;
Arthur Hanson, BSc'65, MSc'67, a leader in the fields of environmental science
and sustainable development. Founding
director of the School for Resource and
Environmental Studies at Dalhousie, internationally sought-after consultant on fisheries management.
Martha Piper, who is seen as a major
force in the rejuvenation and advancement
of research in Canada.
Named as Members of the Order of
Canada were:
David Jones, professor of Zoology at
UBC and internationally known for his
studies on the behaviour and physiology
of diving mammals and birds;
Harriet Winspear, who marched in
the 1922 Great Trek that stimulated the
gram, a three-year venture involving 6,000
nine-12 year olds, and more than 1,000
teaching professionals across the country.
Teachers collaborated with artists from
a variety of fields to find engaging and
stimulating methods of presenting subject
matter. "We teach math through visual art,
language through song, science through
dance, and social studies through storytelling," claims the LTTA website. "We combine learning with creative expression to
develop the whole child."
Reports from all parties involved suggest that kids were more motivated to
learn when there was a strong arts component in the classroom. Compared with
peers at control schools, children enrolled
in LTTA scored as much as n percentile
points higher on standardized math tests
John Reid is UBC's new chair of the Board of Governors. He is CEO of Terasen Inc., formerly BC Gas.
construction of UBC at Point Grey, made a
career of social activism and teaching. She
is a long-time benefactor to BC and Alberta
universities and to the Human Rights
Institute of Canada.
Eschering in a New Era
HD"I often seem to have more in common
with mathematicians than with my fellow
artists," said M.C. Escher. His art, with
its geometric repetition and mind-bending
impossibilities, was often inspired by the
mathematical ideas he read about. "For me
it remains an open question whether [my
work] pertains to the realm of mathematics
or to that of art," he said.
Now, educators are taking a leaf out of
Escher's sketchbook. UBC researchers have
been involved in a national study to investigate the impact of arts on learning. Its findings suggest that participation in the arts
not only enhances a child's involvement
in the overall learning experience but also
leads to improved performance in math.
Associate professor Kit Grauer and professor Rita Irwin from UBC's faculty of
Education added their expertise to a team
studying the Royal Conservatory of Music's
"Learning Through the Arts" (ltta) pro
of computation and estimation. A separate BC-region study also noted evidence
of increased student commitment at the
physical, emotional, intellectual and social
"It's really about engagement, about the
kind and quality of involvement that kids
have," says Irwin. "It's not about doing
more math. It's about getting the child
totally involved in whatever they're learning, getting them to feel the knowledge."
It's an holistic approach to education
that the researchers believe will serve to
encourage lifelong learning. The national
assessment of LTTA was prepared by Dr.
Rena Upitis and Dr. Katharine Smithrim
of Queen's University. You can read their
report online at www.ltta.com.
New Chair of the Board of Governors
John Reid, president and ceo of Terasen
Inc. (formerly BC Gas), has been named
chair of UBC's Board of Governors. His
term ends August 31, 2004. He became a
member of the board in 2002.
Reid has served on many other boards,
including MacDonald, Dettwiler and
Associates Ltd., Lester B. Pearson College
and the Vancouver Board of Trade.D
Fall 2003   Trek   15 A    GOOD    LIFE,    DEFINED
On my way down to the shores of Alta
Lake one blistering hot summer day about
five years ago, I spotted my friend Marshal
Smith on the trail ahead navigating his
wheelchair over boulders and roots, shirtless and tanned, the bouncing brim of his
straw hat signaling every obstacle. He
cheerfully declined offers of assistance
with, "no thanks, I'm in a hurry." The
night before, over dinner at his Whistler
summer home, I asked him some delicate
questions, including how he had lost use
of his legs. Years of rugby, he explained,
had damaged discs in his spine, and a
mistake during corrective surgery in 1978
resulted in permanent paralysis. As devastating as the occurrence was, it was
nothing, he said, compared to the loss of
son Jeff in a car accident in 1983, and son
Dean in an avalanche eight years to the
day later. Nothing compared to losing his
wife Patricia to early onset dementia in the
time between.
At his memorial he was likened to the
biblical Job whose faith was not diminished by misfortune, but strengthened.
While Marshal experienced more than his
share of tragedy, his life was not defined
by it, thanks primarily to an unshakable
tendency to find the good in any situation.
Once at the shore, he rolled across a
precariously thin plywood ramp and onto
a large raft, stopping at last to catch his
breath and gaze at the glacial water shimmering in the August heat. After a moment
he told me how to use a long pole to push
us out from the shore, and minutes later
he slipped into the water and backstroked
confidently toward the middle of the lake.
I recall, at that moment, feeling more than
a tinge of regret over the occasions on
which I felt daunted by matters that, in
retrospect, were quite trivial.
Marshal earned a degree in Recreation
Administration at UBC in the early '50s
while working summers as a logger and a
lifeguard at Kits Pool. After university he
married Patricia Macintosh, a brilliant and
beautiful woman who excelled in many
things, including music and athletics. She
played basketball for Canada in the 1955
Pan American Games while pregnant with
their third child.
Marshal was eventually named director
of Parks and Recreation for the City of
Vancouver, and was instrumental in developing a recreation system that became a
model for other communities in Canada
and the Pacific Northwest, and contributed
much toward the active outdoors lifestyle
for which Vancouver is now famous.
Marshal and Patricia built a home
on the beaches of Spanish Banks where
they raised their five children, and where
Marshal and his neighbor Mario often
water-skied before work. Their children,
Jefferson, Dean, Lori, Tricia and Shannon,
were all accomplished athletes. Shannon
won an Olympic bronze medal in swimming and Tricia, a silver in rowing.
They bought their first ski cabin at
Whistler in 1973, long before it became a
destination resort. He played rugby into
his 50s and, at 48, cycled across southern
Europe with Lori and Tricia.
Three years after the surgical mishap, he
formed MLA Smith Consulting and became
involved in such projects as a community
residence for high lesion quadraplegics,
horseback riding for the severely disabled,
the Alzheimer and Arthritis associations,
and sports for the disabled, blind, deaf
and mentally retarded. He also helped a
16   Trek   Fall 2003 young paraplegic named Rick Hansen
organize the Man in Motion World Tour,
successfully soliciting early-stage financial
support from Vancouver's elite. The tour
took Rick around the world, and raised
hundreds of millions for spinal chord
After purchasing a home in Maui in
1986, he helped create a recycling center
and community garden, which provides
produce for local food banks. He started
a wheelchair tennis program, led a beach
regeneration project and introduced the
use of solar energy to the community.
He continued climbing hills in his chair,
and zooming down a 3 8-mile descent of
switchbacks from the top of the 10,000
foot Mt. Haleakela Crater.
His many accomplishments notwithstanding, Marshal will be missed most for
his irrepressible positive attitude and love
of people.
"You have to be interested in people
and go out of your way for them," he told
his grandchildren. "Life is a lot better if
you are a giver. God cares more about
what you do, than what you don't do."
If that's so, Marshal gave all who knew
him a great deal to care about.
Marshal Smith was born on March 30,
1927 in Edmonton and died October 28,
2002 in Maui of heart failure.
Life is a lot better if you are a giver. God cares more about what you do, than what you don't do.
Fall 2003   Trek   17 E N T H U S I A S
June Goldsmith, BA'56, turned a
crowded living room, a morning
When June Goldsmith was looking for
a new apartment a year ago, her main
concern was the size of the living-room.
Never mind a swinging cat, it would
need enough space to accommodate the
Bosendorfer baby grand she has owned
for 25 years, and gatherings of at least a
dozen of her friends. Goldsmith has hosted musical get-togethers in living rooms
(usually hers) for years, and wasn't about to stop.
Music is an essential part of her life. "I love playing it, I love
reading about it, I love going to concerts," she says. "I listen to
a piece and the power of it totally engulfs me." As a professional
educator, she tries to help others find this same level of appreciation for classical music.
She began her music career as a teacher in mainstream education. After a break to have children, she returned to teach music
appreciation to adults for UBC's Continuing Education. When she
decided to take another break from teaching, her students (mainly
housewives) decided not to let her go. So began what Goldsmith
refers to as her Living Room Series. The women would meet
during the morning in one of their homes, and after a chat over
coffee and muffins, Goldsmith, who holds a masters in music
from Stanford, would give casual classes on music and invite local
musicians to perform. After months of crowded living rooms,
bruised toes and spilled coffee, she had a stroke of genius: Why
not do this on a bigger scale?
personality and a love of music into
a Vancouver cultural institution.
Her idea was to offer the public daytime access to classical music concerts
with an educational element. When she
first proposed it, early in 1986, people
didn't take her intentions seriously, thinking that classical music at 10 o'clock on a
Wednesday morning would never catch on.
But Goldsmith is a morning person (obnoxiously so, she says) who practically wakes
up singing, and she was convinced there were others "who would
like their shot of culture in the mornings."
Goldsmith went ahead boldly, booking space at the Vancouver
Academy of Music and contacting local musicians. Before she had
time to bite so much as one nail in angst, 275 people had bought
tickets and the concert was on. The young women from the Living
Room Series formed a nucleus of volunteers - taking money at the
door, ushering and serving sandwiches. Music in the Morning was
Almost 18 years later, Music in the Morning boasts a subscription
list of 1,400 and manages to flourish in a cash-strapped Arts scene.
Testament to its popularity is that most of its revenue is derived
from ticket sales. What singles out the performances is the level of
communication between artist and audience, and the casual, coffee-
morning atmosphere. Before performing, the artists will offer their
commentary on the piece, the composer, or their experiences as a
musician, giving their audience a refreshing perspective and a new
way to appreciate the music when it is performed.
18   Trek   Fall 2003 Fall 2003   Trek   19 U S I C    IN    THE
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"It's just like a dinner,
you don't like everything put on
your plate, but you like most
Last season's special event, for example,
featured composer and educator Robert
Kapilow. Using a combination of knock-
knock jokes (entertaining for their sheer
badness) and energetic, light-hearted banter,
he induced in the audience a state of rapt
attention for an hour's discussion on the
unpredictability of Haydn, followed by a
performance of the composer's music by the
St. Lawrence String Quartet.
On the same wavelength as Goldsmith,
Kapilow wants people to "get" classical
music as much as they do Broadway hits.
(True to his word, this is a man who has set
Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham to music.)
The audience plays its role willingly. When
an opportunity arises to ask the performers
questions there's usually no shortage - from why violinist Geoff
Nuttall moves about so much when he plays to how prima ballerina Karen Kain deals with ageing and her art. People like the
personal stuff.
Goldsmith has succeeded in airing out the stuffy image of classical music and making it fun and accessible. She likes to think
it's the quality and variety of the programing that is behind
the success. "I've always approached it as a teacher," she says.
"That's what I am. I want people to learn about music." She
includes a lot of contemporary music in the program, exposing
the audience to young composers and premiering new music. "It's
just like a dinner," says Goldsmith. "You don't like everything
put on your plate, but you like most things. I prepare audiences
in advance and ask them to give it a chance, not to judge in the
first few seconds, and to listen to what the composer is trying
to convey. You can't have cream puffs all the time." She receives
countless e-mails and press packages from musicians wanting to
appear on the series. "I choose the best I can afford," she says.
"I've usually heard them, and I have to really like them. They
have to get by me first!" The audience, many members of which
have been members of Music in the Morning since its beginnings,
has learned to trust Goldsmith's musical instincts.
As well as being artistic director, Goldsmith is also executive director, and needs to keep her eye on the bottom line. She
things. I prepare audiences in
advance and ask them to give
it a chance, not to judge in the
first few seconds, and to listen to
what the composer is trying to
convey. You can't have
cream puffs all the time."
attributes 18 years of staying in the black
to her genes. "My father was a very successful businessman who founded Nelson
Brothers Fisheries in BC, one of the largest
companies on the coast." Her husband
Danny (BA'54, LLB'55) also provided her
with guidance as the organization grew.
When he died two and a half years ago,
she lost her greatest supporter.
She credits her overall approach to life
to her parents, who encouraged her to get
an education and become involved. "My
dad gave back to the community and my
mother was a great one for saying if you
have talents, use them. Life has been good
to me and I like to think that I'm doing
some good in return. I believe what we are
providing is important. Musical masterpieces are nourishment for the soul and we want to hand the next
generation something beautiful."
Although Goldsmith is nearly 70, she has no plans to slow
down. Last year saw the introduction of Rush Hour at the
Vancouver Art Gallery - one-hour concerts for downtown workers to catch before heading home. She is hoping to tap a younger
audience and the organization also holds workshops at local
schools. She's also pretty sure it's the first in the province to have
a composer in residence and to have had the satisfaction of commissioning new works.
"My life is very full, but I don't really know where my work
ends and play begins," says Goldsmith. "When I get together with
my girlfriends you'd think we were all 16. I don't feel old and I'm
certainly not thinking about retirement. If I start getting dotty I'm
sure someone will tell me." There'll be years of involvement to
come. June Goldsmith's smile is as wide as the panoramic view
she enjoys from the new apartment she finally chose to house her
baby grand. It has thick walls and good acoustics, to boot - an
excellent investment her father would have approved of.
Music in the Morning's next season kicks off in September with
the National Ballet of Canada. For information, call them at 604-
873-4612 or e-mail info@musicinthemorning.org.
20   Trek   Fall 2003 UBC is in the process of
building a university town using
land around the academic core
for housing and commercial
outlets. Supporters say it will
produce millions of dollars for
the university's endowment
and create a vital, full-time
community on campus. Others,
less excited, feel it will destroy
what's best of UBC.
The Endowment and the Trust
Bob Lee knows his dim sum. As the carts
come by loaded with steamed delicacies,
he questions the servers closely in Chinese,
either shaking his head brusquely or nodding enthusiastically, saying to us, "Oh,
you'll like this," and ordering three.
We're at the Many Fortunes restaurant on Pender Street in Vancouver's
Chinatown, where Lee has invited me to
lunch with Al Poettcker, BCOM'69, president and ceo of UBC Properties Trust, the
company the university formed to develop
and execute the university's town plan. We
talk buildings, developers and university
endowments as shrimp dumplings, pork
ribs, chicken feet and curried tendon pass
by his expert scrutiny.
Lee, who is chairman of the board of
the Trust, also knows his real estate. After
graduating from UBC with a commerce
degree in 1956, he worked with the family import business for a few years, then
entered the real estate business.
He capitalized on his Hong Kong connec-
The Promontory (above) is typical of the kind of
tions with the likes of former Lieutenant-
Governor David Lam, who came from a
family of bankers, and established himself
as one of the city's major real estate players. Despite years of shrewd buying, selling, investing and company-building, he
remains a relative oddity in the cutthroat
business of land development: he is as
well-liked as he is successful, and retains
a genuine affability that is the hallmark of
his business style. He provides stark contrast to the dictum that one needs to be a
killer to be a mogul.
"The land the campus is on was meant
to support the university financially,"
he says between mouthfuls of dim sum,
washed down by a never-ending supply of
spicy green tea. "What we're doing with
UBC Properties Trust is making sure that
support lasts in perpetuity."
Lee began his activity with UBC real
estate when David Strangway, president
from 1987 to 1997, asked him to help
develop Hampton Place at the corner of
Wesbrook Mall and 16th Avenue. That
development, with its mix of market and
faculty housing, netted the university more
than $80 million in endowments. Now,
he's overseeing the development of the uni-
development planned for the university town
Fall 2003   Trek   21 UBC BUILDS A CITY
he's overseeing the development of the university town.
"My goal with UBC Properties," he
says, "is $i billion for UBC's endowment.
And that's without even selling the land."
Poettcker is a bit more demure about
the total. He's a realist and considers the
ups and downs of the real estate market to
be a limiting factor, and is uncomfortable
with such an optimistic number. While
he doesn't contradict his boss, he's more
circumspect. "I don't know about $i billion," he says, "but let's just say the gain
will be quite significant." And all to support the university's academic mission.
The Nuts and Bolts
The Official Community Plan (ocp),
passed by the Greater Vancouver Regional
District in 1997, spells out a plan for
development of campus lands. It's based
on the gvrd's Livable Region Strategic
Plan, and will allow for 18,000 residents
by 2021, including the 9,500 existing residents, and a total of 24,000 by 2030. The
aim of the ocp is to create "a vibrant and
integrated community on the university
There are a number of guidelines
that must be met, according to the ocp.
Development must be aimed at reducing
single car traffic to and from campus by
20 per cent of the 1997 total; a minimum
of half the new market and non-market
housing must have at least one household
member who works at or attends the university; 40 per cent of the units must be
accessible at ground level; and 20 per cent
of new residential units must be rental
units, half of which must be non-market
units for students, staff or special needs.
Market housing rents or sells for whatever
the seller can get, while non-market housing is subsidized in one way or another.
With the ocp in hand, UBC Properties
Trust determines what land will be used
for what purpose, and after going through
a consultation process with various stakeholders, offers tenders on blocks of land
to local developers. Developers submit
proposals and then, after the Trust accepts
a proposal, the university issues a development permit. The developer pays the Trust
for the use of the land on a 99 year lease,
and proceeds to construct the housing.
Contracting of construction, marketing
the units, setting the prices and completing sales is the sole responsibility of the
developer. After the 99 year lease is up the
university can renew the lease, or resell the
land at then-market value and again draw
revenue from it. In the case of properties built specifically for rental, the Trust
undertakes the developer role and acts as
property manager for the university.
