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Alumni News
4 Homecoming—1960
5 Alumnae  and Alumni
—By Frances Tucker
9 The State of  the  University
—A special report prepared by a committee of the U.B.C. Alumni
Association on housing, student-alumni relations, equalization grants
and student counselling.   The report runs from page 9 to 21.
22 University Women's Clubs
—By Marjory Martin
23 College English
—By David Brock
The section entitled 'The University' begins on page 26. In
addition to general University news items concerning the
faculty and the regular article entitled 'Sports Summary'
will be found in this section.
VOLUME  14,  NO.  3
AUTUMN,   1960
The Cairn, ivy-covered
during the summer, is an
ever-present reminder to
present-day U.B.C. students of the University's
rambunctious early days.
A report on the present
state of the University,
prepared by a committee
of the Alumni Association, begins on page 9
and runs to page 21.
Cover photo by extension department photo
Editor: James A. Banham, B.A/51
Assistant Editor: Frances Tucker, B.A/50
Published quarterly by the Alumni Association
of the University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, Canada.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: President, Donovan F. Miller, B.Com.'47; past president, Mark
Collins, B.A.,B.Com.'34; first vice-president,
John J. Carson, B.A.'43; second vice-president,
Mrs. Alex W. Fisher, B.A.'31; third vice-president, W. C. Gibson, B.A.'33, M.Sc, M.D.,
Ph.D.; treasurer, H. Frederick Field, B.A.,
B.Com.'40. Members-at-Large: Paul S. Plant,
B.A.'49; Mrs. P. C. MacLaughlin, B.A/41; Ben
B. Trevino, LL.B.'59; Emerson H. Gennis,
B.Com.'48; Rika Wright, B.A.'33; The Hon.
James Sinclair, B.A.Sc'28. Director, A. H.
Sager, B.A.'38;  assistant to director,  Mrs.  W.
C. Johnstone, B.A.'57; editor, James A. Banham, B.A.'51.
Norman L. Hansen, B.S.A.'53; Applied Science,
Alex H. Rome, B.A.Sc'44; Architecture, Clyde
Rowett, B.Arch.'55; Arts. Vivian C. Vicary,
B.A.'33; Commerce, Kenneth F. Weaver,
B.Com.'49; Education, Paul N. Whitley, B.A.
'22; Forestry, Kingsley F. Harris. B.Com.'47,
B.S.F.'48; Home Economics, Anne E. Howorth,
B.H.E.'52; Law, Allan D. McEachern, B.A.*49,
LL.B.'50; Medicine, R. S. Purkis, M.D.'54;
Nursing, Margaret Leighton, B.N.(McGill);
Pharmacy, D. B. Franklin, B.S.P.'52; Physical
Education, Reid Mitchell, B.P.E.'49, Ed.'55;
Science, Joseph H. Montgomery, B.Sc'59.
T. Nemetz, Q.C, B.A.'34; Norman Hyland,
B.Com.'34;   Mark   Collins,   B.A.,B.Com.'34.
EX OFFICIO: Branch presidents; A.M.S. president, J. David N. Edgar, 2nd Law; Students'
Council representative; graduating class president, J. David A. McGrath, B.A.'60.
Gibson,  B.A.'33,  M.Sc,  M.D.,  Ph.D.
Chronicle business and editorial offices:
252 Brock Hall, U.B.C, Vancouver 8, B.C.
Authorized as second class mail. Post Office
Department,  Ottawa.
The U.B.C Alumni Chronicle is sent free
of charge to alumni donating to the annual
giving program and U.B.C. Development Fund.
Non-donors may receive the magazine by paying
a subscription of $3.00 a year.
3      U.B.C.    ALUMNI    CHRONICLE For the first time  in  UBC's history
Congregation and  Homecoming coincide
For the first time Homecoming 1960
coincides with Fall congregation, thus
accenting the importance of the academic
aspects of the annual gathering and enriching the program for our homecoming
graduates. Highlights include a chicken
barbecue luncheon, addresses by authorities on education, books and science, and
three provocative panel discussions as
well as the traditional football game and
class reunions. The students' homecoming
committee have also planned a fuU program of interest to undergraduates.
Homecoming therefore covers the
whole period from Thursday to Saturday
night. The following are the main events
of interest to graduates and friends:
12 noon—Homecoming pep meet, featuring the presentation of the Great
Trekker award.
2:15 p.m.—Fall congregation. Honorary degrees will be presented to outstanding librarians and scientists. To be
followed  by  the usual reception in the
common block near the men's residences,
the official opening of Sherwood Lett
House and the new wing of the biological
sciences building, and the naming of the
Andrew Hutchinson unit of this building.
8:15 p.m.—Official opening of the new
library wing. Address by Dr. Louis B.
Wright, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. Open to
all graduates and friends.
6:30 p.m.—Annual medical division
alumni banquet at the University Club.
Speaker, Dr. Wilder Penfield, O.M.
6:30 p.m.—Class of '25 dinner, Faculty
8:00 p.m.—Keynote lecture (or panel
discussion) on books, libraries and learning. Dr. Louis B. Wright and Sir Francis
C. Francis, director of the British
Museum, London, will participate.
9 a.m.—Coffee party in Brock lounge.
This provides an opportunity for the reunion of faculty and graduates; faculty
10 a.m. - 12 noon—Panel discussions.
Law building. 1. ARE CANADIAN
Dr. Hugh Keenleyside, chairman, B.C.
Power Commission. Panelists: Dr. Wilder
Penfield, O.M., Montreal Neurological
Institute; Professor G. O. B. Davies, administrative assistant to the president; Dr.
Neil Perry, new dean of Commerce. To
open discussion: Dr. Earle Birney, department of English.
2. THE FUTURE OF OUR UNIVERSITIES. Chairman: Dr. John L. Keays,
research director, MacMillan Bloedel &
Powell River Ltd. Panelists: Sir Charles
P. Snow, noted British scientist and
author; Dr. Louis B. Wright, director of
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington,
D.C; Dean David Myers of Applied
Science. To open discussion: Eric P.
Nicol, author and columnist.
Chairman, Charles M. Campbell, Jr.,
manager, Bralorne mine. Panelists: Frank
Read, honorary alumnus and rowing
coach; Dr. Max Howell of the school of
physical education and recreation; Herb
Capozzi, manager, B.C. Lions football
club. To open discussion: Dean A. Whit
Matthews of Pharmacy.
12 noon - 2 p.m.—Homecoming luncheon in the field house: A highlight of
the day featuring a chicken barbecue,
corn on the cob, buffet salad, rolls, dessert and beer! Entertainment and plenty
of atmosphere!
2:00 p.m.—Football: University of Saskatchewan vs. U.B.C. Thunderbirds in
the stadium.
6:30 p.m.—Class Reunion dinners: '20
—Faculty Club; '30—Buchanan building;
'35—Mildred Brock room; '40—cafeteria; '45—International House; '50—
Brock lounge.
8:00 p.m.—Vancouver Institute lecture. Sir Charles P. Snow has been
invited to speak. Open to the public.
9 p.m. - 1 a.m.—Annual Homecoming
ball in Brock lounge.
Confirmation has yet to be received
from some of the above speakers. Further information can be obtained from
the Alumni office, room 252, Brock Hall,
telephone CAstle 4-4366.
All the events are being arranged by a
large and active homecoming committee
under Barry Baldwin as chairman,
Lawrie Dyer as co-chairman, and Anne
Howorth, chairman of the homecoming
(Items of Alumni news are invited in
the form of press clippings or personal
letters. These should reach the Editor,
U.B.C. Alumni Chronicle, 252 Brock
Hall, U.B.C, for the next issue not later
than November 1, 1960.)
Laura M. Lane, BA, head of the commerce department at Lester Pearson high
school, retired in June after 42 years on
the staff of New Westminster schools.
William C. Wilson, BA, principal of
King Edward high school, also retired
in June. A teacher in the Okanagan at
the time of the Great Trek, he was the
principal organizer there of the petition
to the government.
George E. MacKinnon, BA, Western
division manager of Shell Oil Company
of Canada, retired this July after 38
years' service.
Ed White,  BASc,  retired  in June  as
principal of Vancouver Technical school.
Ab Richards, BSA, DSc'49, whose
marriage is reported in this issue, has left
Ottawa with Mrs. Richards for Geneva
where they will spend the next eight
months on behalf of their respective departments, agriculture and trade and
commerce, in connection with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
Bruce A. Macdonald, BA, passed
through Vancouver en route from New
Delhi to his new posting as commercial
counsellor to the Canadian embassy in
George F. Davidson, BA, AM and
PhD (Harvard), LLD'55, who has recently been appointed deputy minister of citizenship and immigration, was deputy
minister of welfare in the department of
national health and welfare since it was
formed in 1944. Dr. Davidson instituted
all the postwar welfare programs, including family allowances, various kinds
of provincial grants, and old age pensions. The administrative machine that
he established and largely mechanized is
considered a highly efficient and economical part of government. With his
mastery of administration and his experience in social welfare, his talents will
be put to good use in his new position.
John Leonard Farrington, BASc, is
general manager of the largest mining
corporation in West Africa, A.T.M.N.,
with headquarters in Jos, Nigeria.
Mrs.  A. F.  Wilks  (Dorothy  B.  Russell, BA), is provincial commissioner of
Girl Guides for British Columbia.
Robert B. Carpenter, BASc, manager
of the James Island explosives plant, has
been appointed to the provincial labor
relations board.
W. N. Hall, BASc, president of the
Dominion Tar and Chemical Company,
Montreal, was elected president of the
Chemical  Institute  of  Canada  in  June.
His "platform" is encouragment for the
rise of more secondary industries in
Margaret A. Ormsby, BA, MA'31,
PhD (Bryn Mawr), professor in the history department, has been appointed to
the Historic Sites and Monuments Board
of Canada, the first woman to serve.
E. L. (Buck) Yeo, MA, retired from
Lord Byng high school after 40 years
of teaching and participation in two
wars. In the first world war he was a
sergeant four times, but came home a
corporal. In the second world war he
returned as a lieutenant colonel. He was
well known as a rugby and basketball
coach and referee, and coached Percy
Williams, Olympic sprinting champion of
Sheila Watson, BA, MA'33, has won
the Beta Sigma Phi award of $1000 for
the best first novel by a Canadian, given
by the Canadian Authors Association
for her novel The Double Hook, published in 1959, (and reviewed in the
Autumn, 1959, issue of this magazine).
The citation states: "Sheila Watson uses
a keenly sensitive talent with ruthless
integrity to achieve a literary tour de
force ... a prose poem with great impact, it is an achievement of a high
William Henry Hill, BSA (Tor), MSA,
P.Eng., P.Ag., F.C.I.C., who retired recently as regional director of the food
and drug directorate of the department
of national health and welfare after 39
years' service, has been given a life
membership in the Professional Engineers
Association of British Columbia.
The Rev. Patrick R. Ellis, BA, for the
past nine years rector of St. Paul's in
Vancouver's west end, has been appointed superintendent of the famed Columbia Coast Mission of the Anglican
church which for 55 years has ministered
to remote settlements on the B.C. coast.
In September he will take over control
of four mission ships flying the St.
George's Cross houseflag of the Columbia Coast Mission; the Columbia, based
at Minstrel Island, the John Antle at
Whaletown, the Alan Greene at King-
come Inlet, and the Rendezvous. Mr.
Ellis, who sailed with Canon Greene as
a student and served as an Air Force
chaplain during the war, will make his
headquarters at Campbell River.
W. J. Mouat, BA, for the last five
years superintendent of schools for Salmon Arm-Revelstoke, has been appointed
to district 34, Abbotsford, succeeding
Mr. W. H. Grant.
K. A. West, BA, MA'39, PhD (McGill), formerly manufacturing manager
for Canadian Oil Companies, Ltd., has
been appointed vice-president in charge
of manufacturing, supply and transportation and purchasing.
John L. Witbeck, BASc, services manager for Ontario Hydro was sent to Lahore in March on a six-months' mission
for the Canadian government under the
Colombo Plan to act as technical adviser to the West Pakistan Road Transport Board in setting up maintenance
and repair shops for its fleet of some 1300
A. .1. Kitchen, BA, who since the war
has been in public service in Manitoba
is now director of corrections for the
George W. Minns, BASc, of Oliver,
has been appointed chief forester for Midway Terminals Ltd.
C. R. Webster, BASc, has been made
director   of   the   industry   development
division in the Saskatchewan department
of industry and information.
John S. Garrett, BA, who has lived
for some years in Tokyo, has been promoted to shipping manager Far East for
Dodwell & Co.
William Petrie, BA, PhD (Harvard),
superintendent of the Defence Research
Board's operational research group, is a
Canadian authority on the outer atmosphere. Mrs. Petrie, BA'34, BASc'35, MA
(Columbia), is the former lsabelle Ruth
Colin S. MacKenzie, BA, for the last
three   years   district   superintendent   of
schools   at   Castlegar,   has   been   made
superintendent  for Trail  district.
Robert W. Bonner, BA, LLB'48, attorney-general and minister of industrial
development trade and commerce for
British Columbia, was a speaker at the
first Northwest Resources Conference
held in Grande Prairie in the Peace River
district  this  spring.
J. S. MacKenzie, BASc, has been appointed general superintendent of the
chemical division of the Alcan works at
Arvida. Since starting with the company
at Arvida after his graduation he has
worked in British Guiana and in Calcutta with the Indian Aluminum Company.
S/L Archie T. Paton, BA, is editor
of the R.C.A.F. magazine Roundel, at
headquarters, Ottawa. His wife is the
former Claudia Violet Matheson, BA.
W. E. L. Young, BASc, has been promoted to head the surveys and inventory
division of the B.C. Forest Service in
Donald B. Fields, BCom, was recently
elected president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.
O. J. Hayles, BASc,MEng (McGill).
P. Eng., has been elected vice-president
and general manager of Pyle-National
(Canada) Ltd., manufacturers of electrical equipment,  in Toronto.
Robert Angus MacLeod, BA, MA'45,
PhD (Wis.), biochemist with the Fisheries
Experimental Station here, was honored
U. B. C.   ALUMNI    CHRONICLE by the Royal Society of Canada in Kingston this year when he was awarded the
Harrison prize for meritorious work in
non-medical bacteriology.
Robert W. M. Hill, BSA, MSA'52, has
been appointed biochemist and bacteriologist with the food and drug directorate of the department of national health
and welfare at Vancouver.
Gregory Millar, BA, has been appointed assistant conductor of the New York
Philharmonic Orchestra for the 1960
season. While Leonard Bernstein is on
tour with the orchestra, Mr. Millar is
conducting for "West Side Story," which
is touring the United States. This fall
he will be guest conductor with Benny
Goodman's orchestra in Kalamazoo,
Michigan. While he was attending U.B.C.
he formed a small university orchestra
and gave a few lectures in musical history.
Bert A. Auld, BASc, PhD (Stanford),
who graduated with honours in electrical
engineering, and later returned to U.B.C.
as a research associate, has won the 1959
Microwave Prize of the Institute of
Radio Engineers in the United States
for "the year's outstanding paper published in the microwave field." The research on which the paper was based
was carried out while Dr. Auld was at
U.B.C. working on a grant from the
National Research Council. Since 1958
he has been a research associate with
the Stanford Microwave Laboratory.
Neil T. Gray, BSA, chief bacteriologist for several years with the Fraser
Valley Milk Producers' Association and
recently B.C. sales representative for a
dairy equipment firm, has been appointed
manager of Shannon Dairies Ltd., recently purchased by the F.V.M.P.A.
J. H. Syrett, BA, has been appointed
principal of the Prince Edward Collegiate
Institute in Picton, Ontario.
H. O. H. Vernon-Jackson, BCom, BA
'47, for the past eight years has been in
Nigeria as an official in the North Regional Ministry of Education, living in
Jos. In a letter to the president of the
Alumni Association, he mentions that
he fairly frequently meets U.B.C. graduates in all manner of activities: anthropology, botany, administration, mission
work, and so on.
J. D. Allan, BASc in mechanical engineering, formerly sales manager, construction materials division, has been
appointed product assistant to the vice-
president of the Steel Company of Canada. In his new position Mr. Allan will
undertake special assignments.
