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5   Take Note
15   Beans Collection
UBC's Japanese maps collection is, well, a trip. By Josephine Anderson
18  Student Life
Two current students give a little insight into UBC, 2007.
20 Modern Korean Fiction
Korean fiction in translation is taking on the world. And UBC is a leader. By Bruce Fulton
21 The White Rabbit
A little white rabbit can bring a big pot of luck. Fiction by Kim Yujong
24 The Wine Guys
Two grads create the dream job: tasting wine. By Adrienne Watt
26  Traditions: Finding Love in All the Right Places
Winner of our web contest for the best UBC love story (sigh). By Judy Chapman
28  The Sopron Factor
Fifty years later, the Hungarian foresters have left a permanent legacy. By Adrienne Watt
31   The Music Man
Hussein Janmohamed uses music to combine identity and faith. By Vanessa Clarke
34   Books
37  Alumni News
43   Class Acts
47   In Memoriam
"Edo Meisho No E" from the Beans
Collection of Japanese Maps. See page 15.
Cover: Girl with Rabbit Mask. See page 20.
EDITOR Christopher Petty, mfa'86
STAFF WRITER Adrienne Watt
ART DIRECTOR Elisa Cachero
CHAIR Martin Ertl, BSC'93, LLB
VICE-CHAIR Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
TREASURER Ian Robertson, bsc'86, ba'88, mba, ma
Aderita Roets, BA'77
Gayle Stewart, BA'76
Don Dalik, bcom, LLB'76
Ron Walsh, BA'70
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Louise Tagulao, BA'02
Paul Mitchell, BCOM'78, LLB'79
Brent Cameron, ba, mba'o6
Dennis Pavlich, ba, llb, llm
Kevin Keystone
Tim Louman-Gardiner, BA'04
Marie Earl, ab, MLA(Stanford)
Michelle Aucoin
Elisa Cachero
Vanessa Clarke
Gavin Dew
Marie Earl
Sid Katz
Scott Macrae
Christopher Petty
Angela Redish
Herbert Rosengarten
Robbin Simao
Gayle Stewart
Adrienne Watt
Trek Magazine (formerly the UBC Alumni Chronicle) is
published three times a year by the UBC Alumni
Association and distributed free of charge to UBC alumni
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Cover: Getty Images; opposite: UBC Special Collections
Spring 2007    Trek    3 OIL PAINTINGS,
I received A magazine in my mail box a few weeks ago from one of
Canada's other large universities. I get university magazines from around
the world, and it's endlessly interesting to read about these institutions
and, even better, to see what their magazines look like.
The magazine in question was thick and full of things one would expect
in an alumni-oriented publication: obits, class notes, stories about alumni
and the university, notes about research projects, etc. What stopped
me cold, though, was the cover. It was a close up photograph of the
university's president, a big smile on her face.
I'm sure this person is a top academic, a visionary leader and a master
of that unique set of political skills all first-rate university presidents must
possess. I'm convinced she is extremely smart, articulate and top-of-the-
class in every way.
But, as my wise old auntie would say, she's no oil painting.
Now, before you start warming up the tar and plucking the chickens,
hear me out. She's a perfectly attractive woman, and while the snapshot
is OK, it doesn't belong on a cover. There's nothing interesting, artful or
compelling about the way she's been photographed, nothing that indicates
either her stature or her accomplishments.
The simple, bottom-line purpose of any publication, even a house
organ, is to attract readers. William Randolph Hearst, by all accounts
the Conrad Black of his day, was nonetheless a gifted newspaperman and
knew what readers wanted. "To sell a magazine," he reportedly said, "you
need a family, a pet or a pretty girl on the cover." In short, an image that
entices the reader to pick it up and open it. Dress the president in pink
leather and put her on a Harley, like they did with the president of the
University of Texas and you might have a chance.