UBC Properties Trust is also responsible for construction of buildings used
by UBC in its academic mission, such as
the Life Science Centre being built south
of University Hospital. Currently, UBC
Properties Trust is responsible for $600
million worth of construction on campus, making it one of the largest property
developers in the province. All profits, of
course, go directly to UBC.
The Vision Thing
Dennis Pavlich is passionate about the
university town. He quotes from the architects hired in 1914 to design and construct
the campus at Point Grey who wanted to
build "a university city in an idyllic set-
Pavlich is UBC's point person on the
university town project. A professor of
Law at UBC since 1975, he now serves
as VP Legal and External Affairs. He was
born in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia),
and speaks in that soft not-quite-
Australian, not-quite-British accent that
sets him apart and gives him a slight verbal advantage over us flat-vowelled native
"UBC is absolutely unique among major
universities," he says. "We have an opportunity to create a university town in a new
urbanized environment and, in the process,
create a huge endowment for UBC."
He's travelled throughout the US and
Europe, examining the makeup and
character of universities and their towns.
He talks about the dynamic relationship
between Oxford and Cambridge and the
towns around them. He waxes poetic over
the opportunities residents of university
towns have for accessing the kind of artistic and cultural activities only a university
can offer. He describes the liveliness of
these towns, and laments that UBC is sadly
lacking in that kind of life.
It's true, of course. Anyone who has
spent time at UBC knows it's a commuter
campus. Those gorgeous, tree-lined malls,
thronging with knowledge-thirsty youths
and amazing professors become as still
as the tomb when the last class ends and
campus life drains away into the city.
There's no doubt the government brain
trust of the 1920s should have extended
the street grid from Blanca to the cliffs
when the forest was clearcut, letting the
city and the university grow together
organically. The fact that they didn't, however, does make the opportunity of creating a new town a compelling idea.
Using the ocp as a guide, the university
developed the Comprehensive Community
Plan (ccp) which breaks the lands around
the perimeter of the academic core into
eight neighbourhoods for "non-institutional" development or areas of special
use (see sidebar). These neighbourhoods
will contain market housing as well as
housing for students, faculty and staff.
Each neighbourhood will have its own
neighbourhood plan and its own distinctive character with a park, recreation facility, village green or other amenity. There
is a plan to build a shopping mall in the
South Campus area, across 16th Avenue
from Hampton Place, and the University
Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall area will
have commercial space built into its mix of
market and non-market housing.
According to Pavlich, UBC's great
advantage over other university/town
configurations is that it can be carefully
planned with the needs of all constituents
in mind. That way, all stakeholder groups
will be attracted to the concept and want
to participate.
"With the right mix of students, faculty
and residents, we can create a community
where people live, work and interact within the university context," says Pavlich.
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Each of the Eight Neighbourhoods of UBC will have its own character and feel, with different mixes of housing, retail services and amenities
attracted to the university atmosphere."
The vision includes, according to the
university town fact sheet, "the best in
urban living: retail outlets, coffee shops
and corner stores complement the university's libraries, museums, concert and theatre
Another important aspect of the university town is its power as a drawing card.
Many prospective faculty shy away from
UBC because of the difficulty in finding
affordable housing, or housing that doesn't
include an hour-long commute. With 50
per cent of the new housing (market and
non-market) earmarked for UBC people,
new faculty, students and staff will have
the opportunity to live within walking distance of the university.
The right mix is important, and Pavlich
feels the university has done as much as
it possibly can to consult with as many
groups as possible. The public consultation
schedule is impressive, and Pavlich and his
staff have logged hundreds of man-hours
in meetings, presentations, briefs and fact
sheets. Not only that, Pavlich says, the university has been listening. The University
1. Theological Neighbourhood - north of the Gage Residences, with
Wesbrook Mall as its eastern boundary and Marine Drive as its northern edge.
Now known as Chancellor Place, the plan for this neighbourhood has been
approved and construction is now underway.
2. Mid-Campus- south of Thunderbird Boulevard between East Mall and
Marine Drive. Now known as Hawthorn Place, the plan for this neighbourhood
has been approved and construction is now underway.
3. University Boulevard - between Wesbrook Mall and East Mall along both
sides of University Boulevard. The plan for this area is currently in the consultation process.
4. North Campus- north of Marine Drive, extending from the intersection of
Chancellor Boulevard and Marine Drive westward to Norman MacKenzie House.
5. East Campus- between Wesbrook Mall and the Acadia Park neighbourhood.
6. South Campus- south of 16th Avenue, bounded by Pacific Spirit Regional
Park to the east and Marine Drive to the southwest.
7. Thunderbird - north of Thunderbird Boulevard, between Wesbrook Mall and
East Mall.
8. Gage South - east of the Student Activity Centre, extending south to the
Administration Building.
Fall 2003   Trek   23 UBC BUILDS A CITY
Boulevard plan illustrates his point.
The initial plan for University Boulevard
west of Wesbrook included a series of
highrises with commercial units at ground
level. These highrises would be made up of
mostly rental units designed for students
and junior faculty. Density, according to
Bob Lee, would be the key to making this
area dynamic because it would attract the
kind of commercial outlets that students
want. The area, which now features the bus
loop and Empire Pool, would be changed
dramatically. The pool would be moved
to the north of War Memorial Gym, while
the bus loop would be moved underground
with shops and housing on the surface.
During public consultation of the plan, it
became clear that highrises and commercial
development were not popular. To many,
it gave the wrong first impression of UBC.
It suggested commerce, not academia, was
the focus of the university. The university
pulled the plan, and is now developing a
University Boulevard plan with no highris
es, and a scaled-down retail presence which,
says Pavlich, "will emphasize university-
related needs."
The care taken to listen and respond to
public input feeds into Pavlich's passion for
the university town concept, and underscores his certainty that the UBC version
will be a success on all fronts. He points to
the experience of Louvain-la-Neuve, a town
built 20 years ago around the French-speaking Belgian university, Universite Catholique
de Louvain. The town has been an outstanding success, even though the university
made no money from its development. One
suspects that, for Pavlich, an enhanced
endowment is a secondary goal. His eyes
light up at the idea of a living, exciting university town.
It's the Wrong Idea
George Spiegelman has been with UBC
since 1978. His office in the Wesbrook
building is stacked to the window tops with
books and papers as befits a professor of
Microbiology and Immunology. When I
meet him, he's tucked away between two
filing cabinets working on his computer.
He's trim with a three-quarter-full head of
white hair and Fu Manchu moustache. He
bears a striking resemblance to the latter
day Dick Van Dyke, and his laid-back style,
mid-western accent and easy laugh reinforce
the illusion.
He calls himself a "university brat," since
he grew up around universities (his father
was a professor at Columbia), and he got
his first job at a university at age 14. He
is an academic product of universities in
Illinois and Wisconsin, and it's not impossible to imagine him as a student protester
during the heady, idealistic '60s and '70s.
He's straight forward in his assertions and
is happy to speak his mind.
He is against the university town plan,
and has been speaking out against it for
years. He doesn't represent an official
group, but acts as a spokesperson for a
group of six other faculty and community
members, "because I have the most background knowledge of the issues. The others
routinely speak at meetings."
When the ocp was being considered in
1997, he gathered signatures of people
who opposed it. Last spring, he joined others concerned about plans for University
Boulevard between Wesbrook and East
The Incredible Shrinking Endowment Lands
William C. Gibson, BA'33, attended medical school at McGill
and enjoyed a successful career as a physician, researcher and,
later, as chancellor of UVic. He remains a strong supporter of
UBC, and is active as a fundraiser and ad hoc historian.
According to him, the territory put aside as the university's
endowment lands has disappeared like so much melting snow.
Point Grey (named by George Vancouver in 1792) was originally used as a Royal Navy preserve for cutting masts for
sailing ships. In 1867, when Canada was formed, the seven
square miles was transferred to the Canadian government,
which handed it over to the provincial government for the
purpose of helping to fund a university through the rental of
some of its 4,500 acres. That original territory included much
of what is now Pacific Spirit Park, north to English Bay.
Over the years that land has been cut up, sold or dedicated
as park land, leaving little for the purpose it was originally
designated for. In 1913, when Frank Wesbrook arrived to
build the university, he was given only 175 acres to work
with. That was eventually raised to 500 acres, and in 1957
W.A.C. Bennet was convinced to extend that to 1,000 acres,
defining the land upon which the campus now sits, including
the land the UBC Properties Trust is developing.
Of the "university endowment land" originally granted,
only two sections remain that could be developed: the
University Golf Course, which is currently under lease; and
the view property on the north side of Chancellor Boulevard
between Drummond Drive and the University Hill Elementary
School. As Gibson says of that land, "It has been said that
subdivision plans for this valuable property have been submitted to Victoria three times, but the alder trees keep regenerating no matter how often they are cut down, as Professor
Gordon Shrum used to lament." But, according to Gibson,
that land should be developed before any land on the existing
campus is given over to commercial concerns.
That seems unlikely. Of all the land in the Lower Mainland,
none is more desirable, or more expensive, than the land
around Point Grey. It is that desirability that makes the university town a prime focus.
24   Trek   Fall 2003 Mall that include the removal of Empire
Pool to the other side of War Memorial
Gym, and mixed-use buildings with a commercial area on the Boulevard. Two other
petitions targeting these plans have gathered
more than 4,000 signatures. As a result, the
university revised the plan.
That revision, according to Spiegelman,
will not go far enough. In a letter to Martha
Piper and Dennis Pavlich earlier this year, he
stated, "We . . . believe that the entrance to
a university campus should not be a shopping area. This will cause such ill feelings
over such a long period of time, we believe
it constitutes a serious mistake."
While the University Boulevard is the
focus of his opposition, he feels the whole
university town plan is wrong in many
ways, land use being among the most
important. "The university has to protect
its resources, not give them away," he says.
It should be using its land for its students
and its academic mission, not as a way to
make money quickly. "I argued that the
plan for housing would come to dominate
the planning for the whole campus, and
that is, in fact, what's happening. University
Boulevard is a perfect example. There is a
commercial district, 'the Village,' just across
Wesbrook, and there are student businesses
in sub. Why would the university build
another commercial district so close by,
using land that most consider to be core
academic space?"
He disagrees that the plan will create a
viable town. For one thing, UBC will still
remain isolated from the rest of Vancouver
by Pacific Spirit Park, and whatever is built
here will have to compete with the more
dynamic and flexible neighbourhoods nearby. UBC's situation is like that of Stanford,
and the undeveloped character of the campus is a competitive advantage the university should promote, not eliminate.
The model for the town/university relationship being quoted by the university
doesn't apply. Says Spiegelman, "The vitality of most university districts, such as those
around Berkeley, Madison, Cambridge and
Oxford, depend on lower valued properties
to allow low rents, and many of these areas
have been redeveloped and gentrified. In
any case, the normal state of affairs between
towns and their universities is one of constant, often bitter conflict over land use,
housing, transportation, use of resources
and the behaviour of students."
As well, the university town plan gives
residents access to the pool, the library
and other facilities, competing with students for access. "People at Hampton
Place use the athletic fields to walk their
dogs," he says, "and McGinnis field
is now a green space useable by the
Theological Neighbourhood. Conflicting
use patterns will overextend the resources."
He also expresses some doubt about the
makeup of the university town. Market
housing will be priced on a par with the
most expensive properties on Vancouver's
west side. Some townhouses at Chancellor
Place in the Theological Neighbourhood
are priced at $1 million or more, making
it unlikely that students, faculty or staff
will be able to afford them. Many town-
houses will have stand-alone suites built
in to them, as rentals to students. "It's
more likely these suites will be used by the
family's nanny," says Spiegelman.
But Spiegelman is most upset over the
failure to engage UBC faculty's expertise
in urban design. "Some of our faculty
are reknowned experts in architectural
design and planning," he says, "and they
could be setting an example of sustainable
development for our region. We should be
showcasing their creativity and providing a
unique learning opportunity for students,
but none of this is happening. The public
consultation process is non-transparent,
non-inclusive and non-responsive, and the
buildings and design will result in an uninspiring suburb."
And what about the endowment?
Spiegelman has his doubts about that,
as well. "The university said that their
original plan for the University Boulevard
would be revenue neutral. Why? Because
the infrastructure costs would eat up
any money the university made." UBC is
responsible for providing and maintaining infrastructure (water, sewage, power,
roads) up to the lot line. "The money generated by the lease agreements will result
in a substantial endowment. But even if it
is as much as $1 billion, much of the annual
interest will be eaten up in infrastructure
The Last Word
The more one tries to sort out right and
wrong in the university town plan, the more
one realizes that there's no such thing. It's
all a matter of opinion. An afternoon with
Bob Lee, Al Poettcker and the folks at UBC
Properties Trust will convince you that the
endowment is a fantastic goal and a good
one; a session with Dennis Pavlich will send
you to your banker to figure out how you can
swing a down payment on one of the condos;
and an hour with George Spiegelman will
make you scratch your head and wonder if
it's really the right thing to do.
But it's hard to imagine that a more robust
community around the campus would be
a bad thing. The idea of convenient shops,
interesting people spaces, and the kind of
energy one finds  around the University of
Washington, Berkeley and other city universities is quite compelling. The community
envisaged by Dennis Pavlich and the other
planners may well work and make after-hours
UBC just as exciting as it is during the day.
Then again, it may well not. There are no
exact models.
That the university is pushing forward with
the university town and putting good resources behind its planning, suggests that those
involved are determined to make it a success.
It's important, though, that the community
stays involved in the process. The university
should continue to use the public consultation
process to make sure the university town will
appeal to a wide range of people, and those
opposed to it should continue to push back at
every opportunity to achieve that same end.
As the Trust's ceo, Al Poettcker says,
"What's important here is the community. To
create an endowment without creating a community would be a lost opportunity. It's absolutely essential that, when we're done, what
people talk about is the community we've created, not the endowment."
For more information about University Town
Fall 2003   Trek   25 LETTERS
I was pleased to read your article about
Nestor Korchinsky (Trek, Spring 2003).
During my years at UBC (much of it
spent in the pool), I often saw Nestor
striding purposefully along the Aquatic
Centre deck, on his way to or from some
lecture or intramural activity. I didn't
appreciate at the time how busy he really
was, and how much impact he has had
on our university and its culture.
Nestor also had a significant impact on
the community outside UBC, for example
volunteering with the Lifesaving Society,
and serving as the branch president from
1976-1980. This past spring, Nestor was
recognized for his volunteer contributions
and leadership with the Society with a
Queen's Golden jubilee Medal. Nestor
truly has been a remarkable force, both at
UBC and in the community.
Ian Robertson, bsc'86, ba'88
The article on Nestor Korchinsky might
also have mentioned his role in UBC's
varsity sports programs. Within minutes
of arriving on campus in 1967, Nestor
became an assistant coach for the football
team. He also coached the junior varsity
men's basketball team in 1969-70. Three
members of that team went on to play for
the varsity squad that won the national
championship in 1972, the last UBC
men's basketball team to do so.
Peter Herd BSc'73
I have been a professional librarian at
UBC for the past two decades. When I
read Main Library Redux (Trek, Spring
2003) I had to ask myself if I was hallucinating.
The history (and future) I know seems
quite different. In the '90s, available
funds would have built a good library
storage facility. Instead the university
Traditions: Members of the Young family had
photos taken at the old barn when they
graduated. Here, Andrew, MD'59, Brian, BA'87,
David, BHum'94, BEd'95, and Don Young pose
in front of their family's old homestead
added to Sedgewick, called it "phase one,"
split the collection, and renamed the new
entity Koerner Library. The glass structure,
almost four times as wide as it is deep,
with stucco cladding the back, resembles a
false-front building in the Old West.
Now we are on the verge of using prime
campus real estate for a large, impenetrable
storage box that should be situated elsewhere. In the meantime, untold amounts of
money are being used
to move books multiple times. We could
have taken Yale as our model, but relatively untested storage technology from places
like California State at Northridge seems
more appealing.
Sixty million dollars provides bricks and
mortar only. It's unclear how online access
to expensive data for the rest of BC will
be funded. Cataloguing for older books in
closed storage does not exist at the level of
detail advertised, and creating it will not
be affordable. Anyone who knows about
preservation will shudder to think of rare
books in industrial bins handled by robots.
The talk may be of pioneering.
Remember what happened to the Donner
Party when they heeded a promoter.
Joseph Jones MLs'77
My family is extremely interested in
the plan to rebuild the old barn (Trek,
Spring '03). My grandparents immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1929
after losing his dairy herd to disease. He
took a job at UBC as herdsman for the
experimental farm on campus.
My father and his older siblings grew
up on the farm, and it's interesting to
walk around the campus with them. The
barn was the last standing remnant of
the old farm, and my father can remember how the surrounding area was only
a field and that the centre of the campus
seemed quite removed from the farm.
Their memories are endless: my uncles
playing basketball in the hay loft; getting up early in the morning to deliver
milk to campus homes before going
to school; the difficulties of a family
on the brink of bankruptcy during the
Depression; the loss of a son during the
This fascination with the campus
is likely what inspired so many of my
family to attend UBC. Four of five of
my siblings are UBC grads, as are many
cousins. We are delighted to know that
a replica of the barn will be rebuilt on
the site. I wonder if the university could
recognize my grandparents and their 21
years of service to UBC in the new barn.
I look forward to hearing more about
this project.