Robin M. Farr, BA, since 1950 with
the Copp Clark Publishing Company,
latterly as manager, Western Canada
division, has been appointed the first
director of the new McGill University
The McGill University Press is the
newest of the 36 university presses on
the North American continent. Its operation will be patterned after the famous
presses of Harvard, Yale and Princeton.
Although it is the publishing arm of McGill University the Press will serve
universities across Canada and its books
will be distributed and sold throughout
the world. Its first duty will be the
publication of the results of research in
all fields. It will also publish important
general work for a wide audience of
serious readers to help underwrite the
cost of its subsidized publications. In
time the Press will probably undertake
publication of a number of journals as
well as publications for business and industry on a grant basis. The Press will
be staffed to offer complete editorial and
production service.
Mr. Farr writes: "What we pray for,
of course, is that wonderful thing that
has happened to so many university
presses ... a best-selling non-fiction
work involving re-run after re-run!"
Raymond A. Fenn, BASc, has been
appointed operating superintendent—
polystyrene department in Monsanto
Canada Limited, Montreal. He has been
industrial engineer with the company for
the last five years.
William H. Grant, BEd, superintendent of schools for the Abbotsford area,
has retired after 39 years in the B.C.
school system. After graduation from
Ontario Agricultural College, where he
obtained a degree, he served with the
Canadian armed forces in France. He
came west in 1921 and began his teaching career in Salmon Arm. He became
principal of Salmon Arm high school in
1926 and superintendent of schools in
the same area in 1946. He became superintendent in Prince George in 1948, and
in Abbotsford in 1950.
W. Roderick Hourston, BA, MA'49,
has been made director of the Pacific
area for the federal department of fisheries, at the age of 38. He is a biologist
and has worked in the field of fish culture and fish-dam design and construction. Mr. Hourston's task will be formidable and his powers wide; every aspect of fisheries comes under his supervision.
William D. McFarland, BA, BSW'48,
has been named superintendent of child
welfare in the Alberta department of
public welfare.
J. C. Slingsby, BASc, former Vancouver district sales manager, has been appointed assistant general manager of the
St. Thomas works of Canadian Allis-
David B. Young, BSA, has been named
officer in charge of sheep and beef cattle
production policies for the livestock division of the Canada department of agriculture, Ottawa. He will be coming west
to judge the Ayrshire cattle at this year's
Pacific National Exhibition.
Capt. Richard G. Maltby, BA,BCom,
R.C.O.C, has been posted to headquarters
in Ottawa where he will be in the directorate of survival operations and planning. After attending the Canadian Army
Staff College in 1955 he was posted to
the Eastern Quebec Area Command with
headquarters in Quebec City.
G. Bonar Sutherland, BA, PhD (Stanford), has been appointed associate professor of physiology in the college of
medicine of the University of Saskatchewan. He has been teaching at the
University of Southern California and
the University of Kansas.
W. Maurice Young, BCom, director of
Finning Tractor & Equipment Co., Vancouver, has been awarded an Alfred P.
Sloan fellowship in executive development at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. With his family Mr. Young
moved to Massachusetts in June to spend
a year on special studies in economics and
industrial management with M.I.T. professors, together with field visits and
management seminars with business and
government leaders. This year of the
44 young business executives selected two
came from outside the United States. The
scheme started during the '30s with only
one man each year drawn from outside
the U.S. Of the total of four Canadians
invited since the inception of the scheme
two are U.B.C. graduates—the other was
Don F. Miller, BCom'47, this year's president of the Alumni Association—and a
third, Robert L. Payne, attended U.B.C.
before graduating from McGill.
Ursula H. Abbott (nee Ursula Knight),
BSA, MSA'50, PhD (Berkeley), who is
now assistant professor at the University
of California at Davis, has won a coveted John Simon Guggenheim memorial
foundation fellowship. She will spend
seven months in Europe, in the laboratory of Dr. Etienne Wolffe at the College de France in Paris, and in Edinburgh where she will work under Prof.
C. H. Waddington at the Institute of
Animal Genetics and study also at the
Poultry Research Centre. Her research
project is studies of avian development
by analysis of malformations of diverse
origin. Dr. Abbott's husband, Dr. John
C. Abbott is with the economics division
of FAO with headquarters in Rome. The
Abbotts have two sons, age 5 and 2.
James Ball, BASc, a graduate in electrical engineering, has joined with others
in a partnership to be known as Ball,
Craig, Short & Strong, engineers and
architect, in Willowdale, Ontario.
Martin J. J. Dayton, BASc, P.Eng.,
has established a consulting practice in
water supply and sewage engineering in
West Vancouver.
Hugh S. Gilmour, BA, PhD(Utah), is
now a senior research chemist at Eastman Kodak Co. research laboratories in
Rochester, New York. His interests lie
in fundamental aspects of light reactivated reactions. Mrs. Gilmour, BA, PhD
(Illinois) in bacteriology, (nee Marion
Nyholm) is working at the Eastman
Dental Dispensary, in charge of the bacteriology department. Besides research
she does some teaching and supervision
of master's candidates theses, since the
dispensary is loosely affiliated with the
University of Rochester. The Gilmours'
daughter, Lisa, was born in January,
J. Geoffrey Holland, BA, has been promoted to district sales manager, chemi-
U. B. C.   ALUMNI    CHRONICLE     6 cals,   Montreal,   for   Monsanto   Canada
E. M. Howell, BCom, formerly district
manager for B.C., has been made regional
sales manager for Studebaker-Packard of
Canada, with jurisdiction over B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.
W. Eric Macfarlane, BASc, technical
superintendent of the Shawinigan works
of Du Pont of Canada since 1957, has
been assigned to special studies in the
company's research and development department in  Montreal.
Gordon Selman, BA, assistant director
of U.B.C.'s extension department, has
been elected president of the Vancouver
branch of the United Nations Association.
Gordon McL. Wilson, BA, PhD (London), an anthropologist who has been in
East Africa for more than ten years with
various government departments, three
years ago left government work to form
his own company in Nairobi doing
market research, aided by the wealth of
statistical and other data he had obtained
during those years. European and Japanese investors have been clamoring for
market information as Kenya, with a
population of 6 million, nears some form
of nationhood.
J. A. (John) Young, BCom, has returned to Canada after completing his
assignment to set up an education system
for the Dyaks in Borneo under the Colombo Plan. He has won a $1500 graduate assistantship at U.B.C. to work on
his master's degree in education. Mrs.
Young, the former Dale English, assistant
editor of Weekend Magazine, Montreal,
—their marriage in Singapore was reported in the last issue of this magazine—
also plans to take post-graduate work
here. Before Mr. Young left for Borneo
in 1957 he was school principal in
Greenwood, B.C.
Thomas S. Dybhavn, BASc, has joined
the firm of British Columbia Lightweight
Aggregates Ltd. as plant engineer and
technical sales representative.
John D. Frazee, BASc, has been appointed sales manager, Vancouver, for
Finning Tractor & Equipment  Co.  Ltd.
J. D. Little, BASc, has been made manager in charge of logging for Midway
Terminals Ltd.
William A. Roedde, BA, has been appointed assistant director of the public
library service  in Toronto.
C. Al Westcott, BA, BSW'51, has been
named executive director of the Saskatchewan Council for Crippled Children
and Adults, with offices in Saskatoon.
He was formerly with the federal citizenship branch in Edmonton where he was
the Alumni Association's branch president.
W. Fraser Wiggins, BASc, of Honeywell Controls Ltd. in Vancouver and
president of the B.C. chapter of the
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, was
host to the Society's sixty-seventh annual
conference held this June for the first
time in Vancouver.
W. Revis Ayers, BASc, MASc'53, PhD
(Stanford), whose specialty is microwave
electronics, is doing basic microwave research for Varian Associates, a firm with
U.S. defense department contracts for
missile and satellite components, in Palo
Alto, California.
Louis D. Burke, BA, has been posted
from Ottawa to Sydney, Australia, where
he will be assistant Canadian trade commissioner.
Thomas Franck, BA, LLB'53, LLM
and SJD (Harvard), has completed a
scholarly book which is also timely, Race
and Nationalism: The Struggle for Power
in Rhodesia and Nyasaland, published by
Fordham University Press. Dr. Franck,
who is associate professor of International Law at New York University,
spent this summer in London discussing
the  new Rhodesian constitution.
Donald M. Gray, BSA, MSA (Tor.),
PhD (Iowa S.U.), has been appointed
assistant professor of agricultural engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.
Noel A. Hall, BCom, MBA (U.S.C.),
DBA (Harvard), assistant professor in the
commerce faculty's division of production, was awarded his doctorate in June
with a thesis titled "The significance of
environment to the role of the union
business agent."
F. Walter Scott, BArch, was chairman
of a two-day conference in May on
church building sponsored by the Vancouver Council of Churches and the
Vancouver chapter, Architectural Institute of B.C.
David Y. K. Soon, BSA, BA and MA
(U. of San Francisco), has been appointed general secretary of the Kitimat
John C. Foote, BCom, since 1958 sales
representative, corrugated box products,
southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, has
been made sales supervisor, Okanagan
and Kootenays, for Crown Zellerbach.
Robert W. Greig, LLB, has been appointed deputy registrar of companies
replacing Arthur H. Hall, LLB'48, recently  promoted to registrar of companies.
Alan E. Insley, BASc, DICMSc (Eng.),
P.Eng., has been appointed chief engineer of the soil mechanics and testing
branch of R. C. Thurber and Associates,
consulting civil engineers, in Victoria.
Mr. Insley has recently returned after
two years as a research student at Imperial College in London where he specialized in foundation engineering.
Earl A. Levin, BArch (Man.), MSc,
formerly senior planner with the architectural and planning division of the
Central Mortgage and Housing Corp.,
Ottawa, has been made director of the
community planning branch of the Saskatchewan department of municipal affairs.
Arthur L.  Lazenby,   BCom,  is  a  recording   engineer   with   Lansdowne   Recordings in London, England.
Patrick T. MacKenzie, BA, MA (Cantab.), has been appointed to the department of philosophy, University of Saskatchewan.
Robert C. Thompson, BA, MA'56, has
been awarded a PhD in mathematics at
the California Institute of Technology.
Robert K. Bourne, BA, MA (Wis), is
working towards his PhD in educational
statistics at the University of Wisconsin.
Alexander Ilczenko, BCom, is an internal auditor with C-I-L in Montreal.
Hugh Lazenby, BA, spent the summer
on a geological survey out of Kitimat
for the Frobisher company.
Donald J. Lugtig, BSW, MSW'56, is
with the Children's Aid Society in Bemid-
ji, Minnesota.
Dean MacGillivray, BASc, MSc(Cal
Tech.), has been awarded a PhD in
aeronautics at California Institute of
James M. MacNicol, BCom, MBA
(Western Ont.), has been named manager
of the Saskatchewan division of the
Canadian Petroleum Association.
James A. Rainer, BCom, MBA (Wash.),
has been appointed to the newly-created
post of district representative, Eastern
Canada, pulp and paper sales, for Crown
Zellerbach Canada Limited with headquarters in Toronto. Mr. Rainer handled
much of the development of Crown Seal,
first polyethylene breadwrap in Canada,
which was introduced last September.
Robin J. Abercrombie, BA, has been
appointed statistician for the Canadian
Petroleum Association.
Robert M. Dawson, BCom, is touring
Canada after returning from Guatemala
and before going to Manila, Philippines,
as vice-consul and assistant trade commissioner.
John G. Preston, BASc, has been appointed to the University of Western
Ontario school of business administration.
Jane Woolliams, BHE, will be teaching home economics at West Elgin district high school, Dutton, Ontario, next
Ian Gartshore, BASc, MSc (London),
who was in England for the last two
years on an Athlone fellowship for postgraduate study in mechanical engineering at Imperial College, London University, started home this spring by way of
Africa   and   Buenos   Aires.
TEY, BCom'52, a daughter, Margaret
Ann, May 29,  1960, in Vancouver.
BCom'59, a daughter, May 23, 1960,
in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
BCom'56, (nee ESTHER ANN BIS-
SETT, BA'54), a daughter, July 25,
1960, in Athens, Greece.
MR. and MRS. KINGSLEY F. HARRIS, BCom'47, BSF'48, (nee JUAN-
ITA GOODMAN, BCom'47), a son,
Clayton William, May 28, 1960, in
BCom'52, (nee JOAN I. WOLSTEN-
CROFT, BA'53), a son, Stephen John,
May 9, 1960, in Vancouver.
BASc'60, a daughter, Alison Elaine,
June 17, 1960, in Vancouver.
'53, LLB'54, twins, Arthur and Elizabeth Louise, May 10, 1960, in Ottawa,
BCom'56, a daughter, May 7, 1960, in
DAVIDSON, BA'49), a daughter,
Jocelyn Gay, May 3, 1960, in Vancouver.
BCom'56, a daughter, Janet Cathleen,
May 21, 1960, in Vancouver.
MR. and MRS. ED PARKER, BA'54, a
son, David Kendall, June 8, 1960, in
Stanford, California, U.S.A.
(nee JEAN H. McLEOD, BHE'50), a
daughter, Kathleen Ann, July 1, 1960,
in Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A.
THOMPSON, BA'52), a son, David
John, in Vancouver.
BHE'55), a daughter, Suzanne Katherine, in Vancouver.
STEACY, BA'52, a son, Andrew
Charles, May 25, 1960, in Prince
(nee TRUDY THOMAS, BA'52), a
daughter, Jennifer Anne, March 12,
1960, in Montreal, P.Q.
Peter Howard Spohn, MD (Toronto),
F.R.C.P.(C), clinical assistant professor
of paediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine,
was drowned May 9, at his summer
home near Vancouver. He was 43 years
Born in Penetanguishene, Ontario,
Peter Spohn was the son of the well-
known Vancouver paediatrician, Dr. A.
Howard Spohn. After taking his pre-
medical course at U.B.C, and graduating from Toronto in 1942, he joined the
army. Overseas, he served with No. 18
Canadian General Hospital, No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance, and the Second
Anti-Tank Regiment.
Following the war, he took post-graduate training at the Hospital for Sick
Children in Toronto, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and Banting Institute,
and received his certification in paediatrics in 1949. On returning to Vancouver,
Dr. Spohn started practice with his father.
He was an active member of the Children's Hospital staff and lecturer in
paediatrics in St. Paul's hospital nursing
school, besides carrying on clinical research on the use of ACTH and cortisone, and, with Dr. W. C. Gibson, on
the development and functioning of the
motor system.
Dr.   Spohn   is  survived   by   his  wife,
Janet, and three children, Nancy, Margo
and Peter, and his father.
The Rev. Drummond Wilson Oswald,
BA, MA'31, BD (Knox College), died
June 7 in Merritton, Ontario, where he
was minister of St. Andrew's Presbyterian
church.   He was 51.
Mr. Oswald, who was born in Fort
Langley, took his degrees in chemistry
and taught in Kimberley high school before entering the ministry in 1938. A
former moderator of the Niagara Presbytery, at the time of his death he was
clerk of the Presbytery and chaplain of
the Merritton branch of the Canadian
Legion. He leaves his wife in Merritton
and two sisters, Mrs. William Howett,
Whitehorse, Yukon, and Mrs. Lloyd
Hoole, South Burnaby.
Andrew McKellar, BA, PhD (Berkeley), one of Canada's most brilliant scientists and president of the Royal Astronomical Society in Canada, died May 6
in Veterans' Hospital in Victoria at the
age of 50.
Assistant director of the Dominion
Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria
since 1951, Dr. McKellar first went there
as a student assistant in the year of his
graduation. He won his PhD at the age
of 23, and after teaching at M.I.T. he
joined the staff of the observatory in
1935 where he served continuously except for war service with the R.C.N.
Dr. McKellar was well known to scientists for his studies of energy emission
by stars and was a member of many
international associations of astronomers.
To the Victoria laymen who knew little
of his world-wide reputation he was a
gracious host at the observatory on Saturday nights in the summer when he
would make astronomy "come alive" for
Dr. McKellar leaves his wife, a son,
Robert, 14, and daughter, Barbara, 13,
at home, 2570 Lansdowne Road, Victoria; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John
McKellar, Vancouver; two brothers, and
three sisters.
Herman Derick Bischoff, BA, MA'56,
died June 8, at the age of 53.