A magazine with a smiling headshot of the university president on the
cover is likely to stay closed regardless of how sterling a character he or
she might be. I'm sorry. That's just the way it is. Like it or not, we compete
for eyeball space with Cosmopolitan, Time, Maxim, and PC World.
It's the same with content. Surveys, focus groups and anecdotal reports
tell us that the article about the new dean's vision for the faculty might
as well have its pages glued shut, and the hagiographic piece on the big
donor could be printed backwards. No one would notice except the dean,
the donor and their families.
What readers do want to read, whether in Trek Magazine or House and
Garden, are interesting stories that entertain, enlighten and inspire. The
very best university magazines - Portland University, UCLA Magazine,
Reed, Duke, for example - would do as well on the newsstand as any
commercial magazine. They represent their institutions with elegant
design, striking imagery and great stories. No outlandish cheerleading,
no lying-through-their-teeth whitewashes of dubious university policy,
no inflated homages to rich, but otherwise uninteresting patrons. They
understand that their readers are sophisticated, educated and smart
enough to know self-serving hyperbole when they read it.
That's not to say compelling pieces can't be written about visionary
deans or insightful donors. They can and are. But that's our job as purveyors of UBC's image. Our goals, as editors of university magazines, are
fairly simple. We want to leave you with the idea that your alma mater is
a pretty cool place where ideas flourish and people do exciting things. We
want you to feel a bit of pride, a certain amount of nostalgia and the sense
that you belong here. And we want to point you in the right direction
should you feel like getting involved in some aspect ofthe place.
We're completely aware that a cover showing a kid standing in a field
wearing a rabbit mask, even if it is germane to a story inside, only serves
to get you to open the magazine. Then, we'd better produce the goods.
The proof is in the reading, and we hope you enjoy doing just that. ■
Chris Petty, mfa'86, Editor
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Information Sage
□  Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World
Wide Web, was recently reported in The Guardian newspaper as saying that the Internet was
at risk from fraudsters, liars and cheats. "There
is a great danger," he's quoted as saying, "that it
becomes a place where untruths start to spread
more than truths."
It wasn't long ago that families gathered
around the household's one radio to listen to
the news, delivered by the same familiar voice,
night after night. But now we find ourselves
bombarded with information from a variety of
sources in a growing number of formats, from
bloggers regularly publishing their takes on
world events, to news websites heavily saturated
with advertising, to wikis (dynamic websites that
can be accessed and added to by anyone).
"We're seeing a revolutionary change, similar
to when the printing press took power away
from the elite and transformed European society," says UBC assistant professor of Journalism
Alfred Hermida. "Anyone can participate if they
have the tools." How do we negotiate this maze
of information and identify reliable sources of
information? How do we sift for truth? Hermida
believes this is where the changing role of
journalists comes in.
"The monopoly on information has disappeared," he says, "but audiences still need
someone to make sense of the information and
to make meaning of it. The role of journalists
has changed from that of gatekeeper to authen-
ticator." And professional journalists will need a
solid understanding of all the different communications media now available to the audience.
Hermida is aiming to provide Master of
Journalism students with all the new skills they
need in a course called Multiplatform Journalism. As well as traditional skills associated with
ALFRED HERMIDA says new developments in information delivery are as
revolutionary as Gutenberg's invention of moveable-type printing
good journalism, they will learn how to present
information in ways appropriate to a variety of
media - whether it's copy for a website page,
text sent to a cell phone or a podcast uploaded
to a hand-held device. "Employers will want
journalists with online skills and technical skills.
They'll have to know how different platforms
interact with each other and the different ways
to adapt a story for print or online."
Hermida himself has a credible journalistic
pedigree. He worked for 16 years with the
bbc and was the main brain behind the
organization's award-winning website, BBCNews.
com, which succeeded in grabbing the much
sought-after attention of the under-24 audience
by offering them content relevant to their lives.