Donald Young, BSc'89, MD'94
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Pasifika: Island Journeys
Frank Burnett Collection of Pacific Arts
Time to Remember
This exhibit explores themes of memory, culture and social connections
Celadon: Beyond the Glaze
An exhibit by students studying the
Anthropology of Public Representation
Ceramics from the Victor Shaw Donation:
Ancient Arts from the 1 st-14th centuries
Single-case show featuring a small sampling of
Chinese ceramics
To Wash Away the Tears: A Memorial Potlatch
Based on a memorial for Maggie Pointe of the
Musqueam Nation
Dempsey Bob: The Art Goes Back to the
Fourteen panels of text and photographs, and
three of the Tahltan artist's bronze sculptures
Oct iy. Micheal Strutt, Alexander Dunn,
Oct 22: Musica Intima: City Without
Oct 29: Lorna McGhee, flute, Heidi
Krutzen, harp, Vern Griffiths, percussion
Nov y. Ross Taggart, sax, Bob Murphy,
Nov 12: Kerry DuWors, violin
Jan 14: Doreen Oke, harpsichord, Michelle
Speller, baroque violin, Nan Mackie, viola
da gamba
Jan 21: Eric Wilson, cello, Patricia Hoy,
Jan 28: David Harding, viola, with Robert
Silverman, piano
UBC Opera Ensemble
Oct ii), 2:00 pm; Nov 23, 2:00 pm; Feb 1,
2:00 pm, UBC @ Robson Square
Opera Tea
Art Song Weekend
Oct ii), 8:00pm, Recital Hall
With Stuart Hamilton
String Chamber Ensembles (free)
Oct 27, noon; Nov 10, noon, Recital Hall
CBC Opera Quiz Taping (free)
Oct 16, noon (Opera Quiz) & 1:00 pm
Recital Hall
Vocal Masterclasses with Stuart Hamilton
UBC Percussion Ensemble (free)
Nov 1 j, noon, Recital Hall
Canada Music Week Concert (free)
Nov ii), noon, Recital Hall
Canadian works performed by UBC Music
Guitar Ensemble
Nov j, noon, Recital Hall
Collegium Musicum (free)
Nov 28, noon; Feb 12, noon, Recital Hall
Masterclasses with Rudolph Jansen
Nov iy 3:00 pm, Recital Hall
(concert of vocal and piano students participating in classes)
Borealis String Quartet with Sara Davis
Nov iy 3:00 pm, Dec 4, 8:00 pm; Jan 22,
8:00 pm,  Recital Hall
Patricia Shih (violin) Yuel Yawney (violin)
Nikita Pogrebnoy (viola), Joel Stobbe (cello)
West Coast Student Composer
Symphosium (free) Jan 30, 11:00 am,
Location: TBC
Call 604-822-5574 for specific schedule
Scholarship Winners Concert
Jan 31, 8:00 pm, Recital Hall
Featuring UBC Music students
Mehodihi: Weil-Known Traditions of Tahltan
People "Our Great Ancestors Lived That Way"
Opens Oct 18, 2003
The first museum exhibit of Tahltan First
Nations art and culture
Island Belles and Beauties: Late 19tn/Early
20tn Century Photography in the Pacific
Oct 7, 7:00 pm (free)
An illustrated talk on Frank Burnett, a
Canadian writer who more than 100 years
ago began a series of journeys to the Pacific
For tickets and event details, visit the website
at www.music.ubc.ca or call 604-822-5574.
Recital Hall, noon, $4
Oct 1: The Get Hayetsk Dancers
Oct 8: Sara Davis Buechner (Piano)
Jazz Ensemble II (free)
Oct 30, noon, Recital Hall
UBC Contemporary Players (free)
Oct 3, noon; Nov 21, noon, Recital Hall
UBC Jazz Ensemble (free)
Feb 13, noon, Recital Hall
Music @ Main (free)
Oct ij, noon, Main Library - Room 502
Nov 14, noon, Main Library, Dodson
Jan 16, noon, Main Library, Rm. 502
(Celebrating the Canadian Music Centre's
45th Anniversary)
UBC Chamber Strings
Oct ij, 18, 8:00 pm; Nov 14, noon,
Recital Hall
Duo Alterno (free)
Oct 4, 8:00 pm, Recital Hall
Tiziana Scandaletti (soprano), Riccardo
Piacentini (composer and pianist)
For information on exhibits, call 604-822-
2759 or see the website: www.belkin-gal-
lery.ubc.ca, or for the Belkin Satellite:
604-687-3174 / www.belkin-gallery.ubc.
Rodney Graham: Millennial Time Machine
A 19™ century Landau Carriage Converted
to a Mobile Camera Obscura (for viewing
times call 604-822-2759)
Here and There
Works by important artists whose artwork
has recently entered into the permanent collection through donation or purchase
3x3: Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd
Oct 3 - Nov 30
Including major pieces from the National
Gallery of Canada
28   Trek   Fall 2003 Joan Balzar
Fusion, 1967
acrylic on canvas with neon tube
Jan 16 - Mar 14, 2004
West Coast Ceramics: Mick Henry, Tarn
Irving, Charmian Johnson, Glenn Lewis,
Wayne Ngan, John Reeve and Ian Steele
Joan Balzar
Oct 18 - Nov 16, 2003
A pioneer of modernist painting on the West
Peter Luining: The Emergence of the Sound
Oct 21, 7:00 pm
Part of Electric City,  a month of electronic
music and new media activities organized by
Vancouver New Music
Tickets for free events at the Chan Centre
may be picked up anytime during ticket office
hours. For information call 604-822-2697 or
visit www.chancentre.com.
Oct 2, noon; Oct 3, 8:00 pm; Nov 6, 7, noon:
Jan 23, 8:00 pm; Jan 24, noon
Jennifer Farrell (Soprano), Jason Ho (violin),
Dominic Florence (Piano)
The Mingus Big Band
Oct 4, 8:00 pm
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Oct y 3:00 pm
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble (free)
Oct i), 10, noon; Nov 14, noon; Nov iy 8:00
pm; Feb 12, noon; Feb 13, 8:00 pm
East Meets West
Oct 12, 3:00 pm
CBC Radio Orchestra - On Stage at the Chan
Concert 2 of 3
UBC Symphony Orchestra (free)
II Campiello by Carlo Goldoni
Oct I6-2y 7:30 pm
Measha Brueggergosman (soprano)
Oct ii), 3:00 pm
David Spencer Memorial Concerts
Oct 24, 25, 8:00 pm free (donations
UBC Opera Ensemble
Kyung-Wha Chung (violin)
Oct 26, 3:00 pm
Bach & Beyond, Concert One
Oct 31, 8:00 pm
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with
Kazuyoshi Akiyama (conductor) Desmond
Hoebig (cello)
Evelyn Glennie
Nov 2, 8:00 pm
Mario's Mozart
Nov i), 3:00 pm
CBC Radio Orchestra - On Stage at the
Chan Concert 3 of 3
University Singers (free)
Nov 13, noon; Nov 14, 8:00 pm; Feb y
noon; Feb 6, 8:00 pm
Marian and Friends at The Chan
Nov 21, 8:00 pm
Marian McPartland with Special Guests, Dal
Richards and his Orchestra and Dee Daniels
Red Priest
Nov 23, 7:30 pm
Orff: Carmina Burana, scenic cantata
Nov 21), 8:00 pm
Marc Andre Hamelin (piano)
Nov 30, 3:00 pm
UBC Opera Ensemble with the Vancouver
Philharmonic Orchestra
December 10, 12, 13, 8:00 pm; Dec 14, 3:00 pm
Bach & Beyond, Concert Two
Dec ii), 20, 8:00 pm
VSO With Stephanie Gonley, conductor/violin
Bach & Beyond, Concert Three
Jan 16, 17, 8:00 pm
VSO With Tania Miller, conductor
Anne Sofie Von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Jan 2y 8:00 pm
UBC Chamber Strings
Jan 30, 8:00 pm; Feb i), noon U
Fall 2003   Trek   29 BOOKS
Line Shoot: Diary of a Fighter Pilot
Arthur Sager, BA'38, Vanwell Publishing
QDArt Sager was a Spitfire pilot with the
RCAF for five years during WWII. He kept
a diary of the events in his life during this
tumultuous time, publishing it only last
year. Working as an actor in England when
war broke out, Sager joined the RCAF,
determined to become a fighter pilot. From
air battles to a riotous social life, from
near misses to the tragic loss of friends,
Sager's book provides a glimpse into the
lives of these young heroes and the world
they faced - their camaraderie and sense
of humour, the operations they undertook,
and their determination in the face of grief
and fear. Funny, tragic and gripping - this
book is a primary historical document, a
pilot's-eye view of the war.
Hollywood Utopia Justine Brown, ba'88
New Star Books, $21
QD Forget the scandals, the casting couches,
the gaudiness and the formulaic box-office
hits, this is a book which concentrates on
the origins of Hollywood and the passion
ate idealism underlying its first 30 years.
America was a young country with a pull
for those who wanted opportunity and
adventure. Many early Hollywood directors, actors and artists shared a Utopian
vision of life. In silent movies, they found a
universal language. Director D.W Griffith,
for example, believed that silent movies
were "Esperanto of the eye," with the
potential to save humankind. Brown examines the lives of Griffith, Lilian Gish, Mary
Pickford, Rudolph Valentino and other
pioneers of a Bohemian Hollywood in a
New World.
Old Stones A.S. Penne, bed'8i, MFA'95
Touch Wood Editions, $19.1)5
QD Award-winning writer A.S. Penne is the
result of the union between a Canadian
working class father and an upper class
English mother. In Old Stones, she delves
into this dual heritage in an attempt to
define her own identity. Old documents
and letters, photographs and interviews
yield up aspects of her parents' past and
the repercussions not only of a continental
divide but of a class divide (her mother left
a life of privilege to become a war bride to
a war amputee with an uncertain future).
"I am hoping by examing my parents'
journey to find my own way home." says
Three Exotic Views of Southeast Asia: The
Travel Narratives of Isabella Baird, Max
Dauthendey, and Ai Wu, 1850-1930
Maria Noelle Ng, BA'78, MA'82, PHD'95
EastBridge, $18.1)5 / $28.95
DDThis analysis of travel literature comes
to the conclusion that the genre is never an
objective account, but always a product of
the writer's social and cultural background.
"Travel writers are carriers of cultural habits and...these habits change from nation
to nation and from one generation to
another," writes Ng in the preface. Using
two Western writers and one Chinese as
case studies, and careful historical research,
Ng demonstrates where this ethnocentrism
can translate into prejudice and racism on
the page.
The examination of a Victorian traveller, a German poet and a Chinese writer
30   Trek   Fall 2003 brings scope to the study in terms of both
geography and history, and also offers an
insight into the evolution of travel, from
its glamorous earlier days to the mass
tourism of today.
I Love Yoga: A Guide for Kids and Teens
Ellen Schwartz, mfa'88, Tundra Books,
Aimed at young adults and beginners,
this yoga guide illustrates the benefits
of practicing yoga, as well as providing information on how to get started.
This timely publication coincides with a
rebirth of interest in the ancient art, and
its elevation from the lentil fringe to the
Using illustrations and simple explanations, the book covers 16 basic yoga
poses. It also suggests ways to modify the
techniques to suit varying ages and levels
of ability. It discusses the history of yoga,
common misperceptions, precautions,
principles and techniques, visualization
and relaxation, and how to find a class
suited to your personal needs.
Sea Fire: Tales of Jesus and Fishing Irene
Martin, MLs'75 The Crossroad Publishing
Company, $19.95
QDMartin invites the reader to go fishing with Jesus and the disciples. As an
ordained priest who used to make a living
fishing salmon, she has a natural interest
in the fishing references contained in the
New Testament and in understanding biblical fishing culture. Historical documents
and archaeological discovery offer up evidence about the nature of life 2000 years
ago in Palestine, and Martin believes the
study of fishing practices reveals a new
perspective on daily life in ancient fishing
communities on the Sea of Galilee, and on
the disciples and their relationship with
UBC - A Portrait
Wayne Skene Tribute Books, $39.95 Hard cover, $29.95 Soft cover
DDls it possible to capture the essence of an institution as large and varied as UBC?
Every person who passes through the campus - student, faculty, staff or one-time
visitor - takes away something different. From its spectacular setting and academic
brilliance to the never-ending parade of people who make up the heart and soul of the
place, the essence of UBC is as complex and mysterious as the tombs of the pharaohs.
The new coffee-table book, UBC - A Portrait, gets as close as anything can to
describe what the university feels like.
The book is filled with striking photos of familiar places - the Museum of
Anthropology, the Rose Garden, the Chan Centre, the Nitobe Gardens - historical
photos, shots of Freddy Wood productions, concerts at the Chan and UBC in all its
seasonal glory.
But the most exciting photos are of the people: from baseball players and old professors to today's students, faculty and staff doing what they do best - being part of a
world class university.
The text is informative and intelligent. Wayne Skene has done a masterful job of
research, pinpointing those pieces of history that most forcefully sum up the institution, and telling us stories about the men and women who make up today's UBC.
From Rhodes scholars, cutting-edge professors and Queen Elizabeth to the Great Trek
and Imagine UBC, Skene brings the people, places and events to life.
This spectacular book, designed by award-winning designer Chris Dahl, shows that
UBC is much more than bricks and mortar, and will remind you of the great times you
had when you were here. Does it capture UBC's essence? You be the judge.
Fall 2003   Trek   31 UBC
What is a Regional Network?
Regional Networks (aka Branches) are UBC's extended family. They
are made up of graduates and friends of UBC who live outside
the Lower Mainland from Nanaimo to Australia and all regions
in between. We currently have 50 UBC regional networks located
around the world. Join fellow UBC alumni in your area for networking, professional development, meeting travelling faculty and purely
social activities.
Can you spare a few hours a month to coordinate alumni activities
and be a contact for prospective students and relocating alumni? UBC
needs reps in Kelowna, Texas, Denver, Ohio, Germany, and Paris.
Some of our reps are also looking to form a team of alumni volunteers to coordinate alumni events, particularly in Montreal.
Interested? Contact Tanya Walker at 604-822-8643 or toll free in
North America at 1-800-883-3088, or by email to twalker@alumni.
New Contacts
While our rep in Ohio for the last few years has moved on, he has
resurfaced in Boston. Jed Thorp, ma'oz has come onboard again as
our rep for that city. He can be reached by email at jedthorp@hotmail.
com. For a list of all other regional contacts, please visit the Regions
page on the Alumni Association website at www.alumni.ubc.ca.
Upcoming Events
Check our website for more details and to RSVP:
Oct 2  Halifax - Pub night and branch kick-off with Leslie Konantz,
Lower Deck Good Time Pub, Historic Properties. 5:30-7:30 pm
Oct 3   Seattle - Annual thanksgiving gala with the Canada-America
'"Finger Food' for $1,000 please, Alex!" Alex Trebec, host of the no-
end-in-sight game show Jeopardy, joined the All-Canadian University
Dinner event in Los Angeles on May 10. Host university for the event
was the University of Ottawa, Alex' alma mater. All-Canadian university events are held throughout the year in North American cities.
Society and UBC reception, Westin Seattle. 5:30 pm pre-reception
Oct 9  Singapore - Alumni and friends reception. Martha Piper, nuss
Orchard Guild House. 7:00-9:00 pm
Oct 14  Tokyo - Pub night, venue TBC
Nov 12  Calgary - Alumni and friends reception with Martha Piper,
Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Nov 17 Toronto - Reception with VP Research Indira Samarasekera,
Westin Harbour Castle, 6:30-8:30
Nov 6 Victoria - Alumni and government reception with Martha
Piper, venue TBC
Jan/Feb TBC New York - Alumni and friends reception with Pamela
Wallin, Canada House
Jan 9  Los Angeles - All-BC universities hockey night. Vancouver
Canucks vs Anaheim Mighty Ducks) Arrowhead Pond
Some of our groups organize monthly events:
Toronto: Monthly Sunday brunches
Hong Kong: Corporate lunches and Happy Hours
Past Regional Events
Victor Kok, intrepid Beijing Rep, poses in front of dragon boats
competing in the first International Winter Dragon Boat Race on
the Songhua River in Jilin City, where the temperature was below
-40. The Beijing team was founded by Victor and fellow paddlers
last year.   To date, about five UBC Alumni have participated on
the team.
32   Trek   Fall 2003 Arts '53 grads gathered for
lunch at Green College.
Patrick Thomas, BA'53,
BEd'57, MA'67, back row
with tie, said, "It's changed
a lot out here, but it still
feels the same. As soon as I
walked out of the parkade,
I said to myself, 'Yup, here
I am. This is UBC" Dean
of Arts, Nancy Gallini,
middle row, far left.
Applied Science grads from 1931- 1937 enjoyed a reunion on June
2 at Cecil Green Park House, (l-r) Dick Hamilton '36, Robert
Ellison '33, Lin Lee '37, Don Smith '33, Ed Richardson '32, Vic
'33, Sydney Wallace '35, and Alan Webster '33.
It's been a busy summer in the regions, with events ranging from All
Canadian University events and student send-offs to athletic competitions. In the spring, UBC alumni had the opportunity to meet and
mingle with grads from other universities in Washington DC and Los
Angeles. Alex Trebek was the special guest in LA. Our grads also
pulled out their dragon boat paddles in Beijing and kicked around
a few soccer balls in Shanghai at the Canada Day Adidas Soccer
Tournament. Our UBC Dream Team played alongside teams from
the Canadian Consulate, other alumni groups and Shanghai-based
companies. Unfortunately, despite countless hours practicing and a
UBC group rooting for them on the sidelines, they didn't win the
tournament. Later on in the summer, grads in Hong Kong, Calgary
and Toronto had the chance to meet with a different crowd welcoming incoming students and introducing them to the UBC community.