Mr. Bischoff's struggle against Parkinson's disease started when he was 25.
A teacher, when he had to give up teaching in class he tutored in languages. Besides Latin and Greek, he was proficient
in German and Spanish, and took his
master's degree four years ago in Slavonic languages. He was learning Japanese when a year ago he was finally paralysed completely in speech and limb.
Until that time his indomitable figure
was a familiar sight on the campus. He
was a good friend of the University and
the Alumni Association.
Mr. Bischoff, who came with his family from Holland in his youth, leaves his
mother and brother John in Vancouver,
and a sister, Mrs. J. J. Alberts, in Abbotsford.
Donald Kellie Bell, BA, BCom, MA
'39, who retired as an associate professor in the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration this year, died
in Vancouver following a heart attack
on July 10.   He was 65.
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Mr.
Bell was awarded the Kiwanis Club gold
medal as head of his graduating class in
commerce and during his career at
U.B.C. he also won the I. J. Klein
scholarship and the Carnegie graduate
Mr. Bell joined the staff of the Faculty
of Commerce in 1946 after working for
a number of business concerns in B.C.
and the United States. He was responsible for the development of programs
in transportation and purchasing and
trained a considerable number of graduates who are now occupying important
posts in transportation.
Richard Francis Owen, BA, was killed
June 13 in the crash of a timber-spraying
plane, near Fredericton, New Brunswick.
In his second year as a medical student
here, and an experienced pilot, Mr. Owen
was working on a summer job. He was
the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Owen of
6583 Marguerite Street, and leaves many
friends in the University.
John Forbes Gordon, AB (Harvard),
BSW, died June 29 at his home in Vernon, B.C., at the age of 50.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania,
Mr. Gordon lost his eyesight at 17, but
nevertheless went on to complete his degree in economics at Harvard University
where he also displayed his ability as a
pianist in the Hasty Pudding Society.
After taking his BSW degree here he
enrolled in the master's course and at
the time of his death was preparing a
thesis on the rehabilitation of epileptics
in British Columbia.
Mr. Gordon was well known in the
development of the Seeing Eye Foundation for Guide Dogs and other activities
connected with the blind. He lectured
on the Seeing Eye movement in Japan,
New Zealand, France and the United
Kingdom. In the Okanagan Valley, where
he and his wife operated the Vernon
Book Shop for 6 years, he furthered the
provision of library services and the Vernon orchestra. His generous donations
to the University Development Fund
helped to finance numerous research
works in the Faculty of Medicine. Mr.
Gordon is survived by his wife Nancy
Mating Gordon, BA'60, at their home,
Kalamalka Lake, R.R. 2, Vernon.
Bruce George Neilson, BSF, was
drowned in late June with three other
men in a boating mishap on Stuart
Lake in north central British Columbia.
The group, which also included Henry
Laurence Burnham, 21, a second-year
arts student from Trail, were making a
timber inventory as summer workers
for the B.C. Forest Service. Mr. Neilson
was 25.
The State of the University Committee resulted from discussions
held in 1958 by the Alumni Association and the board of management. The startling growth of the
University and other problems gave
rise to the belief that graduates
might play a useful role in assessing
these problems. The administration
of the University, when approached,
agreed that such a study would be
of value.
A sub-committee was established
to set out terms of reference and a
proposed membership. Subsequently, Stuart Keate was appointed
chairman of the committee and Ted
Baynes, co-chairman.
In the months that followed,
various sub-committees investigated
U.B.C. housing, counselling and
student employment, standards and
Stuart Keate
General Chairman,
State of the
University Committee
scholarship, equalization grants,
and student-alumni relations. Inevitably the committee came to consider other problems such as
finance, construction costs, problems of the "lonely" student and
the commuter and the general
future of the University.
On the pages which follow is the
report of the State of the University Committee. It was felt that the
report was so exhaustive and all-
embracing that it should be reproduced, almost in its entirety, in the
U.B.C. Alumni Chronicle.
It is, without doubt, the most important project ever undertaken by
the Association and it demonstrates
the continuing interest and concern
which graduates feel for their alma
What is the
State of the
'There can be little doubt about it: in
physical appearance and structure, U.B.C. has
come a long ivay, in half a century,
from the impoverished
days of the Fairview Shacks'
State of  the University Committee
What is the "state of the Universitv"? Jn a word:
More students (almost 11,000) arc attending UBC today than ever before; more per capita in this province
than in any other part of Canada. The sombre silences of
April study-time are punctuated by the drill of jack-hammers, as striking new edifices arise on almost every corner
of the campus. Prestige of the University, across the nation,
is high, and has been enhanced by the number of distinguished international scholars and "world personalities"
who have come to its lecterns.
Extension services and adult education courses have
carried the influence of UBC to the far corners of British
Columbia and underlined its role as a truly Provincial
institution; the core and epicentre of free inquiry in our
.society. Faculty members have been projected into the
mainstream of business and social currents as chairmen of
diverse Royal Commissions.
Students work and play on a "promontory campus" of
matchless scenic splendor, surrounded by all the trappings
of an affluent society: an Olympic-standard swimming
pool, elegant new classrooms, splendid gymnasia, a modern
art gallery (from which exhibits disappear at regular intervals) and a dozen other manifestations of intellectual and
recreational pursuit.
'The day is not distant, tie were told, when no less
than 160 sections would be required for the
teaching of freshman English. Are there that
many top flight teachers available? Would
standards subside under such a mass impact?'
'Paradoxically, the students who may be
getting least out of University life are the
native "commuters"—men and women who
spend up to an hour or two a day fust
driving to and from the campus'
In behind the student body is an Alumni Association
loyal, dedicated and active, 7.500 of whom demonstrated
their support by personal contributions to the recent
Development Fund. Faculty salaries are among the highest
in Canada.
There can be little doubt about it: in physical appearance and structure. UBC has come a long way. in half a
century, from the impoverished days of the "Fairview
Yet it would be unwise to assume from the foregoing
that everything is balmy in the Groves of Academe. We
have problems, most of them generated by the astonishing
growth of the institution: a growth which has been accompanied by mixed feelings of delight, bewilderment, even
The Problems of Size
In inquiries conducted by your Committee, the question of sheer size arose time and again, and in many forms.
Parents of out-of-town students complained that their sons
and daughters were "lost" on the sprawling Point Grey
campus. Fears were expressed that the University might
degenerate into a massive culture foundry. Alumni found
themselves constantly reminded of the warning of President
Claude Bissell of the University of Toronto—stated in
another place, but in a similar context—"Bigness must not
be confused with greatness".
How big should a University be? Is bigness of itself an
evil? The argument was advanced in our hearings that sub
stantial dimensions help attract an outstanding faculty;
better research facilities, better budgets, ergo, better
Are 11,000 students too many? 15,000? 25,000?
That these questions are far from academic may be seen
from a scientific projection of UBC's growth. This envisages a student body of 23,000 in 1975—just 15 years from
now—and of 33,300 in 1985!
The day is not distant, we were told, when no less than
160 sections would be required for the teaching of freshman English. Are there that many top-flight teachers available? Would standards subside under such a mass impact?
The State of the University Committee could arrive at
no definitive answer to the question of size. Some members
thought that the University was too big now. Others felt
that expansion was inevitable. Almost all agreed that some
measures of de-centralization—such as an on-campus College structure, or the establishment of a year-round "Quarter" system, similar to that obtaining at the University of
Washington—must be given  serious  consideration.
Indeed, in all our researches we found only one academician brave enough to attempt a positive catalogue of
student enrolments. Writing in the public prints (as a
private citizen) Professor Anthony Emery, who teaches
English and history at UBC's affiliate in Victoria, settled
on 2,500 students as a maximum figure for that institution
beyond which he "was not prepared to budge". And he
1 1
'The dynamic growth of the University over the past
15 years is largely due, in the opinion of your committee,
to the brilliant leadership of
President Norman A. M. MacKenzie.   Its stature
today is a monument to his labours'
"If you want to convince me that a University can
exceed an enrolment of 5,000 or 6,000 without sacrificing
much of what goes to make a University, you are going to
have your work cut out. Seven thousand and it's crowded;
8,000 and it's over-crowded; 9.000 and you can't use the
library until third year; 10,000 and third-year students are
marking first-year papers; 12,000—and you might as well
affiliate with General Motors, for all the personal touch
there will be left in the institution."
The Problem of Dollars
The second, and inevitable, problem raised by growth is
finance. Not only the money needed to provide new classrooms and residences, but the day-to-day operating
account; the funds needed to pay the bills and tend the
In this regard, your Committee has been impressed by
the brief presented to the Hon. Minister of Education at
the year's end, which shows that UBC is awarded by
Federal and Provincial governments the least per capita
(per full-time winter session student) of any of the four
western provincial universities. (See U.B.C. Alumni
Chronicle, Volume 14, No. 1, Spring, 1960). This study
showed also that on a compensated basis, the per-student
grant from the Provincial government today is about 8%
lower than it was in 1952-53, despite the fact that provincial revenues in B.C. were higher than in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.
This Alumni brief recommended establishment of a
formula which would eliminate "the annual uncertainty" of
the operating grant. It was suggested that for the year
1960-61 the Provincial grant should be $726 for each full-
time student in the winter session—the same sum that is
provided by Manitoba, the western Canadian province with
the least revenue.
It was argued that establishment of a formula would
eliminate protracted negotiations, avoid possible public and
student controversy, and be of great assistance to the University in planning the most efficient use of its money.
With this we wholeheartedly agree.
Have We a Character?
There is another aspect of growth which gave some
concern to your Committee and, while philosophical in
nature, seems inextricably linked with any assessment of
the "state" of the University. It is this: what is the present
character of UBC?
Character, it has been said, is a subtle thing, and is not
much talked about. A great British editor once described it
as "the slow deposit of past actions and ideals". A noted
Canadian educator said recently that a University should
be known as "the powerhouse of freedom".
Committee members had difficulty in defining the
present character of UBC. One said candidly that it was
impossible. Another submitted that it was "cosmopolitan",
citing its welcome to the Sopron faculty after the Hungarian revolution; the establishment of International House;
the high incidence (10 per cent) of foreign students; the
formidable   number   of   Commonwealth,   European   and
American scholars who had lectured in our halls.
Another praised UBC as "the only University in the
world where a student could go out for English rugby,
soccer, Canadian football and American football." Still another alumnus described UBC as nouveau riche, with a few
of its attendant vulgarities (i.e., too great a concern for
money) and added: "I just can't get used to those damned
buckets of wine in the Faculty Club."
However elusive of definition UBC's character may be,
Committee members who discussed the subject agreed
unanimously that it was there in the beginning, and in the
"Hungry 30's", and again in the student-veteran days of
the immediate post-war period.
They were not so sure about today. They were disturbed
by reports from the Students' Council that undergraduates
of the 60's were "apathetic." It was noted that student
offices were hard to fill, for a lack of candidates. Many
outstanding meetings were ill-attended. The Ubyssey advertised desperately for help.
Thus has arisen the anomaly of poverty amidst plenty
—a poverty of the spirit in a plenty of creature comforts.
What made UBC great, the Committee felt, was the
yeasty, rambunctious, do-it-yourself ethos which marked
the Great Trek and is summed up in the words: "The Cairn
Spirit." It re-occurred in the great Petition Drive of the
early 30's, when the University was threatened with
closure; and again in the post-war period, when diapers
appeared on the clotheslines outside the Fort camps, and
professors exclaimed, with reverence and awe, at the keen
attention they were accorded in the classrooms.
The Residential Life
Some of this spirit seems to have vanished; and if so,
the University has lost some of its character. Perhaps it
has merely shifted venue.
It was the strong conviction of your Committee that the
most privileged person on the campus today is the student
living in residence—and particularly, the 300 men and 270
women who live in "new" residences, as distinguished from
the Fort camps.* Here he is afforded an opportunity to
learn the most useful lesson of all, a lesson not always
taught in the classrooms: of learning to live with other
Sharing a bedroom, eating in a common dining-hall,
consulting with a friendly don, indulging in the "bull sessions" which contiguity inspires, he has a sense of belonging
and of purpose which seems to make the whole thing
worthwhile. One student in a residence of 96 may, by this
strange alchemy, become one well-adjusted student on a
campus of 11,000.
Evidence that this was so was encountered frequently
in field trips made by Alumni Association officers, and
reported to your Committee. Parents of students who were
described as "lost" or "lonely" while billeted in a grubby
Sasamat basement now told of letters home, enthusiastic in
their praise of the residential life.
•Another 100 men have been accommodated, at no cost to the University,
in five new homes on "Fraternity Row", Wesbrook Crescent.
'U.B.C. is recognized . . . as the institution that "broke the mold"
in fund raising patterns.   The belief that the public
and industry would contribute to a "State" institution was viewed
with much skepticism . . . Today it is an accepted fact and
U.B.C. is given credit . . . for introducing this imaginative technique'
Paradoxically, the students who may be getting least
out of University life are the native "commuters"—men
and women who spend up to an hour or two each day just
driving to and from the campus. This is study-time lost. It
also precludes, for many of them, the possibility of taking
part-time work to help finance their education—a liability
not suffered by those in residence. It was noted by your
Committee that many "commuters" are compelled to use
their cars as study-cells and even as lunch-rooms. We sympathize with them.
Problems of the Future
It is recognized that UBC is not alone in its difficulties,
as it passes the watershed of 10,000 students and contemplates the onrushing waves of the future. Indeed, almost
every University in Canada today is seeking funds for
new buildings, new equipment, additional staff and higher
salaries. It may be of interest to the board that UBC is
recognized across Canada today as the institution which
"broke the mold" in fund-raising patterns. The belief that
the public and industry would contribute to a "state"
institution was viewed with much skepticism, when the
UBC Development Fund drive was launched in 1958.
Today it is an accepted fact, and UBC is given credit (and,
by one or two titans of industry, blame) for introducing
this imaginative technique.
The pressures of the past have temporarily abated.We
have a number of fine new buildings, and plans for more
on the drafting board.
At the start of a new decade, we may well pause to take
stock, consolidate our gains, and set our sights on our
ultimate destination. No doubt in the end this will resolve
itself into a compromise between "What we would like to
have" and "What we can pay for".
The dynamic growth of the University over the past
15 years is largely due, in the opinion of your Committee,
to the brilliant leadership of President Norman A. M. MacKenzie. Its stature today is a monument to his labors.
We note with deep gratification the superb rapport
between "town and gown" which has been developed
during Dr. MacKenzie's tenure, as well as the nation-wide
interest and support accorded our Alma Mater. The University has "come of age" under his guidance.
At a recent meeting of the "Friends of the University",
Dr. MacKenzie raised the question of his eventual retirement from office. It was gratifying to learn that he is
willing to carry on in office, on a year-to-year basis, and
that he has found the Presidency a challenging and rewarding experience.
Your Committee feels that all Alumni will agree with
the view that "Larry" MacKenzie is going to be an
extremely difficult man to follow. His successor will have
to be a truly outstanding man.
We would hope that such a man may be found in
Canada. If not, we do not feel it presumptuous to suggest
that a careful search of Commonwealth countries be
undertaken. We believe that, at this stage of the University's development, this will be a crucial choice, in which all
Alumni should take an active interest.
1. That the report of the State of the University
Committee be studied and discussed by the Alumni
board of management and, if ratified, passed to the
board of governors for consideration and action where
deemed necessary and practicable.
2. That the report on housing be presented as soon
as possible to the board of governors' committee on
housing, having in mind the urgency of the problem.
3. That the report on student counselling and
faculty advisors be drawn to the attention of Senate and
Faculty Council, with the aim of implementing such a
system at the earliest possible date.
4. That the board of management continue to press
for a satisfactory formula for operating grants from the
provincial government, in order that prudent planning
and orderly management of University business may be
5. That, in order to strengthen and enhance student-
alumni relations, the Alumni Association give consideration to:
(a) Establishment of a "Student of the Year" award,
comparable in prestige to the "Great Trekker" award
made annually to Alumni; to be selected and presented
at the annual Convocation Ball, and
(b) Creation of an annual dinner, at which the
Alumni board of management would play host to the
students' council at the Faculty Club, and engage in a
free and frank discussion of student-alumni problems.