"We were still interested in providing a credible
news service, but we wanted to see more light
and shade," says Hermida. "Along with the hard
news, we wanted hard science, technology and
Hermida feels it important for professionals
to understand and use the full potential of new
media, to engage audiences with the interactivity
afforded by a website, for example. But the
industry still has some work to do. "It's like
the early days of television when they were still
doing radio, but with pictures," he says.
Chemical Culprits
□  Many modern products found in homes and
offices can introduce unwelcome and possibly
harmful chemicals into our living spaces. Two
of the culprits currently under investigation
by phd candidate Glenys Webster are poly-
brominated diphenyl ethers, (pbde) used as
flame retardant, and perfluroinated compounds
(pcb), used as stain and water repellant. These
chemicals are present in many products, from
which they leech into the environment and find
their way into the human body. Most Canadians
test positive for the presence of these chemicals
and, although low, the levels are much higher
than those recorded for Europeans or Japanese.
Little research exists as to their effects, despite
the fact that animal studies demonstrate certain
pbdes can interfere with the thyroid system by
mimicking thyroid hormones which, among
other things, can have a negative bearing on
neurological fetal development.
Spring 2007    Trek    5 take note
Although a direct connection has not yet
been established, Webster's study is focusing
on the presence of these chemicals in the
environment and the neurological health of
unborn babies. She believes her Chemical,
Health and Pregnancy study might be the first
of its kind in the world. "Until recently, we
didn't have the analytical methods we need
to measure low levels of these chemicals and
study effects on human health," she says.
Given that the chemicals can be found in
foam furnishings, frying-pan coatings and
plastic casings for items like TVs, computers
and popcorn bags, they are difficult to avoid
in the typical household. Webster is enrolling
150 pregnant women in the study, who will
be asked about exposure to pbdes and pfcs
in their homes. She will also measure levels
of the chemicals in the environment and the
human subjects through blood samples at
various stages of pregnancy and during delivery.
Webster hopes the study will throw light on the
relationship between exposure, accumulation
and level of toxicity. While not much is known
about the chemicals, observations have been
made that merit further study. "The effects, if
any, will be subtle," says Webster, "but may still
be important, and show a trend that should be
monitored. I think it's important to start looking
at connections so we can take precautionary
measures, if needed. Because virtually everyone
is exposed to these chemicals any small effects
A UBC STUDY is investigating the effects of the chemicals in common
household products on neurological fetal development
may still represent a public health concern."
Based at UBC's School of Occupational and
Environmental Hygiene, Webster is carrying
out the research in conjunction with colleagues
from bc Women's Hospital and Health Centre,
Health Canada, and the University of Alberta.
Pregnant? Interested in volunteering for
this study? See the website for more details:
Remote Learning Promotes
□  For four years, a UBC department of
Pediatrics team has been collaborating on a
health initiative with a small and remote First
Nations community located on bc's northwest
Members of the UBC Pediatric Residency
Program have worked with Hartley Bay
residents, numbering 200, to establish a
children's clinic and immunization and oral
health programs. The community's very
remoteness (a trip to the nearest store in Prince
Rupert involves catching one of two weekly
ferries for a six-hour round-trip) poses unique
health challenges in terms of access to medical
and other services.
"The project brings unique and considerable
benefits to both the communities and to our
pediatric residents," says UBC Pediatrics professor Andrew Macnab. "It's hugely important
for our future doctors to witness the health
challenges of these remote communities, but
also to experience that these villages are highly
functioning, with leaders trying to do their
best with the resources they have available."
When a child visiting the new clinic was
diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the community approached UBC to conduct a screening
of all its children and teens and collaborate
on an education program. A second child was
diagnosed during the screening (there are 3 2
children in Hartley Bay) and the study will
expand into nearby localities to screen a total
of 400 children.
"This disease can be fought with education," says Cam Hill, a community member
and teacher at the Hartley Bay School. "It's
especially important for youth and young
parents to understand how devastating this
disease can be. We can't falter on what we're
6    Trek    Spring 2007
Photograph: Martin Dee PEDIATRIC RESIDENT Dr. Jacob Rozmus, part of the Hartley Bay team,
examines a child in the First Nations Health Clinic
trying to achieve here. We need to keep up with
new information and technologies."