Fall 2003   Trek   33 ALUMNI  EVENTS
Who are the up-and-coming movers and shakers in Vancouver?
UBC grads from the past io years, of course. These are the men and
women who are starting new enterprises, making waves in government, law, medicine, education and the arts, and defining our city.
Do you want to be part of UBC's Young Alumni network? We
hold social events, business seminars and networking nights throughout the year, and help you make connections with the people who
will matter. For details, check out the website, www.alumni.ubc.
Upcoming Young Alumni Events
October 23, Career Development Seminar, Robson Square. $15, call
604.822.3313 to register.
November 6, Networking Night at Opus, 5:30 - 7:30.
Remember searching for your first job after graduation? We need
alumni mentors to participate in our fall and spring events! Sit on a
panel or join us for a networking lunch and share your experiences
with fellow students. Call Dianna at 604-822-8917 or email yamen-
Reunion weekend dawned with sunny skies and balmy, autumn
temperatures. The campus was stunning, as usual, but the hint
of colour in the trees and slanting sunlight made it look slightly
The dentists started everything off the day before with a golf
tournament at the University Golf Course. "Lose the drill - Grab
the putter" brought the enamel-grinders out in force, leaving the
bridge work for another day.
Next morning, grads from all faculties gathered at Cecil
Green Park House for a pancake breakfast hosted by the Alumni
Association. Martha Piper was on hand and treated alumni to
a spirited talk about how UBC and the world has changed in
the ensuing 50 years (pointing out that a house in Dunbar cost
$17,000 in 1963), showing us all why she's considered a great
After all the talk and all the pancakes, grads dispersed to a
variety of venues to celebrate with old chums. From the nursing
reunion at the Botanical Gardens, Commerce at David Lam and
Engineering at ceme, to a salmon dinner for Pharmacy at Cecil
Green Park, a great time was had by all. Next year, grads from
years ending in "4" will be up for reunions, so stay in touch.
This year's UBC Volunteer Recognition
Event took place May 1 at the Botanical
Garden & Centre for Plant Research.
The winner of the Sloneker Award
for volunteer service was Mrs. Sheila
Archeck for her work with the Women's
Resource Centre. She's pictured here
(left, centre) with Chuck Sloneker (the
award's namesake) and his wife Jan.
All volunteers' names were entered
into the Alumni Association's Volunteer
Garden draw. The prize is a new
plant in the Association's Volunteers
Recognition Garden, and a plaque bearing the winner's name. Liming Li, a student from China and a popular volunteer at UBC's International House, was
this year's winner. The shrub she planted
is a Dichroa febrifuga, donated by UBC
Botanical Garden.
34   Trek   Fall 2003 "I love golf I" exclaims dentist whose successful putt produced a par.
Dental tournament was part of Alumni Reunion Weekend activities.
Names of golfing dentists, above, have been omitted to protect absent
dentists from abscessed patients.
Pharmacy '78 Oct 12
Medicine '78 Oct 24
Law '83 Nov 21
Civil Eng.'49        TBC
Class of '43 Nov 27
To be confirmed:
AUS Past Members, Commerce '
Ed '83.
Dinner at Metrotown Hilton
Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria
Cecil Green Park House
Uplands Golf Club in Victoria
1:30 Fall grad ceremony, followed
by tea, 3:00-4:30, Cecil Green Park.
Still seeking "43 grads for volunteer
reunion committee.
68 & '93, Medicine '58, bed Special
Pharmacy '84      Oct 1-3 Harrison Hot Springs Resort
Law '59 May 8 Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Medicine '54       May 25 Convocation on campus followed by
a week away. Location TBC.
To be confirmed:
Pharmacy '94, Nursing '89, Medicine '84, Mech Eng '84, Science '74,
Law '74, Home Ec '6<), ChemEng '6<), Medicine '64, Civil Eng '64,
Home Ec. '64, Law '54, Mech Eng '54, Forestry '59
For Applied Science Reunions, please contact May Cordeiro at 604-
822-9454 I mcordeiro@apsc.ubc.ca
For Commerce reunions, please contact Catherine Newlands at 604-
822-6068 / catherine.newlands@commerce.ubc.ca. For all others, contact Jane Merling at 604-822-8918 /merling@alumni.ubc.ca. □
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching
through the awarding of prizes to faculty members.   Five (5)
prize winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2004.
Eligibility:  Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more
years of teaching at UBC.  The three years include 2003 - 2004.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at
all levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate
supervision, and any combination of levels
Nomination Process:  Members of faculty, students, or alumni
may suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the
Director of the School, or Chair of the Program in which the
nominee teaches.  These suggestions should be in writing and
signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they
should include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination.  You may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form
from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts in Buchanan B130
Deadline:  4:00 p.m. on January 19, 2004.  Submit
nominations to the Department, School or Program Office
in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified as well during Spring convocation in May
For further information about these awards contact either your
Department, School or Program office, or Dr. J. Evan Kreider,
Associate Dean of Arts at (604) 822-6703.
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Annual Golf Touotunen
Andrea Wink, right, with Michael Klaver and Chris Otitz, reps from
Aurum Ceramics Dental Laboratories, welcome Dental alumni to
the annual golf tournament.
Fall 2003   Trek   35 Raven Steals the Light
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"Illuminating Achievement"
The 9th Annual
Alumni Achievement Dinner
November 20, 2003
To celebrate the achievements of the UBC community
MC: David Podmore
Balloon Raffle with great prizes
including a trip to
Disney World in Orlando, Florida,
courtesy of Alaska Airlines
Tickets: $150 ea., $1,200 for table of eight
For information call 604.822.3313
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All proceeds from the dinner will be used
to support student programs.
Visit our website at www.alumni.ubc.ca
Time stood still for a few moments for students seated
in the Old Auditorium on April 6, 1950. That was the
day Dylan Thomas, arguably the 20th Century's best
poet, ambled on stage.
It's hard to conceive now that a chunky, rumpled
Welsh poet touring North America in the early 1950s
was capable of outdrawing many of the luminaries of the
era. By the time he reached the West Coast on his first
poetry reading tour, Dylan Thomas was packing university auditoriums and theatres to overflow. As he crossed
North America, his reputation as a spellbinding poet and
as a 'Roaring Boy' were preceding him. He had become
a celebrity.
When he made time in his schedule for a UBC visit on
Thursday, April 6, 1950 at the behest of English department faculty Hunter Lewis and Earle Birney, the folklore
about his pub crawls and lecheries was threatening to
overshadow the true quality of the poet.
For those who were lucky enough to be in the audience at that 1950 reading or at his second visit on April
8, 1952., however, the legends vanished in the face of
Dylan Thomas' enthralling readings of his poems and
those of Yeats, Auden, Betjman and others.
He came onto the stage, a slight, rotund, bushy-
haired, brown-suited nondescript figure and stood briefly
silent at the podium. He raised his arm and gestured up
to the Old Auditorium balcony and said, "Welcome,
especially to those of you nearer to God than I." His
splendid voice and the unexpected observation stopped
the customary rustle and fuss in the stuffed auditorium.
He had his audience!
Then he began to read. For the six or seven hundred
packed into that auditorium, the world narrowed down
to the small figure with the wonderful voice and the
extraordinary pulse of words, cadences and flow of
images that he was speaking. For most, the memory of
that brief performance would remain vivid for a lifetime.
On October 16, 2003 Vancouver's Dylan Thomas
Circle with the cooperation of UBC will recreate
Thomas' live performances at the university fifty years
ago. Vancouver actor Russell Roberts, who has had a
long love affair with Thomas' poetry, will give a noon
hour reading in the Old Auditorium where Thomas'
original readings were held. Reading begins at 12:45,
and admission is free.
- Submitted by Ross Carter
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Consider all the payments you make on a monthly basis. Perhaps
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Investor Economics-The Household Balance Sheet Report- 2001 Edition. ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
After all the measurements are taken
- from class size and the number of phds
teaching undergrads to total grants and
external funding - the ultimate judgement on any university is the quality of its
graduates and the people who associate
themselves with the institution.
UBC has been producing movers and
shakers since 1917, and has been attracting the best students, faculty and staff
for just as long. Each year, the Alumni
Association selects a group of people
who have shown high achievement, civic
responsibility and dedication to UBC, and
rise assuring him that conditions here
were favourable for their occurrence. He
and fellow geologist Charles Fipke made
Canada's first discovery of these valuable deposits, stimulating development of
the country's diamond mine industry and
leading to widely held expectations that
Canada is set to become one of the world's
largest diamond producers. This has led
to increased exploration activity in the
Canadian north in the hopes that lucrative
finds will help boost the area's economy.
Stewart is currently performing field-
work in the mountains of northern and
undersecretary of state for Asia and the
Pacific (the most senior position relating
to this area), Canadian ambassador to
Austria, resident Canadian representative
to United Nations agencies in Vienna, and
Canadian commissioner in Hong Kong
when Britain and China were negotiating
its future. Earlier in his career, he served in
Beijing during the Cultural Revolution and
participated in the establishment of the
Canadian embassy there. He was appointed Queen's Counsel by the Attorney
General of Canada in 1981.
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honours them with our highest awards.
This year's Alumni Achievement Awards
recipients reflect the quality of UBC, and
help place it among the world's best.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Stewart Blusson, bsc'So, Dsc'99, phd
As one of Canada's most successful exploration geologists, Stewart has made lasting
contributions to both academic research
and the Canadian economy.
After receiving his phd from Berkeley,
he led geological mapping and research
programs in central Yukon and parts of
BC for the federal Geological Survey of
Canada and went on to explore the modes
of formation of mineral deposits from
Mexico to the Arctic.
Stewart is credited with the discovery of
several important occurrences of gold, copper, zinc, lead and other metals in Canada
and the United States. More recently, he is
recognized for the highly refined scientific
methods used to develop an exploration
plan for diamonds in Canada, his exper-
western Canada and in the Canadian
A strong proponent of basic scientific
research and its benefits, Stewart donated
$50 million to UBC in 1998. This generous gift will benefit UBC researchers for
years to come, and a large portion of
it was designated to the Canada Prize
Foundation, which is building an endowment to fund an annual prize for leading academics in the field of Earth and
Environmental Sciences. He received an
honorary degree from UBC in 1999.
Alumni Award of Distinction
Maurice Copithorne, QC, BA'54, LLB'55,
During his 30 year career as a diplomat and international lawyer, Maurice
Copithorne promoted the interests of
Canada and Canadians at home and
abroad.  From 1956 to 1986 he served in
the Canadian Foreign Service in a number of roles including legal advisor to the
department of External Affairs, assistant
Vancouver to become the Douglas McK.
Brown Visiting Professor of Law at UBC,
and later joined Ladner Downs as associate counsel (1987-99). Now retired from
law practice he continues to teach international law at UBC and continues his volunteer activities.
In 1995 he was appointed United
Nations special representative on the
human rights situation in Iran, the first
Canadian to hold such a position.
As a student, Maurice Copithorne
chaired the World University Service of
Canada, and more recently was patron
of the Hong Kong branch of the UBC
Alumni Association. He has been chair of
UBC's International House Advisory Board
since 1996, and served on the university's
Taskforce on International Education in
the late '80s. He is a recipient of UBC's
President's Award for his contributions to
the World of Opportunity Campaign and
was awarded an honorary degree in 2002
Maurice Copithorne was one of
the founding directors of the Laurier
38   Trek   Fall 2003 Institution in 1989. This think tank
was established to promote diversity
as a cultural norm in Canada. He is a
past director of the Hong Kong Canada
Business Association and of the Chinese
Community Enrichment Services Society
(success). He was chair of Vancouver
Chamber Choir from 1993 to 1996,
becoming involved as an advisor when the
choir was arranging its first overseas tour
to China and Hong Kong.
He has been a lay member of the
board of directors, Certified Management
Accountants of BC, a director of
the Couchiching Institute on Public
Affairs and a member of the Ditchley
Foundation's Canadian Advisory Board.
For his community service the AMS
awarded Maurice Copithorne its Great
Trekker Award in 1997, and Vancouver
Rotary inducted him into the Paul Harris
a member of the BC Sports Hall of
Fame and a member of the Advisory
Committee of Trustees and an advisor
to UBC's Rowing Program. He is also
chair of the UBC Richmond Rowing
Boat House campaign, which seeks to
raise funds to build a world-class rowing facility in Richmond, bringing the
golden age of rowing back to UBC.
He has nurtured athletics at UBC
as a participant, mentor and builder.
His dedication has made him a valued
friend of the department of Athletics.
He was the 1965-66 winner of the UBC
Big Block Award and was inducted into
UBC Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a
member of Canadian Olympic Hall of
Fame and Canadian Amateur Athletic
Hall of Fame.
He is chairman of the Salvation
Army's Greater Vancouver Advisory
and a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in
He is a partner with the law firm Fasken
Martineau DuMoulin.
Honorary Alumnus Award
Michael Phelps, oc, BA, LLB, LLM, LLD
Michael joined UBC's Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration
in 2002 as Distinguished Fellow and
Executive in Residence. He had been a
member of the faculty's advisory board
since 1990, helping to forge its strategic direction and advising, among other
things, on its relationship with the business
and public sector communities. His commitment to this subject was underlined by
a generous donation in support of the faculty's Centre for the Study of Government
and Business, which addresses the relation-
lHun.q1erfprd Michael Phelps M-ar.tin Schechter
hanrNacTine Caron Romavne Gallaqner
Fellowship in 2002. For his international
human rights work, the United Nations
Association and the BC Human Rights
Coalition awarded him the Renata Shearer
Award in 2000.
Alumni Award of Distinction
George Hungerford BA'65, llb'68
George is best known for the Olympic
gold medal he won for Canada in Rowing
(pairs) at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
This feat was all the more impressive
since he had only just paired up with
Roger Jackson and was recovering from
an illness. George and Roger were joint
winners of the Lou Marsh Trophy for
Canada's Most Outstanding Athlete, and
George also became BC's Junior Athlete of
the Year.
George is still actively involved in amateur athletics. He was a director of the
successful Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid
Corporation, founding past director of
the Olympic Club Canada, past governor
of the Canadian Olympic Foundation,
Board, helping define its strategic direction, and vice-chairman of the Salvation
Army Territorial Advisory Board for
Canada and Bermuda. He was made
honorary director of St. George's
School, an honour bestowed on him for
his long-term leadership and support.
Concerned with education, he was also
involved in the establishment of Science
World, helping to raise $25 million to
this end.
He is chairman and founding member of the Pacific Salmon Foundation,
a non-profit organization that seeks to
conserve and enhance wild salmon on
the west coast, and chairman of Major
Gifts Division of the British Columbia
Cancer Foundation, which is currently
constructing a $100 million research
centre. He is also patron of gap Activity
Projects, an international program for
Youth Volunteers.
George was appointed an officer
of the Order of Canada in 1984, was
awarded a Canada 125 Medal in 1992
ship between Canada's public and private
sectors and aims to spark international dialogue on key issues in this area. Michael's
ties to UBC also include past membership
of UBC's Advisory Council for the faculty
of Graduate Studies.
Currently, he is chair of Dornoch
Capital Inc., a private investment company, and is also chair of the advisory
board for Duke Energy Gas Transmission,
Canada. Until 2002, he was chair and ceo
with Westcoast Energy, then BC's largest
private-sector corporation.
In 2001, he was appointed an Officer to
the Order of Canada in recognition of outstanding contributions made to the community, and the federal government has
appointed him chair of the Wise Persons
Committee, a panel developed to review
Canada's system of securities regulation.
Michael's board credits, often in a leadership role, include the Canadian Imperial
Bank of Commerce, the Asia Pacific
Foundation of Canada, the Canadian
Pacific Railway Company, Canfor
Fall 2003   Trek   39 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Corporation, Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.
and the globe Foundation of Canada. He
has received honorary doctorate degrees
from the University of Winnipeg and
Simon Fraser University.
Alumni Award for Research
Martin Schechter, MA'75 phd, md, msc
A well-recognized figure in the international research community, Martin is
a pioneer in the field of HIV and aids
research and attracts a high level of grant
funding for the university and its teaching hospitals. He began research into
aids before the first cases came to light in
Canada, and before its viral nature was
established. He is now a Canada Research
Chair in hiv/aids and urban population,
studying the mechanisms of disease susceptibility among marginalized, impoverished Canadians living in inner cities.
His research has increased understanding
of hiv transmission, leading to improved
strategies for prevention.
Martin began teaching at UBC in 1983
and now heads the department of Health
Care and Epidemiology. Since 1993 he has
been national director of the Canada hiv
Trials Network. It links researchers, people
living with hiv/aids, primary caregivers,
pharmaceutical manufacturers and regulatory agencies, facilitating partnerships
for clinical trials of promising new therapies. He is also director of the Centre for
Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences,
which pools the expertise of research scientists from various fields to examine current therapies and practices. He co-chaired
the xi International Conference on aids,
held in Vancouver in 1996, and is interviewed frequently about the disease and
his ongoing research.