6. That, in order to perpetuate "The Cairn Spirit",
a brochure be published telling the story of the Great
Trek, for distribution at the time of registration, and as
an adjunct to the Cairn ceremony itself.
7. That standing committees be created on housing
and student-alumni relations, at the nomination of the
board of management.
8. That public relations facilities of the University
be reviewed and coordinated, with the possible addition
of at least one full-time employee, the better to project
the image of the University to the public in general and
the alumni in particular.
9. That the board of management appoint a committee, consisting of the Alumni president and at least
three alumni from other sections of Canada, to consult
with senate and the board of governors on the choice
of a University president, at such time as the post becomes open for nomination.
10. That, having in mind the fact that alumni today
contribute more than any other source to Universitv
revenues in the United States, by way of gifts, legacies,
etc., that the Alumni Association appoint a committee
to assist the development council in strengthening and
expanding the endowment resources of the University
of British Columbia.
'It is strongly urged that every effort
be made to accelerate the rate of housing
construction on the U.B.C. campus'
'We recommend the building of residences
according to the Harvard Plan,
men's and women's residences adjacent
with shared dining facilities'
As a result of its research and investigation, this committee would
strongly urge that the University reassess its philosophy of student housing. It is the feeling of the committee
that housing should be regarded not as
mere living accommodation but as a
significant and vital part of higher
The committee suggests, as docs
the American Institute of Architects,
that "student housing is a proper
function of colleges and universities
. . . because it is potentially a source
of educational experience of great
practical value", or from the same report, "Unless there are educational
objectives for a residential program,
there is a serious question as to
whether or not educational institutions are justified in large expenditures
of funds for student housing. If shelter
is the only objective, then greater
effort should be made to encourage
private investors to construct student
lodging off the college campus."!
The University should regard as its
responsibility all housing for students
whether it be University residences or
private housing, and the basic philosophy as outlined above should apply
to all present and future policies in
relation to housing.
With these concepts in mind, the
following recommendations are proposed:
1. It is strongly urged that every
effort be made to accelerate the rate
of housing construction on the U.B.C.
campus. The urgency for housing is
influenced by the following factors:
(1) This study has been conducted by the Department of Education and Research of the American Institute of Architects with the cooperation
and assistance of the following organizations:
National Association of Women's Deans and
Counsellors; Student Personnel Administrators;
College and University Housing Officers; American Society of Landscape Architects.
Survey data included in this report are opinions
of 104 Deans of Women and Deans of Men, 17
landscape architects. 31 architects and 998
studems living in campus-operated housing. It
is believed that student statistics are unusually
significant because of architectural background
and training of most respondents which has
made them aware of their own living environment.
'Facilities should be provided on the
U.B.C. campus which would create opportunity,
in relaxed and aesthetic surroundings, for a greater interchange
between resident students,  non-resident students and  members  of faculty'
(a) All submissions from people
throughout the province strongly supported increased housing and it appears likely that increased housing
along with equalization grants would
greatly lessen the demand for junior
(b) No improvement can be expected in off-campus housing or the camps
until the University can offer an alternative by increased housing on
(c) If increased enrolment figures
are realized, much more housing will
have to be supplied and if the community is expected to provide this,
students will be forced "further away
from the campus and into marginal
housing areas, often in buildings which
are unsanitary and constitute fire
hazards. Frequently undesirable social
influences are present."L> Because of
our "peninsula" location, the fact that
land adjoining the campus consists of
a high class residential area and the
fact that half of British Columbia's
population is outside greater Vancouver, the problem is much more
serious than at other institutions. It is
the opinion of the committee that the
present provision for 15 to 16 per cent
of the students is far below requirements.
(d) If the premise is accepted that
housing is part of the educational experience, it should be offered to as
many students as possible.
2. That a long-term master plan3 be
evolved for residences at the University based upon a policy which would
take into consideration the following
(a) Clearly defined objectives for
housing. The following are recommended as objectives:
(i) The best food and accommodation possible at the least cost,
(ii) The best possible study conditions.
(iii) Maximum opportunity for
recreation as defined in its broadest
(iv) Maximum opportunity for association with other residents to develop a respect for, and an ability to
live and work cooperatively with,
other people.
(v) The presence of an optimum
number of mature personnel for
(vi) Maximum opportunity for the
development of aesthetic appreciation.
(It should be pointed out that the
lack of evidence of such objectives in
present housing facilities at U.B.C.
provided the basis for much of the
criticism of housing from the people
of the province).
(b) The integration of off-campus
students. The committee recommends
that in the construction of future
buildings provision be made for facilitating the integration of off-campus
students through such means as common rooms, dining facilities, etc. The
dean of women of MacDonald Institute suggests the following: "Some area
. . . should provide lockers, washrooms
lounges and study areas for off-campus persons. The locker and washroom
area must be sufficiently large to allow
for storage of books and paper and
also adequate space for storage of
special clothes which might be required for attendance at some campus
functions after hours."
(c) The formulation of a policy that
recognizes the increased trend toward
married students. In the report of the
National (U.S.) Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges it is reported that
after a thorough study of figures of
married students throughout the
United States it has been decided that
this is a permanent trend universities
must cope with.
(d) The building of residences according to the Harvard Plan, men's
and women's residences adjacent with
shared dining facilities. The committee, prompted by the strong feeling of
the former dean of women's committee
and the letter from this advisory committee filed with the board of governors, has fully explored the question of
adjacent residences and feels objections to such building plans are no
longer valid. This position has been
strongly supported by the deans of
women questioned and by the people
of the province.
(e) The committee suggests that in
future building an open competition
for architects be considered.
3. That cost of construction of residences be reviewed. The Committee
was informed that the per capita cost
of constructing the new men's residences was $4,500 without dining
facilities and $5,500 with dining
facilities. The following figures are
suggested as comparisons. (See Table
A). In presenting these figures, it is
realized that unless all factors involved
in a quoted figure are clearly set forth,
the degree of relevance cannot be determined.
(2) Higher Education 1955, Department of
Health,   Education   and  Welfare.
(3) The Committee realizes a plan does exist
for future building but is suggesting a more
extensive   and   longer   range   one.
University  of British
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McGill  University
University  of  Colorado
Washington  State   University
University  of  Utah
Without   Dining
ido 3,300
With  Dining
In connection with the costs of
housing it is suggested the possibility
of financing housing through Central
Mortgage and Housing be investigated.
It is also suggested that the possibility
of apartment-type housing be explored. The committee is not qualified
to investigate this matter but would
like to suggest the following advantages of such a program:
(a) A much less institutional type of
atmosphere than large dormitories provide.
(b) The simple conversion of such
housing to provide for faculty and married students.
(c) The greater possibility of a revenue type of housing when the University is not in session. It is recognized
that one of the greatest problems in a
large housing development is the summer vacation period. We suggest that
serious consideration be given to the
use of the residences during this period
to absorb the overflow of tourists and
attendants at conventions from the
overcrowded Vancouver hotels. The
University campus could be an ideal
centre for certain types of conventions
interested in educational, artistic or
athletic phases, as well as the basic industries. For success, it would be important that such a project be run
under sound hotel management
4. That a central administrative department be established at the University to administer all matters relating
to housing. This committee does not
feel qualified to suggest how this might
fit into the general administrative
framework of the University nor to
suggest the numbers of or qualifications for persons concerned in such a
-lepartment but would suggest it encompass the following functions:
(a) The control and administration
of all financial matters in connection
with the management and maintenance
of present buildings and the construction of new buildings. Envisaged here
as well is the possibility of the management of residences as revenue
gaining enterprises when the University is not in session.
(b) The direction of all athletic,
cultural and academic programs in
the residences and the coordination of
these with all other student activities.
It is felt a coordinated program of this
kind with a central directing authority
would further integrate the off-campus
student into the life of the University
as well as developing within the residences a program which would make
residence living truly  an educational
experience. In making such a suggestion the committee realizes the need
to recognize the tradition of student
autonomy at U.B.C. in organizing and
carrying out their own activities. The
suggested department could, however,
stimulate, coordinate and balance
student activity and supply a degree of
continuity not presently existing.
The report on housing represents the efforts of two groups: the
State of the University sub-committee, chaired by Mr. James Pike,
and the board of management's
women's committee, chaired by
Mrs. Alex Fisher. The conclusions
of Mr. Pike's earlier report to the
State of the University Committee
have been incorporated into the
The sub-committee on housing
had the following personnel: Ted
Baynes, George M. Knight, Donald
Lanskail, Mrs. Fred Boyle, Mission
City; H. R. Hatfield, Penticton, and
Mrs. Alex Fisher. The women's
committee on housing was made
up of Miss Rika Wright, Mrs. L.
H. Leeson, Mrs. A. F. McKay, Miss
Anne Howorth, Miss M. Leighton
and Mrs. Fisher, Chairman.
The conclusions and recommendations made by the committee are
drawn from questionnaires returned from the following:
• Three western Canadian universities, McGill and four US. universities of comparable enrolment.
• Fifteen U.B.C. Alumni
branches throughout B.C. completed by parents of students, students, teachers and alumni.
• Deans of women at six Canadian and four US. universities of
comparable enrolment.
• General information and
printed material supplied by the
American Alumni Council, Education and Welfare; the Office of
Statistical Information and Research, American Council on Education; the American Council on
Educational Studies, and the Association of College and University
Housing Officers.
• Interviews with University
personnel and students and tours
of housing facilities at U.B.C.
(c) The hiring and direction of all
personnel connected with housing.
The personnel involved in the maintenance and management of residences
would be the complete responsibility
of this department but those persons
involved in counselling and in the
supervision of students would be approved by the dean of women and her
counterpart for the men's residences.
In this connection, the committee
would like to point out the importance
of separating the functions of discipline and counselling in dormitory
(d) A program of approved housing
for off-campus students. The concern
of the committee about the need for
providing approved housing has led to
the establishment of a small group to
assist the dean of women in an inspection of houses where the householder
has agreed. The first inspection will
take place in the spring of 1960 and
after this the committee will be prepared to make more concrete recommendations as to the extent of the need
for such a program. This is regarded
as a preliminary step toward such a
program and the committee strongly
urges that approved housing for students become an administrative function of the University. The report of
the Architects Institute suggests such
supervision has become a growing
trend throughout the last fifteen years
and most deans of women regard it as
a necessary responsibility of the University.
5. That so long as dormitory facilities remain inadequate for out-of-town
students, selection not be based on an
attempt to house all first-year students.
The committee recognizes the desirability of housing all first-year students
but it would seem an increase in the
rate of construction would be a better
way of ensuring this. It is recommended that the selection of students for
dormitories should be based on an attempt to have representatives of all
classes in each dormitory in order to
achieve a better balance and a more
mature atmosphere. This is suggested
in the belief that in this way residents
would receive greater benefit from
dormitory living. The committee does
feel geographic distance from the University should remain a factor in the
selection of students for dormitories.
6. That rules and regulations for
student behaviour in dormitories and
the manner in which these are enforced be reviewed. This area was the
chief area of complaint by people
throughout the province but the committee does not feel well enough informed or qualified to suggest any
recommendations in this regard.
7. That facilities be provided on the
U.B.C. campus which would create
opportunity, in relaxed and aesthetic
surroundings, for a greater interchange
between resident students, non-resident
students and members of the faculty.
'We recommend that the Alumni Association
reaffirm its support of the principle of
equalization grants for students living out of town'
The committee on equalization
grants made the following general observations:
(a) There is no doubt that there are
inequalities in cost between out-of-
town and home-based students.
(b) There are some precedents for
a system of equalization grants: in subsidized housing in the United States
and in special grants for board and
lodging in the United Kingdom. At
U.B.C, preference given to out-of-
town students for residence accommodation and bursaries, if not precedents, are at least a recognition of inequality with respect to cost.
(c) The figures supplied by Alumni
branches on costs are surprisingly consistent and would appear to be realistic. As an example, the average figure
for board and lodging is $515. The
counselling and placement office at
U.B.C. in its Student Information
Bulletin published March, 1960, gives
$425 to $510 for a student in residence and from $500 to $600 for a
student in private lodgings. Our figure
of the average cost would seem to be
close to the mark. This same bulletin
states that a student from outside Vancouver "can manage his first year at
university on about $1200." Our
figure for the average total cost is
$1347 which, on the basis of our investigations, seems closer to the actual
expenditure of a first-year student. On
the other hand, the limited inquiries
which we have been able to make
about commuting students lead this
committee to believe that the average
cost for such students is approximately
$800 and not $650 as suggested in the
Student Information Bulletin. Our
figure would correspond very closely
to a similar figure published recently
by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics.
Nathan T. Nemetz
The committee on equalization
grants was chaired by Nathan T.
Nemetz, Q.C. Other members of
the committee were Mrs. Alex
Fisher, Emerson Gennis and Dr.
W. C. Gibson.
A special committee of the
board of management was constituted following the adoption of
a resolution supporting the principle of equalization grants for
B.C. students attending U.B.C.
from outside the greater Vancouver area. The committee was empowered to study the matter and
after obtaining information and
opinions from Alumni branches to
make recommendations regarding
equalization grants.
Fourteen branch committees returned questionnaires sent out by
the committee and the information
obtained was used to compile a
chart (not shown) and formulate
Following establishment of the
State of the University Committee
it was agreed that responsibility
for completion of the study of
equalization grants should be assigned to this larper committee.
(d) Of some surprise to our Committee is the amount of the contribution under sources of revenue made by
parents of first-year students (57%)
and the relatively small amount of
revenue obtained from scholarships
and loans.
(e) There would appear to be an
even division of opinion about the
qualifications for a grant as between
second-class .students and above and
all successful candidates for University
1. That the Alumni Association reaffirm its support of the principle of
equalization grants for out-of-town
2. That the board of management
of the Alumni Association urge upon
the provincial government the establishment of a system of such grants on
the following basis:
(a) Based upon the actual difference in total cost borne by students
living in lodgings and .students living
at home. This amount could be determined finally only after a more
thorough study.
(b) Awarded only to first-year
students and senior matriculation
graduates attending second year
providing they are recommended
or achieve at least second-class
standing in government examinations.
(c) Awarded only to students permanently resident in British Columbia whose homes are beyond "commuting distance" of the campus, this
distance to be determined after careful study.
Generally speaking, there are two
broad areas of endeavour which require attention: (a) direct assistance to
students. Such assistance can be provided by spreading information about
university education and, specifically,
the University of British Columbia, assistance in housing, assistance in securing summer employment, assistance in
securing permanent employment, etc.
(b) education in the continuing responsibility of university graduates for
higher education. This area involves
the development of awareness of, and
conviction about, the worth of "alumni" activities. Most graduates persist in
thinking about alumni activities in
terms of the homecoming ball. A substantial change in this state of mind
will probably require several more
years of persistent effort by the graduates active in alumni affairs.
Objectives within this field can be
accomplished by: (a) informal association and (b) formal organization. Each
are valuable and cover a wide area of
experience and activity.
There is a substantial degree of association between alumni and students
in a wide variety of activities. The following  list  may  not  be  exhaustive:
The committee on student-alumni relations was chaired by Ivan
R. Feltham, of U.B.C.'s faculty of
law. Other members of the committee were Dr. James Tyhurst,
Kingsley F. Harris, Charles M.
Campbell, Peter Meekison, Ben
Trevino and Mrs. Kenneth R. B.
homecoming arrangements; student
clubs, fraternities and sororities; athletic organizations; special activities
such as the frosh retreat, Leadership
Conference and the Academic Symposium (all special conferences for association of students, faculty and
alumni); graduation ball; liaison between undergraduate societies in the
various faculties and departments and
the respective professional associations
and alumni divisions; alumni office
and board of management and students' council (informal); undergraduate parties, banquets and formal
balls which alumni attend in numbers
varying from one department to another.
Information about the Alumni Association and alumni activities is supplied in small amounts and on relatively rare occasions. Of course, it is
usually the more sensational type of
activity which attracts the attention of
the undergraduate—a problem not
unique to this field of endeavour.
It will, no doubt, be generally
agreed that increased efforts in direct
assistance to students and in education
about the continuing responsibility of
graduates for higher education is desirable. Both can most readily be accomplished through the instrumentality of
committees and clubs already existing
or proposed for special purposes. In
this connection, it has already been
stated that substantial activity is now
carried on more or less informally.