The team has been in the community for four
years, and valuable learning has happened on
both sides. "We didn't want to be guinea pigs,"
says Hill. "Seeing familiar faces on a regular
basis helped everyone feel more comfortable and
eager to do what it takes to make their community a healthier place." Plans are now afoot
for UBC to work with First Nations shamans
in the Nass Valley to study the effectiveness
of a traditional treatment for diabetes using a
common plant.
The department of Family Practice is also
becoming involved in the Hartley Bay projects.
Support for this research has been provided by
the UBC Faculty of Medicine Special Populations Fund and the Lawson Foundation.
Genes Affect Self Perception
□ UBC researchers Ilan Dar-Nimrod and
Steven Heine have demonstrated that girls'
performance in math is more a product of how
they perceive their level of ability than of their
actual skill level. More specifically, the researchers discovered that girls perform better when
they believe a stereotypical gender gap in math
achievement is based on social myth, rather than
on scientific fact. And vice-versa: if girls believe
they are genetically pre-disposed to do badly,
then they will.
"The findings suggest that people tend to
accept genetic explanations as if they're more
powerful or irrevocable, which can lead to
self-fulfilling prophecies," says Heine, an associate professor of Psychology, "but experiential
theories may allow a woman to say 'this
stereotype doesn't apply to me.'"
Dar-Nimrod and Heine conducted their three-
year study with the help of 220 female subjects.
One group was told that there is a genetic
difference in math ability between boys and
girls, another was told that math ability was affected by the different social experiences of boys
and girls - for example, how well their parents
expected them to perform - and a third group
was told there was no gender-based difference
in math performance. The latter two groups
performed comparably, but both out-performed
the first group.
Dar-Nimrod and Heine caution that as advances are made in genetics research, reporters
who communicate them to the general public
should avoid over-simplification. "We should be
mindful of how science is interpreted, especially
genetic explanations where you often see grossly
simplified media stories that report on genes for
homosexuality, genes for obesity or genes for
thrill seeking," says Dar-Nimrod. "The reports
themselves have the potential to undermine
people's motivations. If I believe that genes
have a deterministic influence on my weight,
will I still struggle to keep up with my diet and
exercise routine?"
Star Profs Recognized
□ UBC Physics professor and Nobel laureate
Carl Wieman has been awarded the 2007
Oersted Medal, one of the United States' top
teaching prizes, by the American Association of
Physics Teachers. Past recipients include Carl
Sagan and Richard Feynman. Wieman joined
UBC in January from the University of Colorado to lead a $12 million science education
intiative, to which he has donated the $10,000
award prize money. Wieman is also the 2001
recipient of the National Science Foundation's
Distinguished Teaching Scholarship Award,
and was named the us University Professor of
the Year in 2004 by The Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching. He currently
chairs the National Academy of Sciences' Board
on Science Education.
□ Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Robert Hancock was awarded the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research Michael Smith
Prize in November for his research on infectious
diseases such as pseudomonas aeruginosa, a
major cause of lung infections in hospitals
and nursing homes. He is recognized for his
commitment to excellent research that has
had a real impact on the health of Canadians.
Infectious diseases are the third leading cause of
death in North America, yet they are becoming
increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Interviewed
by UBC Reports in 2005, Hancock said: "I had
decided I was going to be a scientist because
I felt a scientist is someone who produces
something useful. But after I read an article on
the discovery of penicillin, which seemed to me
the most romantic adventure I had ever read,
I was certain. And I never thought of anything
□ Associate professor of Journalism Ethics
Stephen Ward has taken the 2006 award for
best English-language book in the social sciences
(the Harold Adams Innis Prize) awarded by the
Photograph courtesy of Brighter Smiles
Spring 2007    Trek    7 take note
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and
Social Sciences. Ward's book, The Invention of
Journalism Ethics: The Path to Objectivity and
Beyond, was published in 2005 by McGill-
Queen's University Press.