Martin was co-founder of the BC
Centre for Excellence in hiv/aids, established in 1991, and was elected founding
president of the Canadian Association
for hiv Research in 1990. He has served
on many panels and committees including the National Advisory Committee on
aids, and the Management Committee
of the Kreever Commission of Inquiry on
the Blood System in Canada. He held a
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Senior Scientist Award until 2001. He
was elected into the Canadian Institute
of Academic Medicine in 1998. He is the
2002 recipient of the Science Council of
BC Award for Excellence in Research and
in the same year received the Queen's
Jubilee Gold Medal. He was named to the
Order of British Columbia in 1994.
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Alice Low-Fung Mui, bsc'86, phd
Alice is an assistant professor in the
department of Surgery at UBC, as well as
a research scientist for both the Vancouver
Hospital Sciences Centre and the BC
Transplant Society. She has distinguished
herself in research that examines how
hormones produced by certain cells in the
immune system regulate the transfer function of genetic material from one cell to
another, usually with a virus or virus-like
particle, a process that may be implicated
in certain diseases. The research may
lead to a better understanding of the
proliferation of cells in blood diseases
such as leukemia, and to devise effective
approaches to preventing rejection in
organ transplants. A paper describing her
research was featured in the "Hot Paper"
section of the journal, The Scientist, a
spot reserved for findings that have an
unusually high impact on the research
She completed post-doctoral studies in
California, before being recruited by UBC
in 1999. In the department of Surgery,
she works with clinical researchers to
translate her work into improvements in
patient care.
Respected for her outstanding science,
Alice has been a keynote speaker for three
international scientific societies and is
sought by several professional journals
as a manuscript reviewer. She is assistant
editor of Experimental Hematology, an
international journal on blood disorders,
and a reviewer for the journal Blood. She
is a magnet for grants and awards and is
a current recipient of a Canadian Institute
of Health Research Scholarship.
Alice is supervisor and mentor to both
masters and doctoral candidates and is a
member of n graduate supervisory committees. She is a keen teacher with consistently high evaluations and students often
seek her out for help. Two of her graduate
charges were chosen for podium presentations at the International Scientific
Symposia in Montreal and Torino, Italy.
She sits on five provincial and national
scientific grant review panels, is a member
of the department of Surgery's division
of General Surgery Resident Education
Committee, the Advisory Committee of
the Vancouver Hospital, the Grant Review
Panel for the Canadian Cancer Research
Society and many other scholarly committees.
Outstanding Student Award
Erfan Kazemi-Esfahani, Bsc'03
While studying at UBC, Erfan has been a
champion of student causes and an enthusiastic and effective agent for positive
change in the campus community. He has
exercised student leadership in a number
of capacities: as a student member of
UBC's Board of Governors (2002-2003),
and in serving the Alma Mater Society
first as VP, Academic and University
Affairs (2000-2001) and then as president
(2001-2002), and representing the society
on the UBC Alumni Association's board
of directors.
While at the AMS, he instigated an organizational review and introduced a five-
year strategic plan designed to improve
student services. He fought for more
student consultation on matters of student
concern, and understands the importance
of diversity in opinion, faith, race and lifestyle. He is respected by his colleagues for
his leadership style, interpersonal skills,
integrity, diplomacy and his ability to collaborate effectively with his team.
40   Trek   Fall 2003 As a student leader, he was committed to improving student life on campus.
He led the creation of the AMS Campus
Safety Plan and was instrumental in promoting the u-Pass program, providing
students with inexpensive bus passes. At
the national level, he was treasurer of
the board of directors for the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations, and
lobbied to increase financial assistance
for students. He created the position of
International Student Commissioner to
ensure this student group was adequately
represented, and has also been a major
contributor to the success of Imagine
UBC, the orientation program for new
students. He was also a peer counsellor
for ams Speakeasy, improved social and
residential lives of students as co-president of Okanagan house, and remains a
student tutor.
Erfan is a positive force in the campus community and is involved in the
Community Building Initiative, which
seeks to improve the quality of life on
campus. He is a recipient of UBC's
Outstanding Student Initiative Award.
Outstanding Student Award
Nadine Caron, bsc, MD'97, MPH,
When she graduated at the top of
her class, Nadine became the only First
Nations woman to earn a medical degree
from UBC's school of Medicine. She was
also profiled by Maclean's Magazine
as one of the "Top 100 Canadians to
In June, Nadine completed a six-year
residency in UBC's General Surgery program, once again with distinction as the
recipient of the LB. Holubitsky award to
"the graduating surgical resident demonstrating the highest qualities of surgical
excellence," and the Dr. W.H. Sutherland
Prize for "the most outstanding resident
in general surgery."
For her masters of Public Health degree
from Harvard's School of Public Health,
completed during her residency, she did
the preliminary research and feasibility study for a project to create a First
Nations health centre to address the
needs of the Mohawk community and
serve as a model for training aboriginal
health care professionals and medical
researchers in Canada and the US.
Nadine has spent time travelling to
remote Native communities in BC to
encourage students to consider their
educational futures. She is also a member of the Canadian Aboriginal Leaders
in Medicine, and the Society of Rural
Physicians of Canada, and served on the
BC Ministry of Health's advisory committee. The recipient of much attention
and praise, she only hopes that the spotlight will illuminate a world of opportunities and help nurture self-belief in First
Nations youth.
Nadine is a Wesbrook Scholar and
the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the C. K. Choi scholarship, worth $10,000. In 2002, she was
awarded the Huscroft Fellowship by the
department of Surgery. She has presented
to national and international scientific
societies and published in abstracts and
peer-reviewed papers. She is a sought-
after speaker on leadership in medicine
and public health issues relating to
youth, remote communities and First
Nations people. She has a reputation as
an outstanding clinical trainee and has
acted as a role model for her junior colleagues and medical undergraduates.
Her next goal is to complete a surgical
endocrine fellowship at the University of
California in San Francisco.
Faculty Citation Community Service Award
Romayne Gallagher, BSc'79, MD'84, ccfp
Romayne was the founding director
of the division of Palliative Care in the
department of Family Practice at UBC.
Starting out with few resources, the division grew in both activity and reputation
under her leadership. A pioneer of palliative care, Romayne has successfully
guided the use of evidence from research
to influence clinical practice guidelines in the
Romayne expanded training in palliative
care at UBC through the development of a
nationally recognized fellowship postgraduate
program, and is working with the university's
College of Health Disciplines in developing
educational electives for students from different disciplines, who will train together to
provide palliative care. Members of the division, under her direction, developed Canada's
first interprofessional undergraduate course
in palliative care.
Since 1998, she has hosted a free annual
public forum, Making Death a Bart of Life,
intended for persons living with a life-threatening illness, their caregivers, and members
of the health profession. Seeking to decrease
anxiety resulting from ignorance in the face
of life's ultimate experience, the forum provides information on what to expect of the
biological process and where to seek help.
She receives many queries from around the
world asking for advice on how to set similar
forums up in other communities.
Romayne was the palliative care physician for Helen Tang, whose journey through
terminal illness was documented in the
Vancouver Sun in 2002.
In the early and mid 90s Romayne
organized and implemented a program to
recycle medical supplies disposed of by UBC
Hospital and Vancouver Hospital, by sending
them to developing countries.
She was chair of Provincial Strategy
on End-of-Life Care with the Ministry
of Health (2001-2003); ancl co-chair of
the Public Information and Awareness
Committee, Health Canada, and a member
of the National Strategy on Palliative and
End-of-Life Care (2002-2003); National
Palliative Care Committee (College of Family
Physicians); the Ministry of Health's Palliative
Care Benefits program Advisory Committee;
the BC Cancer Agency Provincial Palliative
Care Steering Group; and Vancouver
Hospital's Interdisciplinary Pain Management
Committee. She received the Queen's Golden
Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Fall 2003   Trek   41 CLASS ACTS
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Class Acts are submitted by UBC alumni of all years
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Send your info to vanessac@alumni.ubc.ca or mail
it to our offices (see page 2 for the address). Include
photos if you can, and remember, we'll edit for
Allan Stanley Trueman BED'48, MA'35 celebrated his f 00th birthday on March 1, 2003.
His teaching career spanned 43 years, five
in Manitoba and 38 (from 1930 to 1968) in
Gibson's, BC. He has lived in Victoria since
Dr. Marion D. Francis BA'46, MA'49 (Chem)
has been recognized as a Distinguished
Alumni of the University of Iowa Roy J. and
Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine ... Rev.
R. Max Warne BA'44 is minister emeritus at
St. Andrew's Wesley United Church. On May
4, 2003, he received an honorary Doctor of
Divinity degree from Vancouver School of
Retired Commodore Mike Cooper BA'58
was elected national president of the Naval
Officers Association of Canada in May.
Another UBC grad, the Ven. Ronald Harrison
ba'68 was elected vice-president ... Allan
Fotheringham BA'54 nas been presented with
an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) by the
University of New Brunswick ... The Most
Reverend Michael Peers BA'56 has received
an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from
the Vancouver School of Theology ... Peter
Valentine fca, BCOM'58 has been recognized
Excellence in Teaching. He joined Queen's
in 1970 and has taught analysis and algebra,
applied mathematics and numerical analysis
at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
He is renowned for his effective teaching
style, and his dedication to students.
Sandra Barr PHD'73 is a professor in the
department of Geology at Arcadia University.
She was elected to the executive position of
vice-president of the Geological Association
of Canada at the annual gac-mac-seg conference on May 26, 2003, in Vancouver ...
Larry Beasley MA'76 is the first recipient of
Dr. Marion D. Francis has been named Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Iowa
in the 2003 Merit Awards Program of
the Institute of Chartered Accountants of
Alberta. You can read about his achievements at www.icaa.ab.ca/ events/merit_
William Daye fca, bcom'68 and Fred
Dunn fca, bcom'66 have been recognized
in the 2003 Merit Awards Program of
the Institute of Chartered Accountants of
Alberta. You can read about their achievements at www.icaa.ab.ca/events/merit_
awards/recipients.shtml ... Author and historian John Munro BA'62, MA'65 nas been
appointed to the Immigration and Refugee
Board in BC. John is a recognized authority
on post-Confederation Canadian politics
and government, and was associate professor and Maclean Hunter chair of non-fiction writing at UBC ... Ole Nielsen BSc'65,
phd'68 has been honoured by Queen's
University with the Frank Knox Award for
the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's
Advocate for Architecture, an Award of
Excellence that recognizes someone who has
contributed to the elevation of architecture
in the public realm by means other than the
practice of architecture. The nominators
said: "Mr. Beasley has laboured diligently in
the past decades to create an environment
for great architecture to occur within an
urban context...as co-director of Planning in
Vancouver he has been a tireless advocate
for the integration of planning principles
and excellence in architecture. The opportunity afforded to the architectural community as a result of his vision and tenacity
has resulted in exemplary work, which is
recognized around the world" ... After 14
years as a BC government lawyer with the
Employment Standards Branch and the
Human Rights Commission, Tom Beasley
BA'75, maj LLB nas returned to private practice with the Vancouver and Vernon labour
relations and employment law firm, Schiller
Coutts Weiler and Pulver (www.scwp.ca).
Prior to joining the province, Tom was an
42   Trek   Fall 2003 employment/labour relations lawyer with a
large Vancouver firm ... Lyall D. Knott QC,
BCOM'71, LLB'72 received the Vancouver
Chinatown Lions Club Outstanding Citizens
Medal of Merit on March 16, 2003. This is
the highest award for citizenship given by
Lion's International to a non-Lion ... David
Mattison MFA'74, MLS'78 decided he'd had
enough of being part of someone else's
domain, so he bought his own: davidmat-
tison.ca. Among his other accomplishments
over the past year are a steady stream of
articles for Searcher: The Magazine for
Database Professionals (www.infotoday.
com/ searcher) on topics ranging from
oceanography to historic photographs to
genealogical/demographics data sources to
tion for her contributions to effectiveness/
outcomes research in digestive diseases, and
successfully competed for federal research
support. She is now professor of Medicine,
and director, Division of Gastroenterology
at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rabeneck
is also a Senior Scientist at the Institute for
Clinical Evaluative Sciences and has continued her US research activities, including
serving on a study section at the National
Institutes of Health ... Marie Reimer BED'70
of Langley, BC, is beginning a three-year
Mennonite Central Committee assignment in
Abbotsford, BC, as thrift shop manager. She
was last employed at Star Diamond Tools,
Delta, BC, as a sales person. She attends
Bethel Mennonite Church in Langley and is
Brian McKenzie is off to the University of California, Hayard.
blogs and wikis. He continues to work at
the BC Archives, now a part of the Royal
BC Museum, a new Crown Corporation
... Brian McKenzie BA'74 received his PHD
from the University of Victoria on June
3, 2003. Brian received certification as
a boatbuilder in 1990 and an MBA from
uvic in 1997. He has accepted a position
as assistant professor in the department
of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at
California State University — Hayward. He
and wife Molly will be moving from Sidney,
BC, to Hayward in September ... Patrick F.
Mooney BMus'71 has been inducted into
the College of Fellows of the Canadian
Society of Landscape Architecture ... Susan
Painter MA'78, phd'8o has been named to
the board of AC Martin Partners, an integrated architecture engineering, and planning firm ... Linda Rabeneck BSc'70, MD'74
has returned to Canada after 14 years in the
US. She received her subspecialty training in
Gastroenterology at UBC, and after seven
years of private practice at St Paul's Hospital
in Vancouver she moved to the States to
pursue a research career. Dr. Rabeneck
received her MPH at Yale University, where
she was the recipient of a Robert Wood
Johnson Clinical Scholarship and worked
under Dr. Alvan Feinstein, the founding father of Clinical Epidemiology. Dr.
Rabeneck then accepted a faculty position
at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston,
Texas, where she achieved a national reputa-
married to Peter Reimer ... Tim Rendell CA,
BA'70, MBA'72 and John Grant CA, MBA'70
have been recognized in the 2003 Merit
Awards Program of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Alberta. You can read about
their achievements at www.icaa. ab.ca/events/
merit_awards/recipients.shtml ... Cheryl
Yank (Bosworth) BSc'73 is currently living
in Brisbane, Australia, because of husband
Richard's work. She loves volunteering with
Brisbane Seniors Online, teaching computer
skills. She appreciates the experience of living in a beautiful part of the world and is
able to visit her two adult children who currently reside in Sydney and Melbourne — the
two visited New South Wales between 1994
and 1997  and, after falling in love with the
country, returned to live there.
Ali N. Alibhai BCOM'87 is one of our alumni
regional network reps for Ottawa. He
recently received the Queen's Golden Jubilee
Commemorative Medal for his service to the
community. Last year, he received the Deputy
Minister of Justice Humanitarian Excellence
Award ... Sandra Ballance ba'8i, LLB'84 has
been appointed a judge of the BC Supreme
Court ... After graduating, Nina Marie Bianco
BSc'89 spent two years teaching in Africa.
On returning to Canada, she completed her
master's in Microbiology at Queen's University
(1996). She's now back in BC and married to
Darren Dofher. They recently added a daughter
to their family. Solaya is their third child and
she has two big brothers, Toren (six) and Kalen
(four). Nina's father, Paul Bianco, LLB'50,
recently passed away. He was very proud of the
fact that he and Nina attended the same university ... Wendy Matsubuchi-Bremner BA'85,
bed'86, MED'91 is approaching her tenth year
as teacher-counsellor at Sutherland Secondary
in North Vancouver. Although education and
social responsibility will always inspire her,
the new loves of her life are Charles Bremner,
whom she married on December 19, 1998,
Veronica (born January 12, 2000), and William
(born July 30, 2001) ... Tina Quan (Hibbert)
BCOM'89, bed'oo was married in Vancouver
in July, 2002. She is a Business Education and
ESL teacher with the Vancouver School Board.
She and husband Gord had their first child,
Kaeden, in May, 2003 ... Joel Murray ba'8i,
MA'99 became co-chair of the English Language
Studies department at Kwantlen University
College in May, 2003. He has been an ESL
instructor since graduating with his BA and
has taught at Kwantlen since 2000 ... Larry
Martin BCOM'83 has joined Canaccord Capital
Corporation as senior vice-president and director ... Dean Neumann BCOM'82, LLB'83 nas
relocated his law practice with Mackoff &
Company as associate counsel. He will continue with Civil Litigation (including Commercial
Disputes and Insurance Defence) as well
as general solicitor's matters (Real Estate,
Incorporations, Wills and Estates) ... Anthea
Penne bed'8i, MFA'95 has published a creative
nonfiction book based on her MFA thesis. Old
Stones (www.touchwood editions.com) is the
story of a family shaped by war, class and the
two countries they called
Fall 2003   Trek   43 } CLASS ACTS
home ... Mark Sandercock BSc'87 completed his PHD in Forensic Chemistry at
the University of Technology in Sydney,
Australia in February, 2003. He and his
family have moved to Edmonton, Alberta,
where he has resumed work with the RCMP
Forensic Laboratory Service.
Rosalie C. Aguilar Bsc'98 married Cory
Chamberland on September 20, 2002 ...