However, coordination of information
and alumni activity to avoid duplication of effort and to ensure accurate
information is desirable.
(a) Development of channels of
communication for alumni information
with existing clubs and committees
active in student affairs. The channels
must be kept "alive" by providing information and requesting assistance on
The education committee, from
1953 through to 1959, examined, and
in many cases took action upon, the
following (and other) matters: 1. The
teaching of high school subjects required for university admission. 2. The
university program and the need to
challenge the brighter pupil. 3. Problems of first-year students and the need
for faculty advisors. 4. The University
counselling program and the need
for more publicity. 5. The standard of
teaching, particularly of first-year
students. 6. The need for closer liaison
between the high school and the University. 7. The importance of examinations in the maintenance of standards.
8. Many problems in elementary and
secondary education.
Discussion on these matters (specifically 6, 7, 8) led in 1956-57 to a
recommendation that a royal commission be appointed to examine the entire field of public education in B.C.
from kindergarten to high school.
The committee on standards examined several specific problems and submitted recommendations in the form
of resolutions. Two matters discussed
The committee on standards and
scholarships was chaired by Dr. J.
E. Kania. Other members of the
committee were: James Y. Johnstone, Nathan T. Nemetz, Q.C,
Dr. Robin Smith, Mrs. Agnes
Hooley and Ted McRae.
In its report the chairman pointed out that it is difficult to distinguish between the work of this
committee and that of the Alumni
committee on education which has
been meeting since 1953.
at previous meetings of the education
committee—junior colleges and equalization grants—have been acted upon
recently by the Alumni Board.
The resolutions which follow, all of
which have been endorsed by the
board (with some amendments), summarize the work and the findings of
the committee on standards and scholarships.
University Entrance Examinations
WHEREAS the Alumni Association
has in its brief to the Chant commission on education recommended that
the University of British Columbia set
its own entrance examinations,
applicants for entrance to the University be required to write either (a)
entrance examinations set by the
University or (b) until such University
examinations are instituted, suitable
junior matriculation examinations.
Junior Matriculation
WHEREAS there has been a considerable amount of criticism of some
junior matriculation examinations on
the grounds that they are too factual
in nature and insufficiently challenging, and
WHEREAS these examination are,
in fact. University entrance examinations which determine academic qualifications of many first year students,
matriculation examinations in all subjects required for University entrance
be submitted by the registrar of the
department of education to the University and that the head of the department concerned be consulted
during the construction of these examinations.
projects at regular intervals. Direct
alumni participation should be offered
from time to time. A regular newsletter
(mimeographed) prepared for this
special purpose might be effective. The
clubs and committees already in existence cover effectively a large portion
of the student population and involve
the students most likely to be receptive to information about alumni activities and interested in the broader aspects of higher education.
(b) Development of interest in
alumni affairs by personal involvement as far as possible—by participation in activities where personal interests are involved, e.g. housing.
(c) Development of liaison between
professional and business groups and
undergraduate faculty and departmental organizations. This is, of
course, one aspect of the work of the
alumni divisions. Such liaison is valuable in providing information about
the field and permitting personal contacts, assisting in summer and permanent employment and developing a
healthy state of mutual respect and
understanding between the respective
university departments   and   faculties
and the professional or business field
most closely connected.
(d) Development of a scheme of
"frosh orientation" to operate both before and after arrival of the student at
the university. The former should be
a major part of the work of the local
branches and university committees
and should stress the importance of
university education (for those who
are capable of benefiting from it) and
provide information about the difficulties to be encountered and services
available at the university. This should
be continued into the orientation program at the university. In the same
vein, the University Day for parents
of new students (held on Saturday,
October 17, 1959) is an opportunity
for alumni activity.
(e) Organization of an "out-of-town-
er club" or some sort of centre for
information and assistance to students
from areas outside of Vancouver and
its immediate environs. This organization should be used to follow up the
work done by local branches and university committees and the orientation program. In this sphere, attention
should be given to the possibility of
assistance in securing lodgings. Once
such an association is established
(based on mutual interest and assistance) information about alumni activities and higher education generally
can be worked in.
(f) Increased student participation in
homecoming activities. This occasion
affords an excellent opportunity to lay
the basis for continuing interest in
alumni affairs. A wide distribution of
a special issue of the Chronicle to undergraduates might be considered.
(g) Alumni participation in some aspects of Open House. (If the pattern is
followed, the next Open House is due
in the spring of 1961).
(h) Alumni participation in the annual High School Conference held at
the university and also in the tour
planned by the students' council for
May, 1960.
(i) Organization of a standing committee on student-alumni relations.
The committee should be composed of
a small group of students and alumni
active in the fields mentioned above.
The committee should meet regularly
to collate information and consider
possible activities and functions in
which alumni may be of assistance to
Scholarship Awards
WHEREAS the Association has
noted in a University report that there
is no standard procedure in awarding
first and second class standing, and the
percentage of first class students varies
from 0% to 75% from department
to department, and
WHEREAS the provincial government makes scholarship grants on the
basis of these standings as reported by
the University, and
WHEREAS in the absence of any
standard procedure, the present method whereby each department awards
first and second class standing unilaterally without reference to other
departments will result in an inequitable distribution of scholarship grants,
BE IT RESOLVED that the University be urged to explore the possibility of making a more equitable distribution of these awards.
Teaching Seminars
WHEREAS in business and industry
extensive orientation and training programs exist for the purpose of introducing new employees to their tasks,
WHEREAS handicaps are sometimes faced by new teachers, who possess full academic qualifications but
lack actual teaching experience,
BE IT RESOLVED that the University establish a type of instructional
seminar for new, junior faculty members on a voluntary basis for the purpose of assisting them in classroom
Royal Commission
WHEREAS the Alumni Association
is deeply concerned about the future
of higher education in this province,
WHEREAS public interest in junior
colleges, technological colleges and
other institutions beyond the high
school has increased in recent years,
WHEREAS we do not feel that the
Alumni Association can presently
make a study of the various proposals
that have been submitted with respect
to the decentralization of higher education, and
WHEREAS we are opposed to the
establishment of independent state
institutions that   would   compete for
government and private support, and
WHEREAS we believe that the expansion of higher education should be
based on sound educational principles,
WHEREAS, in order to achieve this
objective, equalize educational opportunity and ensure a unified system,
we favour the appointment of a provincial board of regents that would act
as a planning and governing body for
all higher education establishments
within a federated system, and
WHEREAS the appointment of
such a board of regents would appear
to be both necessary and timely, and
WHEREAS the need for a study of
this proposal and others relating to
the decentralization of higher education is as great as that which prompted
the appointment of a royal commission
to study elementary and secondary
education in this province,
that this Association urge, in the
strongest possible terms, the appointment of a highly qualified royal commission to study the future needs of
higher   education   in   British   Columbia.
'U.B.C. has a well developed counselling
program, but appears to be treading a mid-course
between the extremes of compulsory counselling and a
hands-off attitude still maintained by some universities'
In its report the committee first reviewed   the  situation   as  it  presently
exists at U.B.C.
• Freshmen students are encouraged, before or at registration, to take
a battery of aptitude tests. The student
is then invited to an interview at which
his vocational and course goals are
discussed in the light of the test results.
In 1959, 80 per cent of first year students wrote these tests.
• Freshmen students failing at
Christmas or at year-end are also invited to an interview.
• The counselling office places its
emphasis on occupational counselling
for first year students, but is willing to
discuss any other student problems,
academic or personal, and to refer
students to other appropriate campus
authorities. It is also open to students
of all years.
• All members of the counselling
office carry some teaching load, and
there are at present four permanent
• Offices of the dean of women
and dean of inter-faculty affairs are
also available for students with any
type of problem, especially academic
and personal.
• Other University activities related to counselling have been liaison
with high school counsellors, annual
high school conference, staff visits to
high schools, provision of vocation library at counselling office, and preparation of an information bulletin for
use of high school students entering
Faculty Advisory System
• This has been officially absent
from U.B.C, except for some programs within individual faculties.
• The students' council presented
a brief to senate in May, 1959, asking
for a faculty advisory service to provide closer personal contact with first
year students.
• Senate recently agreed to the introduction of a faculty advisory system
on an experimental and voluntary
Placement Service
• Placement bureau for part-time
and casual employment, including
Christmas, both off and on campus.
• Placement bureau for summer
0 Facilities for business recruiting
of members of graduation classes.
• Special projects of various types.
Counselling and
Faculty Advisory System
Counselling in its present formal
concept is relatively new for most
universities, as ours; it dates from the
student-veteran period. There has appeared to be sorr.e well intentioned
muddling through in the development
of many University counselling services. Perhaps the time has come for a
review of past progress and coordinated planning for the future.
U.B.C, compared to many other
universities, has a well developed
counselling program, but appears to be
treading a mid-course between the
extremes of highly formalized compulsory counselling and a virtual "hands-
off" attitude still maintained by some
While general approval was expressed of our present counselling system, two present or potential dangers
were noted:
1. The most desirable form of contact between student and faculty, an
informal type of counselling, is becoming increasingly difficult with
the growth of U.B.C. and some
means must be found to supplement
the formal program which has developed as a necessary result of that
2. Because of continued growth, the
need for highly trained and professional counsellors will become increasingly important, and these individuals must be kept continually up
to date on changing requirements
and economic conditions. The counselling staff must grow with the rest
of the University.
It was generally agreed by the committee that counselling should continue
to be non-compulsory, and that the
objective should be for the student to
reach his own decisions.
Many universities have successfully
used several programs that have been
largely absent at U.B.C. to date, such
as the provision of special tutorial services and remedial reading classes. Regrettable as it may seem there appears
to be a need for the provision of facilities of this kind at the University level.
At present, the majority of students'
major contact with the U.B.C counselling service is just before or at registration, and because of extreme pressure of time, this is becoming increasingly difficult to provide effectively.
However, in the limited instances
where the counselling service has been
taken into the high schools, this has
proven to be an extremely effective
The committee was very enthusiastic about the information booklet prepared last year by the counselling service, and even more so about the new
expanded booklet prepared for  1960.
Despite all the publicity to date, a
great many parents and students are
not yet aware of facilities available at
the Counselling Service.
The committee felt strongly that the
most important counselling in B.C. today should be done at the high school
level, and some doubts were expressed
as to whether counselling at this level
was at present as effective as it might
All of the Alumni branch returns
expressed approval of such projects as
the high school conference, U.B.C.
staff visits to high schools, etc.
The committee discussed, but came
to no unanimous conclusion, the
possibility of the Alumni Association
providing a small group of individuals
with experience in special fields, to assist the counselling service at both the
high school and University level upon
The committee recognizes the need
for some form of informal counselling
in University residences and would
support in principle the recommendations made by the State of the University Housing Committee in this connection.
Placement Service
There was in general very strong
approval from all branch surveys and
the committee on the operation of this
The committee learned from a number of firms contacted that the arrangements made for them to interview graduates were most satisfactory.
Despite the feeling in some quarters
that a university should not concern
itself with employment of its students
and graduates, the fact remains that
the curriculum for most students is
slanted towards eventual employment
and it is therefore most important that
the University do everything possible
to insure placement for them.
Since a very large percentage of
U.B.C. students depend on their own
earnings to finance their education, the
summer and part-time employment
bureau are extremely important to the
majority of students.
The committee has the impression
that university placement offices, and
the office at U.B.C. in particular, because of their interest in and intimate
knowledge of students, perform a unique service to both industry and university graduates that could not be
duplicated by any non-university
Counselling and
Faculty Advisory System
1. Continuation of the present middle of the way policy and general organization of the counselling program.
2. That only professionally trained
and highly qualified counsellors be
appointed to the University counselling staff as the service expands with
the growth of the University and that
emphasis be given to the maintenance
of the highest possible standards of
3. Development of a faculty advisory system as quickly as possible with
the objective of providing every pre-
graduate student entering University
for the first time a friendly and informal but regular contact with a suitable member of faculty.
4. As long as the need continues to
exist, provision of certain tutorial facilities for students with special problems. These facilities to include remedial reading, English and study
5. More publicity for the counselling service to parents, students, and
alumni, specifically:
i. Articles in the Chronicle and
U.B.C. Reports on the service, ii.
Circulation of the information booklet to every high school graduating
student planning to attend U.B.C.
iii. Direct mail to parents of all
freshmen students, explaining the
service, iv. Solicitation of faculty
support in referring students of all
years to the counselling service,
v. Special publicity to be given to
the library of material available on
vocational subjects.
6. Expansion of pre-registration
counselling for freshmen in the high
schools in various areas of the province during the last year.
7. Closer liaison between the University counselling service and the high
The committee on counselling,
student employment and faculty
advisors was chaired by Mr. Dave
Brousson. Other members of the
committee were Ken R. Martin,
John Pearkes, C Rann Matthison,
Mrs. A. F. McKay, Arthur P.
Dawe, Kelowna; Norman Severide,
Langley; Hugh B. Heath, Nanaimo, and Dr. John L. Keays, Powell
River. Mrs. Thelma Johnstone
served as secretary and Col. John
F. McLean, head of personnel and
student services at U.B.C, was an
ex officio member.
The committee reviewed first the
present organization of the counselling service and placement
bureau at U.B.C. and then sent a
questionnaire to a representative
group of Canadian and US. universities to obtain information on
similar organizations.
Finally a questionnaire was sent
to a representative group of Alumni branches throughout B.C. to
obtain their reactions to the present situation at U.B.C.
school counselling system, and if possible the development of some form of
control of the latter's standards
through the department of education.
A review of the high school counselling system appears to be in order.
8. Continuation and expansion of
the high school conference and the
program of U.B.C. staff visits to high
schools, so that more high schools and
more students may participate.
9. Further exploration of the proposal that the Alumni could provide a
small pool of individuals to assist the
counselling service in specific cases
and at local levels to cooperate with
the high schools in the provision of
information with regard to University
requirements and conditions.
Placement Service
1. Recognition by the University of
the value of the placement service and
continued expansion by this service as
required to meet the needs of increased
2. Specific publicity of this service
annually to alumni.
3. Establishment of a permanent
alumni committee to act as liaison with
the placement service and to assist and
promote its activities.
4. Encouragement by the placement
service of more B.C. companies to set
up a continuing and formal program
to take students for summer employment, thus developing a long range
program of industrial experience for
students to supplement the academic
program, and contributing to the continued general industrial and educational development of the province.
By   Marjory   Martin
This month as schools at all levels
throughout British Columbia commence
a program of studies for younger members of the community, more than 1000
women in nine districts of the province
will meet as members of the Canadian
Federation of University Women to put
into operation a program of study, community service and recreation which had
its beginning more than 50 years ago.
On May 11, 1907, eight women met at
the home of Mrs. J. W. deB. Farris, 1776
Davie Street, Vancouver, to form one
of the pioneer University Women's Clubs
of Canada.
To quote Mrs. Farris: "The objects
were the support of art, literature and
science and the promotion of the social
welfare of the college bred woman. The
condition of membership was a bachelor
of arts degree, or its equivalent, from a
college or university of recognized standing. In a year the membership had
grown to 30 and the club held its first
banquet. Incidentally this was the first
women's dinner held in Vancouver and
aroused a good deal of interest as well
as humorous comment on the part of
the men."
The new club soon embarked on an
Early Christmas Shopping Campaign.
"The stores had been keeping open evenings for two weeks before Christmas,
too young children had been employed,
and no one shopped until a few days
before Christmas." A committee led by
the energetic Helen Gregory McGill agitated for better laws for women and
children. Later, Mrs. McGill was to become a judge of the juvenile court and
to be honored by the University of British
Columbia with an honorary degree. The
University has since honored several other
members of the Vancouver club—Dr.
Evlyn   Farris,   Dr.   Annie   B.   Jamieson
Mrs. Marjory Martin (nee Peck) has
contributed to the Alumni Chronicle
previously. She is a former president of
the Vancouver branch of the Canadian
Federation of University Women.
(deceased), Dr. Isabel Maclnnes, Dr.
Phyllis Ross, Dr. Fraudena Eaton and
Dr. Evelyn Lett-—all of whom have given
distinguished service to the province. In
1957 an honorary degree was also given
to Dr. Doris Saunders when she visited
Vancouver as president of the Canadian
Federation of University Women to mark
the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary
of the Vancouver club.