□ Professor Emeritus of Pathology and
Pediatrics David Hardwick has been elected
Secretary of the International Academy of
Pathology (iap). The iap was founded in
Montreal in 1906 by members who included
Professor EE Wesbrook, UBC's founding
president. Still very much involved at UBC,
Hardwick is Special Advisor on Planning
for UBC's Distributed Medical Education
program, which trains medical students at
various locations across the province. He is
responsible for av/it design and presentation.
His past endeavours include the creation of
an online portal called The Knowledge Hub
(www.uscap.org) that provides free access to
Pathology education and research reports to
more than 70,000 pathologists and physicians
in 100 countries.
□ Associate professor of English Mary
Chapman has won the 2006 Yasuo Sakaki-
bara Prize, awarded by the American Studies
Association. The prize was in recognition of
her essay on the writer Sui Sin Far, which was
a pseudonym used by Edith Maude Eaton,
who was born of an English father and Chinese
mother in 1865. Far wrote about the lives of
Chinese women living in North America, and
the hardships they suffered as a racial minority. Chapman's essay forms part of a book in
progress that explores writing from the progressive era in the us (1890s to 1920s) during a
popular push for social reform. Far noted that
this push for equality didn't extend to Chinese
immigrants. Chapman has managed to unearth
many articles written by Far on the subject.
Look Out for That Fish
□  It typically dwells deep under arctic ice, and
(as far as we know) can grow to more than
six metres in length and live to be hundreds of
years old. Elusive and mysterious, the Greenland
shark is a creature that fascinates UBC marine
biologist and veterinarian Chris Harvey-Clark.
He has managed to track down some specimens
to observe in the shallow waters of the Gulf of
St. Lawrence near Baie-Comeau in Quebec.
It is unusual to find these sharks in such
conditions. They usually move in deep waters
between Greenland and the Polar Cap and,
prior to their first noted forage to the Gulf three
summers ago, the sharks weren't seen in this
popular scuba diving area.
"There's not much prey here, and certainly
not enough to justify so many large predators in
one small area," says Harvey-Clark. "We think
Associate Professor of En
MARINE BIOLOGIST Chris Harvey-Clark was the
first person to film the elusive Greenland Shark
it may have something to do with ecological
shifts taking place in the St. Lawrence right now,
or it could just be a sunken whale carcass on the
ocean floor that is attracting them."
Whatever the reason for the behaviour, it
means that Harvey-Clark and fellow shark
enthusiast Jeff Gallant, regional director of the
Shark Research Institute in Quebec, have been
able to observe and document the creatures
close-up. And they are anxious to find out more
about them. "All the questions a grade two class
would ask: where do they go, what do they eat,
how do they breed, how big do they get or even
how long they live," says Harvey-Clark.
Humankind's previous encounters with the
Greenland shark have been not to study it, but
to hunt it by the tens of thousands annually (according to a 1948 report) for its vitamin A-rich
oil. "All the papers published on the species,
including magazine articles, can barely fill two
shoeboxes," says Harvey-Clark. Considering it is
the largest North Atlantic shark, the only one to
live under Arctic ice, and perhaps the longest-
lived of all vertebrates, this shark merits more
attention. The research team started by tagging
some of the sharks to determine their movements, and made a fascinating discovery. "We've
seen one female at the same location, around
the same date, three years in a row. It's exciting
because this kind of behaviour, (philopatry in
oceanography-talk) has been documented in
migratory birds, but rarely in sharks," says Harvey-Clark. "We've also found that the sharks are
active in what we call a diel pattern. They stay
in deep water during the day but from dusk to
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Photograph: Michelle Mayne dawn, they rise up from 60 metres and begin a
cycle of swimming vertically to the surface every
20 minutes, all night long. We think they may be
either hunting seals or being social."