Shawn Corbishley BA'90, Ileen, and Ashton
welcomed the birth of Brittyn Marlene
on April 8, 2003. She arrived at 1:00 am
weighing 9LBS 90Z ... Alan S. Duncan
MA(Planning)'90 was recently elected to
the College of Fellows of the Canadian
Society of Landscape Architects ... David
Fiello BMUS'92 is teaching Jazz Studies at
Esquimalt Secondary School in Victoria,
BC. He is also active as a musician and arts
advocate in the city, and his hard work has
earned him much recognition, including
the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching
Excellence and a local Arts Leader of the
Year award ...  Karen Fiello (Stewart) BA'94
is teaching English in the Flexible Studies
Program at Reynolds Secondary School and
is completing her Masters in Curriculum
and Instruction. The Flellos have two children, Liam and Andrew ... Since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1994,
Jeffrey Friesen BA'90 has been a litigator
in New York City. He and wife Catherine
have two children, Owen and Sadie. Jeffrey
can be reached at jfriesen@dreierllp.com ...
Dallas Leung BCOM'94 married Stella Lam
BCOM'94 on September 18, 1999. For the
past two years, Stella and Dallas have been
working in London, UK. Stella is an international tax manager and Dallas is an assistant director with Deloitte & Touche. This
September, Stella and Dallas will be returning home to Vancover with their respective
companies ... Julia Ng bsc(pharm)'96 and
David Ng bsc(pharm)'96, mba'oo were
married on August 10, 2002, at Redeemer
Lutheran Church in Vancouver and are
now living in Toronto ... Lynne Masland
PHD'94 has been appointed to the Council
for Advancement and Support of Higher
Education, district viii. She will serve on
the Board of Directors between 2003 and
2005 ... David J. Musto BA'94, MD'99 and
Lisa Musto are thrilled to announce the
birth of Luke Graham on February 18,
2003. The future T-BIRD qb was 9lbs 20Z
and is already gearing up for the 2021
Vanier Cup ... Vee Victoria Shroff BA'90,
LLB'96 and John Chesko BA'89 married
on June 1, 2003, enjoying an outdoor ceremony at Shaughnessy Golf and Country
Club. They met at UBC. John finished his
law degree at the University of Victoria.
Vee practices in downtown Vancouver
at her father's firm ... Arnold Sikkema
PHD'97 has been selected to participate in
the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on
Science and Christianity in England for the
next three years, beginning this summer ...
Jeremy Wallace PHD'99 and Janet Mark
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www.alumni.ubc.ca IN MEMORIAM
Brian Bardal BCOM'69, LLB'72 ... Margaret
Crawford MA'75 on June 17, 2003
...Gwendoline Mary Good BA'47 of Calgary
on January 5, 2003 ... Francis Kollar phd'6o
on March 12, 2003, in Vancouver ... J.
Gilmore McLellan BASc'36 of St. Catherines,
ON, on March 14, 2003 ... John Murdoch
Rutherford BA'31 on November 3, 2002,
peacefully in hospital following a brief illness. He was in his 94     year ... Doris Boyce
Saunders LLD'57  on May 3, 2003 ... Charles
Swanson BA'51, MA'53 professor emeritus
of Mathematics, passed away on March 29,
2003, aged 73. He spent his working life
at UBC and was an active member of the
department until his retirement ... Ralph
Leonard Turner bsc'6i on March 23, 2003
... Mary Virginia Willis (MacDonald) BA'32
bed'33 on August 15, 2002.
H. W. D. (Darryle) Armstrong BASc'49
Darryle was born in Red Deer, Alberta, and
died, aged 77, from a heart attack at his
retirement home in Vancouver. He was raised
and educated in Trail, BC.
He worked for Montreal Engineering on
the Menihek hydroelectric plant in Labrador,
then on design and field construction,
and obtained a diploma in Business and
Administration from McGill. A two-year
stay in India followed, where he worked on
the Canada-India Columbo Plan Kundah
hydroelectric development project. Returning
to Canada, he spent eight years with Canada
International Power. As a consultant, he travelled extensively within Canada, and abroad
to South America and the Caribbean.
Until retirement in 1989, Darryle worked
for ShawMont Ltd. to study and recommend
a plan to merge the Electricity Corporation of
Nigeria and the Niger Dams Authority into
a single entity, the National Electrical Power
Authority. Over the years, Darryle wore
many hats in many African countries. Many
people in the developing countries whose lives
Darryle touched remember him with fondness
and respect for his high ideals and optimism
for inspiring, enlightening and enhancing the
human condition.
As well as a lifelong dedication to hydroelectric engineering and management, Darryle
had a keen interest in music, a love of nature,
a passion for Canadian history and especially
for international foreign affairs. He travelled
extensively to satisfy his thirst for adventure
and continuing education.
Darryle married Elizabeth Miller on May
30, 1953, and they had four children. He
is survived by Elizabeth, son Stuart Peter,
daughters Sharon and Melanie, and many
Robert P. apRoberts BA'40
Robert died in Riverside, California, on
December 4, 2002. He was born in Winnipeg
and moved to BC as a child. At UBC, he was
a student and good friend of Professor G. G.
Sedgewick. He served in the Canadian Armed
Forces between 1941 and 1945. He received
a doctorate in English from UC Berkeley in
1949 and taught at New York University
until i960. He then took a position at
California State University Northridge, where
he taught for 20 years. From 1969 to 1970
he was a Fullbright Professor in Ankara,
Turkey. His work was chiefly in medieval
studies, particularly Chaucer.
Robert is survived by his wife Ruth (nee
Heyer, BA'41), his four children, Mary
West of San Francisco, Lucy of Geneva,
Switzerland, Alison apRoberts-Warren of
Sacramento and Evan of Riverside, and two
John Edward Barrett MA'58
Ed passed away on January 27, 2003, in
Vancouver. He will be sadly missed by his
daughters, grandchildren and many nieces
and nephews. He was predeceased by wife
Joan in 1994.
Ed was born in Winnipeg, and attended
St. John's Theological College. Upon graduation in 1934 he came to BC. He was ordained
in 1934 in Kamloops. He married Joan
Langley in Merritt and moved to Quesnel as
Anglican minister, later moving to Lytton,
Trail and Rossland. In 1943 he resigned from
the ministry and began working with the
Human Resources department at Comico.
After achieving his MA, he became Cominco's
industrial psychologist until his retirement
in 1975. He and Joan moved to Vancouver
where he worked as a consultant for Hay &
Assoc, became editor of the Elder Statesman
and Senior's Review newspapers and enjoyed
membership in the West Vancouver Lapidary
Ed's family is grateful to St. Jude's Anglican
Home and to Crofton Manor for the care and
kindness to him during his residencies there.
Donations may be made in his memory to the
Alzheimer Society of BC, #303-828 West 8tn
Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2.
Paul Raymond Bianco LLB'50
Paul died peacefully on May 14, 2003, in
Maple Ridge, BC. Born in Saunders Creek,
Alberta, he started his formal schooling in
a one-room schoolhouse in Kelowna. As a
young man he rode the rails north in search
of adventure in the mines. Then, after a brief
period of study at Seattle College, he enlisted
in the Canadian infantry with the Essex
Scottish Regiment and was sent to Europe
during wwn.
At UBC, Paul was active in the Newman
Club and an enthusiast of the theatre and
music. Afterwards, he eventually settled into
a position with Eastern Trust in Vancouver
and was transferred to Kamloops. It was on a
hike there when he met his wife Mary. He set
up a law office where he practiced for many
years while raising his family. Paul was active
in Kamloops as an alderman, lawyer and
developer. He was a member of the Rotary
Club, the Royal Canadian Legion and the
Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing and dabbling in
his gold claims.
He will be remembered for his beautiful
singing voice and his passion for the theatre
and opera. Paul's greatest love was gathering his family together and he took special
joy later in life in his grandchildren. He will
be remembered with love by his wife of 38
years, Mary and his children Byron (Sharon),
Nina BSc'89 (Darren), Scott (Caroline) and
Rachel, his seven grandchildren, his four
brothers and two sisters.
Nathaniel (Nat) James Blair \n>
Nat was born in Sutherland, Saskatchewan,
on February 15, 1914, and passed away in
Vancouver on September 24, 2002. He is
46   Trek   Fall 2003 survived by Irene, his wife of 63 years, sons
Jim and Jon, and daughter Judy Fowles. He
is also survived by his sister, Cathleen Farrar,
and daughter Lesley Baker and family. Nat
will be fondly remembered for his warmth,
great humour and wise counsel by his grandchildren.
After two years of general practice in
Eatonia, Saskatchewan, Nat served for four
years with the Royal Canadian Medical
Corp. After certification in Otolaryngology
in 1948 he began his ENT practice at VGH. He
was appointed clinical professor at UBC in
1952 and was promoted to emeritus professor (Surgery) in 1980.
Nat was head of the ENT at
Shaughnessy Hospital from 1976
to 1989 and was a consultant
otolaryngologist at both Pearson
and G. F. Strong hospitals from
1955 to 1989. He was elected
president of the bcma in 1968.
He was past president of the
Canadian Otolaryngological
Society and a member of the
Council of the Pacific Coast
Oto-opthalmological Society.
Nat received a Senior Member
Citation from the Canadian Medical
Association in 1980, and the Queen Elizabeth
Jubilee Medal in 1977.
Because of his treatment of bulbar poliomyelitis and quadriplegic injuries, Nat
was elected as chairman of the boards of
Alexandra Neighbourhood House, The
Children's Foundation and the Vancouver
Resource Society for the Physically Disabled.
The latter named a residential building for
the physically disabled Blair Court, in recognition of his vision and unyielding effort in
making it a reality.
After his retirement in 1986, he and Irene
moved to Tsawwassen where he spent his
leisure time gardening, golfing, curling and
lawn bowling.
Memorial donations may be made to the
Vancouver Resource Society Endowment
Fund (Blair Court) c/o Vancouver Foundation
Ste 1200-551 w. Hastings Street, Vancouver,
BC, v6b 4N6.
Johanne Victoria Brown BA'39, Bsw'46,
Johanne Victoria Brown
Joanne's career focused on bc's Child
Welfare Division. She helped to pioneer the
concept of itinerant providers of social services and went on to become the division's
deputy superintendent. A firm advocate of
the power of education, she led by quiet conviction and loyal support of her causes.
She was UBC's first women's varsity
basketball team manager. Tuberculosis prevented Johanne from playing the game, but
compensation was rubbing shoulders with
the likes of Ruth Wilson, Jean Bardsley,
Bob Osborne and Howie McPhee. She was
awarded a Big Block sweater in
1940, an honour that pleased her
Joanne loved books, botany,
bird watching and travelling,
especially in Canada and Ireland.
She will be lovingly remembered
for her many wonderful attributes, not least among them
her wit, her optimism, and her
inspired example of hard work,
sound ethics and a strong social
She leaves sisters Eleanore
Hume and Eanswythe Shillabeer, nieces and
nephews Fred Hume, Dorothy Allen, Joanne
Hume-Nigro, Howard Hume, Donald
Falconer, Nancy Falconer, John Shillabeer,
Catherine Leonard, Audrey Shillabeer, Mary
Shillabeer, and god-daughters Kathryn
Neilson and Fiona McLeod.
Donations in her name may be made
to the Peace Arch Hospital, GATU, 15521
Russell Avenue, White Rock, BC V4B 2R4.
Grace Agnes D'Arcy (Ryall) BA'29
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Grace grew up in
Chemainus and Nanaimo. After graduation
she taught in Victoria, then at St. Michael's
Residential School in Alert Bay (1932-1936),
where she established some life-long friendships with her students, and then in Duncan
(1936). She married Geoffrey D'Arcy in
1937 in Victoria, where their children were
born over the next three years.
From 1941 to 1947, she worked as a
substitute teacher at Oak Bay High and
St. Margaret's schools. For the next five
years, she taught in a one-room school
in Telegraph Cove, where the enrollment
included her own three children.
From 1952 to 1964, Grace was teacher-
librarian in the Parksville Qualicum SD. She
moved to Winnipeg after earning a masters
in librarianship from U. Washington, and
became supervisor of school libraries for the
province of Manitoba until her retirement
in 1974. Grace returned to Parksville, where
she remained until her death. In retirement
she was active in her community with sos
District 69 Historical Society, the University
Women's Club and her church.
She is survived by daughter Faith, sons
Richard and Christopher, grandchildren
Michael, Rebecca, Alexandra, Graeme,
Nathaniel and Winston, great granddaughters Erika Grace and Sofia Isabel in Prague,
and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Donations in Grace's memory may be made
to the scholarship fund of CFUW Parksville-
Qualicum Club, PO Box 113, Qualicum
Beach, BC V9K 1S7 or Parish of St. Anne's/
St. Edmund's Bursary Centenary Trust, 407
Wembley Rd., Parksville, BC V9P 2B2.
Garry Ramsay Drown bsc(pharm)'73
Garry died on April 27, 2003, after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by wife
Jane, bsc(pharm)'73, sons Matt, BASc'99,
and Andrew, mother lsabelle, brother Tom,
BSc'73, and sisters Gail and Charlene. Garry
was a pharmacist in Campbell River for 25
years and was active in scouting and Rotary.
He will be sadly missed by all his family,
friends, fellow Rotarians and customers.
Harold Patrick Flynn (Pat) bsc(pharm)'52
Pat was born on October 28, 1922, and
died on May 7, 2003. He spent most of his
pharmacy career on Vancouver Island as
owner/manager of drug stores in Comox,
Parksville, Ladysmith and Qualicum Beach.
He served his country proudly in WWII
as a pilot in the RCAF (Coastal Command
Squadrons  #415 and #404). He was
credited with two tours overseas and was
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He is survived by his wife Sylvia (Box 202,
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wit will be remembered by all.
Eileen Gojevic BED'82, Dip.ED'92, med'o2
Eileen was born in Liverpool, England, and grew up
in East Vancouver and Burnaby. After high school,
she took a 2-year course in Forest Products at BCIT.
She then worked at Woodward's for many years,
during which she completed her education at UBC.
Eileen started teaching in 1989, then moved to
positions as a behavior resource teacher, transition
teacher, and case manager for the Vancouver School
District. Eileen was always involved in professional
development and presented many workshops to
teacher and community groups including Tourette
Syndrome: A Parent's Perspective.  She also served
as vice-president of the Vancouver chapter of
the Tourette Syndrome
Foundation of Canada.
Eileen's most strongly
held belief was that educators must meet the social
and emotional needs of
children, as well as their
intellectual needs. The
greatest passion in Eileen's
life was her family. She is
survived by husband Barrie
MacFadden, sons Bryan
and Devan, stepdaughters
Erin, Megan and Fiona, her mother and 11 siblings.
Eileen loved sunshine and reflected it back to all
around her through her smile and love of life.
Ralph Henderson BCOM'46 (from notes by Fred
Ralph "Hunk" Henderson was born in Ottawa
on July 24, 1914, and lived most of his life in
Vancouver. While a student at UBC in the mid 30s,
he represented the university at both football and
basketball and was a member of the champion basketball team of 1937, which has since been inducted
into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. In 1939, he left
UBC to play professional football with the Edmonton Eskimos. He did so for one year, becoming the
first UBC football player to play professionally.
Ralph served with the RCAF for five years during WWII and was a prisoner of war (held by the
Eileen Gojevic
48   Trek   Fall 2003 Germans) for three years. On learning that
Ralph was being held in an airman's prison
camp, UBC held a Hunk Henderson Night on
February 4, 1944, at Brock Hall. A basketball
game was held followed by a dance, with the
proceeds going to the International Student
Service Prisoner of War Fund.
After the war, Ralph returned to UBC
as a student and played on the university's
famous 1945/46 basketball team that won
the US Pacific Northwest Conference, the first
Canadian basketball team to capture a us
conference championship, now inducted into
both the UBC and BC Sports Halls of Fame.
After graduating from UBC, Ralph continued to contribute to the provincial athletics scene. He coached or managed some of
bc's finest basketball teams including the
Meralomas and the Vancouver Cloverleafs, a
team he led to five national championships.
Ralph was also one of the founding fathers of
the BC Lions, helping to establish in the early
50s the Canadian pro football franchise in
Vancouver. Ralph was a director of the Lions
and in i960 and '61 he was elected as team
president. In 1955 he was the key organizer
of the Woodward's Quarterback Club, a vital
ingredient in the life of a young BC Lions fan.
He is predeceased by wife Janet, sons
Drew and Brent, brothers Harold and
Arnold and sister Ruth. He is survived by
son Greg and grandchildren Russell and
Jaqueline. Memorial donations may be made
to Kidsport Fund, 209-1367 W Broadway,
Vancouver, BC v6h 4A9.
Nora M. Hislop (Holroyd) BA'29
Nora was born on July 20, 1908, in Lincoln,
England, and died in Ottawa in 2003 after a
long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's
and two recent bouts of pneumonia.
From 1929-31 she taught French and Latin
at UBC, then at Victoria Composite High
School in Victoria, BC. She married Gordon
Bruce Hislop BA'24 m z937> in Trail, BC.
During WWII she moved with her husband
and daughter Mary to Ottawa where her husband served in the RCAF. Her daughter, Susan,
was born in Toronto while Gordon was overseas in London, England.
After the war Nora and Gordon moved
to Downsview, Ontario, where they raised
their family. She was a life-long member of
the Church of the Apostles and the Healing
Gordon predeceased Nora in 1964. After
his death, Nora taught French and Latin in
North York and at York Memorial Collegiate
until she retired. After her retirement she
travelled extensively in Canada, the US and
She leaves two daughters Susan and Mary
and her five grandchildren, Andrew, Stephen,
Catherine, Philip and Tom, and her cousin
Jean Richards. Donations can be made in
Nora's name to the Alzheimer's Society of
Nicholas Edward Hudak BASc'48,
Nicholas died June 26, 2003.