Encouraged by the early success of the
Vancouver club Mrs. Farris travelled to
Victoria to visit Mrs. H. E. Young, wife
of the minister of education. In the
summer of 1908 sixteen women met together and organized the Victoria University Women's Club, the outcome of
Mrs. Farris' visit. It was the third club to
be formed in Canada—one having been
organized in Toronto. In the program
written for the celebration of their fiftieth anniversary, the Victoria club
makes the proud boast of having been
the first organization to approach the
British Columbia government regarding
the presentation of a scholarship to the
University. The letter of thanks from the
minister, which hopes "that your example will be followed by other bodies,"
is a treasured possession of the club.
Actively interested in working for international understanding, representatives of
this club, years later, interviewed Dr.
Norman MacKenzie at Government
House, through the courtesy of His
Honor and Mrs. Woodward, to ask for
the exchange of foreign students. As a
result the University Senate granted four
scholarships in foreign countries—two in
China and two in Chile.
Having enjoyed five or six years of
membership in the Vancouver club, two
teachers from Columbian College organized a group in New Westminster. After
more than 45 years of successful work,
the New Westminster club has a membership of 100. The welfare of their
home town has been dear to the hearts
of these women. For many years they
sponsored a concert by the Vancouver
Symphony  Orchestra  in New Westmin
ster. At the present time a panel is presented twice a year as a free public service. Such topics as "The Berlin Question", "Crisis in the Far East", "Community Planning" and "Columbia and
Peace River Development" have been
discussed. Members of the club have
also served on the school board, parks
board, national employment advisory
board, and in many other important organizations in New Westminster. One of
their members, Mrs. Bernard Kane
(Dorothy McKay, BA'28), was honored
when she was voted "Royal City Woman
of the Year for 1958" by the Business
and Professional Women's Club of that
With the end of World War I Canadian university women once more found
time to plan for themselves. The Canadian Federation of University Women
came into being in 1919—with the Vancouver and Victoria clubs as charter
members. Amongst the early presidents
who guided its destinies was Dean Mary
Bollert of U.B.C. Phyllis Gregory, B.A.
'25, now Mrs. Frank Ross, was a distinguished fellowship winner. The Canadian Federation of University Women
now comprises 96 member organizations
—89 University Women's Clubs and
seven affiliated alumnae associations—
with a paid up membership of more than
9500. A C.F.U.W. membership card also
serves as a membership card for the International Federation of University Women and will introduce a member to any
kindred club.
Throughout the next two decades the
three British Columbia clubs grew steadily. Interest groups were formed and
have since flourished in art, literature,
creative writing, Canadian affairs, international   relations,   music   appreciation,
Mrs. W. E. Ricker, president of the B.C.
school trustees and a member of the
Nanaimo University Women's Club, was
the only woman to attend the convention of the National School Board Association of the US. in Chicago recently.
(Nanaimo Free Press photo)
U.B.C.   ALUMNI    CHRONICLE     22 play reading, French, Spanish, child
study, education, comparative religion,
penal reform, bridge, bowling, Red Cross
sewing and knitting. In these smaller
groups members encouraged one another
in study and original work. Clubs also
maintained working connections with
other women's groups. Indeed the Vancouver club helped with the establishment of both the Parent-Teacher Association and the Vancouver women's
branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. Monthly meetings
generally took the form of lectures by
informed speakers, followed by an informal social hour and refreshments, but
the beginning and end of the season and
Christmas were generally the excuse for
special parties.
In 1945 the Nanaimo University Women's Club was formed. Although a
relatively small club of 37 members composed as other clubs of housewives,
mothers, teachers, librarians, social workers, lawyers and scientific research assistants, they boast several prominent
women. Mrs. W. E. Ricker (Marion T.
Cardwell, BASc'31), now president of
the B.C. school trustees, was the only
Canadian woman to go as a delegate to
the recent Chicago convention of the
National School Board Association of
the United States. Miss Patricia Johnson,
BA'33, MA'47, was a former history lecturer at U.B.C. A writer of note, her
book A History of Nanaimo was published for the B.C. Centennial. Another
outstanding member is Mrs. A. B. Hall—
a former alderman of the city of Nanaimo.
The Chilliwack club started work in
1950 under President Mrs. John Bayfield (Yvette  Morris. BA'47. Ed'48).   Its
32 members are proud of their interesting
programs which each year include at
least four speakers from outside points
and work in three study groups.
The Mission City club, organized in
1954, speaks modestly of its 20-member
group which enjoys an extensive study
project  each  year.
West Vancouver group, although it
has existed since 1949, did not join the
Canadian Federation until 1956. The
club has enjoyed an intimate club life,
meeting at members' homes, but it is
now beginning to feel the need of a
larger meeting place to accommodate a
growing membership.
Kamloops club with approximately 40
members joined the Federation in 1957.
Its members, quite a few of whom are
U.B.C. graduates, feel a close kinship
with the University. Each spring the
members hold an evening reception for
grade 12 girls of the district, including
the Indian Residential School girls, and
their mothers at which they present a
panel discussion by club members on
the advantages of a University education
for women. The club has also sponsored U.B.C. Players' Club presentations
using the proceeds thus earned to provide  two  University scholarships.
In October, 1958, something of a record for speed was set by Miss Jessie
Casselman, BA'23, a member of the
Vancouver club, who moved to a new
home in White Rock on a Wednesday
and held an organizational meeting for
the White Rock club at her home the
following Saturday. This youngest B.C.
club has been very successful. The original membership of 33 has grown to
50.     An   interesting    public   meeting   is
planned for the community each year.
Recently Miss Casselman was elected to
the district school board.
As clubs grow officers are faced with
the problem of housing. The Vancouver
club with nearly 600 members has been
working for more than ten years on a
Club Quarters Fund, and looks lo the
day when there will be a club house to
serve the members in British Columbia.
Toronto. Winnipeg and Montreal club
members all enjoy such privileges. Yearly
the files increase in size and the equipment necessary to the life of the club
and the many study groups grows. Members have always been generous in lending their homes for club activities and
social events but the provision of permanent quarters would provide a greatly
enriched club life. Executives regret their
inability to present to the membership the
many interesting university women who
pass through Vancouver or to provide
a lounge where members may become
better acquainted with each other for
they come from many different universities.
Each spring a regional conference is
held at which women from all the British Columbia clubs gather for a day's
discussion and study of matters vital to
the group and the community. To these
deliberations often come guest representatives of the American Federation of University Women from nearby Washington
state. B.C. women are also invited to
American Federation meetings in neighboring cities. University clubs offer much
of interest and value to women and
there is always a warm welcome for any
woman who is a University graduate and
who v. ishes to join a Universitv Women's
The Kamloops branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women entertained President N. A. M. MacKenzie
when he visited Kamloops earlier this year during his annual
speaking tour of the province. The reception u-as held at the
home of Mrs. Robert Gray, left. The president is shown chatting to Mrs. Allan Gilmour, right, and Miss Evelyn Irving.
The Kamloops branch of the Federation was formed in J 957
and now boasts 40 members.
Mrs. Frank M. Ross, a distinguished U.B.C. graduate and
chatelaine of Government House, entertained delegates to the
annual B.C. regional conference of the Canadian Federation
of University Women in Victoria in March. She is shown
chatting with Mrs. P. C. MacLaughlin, second from right,
president of the Vancouver club: Mrs. R. A. Fraser, left, chairman of the regional conference committee and Mrs. H. R.
Turner, president of the Victoria Club.
23      U.B.C.    ALUMNI    CHRONICLE Chronicle humorist David Brock takes
a look at "College English" and finds a horrible
example in the University of British Columbia calendar
By   David   Brock
About thirty years ago, my father used to worry about
the English prose of his students in the Faculty of Applied
Science. Now and then he gave a few lectures himself on
some of the principles of clear statement. Later he hired
a lecturer and paid this man out of his own pocket. Both
remedies were unusual in a dean of applied science. He
was anything but a usual man, and one day I should like
to tell the Chronicle a little about his character while his
old students and I remain on this side of senility.
He liked to show his students examples of conspicuously vile prose . . . prose so bad that even the most
lethargic and ignorant young men could hardly fail to be
fascinated by it and to see what was wrong with it. For this
purpose he drew heavily on the writings of a Canadian
music critic who knew almost nothing about music and who
tried to conceal this fact by a mess of verbiage. Unhappily
the critic knew even less about English than he did about
music. In a world with the slightest good sense and taste
he would have been unemployable, and in a world with
any justice he would have been lynched. But luckily for my
father the critic's publisher and managing editor thought
him a rare judge of music and of writing. They felt he
shed lustre on them all. Dazzled by his lustre they failed
to see that anyone capable of his Absolute Zero in meaningless prose was wasted as a music critic. He should have
been writing editorials.
My father used to collect this man's reviews as a
horrible warning to his thesis writers and I used to collect
them for a scrapbook of the world's silliest newspaper
cuttings (which I called "De Profundis"). There was an
unseemly rivalry between my father and myself for possession of the reviews. He usually won but I did paste a
few into my collection. On going through Volume One of
"De Profundis" just now, to find you an example or two
of the kind of English which so captivated us, I found
that several spaces in the book were blank. I suspect my
father of looting my treasures in the cause of education.
David Brock, BA'30, usually contributes a column entitled
"No News is Good News" to the Alumni Chronicle. He is the
son of Dean R. W. Brock—who headed the Faculty of Applied
Science until his death in an airplane accident in 1935.
I found one example, though. It contains this delightful remark about a girl violinist: "Here was indeed an
inspiring occasion which will surely not soon be forgotten,
and most significant of all, it clearly proved that the
male sex are not the only pebbles on the beach in the
musical firmament these days." In the presence of a sentence like that I think we should all stand and remove
our caps. In the Chinook jargon the stars are buttons, but
it is equally pleasing to think of them as a beach of bright
pebbles . . . like the Skeleton Coast on the edge of the
Namib Desert where part of the beach is made of
Today my father could easily have got the rich bad
material he wanted without waiting for the next concert
and without going downtown for a newspaper. It is being
written on every campus not only by the students but by
some of their lecturers. And, of course, it is written by
millions of university graduates the world over; it pleases
us to think that a style of richly figured mud is the mark
of the educated American but you will find opaque brown
prose, often devoid of any meaning whatever, spreading
a thick deposit across the minds of the English, the
French, the Indians, the Russians, and probably all the
rest. It would astonish me to hear that the German universities are any better than the American ones. The Germans have long been devoted to confused writing by the
learned. At a guess I would say that American college
English began to deteriorate first, and most rapidly, in the
universities with the strongest Germanic tradition. Though
I dare say we should bear in mind the Irish hatred of
direct statement as a principal import of the United States.
At Harvard, which I once knew fairly well, there was
a quadruple danger. Added to the growing desire of educated men to speak a language of their own, by way of
advertisement, there was an immensely strong Germanic
legacy, even in Hitler's era ... it was easily identified
by the outsider, if not by the boys of Harvard College,
in 1935. There was the influence of Harvard-trained
teachers across the whole continent. And there was the
New Englander's taste for elegant circumlocution.
U. B. C.   ALUMNI    CHRONICLE     24 A few years ago I had a letter from a man I knew at
Harvard, telling me about his fiancee. He said: "She is the
embodiment of exquisite animation and intellectual activity." I do not imply that every Harvard man writes this
way. My friend would be thought affected by several
Harvard men I know. But far from educating this nonsense
out of him, Harvard made it far worse, and may God
forgive her. "Intellectual activity"! This is the kind of
pompous, hollow, hi-falutin' rubbish mocked by the good
Dr. Rabelais four hundred years ago and it is the kind
of thing written by sociologists, psychologists and teachers
today. Teachers, and those who teach the teachers. A man
who would talk about his fiancee's intellectual activity
would call her mind her mentality.
That word "mentality" stirred a vague memory in me
just now and I turned to the letters of Professor Sir
Walter Raleigh who first gave Oxford an English School
early in this century. I found what I wanted. In 1920,
Raleigh wrote to Walter Peck: "Mind you don't write any
professional English, the garbage of words that conceals
lack of thought. 'The development of the poet's individuality constitutes a subject of profound interest' and that
sort of thing. Write for Oxford cabmen ... in that way
you will say more in less space. In most American university
books I can't see the fish for the weeds.
"Don't ever say 'mentality.' Except where it is used
to mean nothing, there's no need for it. Not that I accuse
you of saying it."
There is a tremendous sermon in those few words. And
there is a greater need for such a sermon today than
there was in 1920. We have more people writing "professional English"; the weeds in university writing have
grown thicker; and we have accepted thousands of words
as bad as "mentality", or worse. Not only do we conceal
our lack of thought and not only have we grown (perhaps)
a little sillier with more lack of thought to conceal but
we are more anxious to conceal such thoughts as   do exist.
We conceal thoughts in a garbage of words for a
variety of reasons. One of them is the modern fear of
controversy. The world of the writer and the world of
the scholar should be the last twin refuges of individual
freedom but that tired old simpleton, the Man from Mars,
is going to be disappointed if he expects this to be true.
To speak the exact and stimulating truth becomes less
fashionable daily. A man who comes short of a vague
affability is a traitor to the Group Mind ... a mind which
is fed on verbiage. He is branded as a hothead, a troublemaker, and a bit of a ham, and he is called arrogant. I
speak as an outsider but I should think this is nearly as
true in universities as it is (let us say) in advertising
agencies. Advertising agencies where university-trained men
and women stimulate meaningless desires through the use
of meaningless words and symbols.
As for concealing lack of thought college English is
used to keep this secret from the writer, the reader, and
the writer's  employers.   It makes the writer sound  im
portant not only to himself and the general reader, but,
often enough, to his colleagues. One of the worst examples
of professional English occurs in the U.B.C. calendar.
Purporting to describe a course in a single sentence it
describes exactly nothing. The sentence has no meaning
whatsoever. The course is given (and presumably the
sentence was written) by a friend of mine. I have no wish
to embarrass him, and he has a wife and children to
support, so I will not quote him here. If this restraint makes
me seem to be afraid of controversy at least it shows no
attempt to conceal my opinion of the literacy of the author.
To many of his colleagues this man's jargon seems literate,
true, important, and plain. I can only say that this opinion
gives me a vividly unpleasant picture of the state of their
own minds. I feel like the exasperated Irish lawyer who
told the court "Only a lunatic could remain sane around
here." I am reminded, too, of Somerset Maugham's discovery that it takes a phoney to believe a phoney.
(Maugham first realized T. E. Lawrence was a liar when
he noticed how many really famous liars believed every
word Lawrence said).
With the Chronicle's permission, I should like to make
a little collection of staggering examples of college English,
taken from outside U.B.C, and print these, with some attempt at analysis, in another issue. What I am printing
here is merely a leisurely introduction to the subject. By
way of earnest, though, I can quote you a line or two from
a pundit named R. Buckminster Fuller, the man who invented the "geodesic dome", the "dymaxion plan for
abundance", and "the mastery of universal force implied
by tensegrity." One of R. Buckminster Fuller's ambitions
is to assist in the "design of the comprehensive industrial
network equations including world around livingry-service
systems, at regenerative occupancy rentals, mutably installed in anticipatory facilitation of total world enjoyment of individually respected total man." I am quite sure
another of his ambitions is to create total college English.
In my youth I was surrounded by a chorus which kept
telling me "Oh, it's easy to criticize." But surely the easier
a thing is to criticize, the worse it must be. And if it keeps
getting worse all the time it obviously isn't being criticized
Anyone who wishes to criticize my own English will
find that easy too.* But while some of us try to avoid
college English, others write it from choice, in cold blood,
and between our two groups I will swear there is a
*A  good  example  of  "Look  who's  talking"  occurred   at
U.B.C. about thirty years ago. A troublesome undergraduate
lampoonist was rude enough to write:
"Professor O. B. Grave set out, announcing he would test
The culture of the children in the high schools of the west.
The children all conceded him astonishingly brave.
For the test revealed the culture of Professor O. B. Grave."
I have altered his name, and the rhyme for it. In fairness,
the poet might have added that the lower the professor's own
standards, the more reasonable his demands.
Plans for the development of a new
15-acre site for the Faculty of Applied
Science at the University of British Columbia have been announced by the
president, Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie.