The Greenland shark has many more interesting characteristics to fathom, and next summer
Harvey-Clark hopes to return to the Gulf of
St. Lawrence with a multi-disciplinary research
UBC'Geers Take TIME
□ Unfortunately, an ultra fuel-efficient vehicle
designed by UBC Engineering students as an
extra-curricular project didn't earn them any
university credit. But it did garner them a lot of
press attention by achieving 3,145 miles per one
us gallon of gas to clinch top spot in the Society
of Automotive Engineers Supermileage Competition for the fourth year in a row. And the latest
accolade rewarding the students' devotion and
hard work was having their vehicle recognized
by time magazine as one of the best inventions
of 2006.
"With fewer than 50 unranked inventions
on the list and only seven in the category of
transportation inventions, the selection by time
of the Mark v supermileage vehicle is truly an
honour for these students and a testament to the
skills and dedication of the UBC Engineering
students," said the team's faculty advisor Jon
The Mark v is made out of carbon fibre,
weighs 80 lbs, and uses a 54CC lawn mower
engine. It is only about knee-height and the
driver lies flat to operate it. The two team
leaders, who graduated last year, are Kevin Li
and Jonathan Yeung. See the website for photos
and specs, www.supermileage.ca.
Disabilities Research Hub
□  October has been designated Community
Living Month. A fitting time of year, then, for
UBC Okanagan to have launched its Disabilities
Health Research Network (dhrn), now operating out of the Community, Culture and Global
Studies Unit.
Approximately one in eight Canadians lives
with a disability and that number is only likely
to rise as the population ages. The network was
launched to encourage an increase in disability-
related research and to facilitate partnerships
between individuals and organizations. "By
fostering innovative approaches that increase
research scope and quality, the dhrn hopes
to assist scientists, academics and community
groups as they address the biological, social and
community issues facing people with disabilities," says co-leader Lawrence Berg, Canada
Research Chair in Human Rights, Diversity and
Identity at UBC Okanagan. Leading the project
alongside Berg is Bonnie Sawatzky, assistant
professor in the divisions of Orthopaedic
Engineering and Paediatric Orthopaedics on the
Vancouver campus.
The network hopes to embrace a wide scope
of disciplines and backgrounds (Berg specializes
in citizenship issues such as disability rights,
while Sawatzky explores wheelchair propulsion)
and would like to base its research direction
on issues considered priorities by the disabled
community. "We'll be working hard doing the
research community organizations believe is
needed," says Berg. The network has received
about $1 million in funding from the Michael
Smith Foundation for Health Research.
Lonesome Pine
□ The Wollemi Pine has existed for about 200
million years. The tenacious species has survived
through ice age, drought and countless other
climate challenges, but now it needs some help
to carry on. Once common across Australia, the
conifer's numbers have dwindled drastically.
"In modern times, the Wollemi occupies
only one tiny habitat in the wild," says professor Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in
Natural Products Chemistry at UBCO and keen
Photograph: UBC Supermileage Team
Spring 2007    Trek    9 take note
Wollemi champion.
The lonesome grove of pines was discovered
in Australia's Blue Mountains in 1994. Botanists
committed to conserving the Wollemi have been
propagating by cuttings, since the seeds are not
usually viable. Last year about 300 new-generation Wollemi were sold at a Sotheby's auction.
Seizing the opportunity, Murch requested a leftover specimen for her research. She was delighted
to receive 50 seedlings, and believes we stand to
learn a lot from this beleaguered pine.
The Wollemi is closely related to the Monkey
Puzzle. It can grow to about 40 metres and has
an ususual, bubbly-textured bark, and flattened
needles more reminiscent of a fern than a
pine. By studying its chemistry, Murch hopes
to unearth some clues as to the tree's amazing
capacity for adaptation, as well as its failure to
thrive in the modern era which, she speculates,
might be due to higher levels of carbon dioxide
It's All About Stories
Marie Earl
"Tell us more stories about how UBC makes a difference in this world!"