He leaves wife Edith, children
Alan and Lori, and grandchildren
Stephen, Meghan, Sean, Kirsten
and Graeme.
Nick served during WWII,
retiring as major and second-
in-command of the Royal
Canadian Electrical and Mechanical
Engineers. After a distinguished career at
Westinghouse, during which he received
many awards, Nick retired and began
his second career, establishing a consulting engineering business. He travelled the
world with Edith, working for Canadian
Executive Services Overseas. He loved to
garden and, with Edith, garnered many
horticultural awards, culminating in 2002
with the Mayor's Cup for the Best Garden in
Burlington. He will be fondly remembered
and missed by many. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Hamilton Health Sciences
Foundation icu Education Fund would be
Jane Hudson
Jane Hudson was born in Hamiota,
Manitoba on September 23, 1923. She graduated from the University of Toronto School of
Physiotherapy in 1943 and joined the Royal
Canadian Army Medical Corps. After working in Winnipeg at Deer Lodge Hospital, she
moved to Minneapolis to help with the poliomyelitis epidemic.
After working in Milwaukee, Denver and
Portland, she returned to Toronto to complete her physiotherapy teacher's training,
following which she became an instructor at
the School of Physiotherapy there. She also
served a term as president of the Canadian
/. Ron Longstaffe
Physiotherapy Association. In 1961 Jane
moved to Vancouver and established the
school of Rehabilitation Medicine at UBC
with Occupational Therapy colleague,
Margaret Hood. She retired in 1988.
She was especially noted for emphasizing
the healing power of a physical therapist's
hands, and the memory of Jane's own
remarkable hands is a consistent one among
all who knew her. She supported her profession passionately and received many awards
including a lifetime membership
in the Canadian Physiotherapy
Association, an honorary membership in the occupational
therapy association, the alumni
achievement award from the U.
of Toronto, and a Golden Jubilee
medal from the UBC faculty of
Medicine. Jane was a founding
member of the Physiotherapy
Foundation of Canada and
received a special award from the
Physiotherapy Association of BC. In
addition, a research laboratory was named in
her honour (along with her long time friend
and colleague Lou MacGregor) in the school
of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Jane passed away on March 31, 2003.
She will be remembered for her love of life,
her sense of humour, her loyalty to family,
friends, colleagues and students, and her passion for her profession.
J. Ron Longstaffe BA'57, LLB'58, oc
Born and raised in Toronto, Ron travelled
to the west coast at the age of 17 to work
for his father's business. Shortly afterwards,
he left the position and became a student
at UBC. He became a successful Vancouver
businessman who was the vice-president
of Canadian Forest Products (now Canfor)
for 23 years. He was also vice-chair of the
Vancouver Board of Trade, and a director of
the Bank of Canada.
But business did not consume his life. An
appreciation of art and the habit of collecting it was instilled in Ron by his father at
an early age. He donated millions of dollars
worth of contemporary art to the Vancouver
Art Gallery, believing that seeing and appreciating art was more important than owning
it. In 1983, the third floor of VAG was named
the J. R. Longstaffe Gallery. His donations
include works by Pablo Picasso, David
Fall 2003   Trek   49 IN MEMORIAM
Hockney, Andy Warhol and Charles Gagnon.
He was president of the Canadian Club of
Vancouver, president of the Vancouver Art
Gallery, a director of the Royal Winnipeg
Ballet, and senior vice-president of the UBC
Alumni Association for a spell, too. Ron was
also an active member of the federal Liberals,
managing Hedy Fry's 1983 campaign, when
she defeated Canada's first female prime minister, Kim Campbell. He was inducted into the
Order of Canada in 2001.
Kenneth Mackenzie BA'35, MA'37
One of UBC's most distinguished physics
graduates, Ken could claim discovery of a
new chemical element. He also built the first
synchrocyclotron, founded the Plasma Physics
Group at UCLA, and played a key role in the
design of the triumf cyclotron.
Ken was born in Portland, Oregon. He
moved with his parents to Victoria when he
was 10. After studying at Victoria College, he
moved to UBC to complete his physics degree.
On completing his master's, he was accepted
as a doctoral candidate at
uc Berkeley by the Nobel
prizewinner, Ernest Lawrence,
inventor of the cyclotron atom-
smasher. With this, Ken and
two colleagues were able for
the first time to produce and
identify atoms of element 8 5
(filling one of the two gaps
in the Periodic Table). They
named the element Astatine for
its radioactive instability.
Awarded his phd in 1940,
Ken joined his Berkeley colleagues in designing and building the calutrons used to electromagnetically
separate the rare uranium-235 isotope for
the first atomic bomb. When the war ended,
Ken and some colleagues converted the classic cyclotron into the first synchrocyclotron,
larger versions of which reached energies 100
times higher, enabling creation and study of
the mysterious and unstable mu and pi meson
In 1946 Ken was appointed associate professor of Physics at UBC, but finding problems
with his children's health, he returned south
after a year to a position at UCLA. There he
Kenneth MacKenzie
helped to install the synchrocyclotron, liberated from Berkeley, and initiate nuclear
physics research. In the 50s and 60s he and
his colleagues developed more powerful
cyclotrons at Berkeley and UCLA, but their
proposal for a 20-metre diameter meson
factory was never funded. Instead, the idea
was picked up by the three BC universities
and a slightly smaller version was built at
UBC as triumf. Ken played a key role as
Meanwhile at UCLA, he had become
increasingly interested in thermonuclear
fusion as a clean source of energy, and had
founded a Plasma Physics Group to study
how to control the extremely hot electrically-charged gases that would be required.
For all his brilliance, Ken was a modest
and engaging man. He died in Los Angeles
in July 2002 at the age of 90 and is survived
by his second wife, three children, three
stepsons, three brothers and a sister.
John MacMillan Stirling Lecky ba'6i
Grandson of BC lumber baron H.R.
MacMillan, John was born in Vancouver in
1940. He attended Shawnigan Lake school,
and later in life made many
donations to the school and sent
his children there. After studying
at UBC, he attended Cambridge,
gaining a master's and a law
John was a keen sportsman,
establishing a love of rugby and
a flair for rowing which took
him to the i960 Olympics in
Rome, where he and seven other
team members earned silver
medals. He remained involved
with the Olympics, leading
the national team as Chef de
Mission at the Los Angeles games in 1984.
He also played a major role in organizing
the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.
In business as well as in sports, he experienced many successes, founding what is
now known as Resource Funding Ltd. He
was the founder of Canada 3000 airline, an
initially successful enterprise which eventually crumpled under the strain of rapid
expansion and the aftermath of September
11. He leaves wife Effie, five children, three
stepchildren and two sisters. John Lecky
died in Calgary on February 25, 2003.
William James (Kiwi) McArthur Bsc'63
William died suddenly early Friday, 8
November, 2002. Born in Auckland, New
Zealand, he immigrated to Canada and
served in the Canadian Air Force as a fighter
pilot and on the NATO Gunnery Team. After
UBC, he went on to graduate from Western's
medical school in 1968. He served in the
Canadian Forces Medical Services as a
military physician specializing in Aerospace
medicine. After retirement from the services
he became first chief coroner for BC. He then
practiced as a family physician in Vancouver,
with a special interest in palliative care.
Intermittently, he was involved with various
provincial and federal political activities. He
also spent time as a Fellow in Health Policy
at the Fraser Institute. Most recently, he continued pursuing his love of medicine in part-
time family practice with colleagues at the
Seymour Medical Clinic. Memorial donations
may be made to the W.J. McArthur Memorial
Fund at UBC, which provides financial support to needy science undergraduates. He
leaves wife Lynn and children Heather, John
and Cecelia.
Peter MacAulay McDonald BCOM'55
Peter left a strong mark as a devoted family
man and friend, successful entrepreneur and
pillar of the community.
During his university years, he was an
active presence on campus, serving as president of the Zeta Psi fraternity and a founding member of the Tuesday Afternoon Club.
He also met his wife Helen at UBC. They
celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first
date shortly before he passed away. They
were married after graduation and raised five
children in Maple Ridge where he served as
alderman, president of the Board of Trade,
and played an active role in the United
Church. His avid interest in politics led to his
candidacy for the Liberal Party in the 1969
provincial election. He remained active in
public service throughout his life.
In the late 1950s, he established McDonald
Heating and Fuels in Maple Ridge.
By the 1970s, his company had evolved
into McDonald Supply Ltd., Canada's largest
independent distributor of household appliances with stores stretching across western
Canada. He employed hundreds, treating
them as family, and serving as a mentor to
50   Trek   Fall 2003 many. He was well known and
admired by business associates
and customers alike. Over the
last two decades, Peter took on
new business challenges that
involved old friends from UBC.
George E. (Bill) McKee BCOM'46,
Master Mariner
Bill was born in Vancouver on
August 5, 1913, and died on
January 25, 2002. John Peter
He attended UBC part
time through the Depression,
as his funds permitted, between extended
time away at sea with Canadian Pacific
Steamships, Canadian National Steamships
and other deep-sea shipping firms, and
working at a salmon cannery at Glendale,
Knight Inlet, and with the Royal Canadian
Navy Volunteer Reserve. In 1934 he was
on HMCS Skeena on the first West Indies
training cruise when ships from Canada's
Atlantic and Pacific naval fleets met and
toured the Caribbean. At UBC he was a
member of Phi Delta Theta.
On December 17, 1938, he married
Elizabeth Black, of Vancouver. During and
immediately after the war, they had three
children, Drew, Louise and Bill. During
WWII, he was an officer on a number of rcn
ships, on convoy duty in the North Atlantic.
In early March 1944, he was navigator on
HMCS St.Catharines when she and several
other Canadian ships undertook what was
reported as the longest submarine hunt of
the war in the North Atlantic. After a chase
of several days, they forced U744 to the surface near the Azores, brought the surviving
crew aboard and eventually had to allow
the submarine to sink.
After the war, he completed his degree
and settled in North Vancouver. He joined
the BC Shipping Federation as secretary,
then general manager. He was involved in
managing stevedore labour relations in BC's
main harbours.
Following retirement, he was appointed
as an arbitrator for the waterfront industry,
a responsibility he fulfilled into his 80s.
He is survived by wife Betty, son Drew,
daughter Lou, son Bill, Noriko McKee,
grandsons Chris and Caley, great granddaughter Taylor, and great grandson Carson
Wayment.  A memorial gathering was held
at Haida Lodge, Camp Byng,
on the Sechelt Peninsula, since
Bill and Betty had been active
supporters of the Scouting movement for years.
John Peter Ross McRae
Peter was born in Agassiz, BC,
the youngest of 10 children. He
joined the RCAF in 1941 and
Ross McRae        served in England and Gibraltar.
In 1948, he married Margaret
Jean Nicol in Vancouver and
graduated from UBC in 1950. Seven years
later he joined the Quality Control department of Molson's in Montreal and retired as
manager ofthe same department in 1985.
He was a member of the Master Brewers
Association of America and honorary member and past VP of the American Society of
Brewing Chemists.
He leaves children Laurel Anne and
Glen, and grandchildren Lia, Ted, John,
David and Laurel. Peter enjoyed his spare
time building his chalet, and working in his
woods in Georgesville. He died peacefully,
aged 82.
Thomas Palmer Millar BA'47
Born in Edmonton in 1923, Tom moved to
Vancouver as a child during the Depression.
After graduating from Kitsilano High in
1941, he enlisted in the RCAF and served
overseas in the RAF 13"1 Squadron. He was
stationed in England, North Africa and
Italy, piloting several types of single- and
twin-engine aircraft, including the Spitfire.
He was twice wounded in action.
Following the war he earned his degree
from UBC and an MD from McGill in 1951.
He and wife Lorraine had four children:
Bruce, Greg, Laura and Doug. He completed his training in Psychiatry at the u of
Michigan and moved to Seattle, entering
private practice in child psychiatry. After
moves to Vancouver and Connecticut, Tom
and Lorraine separated in 1973 and he
returned to Canada permanently, practicing
in West Vancouver until his retirement.
Tom was the author of several books,
including The Omnipotent Child. His first
novel, Who's Afraid of Sigmund Freuds
was nominated for the Stephen Leacock
Memorial Medal for Humour. He was a
prize-winning playwright and the author of
numerous articles and short stories. He also
wrote more than 50 professional papers
and frequently appeared on radio and television as an authority on child rearing.
Tom's love of writing and flying first
emerged in childhood, when he won first
prize - a flight in an airplane - in a local
essay contest. While he flew only infrequently after the war, he continued writing
until shortly before his death. He took up
downhill skiing in his 30s and was still
skiing at the age of 78.  He also took up
painting upon retirement, and some of his
works have been shown locally. He was a
hockey fan and attended several Vancouver
Canucks playoff games this past spring,
even as he was dealing with cancer. His
unstoppable energy, effervescent humour,
and remarkable creativity will be much
Vinod Modi
Professor emeritus of Mechanical
Engineering, Vinod Modi died on February
12, 2003, aged 73. He was a respected
innovator, his interests spanning many fields
from rocket science to the human heart.
Vinod was born close to an airport in
Bombay, India, and he developed a fascination for flying and aeroplanes at an early
age, eventually leading him to ponder the
frontiers of space. He studied mechanical, electrical and aeronautical engineering in India, then took his masters at the
U. of Washington and his phd at Purdue,
where he met his wife, Mira. Afterwards,
he worked for Cessna Aircraft Company
in Wichita, Kansas, and earned his private
pilot's license. In 1961, he came to work at
His ingenious work has led to improved
artificial hearts, devices to lessen the impact
of earthquakes on buildings, and improved
design for aeroplanes and other vehicles.
Much of his work has been in the area of
space flight. He was recently working on a
manipulator arm for the space station, able
to alter its shape to avoid obstacles.
Vinod didn't benefit financially from his
inventiveness. "I grew up with a different
kind of philosophy. I came to the conclusion that knowledge should be free and
available to everyone. Like the sun, you
don't pay for it although it's a source of
Fall 2003   Trek   51 IN MEMORIAM
Richard H. J. Monk BA'46
Richard passed away on July 28, 2003, in
Vancouver. He was a graduate of Vancouver
Normal School and, after UBC, completed
a phd at the u of Washington in 1958. He
taught and administered in various BC schools
for periods between 1938 and 1959 before
serving as professor of Education at UVic
until his retirement in 1979.
Ken F. Morton Bsc'77
Ken Morton was a research biologist with the
department of Fisheries and Oceans. He died
suddenly of a heart attack while working in
Quesnel Lake, BC, aged 47.
Ken was active in the Cultus Lake com
munity and was recently elected
Park Board Commissioner there.
He was an advocate for fish
conservation, particularly the
sockeye salmon population of
Cultus Lake. Board and laboratory colleagues lauded his sense
of humour, generosity and dedication to his work. He will be
missed desperately by wife Sally, Ken Morton
children Sydney, Nicole and
Seth, parents Ken and Joyce,
brother Greg, sister Laurie, mother-in-law Vera
and family, aunts and uncles, and nephews and
Joanne Phillips BA'67
Joanne was born in Calgary. Her Texas-born
father had been a wildcatter, roaming the oil
fields of North America, Mexico and Venezuela.
Her mother was a chautauqua girl, then a
schoolteacher. The family moved from Alberta
to the UBC Endowment Lands
when Joanne was five, so she
attended University Hill and
Annie Wright schools before
UBC. In 1969 she began working as a civilian member of the
RCMP, leaving after 14 years to
care for her mother. Together
they travelled to exotic locations, and particularly enjoyed
annual visits to Maui.
After her mother passed
away, Joanne embarked on an Odyssey that
would take her from the Arctic Circle to
Antarctica and almost everywhere else in
between. A woman of adventure, she rode
an ostrich in South Africa, searched for
tigers from the back of an elephant in India,
cuddled a koala in Australia and swam in
the Dead Sea. Her travels have taken her
to all seven continents and, if she had one
Bob Osborne BA'33, BED'48, cm
Bob was a founder of UBC's Physical Education
facility, serving as its director for 33 years.
His own sporting prowess as a star basketball
player and gifted track and field man provided
ample pedigree for the role.
His long and eventful career in basketball
began as a 17-year old on the 1930 varsity team. With the help of Bob's outstanding
defence, it was the first UBC team to become
Canadian champion. The next year he was
made captain and remained in the role until
his graduation. By 1932, he had taken over as
the team's top scorer. Bob also excelled in Track and Field, leading
the broad jump in 1931/32 with a leap of 17' 10" and winning the
varsity 220 and 440 races. In 1932 he was elected president of Men's
After graduating he continued to play basketball in the inter-city
league and represented Canada at the 1936 Olympics. The team
gained silver, a performance that endures as Canada's best Olympic
performance in basketball.
After graduating, Bob taught at Lord Byng High in Vancouver,
but maintained ties with UBC by coaching the women's varsity
basketball team. After serving in the armed forces during WWII, he
was appointed director of the school of Physical
Education. Degrees in Physical Education and
Recreation Education were implemented and
under his leadership. He was also head coach
for the basketball and track and field teams. The
basketball team was outstanding, clinching four
Canadian championships and a very rare victory
over the Harlem Globetrotters. As a result, Coach
Osborne and six of his players formed the core
of the 1948 Olympic team. Bob also coached the
cross-country track field to two Pacific Coast
conference championships and in 1956 was chosen as manager of Canada's Olympic track team.