Contract for the construction of a new
building for the department of chemical
engineering—the first of six buildings to
be built on the site—has already been
awarded. The new development is located
south of the existing biological sciences
building and when completed will take
in part of the U.B.C. farm area presently
occupied by the poultry husbandry department.
The development calls for construction
of a central building containing a reading
room and classroom facilities required
for engineering students as a body.
Grouped around the central block will be
five smaller buildings for the departments of chemical, civil, mechanical and
electrical engineering and the department
of mining and metallurgy.
The first building, containing 30,000
square feet for the department of chemical engineering, will be three storeys in
height. The building will cost approximately $750,000 and is to be completed
by September, 1961. Construction of
other buildings in the development will
be undertaken as soon as funds are available, President MacKenzie said.
Dean David Myers, head of the Faculty
of Applied Science, said construction of
the building for chemical engineering
was being undertaken immediately because of serious overcrowding in that
"Our enrolment last year in all departments was 1042," Dean Myers said, "and
if we follow the rate of growth of the
last 35 years we will double our enrolment by 1970."
Dean Myers said the new development
would also enable faculty members to
carry out research which is not possible
now because of lack of space. The existing engineering building is given over
almost completely to teaching facilities,
he said. Dean Myers emphasized that the
buildings in the new development are
being planned on a simple and econom-
JANUARY 1  - AUGUST  19,  1960
Annual contributions from Alumni for current needs
Category                            Donations Amount Average
Alumni Regional Scholarships   201 $2,412.68 $12.00
Library  239 $3,035.64 $12.70*
President's Fund  314 $14,315.66 $45.59*
American Scholarships   14 $211.00 $15.07
Other Objectives  152 $22,367.69 $147.15*
Unallocated Donations   99 $1,525.75 $15.41
TOTALS 1,019      $43,868.42      $43.05
*This includes several large donations sent directly to the President.
The average of the normal contributions to the Annual Giving Fund
to date is $15.00.
B. DEVELOPMENT FUND (to August 5, I960)"'"*""
Contributions from Alumni to building program
Pledges   2,125 $80,539.31 $37.90
ical basis. "It is far more important to
spend money on men and equipment than
on elaborate buildings," he said.
"What is important," he added, "is to
provide adequate space in terms of quantity and quality to enable people to get
on with essential teaching and research."
A total of $6,157,689 has been paid
into the University of British Columbia
development fund since 1958 when the
campaign was held to raise $10,000,000
for building expansion. Pledges to the
development fund, due over the next two
or three years, amount to $3,459,743.
Thus the total paid and pledged to the
fund has reached $9,617,432.
As of March 31 the Board of Governors had approved expenditure of $12,-
359,289 on buildings which are either
completed or under construction. Funds
for these projects have come from the
development fund, the provincial government and the Canada Council. A total
of $4,000,000 has been received from
the provincial government under a 1956
agreement to provide $10,000,000 at the
rate of $1,000,000 per year.
The provincial government has also
agreed to match development fund contributions up to $10,000,000 and is this
year making its first matching grant of
$1,250,000. President N. A. M. MacKenzie said U.B.C. is undertaking construction of new buildings as quickly as
funds become available.
"Industry, alumni and the general public and our governments have made an
outstanding contribution to the University's development," he said, "but it
will require all the money we can obtain from both public and government
to provide classrooms, laboratories, offices and residences for the students and
staff we now have. New developments
will require addional funds."
Currently under construction are five
projects totalling $7,108,127. They are
as follows:
A fourth residence for men costing
$417,369. Three residences and a central
dining and recreational and social building, costing $2,123,886, have been completed and are in use.
An addition to the library will double
U.B.C.   ALUMNI   CHRONICLE     26 its present seating capacity and provide
space for special collections. Ready this
month the new wing will cost $1,708,758
of which $824,000 came from the Canada
Council and $425,000 as a gift from
Walter Koerner.
An addition to the Wesbrook building
for the Faculty of Pharmacy costing
$663,500. This building will also open
this month.
An addition to the Buchanan building, the first building completed under
U.B.C.'s 10-year development plan begun
in 1956. The new wins will cost $1,283,-
000, including $525,280 from the Canada
Council, and is now open.
Three new buildings for the Faculty
of Medicine, now under construction on
University Boulevard opposite the War
Memorial Gym. Cost of the buildings,
which will be open in September, 1961,
will be $3,035,500. The B.C. Cancer
Institute has contributed $450,000 of this
total for a research centre in one of the
buildings and the Kinsmen's Polio Fund
has contributed $75,000 for neurological
research  in the centre.
Plans are also being prepared for a
new building for the Faculty of Education. It will be located on University
Boulevard west of the biological sciences
Formation of an Institute of Industrial
Relations at the University of British
Columbia has been announced by the
president. Dr. N. A. M. MacKenzie. The
president also announced the appointment of Professor A. W. R. Carrothers
of the Law Faculty as director of the
Institute for the first year of its operation.
The president said Prof. Carrothers
would head the Institute until a full-time
director is appointed. He will be responsible for the initial organization of
the Institute and will return to full-time
teaching duties in the law school next
The Institute, which began operations on July 1, will be concerned primarily with research, the president said.
It will accept graduate students only who
will be prepared for advanced work in
the field of industrial relations through
an increase in the number of courses at
the undergraduate level in such departments as economics, commerce, sociology, social work, history, medicine and
The president emphasized that the Institute would not take part in the settlement of industrial disputes. "Such institutes are concerned primarily with research." the president said, "not solely in
the field of industrial conflict but in the
area of human relations in industry as
The staff of the Institute will be drawn
from various departments of the University. It is expected that faculty members who wish to undertake long-term research projects will be relieved of some
lecturing   in   their  own  departments.   A
"Fertility" is title of beaten bronze scul-
ture which took the $600 prize offered
by the University for the best piece of
work in the biennial outdoor display of
sculpture sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Institute of Sculpture. Artist shown
with bis work is Jack Harman. Twenty-
five pieces by members of the Institute
are on display at the University until
the end of September.
secondary purpose of the Institute will
be a community program of conferences,
short courses and seminars arranged by
the   U.B.C.   extension  department.
Prof. Carrothers said that liaison between the Institute and the community
would be carried out by a community advisory committee consisting of representatives of labour, industry, the public and
the University.
The list of research topics that could
be carried out by the staff of the Institute is almost endless, Prof. Carrothers
said. Some of the projects now being
considered are the relationships between
United States head offices and their
Canadian subsidiaries, an economic analysis of the building construction industry in B.C., a sociological study of
workers in the main resource industries
of B.C., labour "political action" in B.C.,
and legal research.
"Our researchers will not necessarily
be looking for solutions to specific problems," Prof. Carrothers said. "The aim
will be to accumulate a body of knowledge about industrial relations and we
will embark on the work with no preconceptions as to the results." It is hoped
that the findings of the Institute will be
published and the results available to
everyone,  Prof. Carrothers added.
A University of British Columbia professor spent three months in Great Britain
this summer gathering evidence to test a
theory that the element lead may be the
cause of the baffling disease multiple
The theory that lead and multiple
sclerosis are linked has been put forward
by Professor Harry V. Warren, a member
of the department of geology and a
pioneer in the new field of biogeochem-
For the past 15 years Dr. Warren and
research associate Dr. R. E. Delavault
have been analyzing vegetation to determine the metal content of soil on the
theory that the root system of trees and
shrubs picks up traces of such elements
as copper, lead, zinc, gold and silver.
During their investigations the scientists
encountered numerous variations from
the normal. These variations have been
so great in some cases that they were
led to the conclusion that the health of
animals might be affected if these variations extended to edible vegetation.
The researchers have found that vegetation can concentrate the element lead
by a factor of as much as ten times that
found in the soil in which they are
growing. They have found the element
concentrated in forest trees, barley, wheat
and vegetables such as carrots despite
the fact that the soil in which they grew
carried considerably lower concentrations.
High concentrations of lead were also
found in Okanagan orchard soil where
the trees had once been sprayed with
lead arsenate. Close to major highways
which have been exposed to exhaust
fumes from cars burning leaded gasoline, trees also may contain abnormally
high amounts of lead.
"The crucial point in all this." says
Prof. Warren, "is the form in which the
lead is held in the vegetation. Some forms
of the element pass through animal and
human systems without effect but other
forms may prove poisonous.
"Our interest in lead was further stimulated by the fact that multiple sclerosis
has a comparatively high incidence in
some parts of Scandinavia and the British
Isles and a relatively low incidence in
other areas of the same countries which
are closely related geographically."
All the areas with a low incidence of
multiple sclerosis are underlaid with rock
formations which do not carry lead. "On
the other hand," says Professor Warren,
"in areas with a high incidence of multiple sclerosis there appears to be above
normal concentrations of lead."
In North America the prevalence of
the disease has been reported high in
southwestern Quebec, southern Ontario
and central Nova Scotia—areas where
there are above normal amounts of lead
in the soil.
Aided by a grant of $1000 from the
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Canada,
Dr. Warren visited Britain to carry out
further studies in areas where there may
be abnormal concentrations of lead.
U.B.C. Athletic  Director
University of B.C. rowing crews, jointly representing the University and the
Vancouver Rowing Club, won a silver
medal in international competition—
this time at Rome in the 1960 Olympic
With Frank Read as coach, the following eleven students entered the eights
and the pairs in Italy: Eight — Don
Arnold (S), Walter d'Hondt, Bill McKerlich, Nelson Kuhn, Glen Mervyn,
Archie McKinnon, David Anderson,
John Lecky (Bow), Tom Biln (Cox).
Spares—Lome Loomer and Keith Donald.
While Frank Read will not make any
predictions, those closely associated with
rowing are confident that this group of
Olympians will bring credit and distinction to Canada and the University, just
as previous U.B.C. crews have done. Certainly their past record is an enviable
one—a gold medal in the eights in the
1954 B.E. and C. Games, runner-up in
the Royal Henley Regatta of 1955, a gold
medal in the fours and a silver medal
in the eights in the Melbourne Olympics;
a gold and two silver medals at the
B.E. and C. Games in Wales in 1958;
a silver medal at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago last summer.
This year the Men's Athletic Committee is again offering a new type of
athletic card to alumni which we feel is
exceptionally good value, and which we
hope our athletics-minded alumni will
be interested in. U.B.C. athletic teams
will be competing against the prairie
universities, and we are looking forward
to some excellent games. Naturally the
players perform better when there is a
good crowd, and the revenue from athletic cards and gate receipts helps us
provide a better athletic program.
There are two types of athletic cards:
1. Athletic Card for Purchaser and Guest
—$12.00. May be used for all U.B.C.
sponsored athletic events. It will admit
the holder and guest to the reserved
section in the covered stands for all home
football games. There are many attractive basketball and rugby games, gymnastic and swimming meets as well. The
California rugby games and the Hamber
Cup ice hockey series are included.
2. Athletic Card for Purchaser Only
—$7.50. Admits one person with all the
privileges as outlined above.
If you wish to purchase a 1960-61
athletic card, fill in the coupon on Page
31 and send it to the Athletic Office in
the Memorial Gym, U.B.C, Vancouver
8. Season tickets for home football games
only are also available—five games for
Six championships were won by U.B.C.
athletic teams in their first season of
full participation in the Western Inter
collegiate Athletic Union.
The football "Thunderbirds" went undefeated in league competition to win
the W.C.I.A.U. crown. The "Thunderbird" basketball team lost only one of
twelve league games to win the championship. In tournament, two-day events,
tennis, badminton, curling and swimming
teams all won their events.
With the definite possibility of the
University of Manitoba entering the football picture in 1961, the league promises
to be stronger and better balanced. There
is already an indication by the student
body generally of increased interest in
these contests involving all of the Western Canadian universities, and we are
hopeful that the Union will grow and
In the future, a truly national Intercollegiate Athletic Association is certain
to emerge, to set a high standard for
amateur athletics in Canada.
U.B.C. will continue to expand its
athletic relationships with the colleges
and universities in the United States,
within the limit of its budget and schedule opportunities.
Following is a list of home games up
to lanuary, 1961.
Sept. 24—Pacific Lutheran College;
Oct. 15—U. of Alberta; Oct. 22—Seattle
Ramblers; Oct. 29—U. of Saskatchewan
(Homecoming); Nov. 5—Oregon College.
Oct. 1—Dual Meet, V.O.C. at Brockton; Oct. 8—Dual Meet, V.O.C. at
U.B.C; Oct. 15—Dual Meet, V.O.C. at
Brockton; Oct. 22—B.C. Championships
at Brockton; Nov. 12—P.N.W. Championships at Vancouver.
Oct. 28—Homecoming Grad Game;
Dec. 2 and 3—Totem Tournament; Dec.
29 and 30—U. of Puget Sound.
A "constructive breeder award" offered for the first time this year by the
Canadian Ayrshire Breeders Association
has been won by U.B.C.'s Ayrshire herd.
Strict and exacting requirements in
milk and butterfat production and in type
had to be met in order to qualify for the
award, according to Dr. J. C. Berry, professor of animal husbandry in the Faculty of Agriculture.
The University Ayrshire herd originated in 1929 when 23 females and a bull
were selected from the herds of leading
Scottish breeders by Professor emeritus
H. M. King. In charge of the herd for
20 years was Mr. John Young, who came
to Vancouver when it was imported, and
is now retired.
Since the retirement of Mr. Young the
herd has been tended by Mr. William
Child and at present by Mr. J. C McGregor. Following Professor King's retirement Dr. Berry became responsible
for  direction of the  breeding  program.
In the past the herd has won several
awards at the Pacific National Exhibition
and set a number of production records
that rank with the highest in Canada.
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President N. A. M. MacKenzie has
been reappointed to the Canada Council
by an order in council of the federal
government. This will be Dr. Mac-
Kenzie's second three-year appointment.
The Canada Council was established in
1957 for the encouragement of the arts,
humanities and social sciences. It consists of a chairman and vice-chairman
and 19 other members appointed for
terms of from three to four years.
Two new appointments have been
made in the Faculty of Medicine at the
University. President N. A. M. MacKenzie has announced the appointment
of Dr. Frederick E. Bryans as head of
the department of obstetrics and gynaecology and Dr. James Mather as assistant
dean of the faculty.
Dr. Bryans, who has been a member
of the obstetrics and gynaecology department since 1954, succeeds Dr. Alec
Agnew, who died suddenly in August last
Dr. Mather has been appointed assistant dean to carry out administrative work
in connection with the construction of
the new medical centre at U.B.C. Three
new buildings for the basic medical sciences are now under construction and
will be completed in September, 1961.
Dr. Bryans, who has been acting head
of his department since the death of Dr.
Agnew, is a graduate of the University
of Toronto where he obtained his medical
degree and the degree of bachelor of
science. Dr. Bryans did graduate work
at the University of Toronto, Harvard
and European centres before joining the
U.B.C. medical faculty in 1954.
Dean McCreary said that Dr. Mather
would continue to act as head of the
department of preventive medicine at
U.B.C. He has been a member of the
U.B.C. faculty since 1952. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where
he obtained his medical degree and the
degree of doctor of public health.
J. N. Finlayson, MSc (McGill), LLD
(Man.), DSc (Laval and Brit.Col.), dean
emeritus of Applied Science, has been
made an honorary member of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is a
former president of the Institute.
M. Y. Williams, BSc (Queen's), PhD
(Yale), professor emeritus of geology,
was elected president of the Royal Society of Canada at the annual meeting
held at Queen's University, Kingston, in
Walton J. Anderson, BSA, MSc (Sask.),
PhD (Chic), professor and head of the
department of agricultural economics,
has been elected president of the Agricultural Institute of Canada for the
1960-61  term.
Jacob Biely, MSA (Brit.Col.), MS
(Kansas S.C), professor and head of the
department of poultry science, was elected
president of the Nutrition Society of
Canada at its third annual meeting in
Guelph, Ontario.
V. C. Brink, MSA (Brit.Col.), PhD
(Wis.), professor of agronomy and chair-
R. F. V. Heuston, BA,LLB (Dublin), MA
(Oxon.), fellow and lecturer in jurisprudence at Pembroke College, Oxford,
who is internationally known as editor
of one of the leading textbooks on common law, will be visiting professor in the
Faculty of Law this year beginning in
man of the division of plant science,
gave the plenary address to the 8th International Grassland Congress held at
Reading, England, this summer.