This is what alumni say they want from Alumni Affairs and we're happy
to oblige. There is no shortage of news about an institution that now boasts
four campuses - Point Grey, Robson Square and Great Northern Way in Vancouver, and Kelowna in the Okanagan - nearly 48,000 students, more than
12,000 faculty and staff and almost 240,000 alumni worldwide. The chal-
Rfr, lenge for us more often than not in selecting stories is "where to begin?"
Moreover, we have multiple vehicles for sharing UBC stories - this
magazine, our monthly email newsletter the Grad Gazette, our award-winning, newly redesigned website (www.alumni.ubc.ca) and email alerts about
upcoming events and breaking news. And that's just from Alumni Affairs.
You may also choose to subscribe to news feeds courtesy of Public Affairs (www.publicaffairs.ubc.
ca/newsstudios/) or sign up to receive news from your departments, faculties, Athletics, the Museum of
Anthropology and so on.
It's great fun for us to hear back from our readers. Sometimes your missives take us to task for an
egregious error of fact or a woefully ill-considered opinion. Other times we're thanked for bringing
cheer to an otherwise miserably grey, wet afternoon. In any case, your views are likely to be posted
to the staff bulletin board as a reminder that our constituents are a lively, diverse and caring group of
We have a couple of new projects in the offing that we'd love to have you sound off about and
help shape. The first has to do with alumni visiting the UBC campus. What can we do to make you feel
more welcome when you come to Point Grey? In 2008 UBC will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
signing of the provincial University Act that brought UBC into being. To mark the occasion, we'll be introducing a wayfinding project to help alumni and other visitors navigate the campus. UBC Point Grey is
one of Vancouver's most popular tourist destinations, and is visited by more than 100,000 alumni each
year. We'll improve signage and produce walking, driving and bicycling tours for you in old-fashioned
paper format as well as rich mobile muse stories downloadable via your cell phone or digital media
The second has to do with your memories of UBC. Which iconic campus locations or stories do you
believe simply must be included in any history of UBC?
I've been lucky enough to spend some time with the "elders" of the UBC clan, and I know there
is a reservoir of rich lore out there worthy of capture for the generations to follow. Our plans include
producing a web time capsule of alumni stories, audio clips, photographs and blogs. We hope you'll
consider sharing with us your UBC stories for this archive. Now is the time to wax nostalgic! Email your
stories along to Alex Burkholder at alexburk@interchange.ubc.ca, or mail them to our offices. ■
PROF. SUSAN MURCH is the Canada Research
Chair in Natural Products Chemistry at UBCO
in the atmosphere.
"Rare species are particularly interesting as
they provide a snapshot into the chemistry that
must occur for a species to survive as climates
change," she says. "Most people have heard of
climate change and global warming and the
effects of greenhouse gasses. One ofthe things
that interests me is human adaptation versus
plant adaptation. With the Wollemi, here is a
species that has adapted very well even through
changing conditions." Grad students Ian Cole
and Christina Salvadore are working with
Murch on a number of experiments to see how
the tree responds to variations in environment,
such as temperature.
Murch says the research will lead to a
better understanding of how other species have
evolved and to more informed methods for their
conservation. She is lobbying for greenhouse
facilities at UBCO so that she and colleagues can
maximize their research efforts. All 50 seedlings
currently reside in her office, and they're only
going to get bigger.
UBC and Musqueam Sign Memo
□  In December, an historic memorandum of affiliation was signed by UBC and the Musqueam
Indian Band Council. The two parties want to
enhance existing partnerships that help more
Musqueam youth and adults gain entry into
UBC and other post secondary institutions.
The memorandum calls for more programs
designed to advance relations between the
10    Trek    Spring 2007
Photographs: Martin Dee two communities and increase numbers of
Aboriginal undergraduates. There are currently
500-600 Aboriginals studying at UBC.