While director of the school of Physical Education, Bob played
an important role in the movement responsible for the construction
of the War Memorial Gymnasium, still the hub of UBC Athletics
after more than 50 years. His portrait is displayed in its foyer. At the
national level, Bob was one of the founders of the CIAU - a national
league for Canadian university sport. In 1978, Bob stepped down
after 33 years as Physical Education director to resume his active
role in UBC athletics, a role that covered seven decades. In 1981 he
was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Bob Osborne not only established precedents and standards as a
UBC and Canadian athlete and builder, but this dignified and very
52   Trek   Fall 2003 regret, it was that she didn't have the opportunity to do more.
Joanne quietly supported a number of
charities on a yearly basis, but a trip to
Africa piqued her awareness of the incredible poverty that exists there, especially for
children who live in rural areas where the
schools are destitute. Returning to Canada,
she began working to provide educational
resources to these schools and
became a founding member of
Afritech. She gathered, sorted,
and packed books and computers, purchased materials where
necessary and typed long lists for
customs. She made a difference in
many lives.
Joanne passed away in April
2002 from breast cancer. Friends
remember her as an amazing
woman, always keen to help
others, with a long track record
of community service and charitable giving. In typical fashion,
she bequested $i million to the Canadian
Cancer Society for breast cancer research,
and another million to the Variety Club.
Judy P. Reimer BSN'83
Judy Reimer was founder of the Life Quilt
for breast cancer.
On October 3, 2002, surrounded by family, friends and music, Judy Patricia Reimer,
aged 45, died from breast cancer.
Judy's role as a mother was by far the
most important to her. Son Brolin was born
in 1986 and daughter Louise in 1988. It
was while breastfeeding Louise that Judy
first noticed the lump in her breast. She
underwent a mastectomy in 1990 and was
diagnosed with bone metastases some three
years later. Judy faced her diagnosis with her
usual spirit of strength and determination,
vowing tenaciously to keep the cancer at bay
in order to nurture her children for as long
as possible. When her cancer progressed, she
became inspired to leave behind a legacy of
hope, healing and something of beauty.
The Life Quilt for breast cancer developed
into three spectacular quilt panels and six
smaller-sized banners. Cut in Prime shows
a ravaged forest following a clear-cut and
represents initial diagnosis and treatment;
Call to Rebirth shows re-growth of fireweed
depicting initial healing and rebirth; and
The Green Canopy shows forest rejuvenation suggesting hope and self-renewal. More
than 20,000 people across the country have
participated by stitching on the quilt panels
or contributing individual squares. Thousands
more have been moved by the sheer beauty
and power of the Life Quilt exhibit as it has
toured the nation, raising awareness of practical and emotional support issues.
Judy realized her dream to
show her children a mother who
could bring light to the dark side
of terminal illness. She embraced
life with a passionate sense of
fun and reminded those close to
her that every day was a gift to
be cherished. Donations will be
gratefully accepted by The Life
Quilt for Breast Cancer Society
and can by mailed to #204 - i960
Waterloo Street, Vancouver, BC
Alec Houston Rome v6r 3G6.
I.A. "Tiny" Rader BASc'35
Tiny passed away at the age of 88 in San
Diego. He was born in Natal, BC, and became
an American citizen in 1974. In Milwaukee,
he established a formidable reputation as a
business leader. He was president of Allen-
Bradley Co. from 1970 to 1976, and
chairman and ceo from 1976 to
1981. He later oversaw the sale of
the private company to Rockwell
International Corp - a controversial decision at the time, but
the proceeds of the sale led to
the establishment of the philanthropic Bradley Foundation,
which, as founding chairman,
he led from 1985 until 2000. The
foundation provided backing for
local development projects and
supported conservative causes
across the nation.
Tiny was very much involved
in the community, helping to raise money for
causes like the Milwaukee Art Museum, the
Boy Scouts, the YMCA and other non-profits.
Mourning his loss are wife Isobel, sons John,
Robert, James and Peter, brothers Louis and
Albert, and four grandchildren.
Alec Houston Rome BASc'44
Alec was vice-president of his class. From
1959, he had a hand in organizing all class
reunions. Before retirement, Alec was an
electrical engineer running his own consulting firm called Universal Dynamics. After
retirement he took pleasure from spending
more time with his grandchildren, Lauren,
Emerson, Jessica and Georgia. He will also be
lovingly remembered by wife Eva Jean, brother John, and children Lee, Susan and Sandra.
Memorial donations may be made to the
BC Lung Association and the BC Children's
Helen Roulston (MacDermott-Halliday)
Helen taught at Lord Kelvin Elementary
School in New Westminster until her marriage in the late 1930s. A few of her former
students attended her memorial service. She
attended the same school herself, as a child.
With her husband she moved to Cranbrook,
where she taught for a few years. After his
death in Alberta, she returned to Cranbrook,
teaching English and running the secondary
school library. She was a passionate reader, a
singer, and a lover of musical theatre.
H. Fred Salisbury BA'35, bsc'(agr)'3 5
Fred died on July 21, 2003, aged 90 in
Burnaby. He is predeceased by wife Evelyn
1991), his later partner, Valerie
MacDermot (1993), son John
1968), daughter Karen (2001),
brother Philip and sister Dorothy.
He is survived by brother Larry,,
sons Gordon and Lome, grandsons Scott and Kelly McKee and
son-in-law Brent McKee.
Fred was born in south
Vancouver on January 9, 1913
where he lived until graduation. He took his master's degree
in Agriculture at McGill, then
Fred Salisbury taught at the high school level.
He excelled at athletics and
enjoyed running at UBC. He
later became a long-time member of the
Vancouver YMCA.
During wwn Fred served overseas as a navigator in the RCAF. He returned to Vancouver
to work for the department of Veteran Affairs
(Veteran's Land Act Administration) until
retirement. In earlier years Fred was very
active in Burnaby community affairs.
Donald Lyndon South BA'48, mop (Submitted
Fall 2003   Trek   53 IN MEMORIAM
by friend Graham Stallard msc'68)
One of the west coast's pioneers of planning,
Don passed away on April 15, 2003. He was
born and raised in Vancouver, and attended
UBC after wartime service in the RCAF. After
graduation, he became the first planning direc
tor in BC's Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
Don was a founding member of the
Planning Institute of BC, and served as its
vice-president in the 1950s. He
also served a term as president
of the Town Planning Institute of
Canada in 1960-61. The institutes
benefited from his experience and
enthusiasm up until the deterioration of his health in recent years.
When the NDP first came
to power in 1972 Don was
reassigned to the Ministry of
Highways as senior subdivision
approving officer, where he
continued to do good work, and
enjoy himself. He retired from
public service in 1985, and consulted for a few years.
Don had a difficult role to play in a climate
hostile to planners and planning. He was low-
key, good-natured and witty. It was hard to get
the better of him in discussion, or in cracking
jokes. On the other hand he was intelligent,
very well read, and persistent. He got a lot
more established than anyone realized at the
Fortunately, a generation or two of impatient young planners had the time and opportunity to get to know the man, and to become
friends with him. His liking for a red waistcoat
earned him the affectionate nickname of the
Red-Breasted Nitpicker, and judging by the
number of Don South stories that circulate
among his former colleagues and friends, a lot
of people are missing him.
Robert Patrick Tilley BA'67
Pat Tilley passed away on July 23, 2002 after
a courageous battle with cancer. Pat was a
proud member of 978 Squad of the Royal
Marines, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 60
and the West Vancouver Community Band.
He was a member of the Meralomas Rugby
Club during the 50s and taught at St. George's
School from 1962 to 1967. Subsequently,
Donald Lyndon South
he worked as a purchasing manager for
Cascade Electronics, Premier Cable, icbc
and the Bank of British Columbia (hsbc).
He will be remembered with a lot of love by
his wife, Noreen, sons Michael, Geoffrey,
Christopher and grandchildren Adam,
Alexandra, Aimee, and brother Hugh. His
legacy will be the love and kindness he
instilled in his family and to all that had the
pleasure of knowing him.
Alphonse (Al) Walisser BASc'50
September 28, 1919 - August
8, 2003
Al Walisser was born near
Odessa, Ukraine, one of 11
children of a hard-working
farming family. The Walissers
immigrated to Canada in 1926,
settling in Fairview, northern
Alberta. After becoming a pilot
in wwn, Al took advantage of
veterans' programs to complete
his high school education and
went on to UBC, becoming a
civil engineer in 1950.
He worked for the BC
Highways department for 25 years and, as
resident engineer, had a hand in the construction of significant parts of the Lower
Mainland's transportation infrastructure
including the Granville Bridge,
48 km of freeway through the
Fraser Valley, the Lougheed
Highway and the Horseshoe Bay
ferry terminal. He supervised the
maintenance of bridges and tunnels in the region for many years,
and after retirement, was involved
in other challenging projects
including the Haines Highway in
the Yukon, and construction of
the SkyTrain between Main and
Stadium stations.
A practical person to the core,
Al worked with both his intellect and his
hands. He never discarded something that
could be fixed, considering himself to be
one of the original recyclers. He was proud
of being able to build just about anything,
including three houses and two ingenious
cabins on the west side of Bowen Island,
where nobody else would think to build.
He was an original in many ways.
Al was also proud of his children and
Pierre Wolfe
grandchildren: Sharon Straathof and Connor;
Brian Walisser and Rachael; Colin Walisser,
Andrea and Allison; and Jacqueline Walisser.
Also remembering him are his surviving
siblings: William Walisser, Mary Dechant
and Emelie Ryan; Sieg Walisser; and Frieda
Pierre M.Wolfe BA'41
Pierre was born in Shanghai, China, on
January 13, 1918, and died in Victoria, BC,
November 4, 2002. He is predeceased by
his father, Samuel, brother Noel, mother
Blanche, and sister Desiree. He is survived
by his wife, Eileen; sons Patrick (children
James, Katelin and David and their mother
Colleen), Michael (Joan), and Peter (Gina
and children Leah and Benjamin); and many
nieces and nephews.
Pierre attended Holy Trinity Cathedral
School in Shanghai, Taunton School in
Somerset, UK, UBC, and Queen's Medical
School, graduating in 1946. After completing his graduate internship at Royal Jubilee
Hospital in Victoria, he started a family
medical practice in Victoria.
Pierre retired "regretfully and reluctantly"
in 1984. He enjoyed playing singles tennis
and going for early morning jogs, as well as
dancing and holding parties. In retirement
he qualified as a certified graphoanalyst
and completed his master's
diploma. In 1989 and 1990
he served as president of the
Western Canadian Chapter of
the International Graphoanalysis
He endured ill health during
the last 11 years of his life, after
suffering major cardiac damage
in 1991. His last three months
were spent at Victoria Hospice in
the Richmond Pavilion, the same
building where in 1947 he met
Eileen, his partner of 52 years.
He described the care he received from hospice staff as "quite wonderful." Donations
may be made to the Royal Jubilee Hospital
Building Fund, the Salvation Army, Amnesty
International, Queen's University Medical
School (Kingston, Ontario), UBC Medical
School or a charity of one's choice. D
54   Trek   Fall 2003 CECIL GREEN   I9OI-2OO3
Cecil Howard Green was born near Manchester,
England, in 1901. He moved with his family to North
America when he was two, settling eventually in
San Francisco. His father, an electrician, couldn't get
work there, and was on a mission to find a job in
Vancouver, BC when the great earthquake and fire hit
San Francisco. Wife and son stood in food lines in the
Golden Gate Park with no chance of communicating
with the father.
Eventually, Mrs. Green and Cecil got a one-way ticket
and set out for Vancouver to search for papa. They
had no idea where he was of even if he was still in the city, but they
alighted from the train, walked down the street and bumped into him
on Hastings. The frightened little family was together again.
As a child, Cecil would run from the little house built by his
father near today's City Hall, all the way down to Kit's Pool on summer days. He attended school at what is now known as Emily Carr
School, then went on to King Edward High on the corner of Oak and
12^ Avenue. Then came classes at the "Fairview Shacks" of McGill
College, the precursor of UBC.
After a year of Arts he completed two years of engineering. By then
he was hooked on electrical science, but, in 1919, UBC did not offer
a degree in the discipline. He sought the guidance of his chemistry
company afloat — and hold on to workers who would
otherwise be drafted for war service — gsi quickly
turned its talents to the war effort. Their first product
was an aerial submarine detector, adapted from a device
used to locate oil deposits from the air. By war's end, the
electronics part of the business was set to grow, and in
1951 Texas Instruments was formed. In 1954, the company developed the first transistor made of silicon, and
its stock took off.
Over the next decade, the Green's personal fortune
grew steadily, and Cecil and Ida developed a plan to give
much of it away to educational institutions. They established, among
others, Green College, Oxford, the Green Library and the Green Earth
Science Building at Stanford, the Green Earth Science Building at MIT
and centres at the University of Texas.
During a trip to Vancouver in the mid-sixties, Cecil and Ida walked
around UBC with their old friend, Bill Gibson. According to Gibson,
as they walked around the north end of campus, Cecil pointed out the
place where, in 1919, he and a team of students used to sit on a large
stump to eat their lunches while performing surveying exercises at
Point Grey. He noticed the newly shingled roof of one of the two mansions built on the cliffs before the university was organized. On being
told the house was for sale, Ida said, in a commanding voice, "Green,
'Don't come to Vancouver," he used to tell friends. "You'll never want to leave."
professor who told him that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
was the best school on the continent for electrical engineering. Cecil's
parents sold their house to get him there, and after giving up his post
as second violin in the recently established Vancouver Symphony, he
set out for Boston.
After graduating from MIT, Cecil took his masters in the massive
labs of "Generous Electric," as he always called it. He met Ida there
in the statistics centre. She said, years later, "I saw that brown-haired
young fellow on his first day with GE and I decided, right away, I'm
going to marry him."
Cecil tried many jobs after leaving GE, including a failed effort to set
up a neon sign company in Vancouver and a stint selling insurance in
Seattle. In the early '30s he joined Geophysical Service Inc. in Texas, a
company that used seismic technology to search for oil deposits. For
the next 10 years, he and Ida criss-crossed the continent in their old
Chevrolet 490, he working as an engineer and she as cook.
In December, 1941, Cecil and three partners purchased gsi. The
next day, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. In order to keep the
get right up to the Faculty Club and buy it this minute." He was on
his feet in seconds, uttering what he claimed was always the last word
in any discussion, "Yes, Miss Ida." The house, a classic arts and crafts
mansion designed by Samuel McClure, is now used to house the UBC
Alumni Association and the university's Public Affairs office. It remains
a popular venue for weddings, meetings and movie shoots.
The Green's love affair with UBC didn't end with Cecil Green Park
House. They established a lecture series in the 1970s with a donation of $700,000, and Ida Green, who died in 1986, left $2 million to
maintain the house. In the 1990s, Cecil Green gave $8 million to the
university to build Green College at UBC.
Cecil Green maintained a residence in Dallas as well as in La Jolla,
California. He came to Vancouver often in the '90s, going salmon fishing with his Haig Farris and David Strangway, and spending time with
his old friend, Bill Gibson.
He died in La Jolla in April, 2003. He was 101 years old. D
— with notes from William Gibson, oc, MD, DPHIL
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a single half-hour
session. If you decide
to visit an RMT once
a week for a month,
you could expect to
pay up to $120 or
ered and taken care of, like essential health and
dental benefits for yourself and your family.
Dental care, prescription drugs, alternative therapies (massage therapy, chiropractors, naturopaths, etc.), semi-private hospital
coverage and vision benefits - these health
care items and services are essential for the
well-being of your family. To ensure that all
of your family's health needs are covered, you
may wish to consider enhancing your provincial
health plan by applying for the University of
British Columbia Alumni Association Health &
Dental Protection plan.
Most people assume that they are covered
sufficiently under their provincial health
plan. What they don't realize is that provincial health plans cover less than they may
think. The scenarios outlined in the boxes
illustrate how little provincial plans actually
The UBC Alumni Association is pleased to
provide the health and dental protection plan
underwritten by The Manufacturers Life
Insurance Company (Manulife Financial) for
UBC Alumni, just like you. The plan features
affordable options to meet everyone's needs
and price range. Plus, there's no deductible
on health claims, they are paid on the first
dollar incurred. Also, the value added feature
of ManuAssist, a 24-hour emergency travel
assistance program is included at no additional cost to you!
Dental coverage: If
your child is hit in the
mouth with a ball or
the end of a hockey
stick while playing
street hockey with
friends, some provincial plans may cover
nothing for dental
treatment. The cost
for emergency dental
treatment in a situation like this could
add up to about $850.
Since the UBC Alumni Association sponsors
the plan, you are guaranteed superior benefits at exceptionally low prices. Take a few
minutes to think about how a health plan like
this one could enhance your provincial coverage and provide you and your family with
the important health protection you need.
If you would like to complete an application
call Manulife Financial's helpful Customer
Service Centre toll-free at 1 888 913-6333
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time,
Monday through Friday, or e-mail at am_ser-
vice@manulife.com any time. You can also
contact Bruce McRae, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C,
your UBC Alumni Association Insurance
Consultant at (604) 734-2732.
Source: Statistics Canada - Market Research Handbook-2002 Edition-Labour Force Statistics
''All alumni ofthe University and their spouses who are resident in Canada and under 61 years of age are eligible to apply. Alumni who participate in the University of
British Columbia Alumni Association Health and Dental Protection plan designed by Manulife Financial may apply to insure their spouses and dependent children.
EH Manulife Financial
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company


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