Ronald E. Burgess, BSc (London), Sen.
Mem.I.R.E., professor in the department
of physics, was the chairman of a symposium on fluctuations in solids at the
Armour Research Foundation, Chicago,
in May. He attended the International
Conference on semiconductor physics in
Prague in August and was a Canadian
delegate to the general assembly of the
Union Radio Scientifique Internationale
held in London, England, in September
for which he organized the session on
molecular and parametric amplifiers.
E. D. MacPhee, M.M., MA.BEd (Edinburgh), CA. (Hon), LLD (Alta.), dean
of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, was named honorary president of the General Accountants Association in Saint John, New
Brunswick, in June.
Brian E. Burke, BCom (Brit.Col.), MA
(Wash.), C.G.A., associate professor of
accounting, was appointed chairman of
the General Accountants Association
board of examiners at their convention
in June.
R. C. Cragg, MA, PhD (Toronto), has
been appointed an associate professor in
the department of fine arts. He is transferring from the department of English.
E. E. Daniel, MA (Johns Hopkins),
PhD (Utah), assistant professor of pharmacology, has been elected president of
the B.C. Academy of Sciences.
Marvin Darrach, MA (Brit.Col.), PhD
(Tor.), professor and head of the department of biochemistry, was elected president of the Canadian Biochemical Society at June meetings in Winnipeg.
Judith Dundas, BA (Brit.Col), MA
(London), PhD (Wis.), instructor in the
English department, has received a Canada Council grant to study Spenser's
imagery in England.
Frank A. Forward, BASc (Tor.), professor and head of the department of
mining and metallurgy, has been given
an award for the outstanding "technical
achievement" of 1959 by the American
magazine Mining World. The work for
which he received the award was a new
leaching process for the recovery of zinc
from ores and concentrates. An earlier
invention was a high temperature and
pressure ammonia leach process for
nickel refining.
Sinclair Davis Healy, BFA (Mt.Allison), MA (Columbia) in fine arts and
fine arts education, has been appointed
to the department of fine arts to teach
in the College of Education. Mr. Healy
studied at the Slade School, London, on
a Lord Beaverbrook overseas graduate
scholarship in 1956-57, and since 1950
has been art instructor at New Brunswick
Teachers' College, in Fredericton.
F. Henry Johnson, MA (Brit.Col).
D.Paed (Tor.), professor and director of
elementary teacher education in the
Faculty of Education, has been elected
president of the British Columbia Historical Association. John E. Gibbard, BEd,
MA (Brit.Col.). associate professor of
education, has been named secretary.
Frederic Lasserre, BArch (Tor.), professor and director of the school of
architecture has been given leave of absence for a year starting September 1,
1960. A senior fellowship awarded by
Central Mortgage & Housing Corporation to aid research in planning and
housing will enable him to study aspects
of design and planning which affect
mobility of people in large housing
schemes throughout Europe. He will
make his headquarters in London in order
to use the Royal Institute of British
Architects library, but will tour the continent visiting some of the more noteworthy comprehensive housing developments. Professor Wolfgang Gerson, AA
Dipl., will be acting director of the school
during Mr. Lasserre's absence.
Abraham Rogatnick, BA,BArch (Harvard), of the school of architecture, attended the summer meetings of the Society of Architectural Historians in
Vicenza, Italy. Slides on European architecture to add to the school's collection
are being collected during extensive travel
on the continent.
Alex Rosenthal, BSc, BEd, MSc (Alta.).
PhD (Ohio State), assistant professor in
the chemistry department, has been
awarded $8970 in support of fundamental research on new heterocyclic syntheses, from the Petroleum Research
Fund as administered by the American
Chemical Society.
Philip H. White, BSc.MSc (Est.Man.)
(London), professor and coordinator of
real estate diploma courses in the commerce faculty, will receive the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors gold
medal for  1961.
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The University of British Columbia has
received a grant of £5000 (approximately $13,450) from the Wolfson Trust of
Great Britain for construction of a new
playing field.
The grant is being made to the University through the National Playing
Fields Association of the United Kingdom, and through the B.C. Playing Fields
Association, which is headed by General
Sir Ouvry Roberts. The Wolfson Trust is
a British philanthropic organization
which has made very considerable con- I
tributions for hospitals and other chari- '
table purposes. This particular gift comes I
from the section of the Trust devoted to
playing fields and administered by the I
National Playing Fields Association.
President N. A. M. MacKenzie, in I
announcing the grant, expressed the
thanks of the Board of Governors to the I
B.C. Playing Fields Association for their
efforts in obtaining the gift, details of
which were arranged by the secretary,
Percy Gray, during a recent visit to
London. The grant will be added to the
U.B.C. Development Fund, the President
said, so as to be eligible for matching
money from the provincial government.
Construction of the field has already
begun, the President added. It will be
known as the Wolfson Field and the
University has undertaken to maintain it
in perpetuity. It will be located at the
south end of the campus on land now '
being used as pasture by the Faculty of
Agriculture. The field of five acres will
be ready for play in September, 1961,
and will provide facilities for cricket,
soccer, grass hockey, rugby and lacrosse.
Prof. Robert Osborne, head of the
school of physical education and recreation at U.B.C, said the new field would
be a welcome addition to sports facilities.
U.B.C. is now forced to restrict its athletic program because of a lack of outdoor facilities, he said. Prof. Osborne
added that the new field would allow a
considerable expansion of the athletic
program. j
The Men's Athletic Committee is this year offering a new type
of athletic card to alumni. A description of this card can be
found in the column entitled 'Sports' on page 28. Clip this ad
and send it to the Athletic Office, Memorial Gymnasium, at
U.B.C. if you wish to purchase an athletic card.
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A research unit for the study of connective tissue diseases and rheumatology
has been established in the Faculty of
Medicine at the University of British
A joint announcement regarding the
new unit was made recently by President
N. A. M. MacKenzie and Mr. A. F.
McAlpine, president of the B.C. division
of the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society.
The project has been made possible by
a bequest of $175,110 by the late E. E.
P. Cunliffe of Kamloops, an arthritic who
set aside the residue of his estate for
CARS "for the sole and exclusive purpose
of research carried on by that body."
The bequest will be amortized at $20,-
000 per year over a period of ten years.
The project marks the fulfilment of plans
made by the founders of CARS more
than 14 years ago.
"I am very pleased with the support
given by CARS to this new research
activity," said Dean John F. McCreary,
head of the Faculty of Medicine. "Rheumatism and connective tissue diseases
represent major causes of human discomfort and ill health. We seem to be
on the threshold of a period in which
advances in the knowledge of these diseases can be made. It will be very valuable to have a research unit actively engaged in this field in our province."
Dr. Robert B. Kerr, head of the department of medicine, said: "I am very
pleased to know of the provision of
means by which the study of various
aspects of rheumatic diseases can be
furthered within the university. I would
expect that in this manner knowledge
about this group of diseases will be extended, particularly knowledge of the
basic factors involved as well as the
application of that knowledge to the
handling of patients suffering from the
Although considerable research into
rheumatic diseases is presently being carried on in universities and hospitals
throughout the country, the proposed
unit will be the first of its kind in a
Canadian university.
Dr. Arthur Bagnall, chairman of the
National Medical Advisory Board of
CARS, said: "This is the culmination of
our efforts to bring the research field
up to the standards set by CARS and the
medical profession for treatment. We can
do much more in the treatment line than
we did 10 years ago, but the development of a centre such as is now being
set up is required to develop a research
program so that treatment may be made
more adequate and appropriate."
The B.C. division of CARS has financially supported rheumatic research to the
extent of $160,000 since 1951 according
to Dr. Bagnall who said that the Society
hopes to double its research program in
the next two years.
"Research is aimed at the cause of the
various and many forms of rheumatic
disease—the different kinds of arthritis
being the most obvious," he continued.
"Many more of these diseases, some of
which used to be killers, need to be investigated."
Dr. Marvin Darrach, head of the department of biochemistry, whose work in
this field has received the support of
CARS, said: "The establishment of this
research unit at the University of British
Columbia is a most important step towards the goal of finding the cause and
cure and the means of preventing arthritis. Every support should be given to
the future development of this program."
U.B.C.'s extension department and the
Faculty of Commerce will combine to
offer 165 evening courses during the fall
and winter. A brochure giving full details
about the courses is now available and
can be obtained by writing to the U.B.C.
extension department.
About 135 courses will be offered beginning in the week of September 26. An
additional 30 courses will be offered by
the extension department beginning in
January, 1961.
Mrs. Alice Lindenberger, director of
the evening classes, said the opening date
for classes will be preceded by four nights
of pre-registration from September 19
to 22 in the Wesbrook building.
Pavlov's Dogs Didn't All Go Crazy
SOME of Pavlov's dogs kept their marbles and remained
calm no matter what dirty tricks the old gentleman
played on them. These were the ones, we like to think,
who KNEW THE SCORE and were consequently able
to laugh off Pavlov and Science. It could be that this
applies to people; that those who know most about what's
actually going on are least likely to be begoozled by
today's steady diet of contradictory stimuli. If so, then,
the thing to do to avoid being a walking conditioned
reflex is to know what's going on by reading The Sun
every day.
33      U. B. C.   ALUMNI    CHRONICLE Most of the 1960-61 evening classes
will be held in the physics, chemistry,
biological sciences and Wesbrook buildings, Mrs. Lindenberger said. Reason for
the shift to the south of the campus
arises from the need to provide more adequate parking facilities, she added.
Many new courses have been added to
the existing categories of offerings, Mrs.
Lindenberger said. Last year 147 courses
were attended by 5100 people, she said,
and it is expected that the number attending U.B.C. at night will increase
again this year.
About 11,300 students are expected to
enrol in September for the 1960-61 winter
session according to U.B.C.'s registrar,
J. E. A. Parnall.
Mr. Parnall said the percentage increase for the coming term was expected
to be about the same as last year. Enrolment jumped about 6.5 per cent in
1959. A similar increase would push
U.B.C.'s enrolment over the 11,000 mark.
Meanwhile U.B.C.'s 1960 summer session enjoyed the highest enrolment in
its 41-year history. A total of 4320 students enrolled for degree courses and an
additional 900 took courses in the summer program administered by the extension department. Last year 3828 enrolled
for credit courses and 800 attended
courses, seminars and lectures offered by
the extension department.
U.B.C. was the scene of the annual conference of the Canadian Agricultural Extension Council. Those who attended were, back row, left to right, J. B. Zacharias,
Abbotsford; J S. Allin, Victoria; Dr. J. K. Friesen, U.B.C; Graham Drew, U.B.C;
center row, D. C Foster, of Winnipeg and the new president of the organization;
R. D. Ramsay, Saskatoon; J. E. Dube, Quebec; S. S. Graham, Edmonton; J. C
Bremner, Fredericton; Dr. Coolie Verner, visiting professor at U.B.C. from Florida;
front row, K. E. Lantz, Toronto; E. Collyer, Winnipeg; C. A. Douglas, Truro; G. L.
Landon, Victoria; Dr. Florence O'Neil, St. John's, Nfld.; J. L, Hutchison, Regina, and
Dean Blythe Eagles, head of the Faculty of Agriculture at U.B.C.
Several U.B.C. officials have speculated that the increase in summer session
enrolment may have been due to the
scarcity of jobs in B.C. this summer.
"Rather than spend an idle summer many
students enrolled for summer courses,"
was the way one official put it.
John F. McLean, director of student
and personnel services said there were
three basic reasons for the lack of summer jobs: 1. A general business slowdown.
2. Slowdown in the construction industry
which has traditionally provided a large
number of jobs for students. 3. An increase in the number of businesses which
close down completely for vacation periods thus eliminating the need for summer replacement staff.
Foreign students especially have a hard
time finding jobs, said Mr. McLean, because they are handicapped by language
difficulties and lack of job experience.
. . . can help make homecoming a memorable
occasion for you. The following books will
give you a greater appreciation of the panel
discussions to be held on Saturday morning,
October 29, in the Law building. Order now.
Some Philosophers of Education: Papers concerning the
doctrines of Augustine, Aristotle, Aquinas and Dewey.
Marquette University  Press,  1956, $2.50.
Simeon  Potter:   Our Language.  Pelican,  70c.
Jacques Barzun: Teacher in America. Anchor, $1.10.
Mark Van Doren: Liberal Education. Beacon, $1.75.
Herbert Spencer: Essays on Education. Introduction by
C. W. Eliot. Everyman, $1.10.
Alfred   North   Whitehead:   The   Aims   of   Education.
Mentor, 60c.
C.  Winfield  Scott,  Clyde  M.  Hill,  Hobert  W.   Burns:
The Great Debate—Our Schools in Crisis.  Spectrum
Books, $1.95.
C. P. Snow: Two Cultures and Scientific Revolution.
Cambridge University Press,  1959, 85c.
A. W. Griswold: Liberal Education and the Democratic
Ideal. Yale University Press, 95c.
J. Wilson: Miraculous Growth of Language. Introduction by George Bernard Shaw. Dent hard cover, 1958,
Report of the Commonwealth Educational Conference,
1959, 75c.
Phone us at CAstle 4-1111 or write to the
University of British Columbia bookstore,
Vancouver 8, B.C.
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The W. K. Kellogg Foundation of
Battle Creek, Michigan, has made a
grant of $60,000 for support of U.B.C.'s
newly-established department of continuing medical education in the Faculty of
Dr. Donald H. Williams, one of Canada's leading dermatologists, heads the
new department which started operations
on July 1 as a joint project between the
Faculty of Medicine and the extension
The new department will organize
post-graduate courses and improve internship and residency training programs
by working with B.C. hospitals.
Dr. John McCreary, head of U.B.C.'s
medical faculty, said the Kellogg Foundation now assists post-graduate medical
training programs at two other Canadian
universities. He added that only at U.B.C.
had a special department been established
with a full-time professor.
"Rapid development of new hospitals
calls for improved continuing medical
education with an opportunity to upgrade
hospital standards, equipment and operation," Dean McCreary said, "and with
a new university hospital projected for
the future, the program should also pave
the way for a close working relationship
between outlying hospitals and the new
Names of 15 graduates elected to
the Senate of the University of
British Columbia by convocation
have been announced by the registrar, Mr. J. E. A. Parnall.
Reelected from the last senate
are Kenneth P. Caple, Arnold A.
Webster, Ian McTaggart Cowan,
Mrs. H. F. Angus, Joseph Kania
and Walter N. Sage, all of Vancouver, and Stuart Keate of Victoria.
Also reelected was Mrs. F. M.
Ross, of Victoria, who served on
the U.B.C. Senate from 1948 to
Those elected for the first time
are Eric P. Nicol and The Hon.
Mr. Justice David Verchere, both
of Vancouver; Willard Ireland,
Victoria; John L. Keays, Powell
River; Mrs. T. R. Boggs, Ladysmith; Joseph V. Rogers, Trail, and
G. Cecil Hacker, of Abbotsford.
Convocation, which elects 15
members to Senate, is made up of
all U.B.C. graduates, original members of convocation and those
members of the faculty named by
the president.   A total of 66 per
sons serve on the U.B.C. Senate.
Other representatives are elected or
appointed by the faculties, the lieutenant-governor in council, Victoria College, high school principals, affiliated colleges, the B.C.
Teachers' Federation and the
U.B.C. Alumni Association's board
of management.
Anglin-Norcross Western Ltd. has been
awarded the contract for the Thea Koerner House at the University of British
Columbia. The gift of Dr. Leon Koerner
and named for his late wife, the four-
storey building will serve as a social and
cultural centre for students in graduate
Work started June 13 on the project
which is scheduled for completion in
May, 1961. Located immediately west of
the Faculty Club at Marine drive and
the West Mall, the reinforced concrete
structure will accommodate offices and
committee rooms on the entrance level
and a recreation room, canteen, projection room and kitchen on the garden
level. On the main floor will be a large
cafeteria, library and seminar rooms.
Architects are Thompson, Berwick and
Pratt with Peter Kaffka as consultant.
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U.B.C.   ALUMNI    CHRONICLE     38 Koyal Bank manager picks up pointers on fertilizer manufacturing
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