Signing on behalf of the Musqueam,
Councillor Delbert Guerin said, "This agreement cements our commitment to working as
partners with UBC on a variety of mentoring,
sports and academic programs that encourage,
inspire and empower not only Musqueam but
all First Nations students to expect and strive
for the best."
A number of programs are already in place,
including an annual kids' soccer tournament,
homework and reading clubs run by UBC athletes, and a Musqueam language course. UBC
Aboriginal programs are typically designed
and executed in partnership with First Nations
communities. On becoming UBC president,
Stephen Toope created a new position for
the university's executive: senior advisor
to the president on Aboriginal Affairs. The
first person to hold the position is associate
professor of Social Work and member of the
Neskonlith Band of the Secwepemc (Shuswap)
First Nation, Richard Vedan. Vedan has been
director of the UBC First Nations House of
Learning since 2001.
A Paleoethno-what?
□ UBC Okanagan associate professor Sandra
Peacock is a paleoethnobotanist, but the job
title probably leaves the majority of people
none the wiser about what she does for a
living. "I study people-plant relationships by
analyzing plant remains from archeological
sites," she explains.
For two summers, Peacock and archeologist colleague, professor Brian Kooyman,
have supervised groups of students at an
excavation site in Hat Creek Valley, an area
rich in more than 2,000 years-worth of First
Nations history. They are interested in what
are known as black holes: indentations in the
earth left by ancient cooking methods for wild
roots. These circular rock-lined ovens were up
to eight metres across and used repeatedly for
steaming roots, a nutritious food source, before
storing them for the winter. Hundreds can be
found in areas where roots were habitually
gathered for thousands of years.
Peacock is especially interested in the charred
plant remains that can be lifted from the ovens
for identification and further study. She is aided
in this study by First Nations communities.
"Plant use traditions shared by contemporary
First Nations elders can guide my interpretations of these ancient root-processing sites,
blending perspectives from Western science and
traditional ecological knowledge - two different
but complementary ways of knowing - to
produce a more complete picture of past plant
use," she says.
One of Peacock's goals is to establish as
comprehensive a list as possible of all the species
found at the Hat Creek site, but as a paleoethnobotanist she must also consider their cultural
Spring 2007    Trek    11 HADI DOWLATABADI heads a team investigating the effectiveness
and risks of pesticide spray programs in fighting West Nile virus
significance: the people-plant relationship. "For
that, I turn to traditional knowledge systems,
and specifically to the ethnobotanical evidence."
She is referring to the living memories of elders
who remember the traditional cooking methods
used and plant-related traditions practiced by
the generations that came before them "Their
stories and recipes have taught me a great deal
about the plants I find in ancient earth ovens
and about the ovens themselves," says Peacock.
Rage Against the Dying of
the Hair
□ These days, having a face-lift doesn't seem
to raise any eyebrows (figuratively, at least). In
fact there is a growing number of surgical and
non-surgical procedures on offer aimed at shaving off a few years' wear and tear. And statistics
from the us (there are no reliable stats available
for Canada) suggest that more and more people
are getting in line.
Human Kinetics assistant professor Laura
Hurd Clarke thinks this is likely a result of social pressure. "It's become socially unacceptable
to look old," she says. "We live in a culture that
denigrates old bodies and equates the physical
signs of aging with moral decay and the loss of
social and sexual desirability."
Her opinion is based on ten years of
research, involving women in the 50-70 year
age bracket, designed to explore aging and
body image. Her current research focuses
on non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such
as chemical peels and Botox injections, and
is based on information collected from 44 volunteer subjects, half of whom had undergone
cosmetic procedures while the other half had
Some common threads emerged from the
research, such as the desire to keep any cosmetic treatment secret. Two of the subjects did
not even tell their partners. "They were afraid
of being seen as vain and shallow, but they
were also afraid if they didn't do it, their partners would leave them," says Hurd Clarke.
Other common reasons were maintenance of
competitive edge in the job market and on
the dating scene. She also noted a prevalence
of emotionally and physically traumatic
experiences (from childhood poverty to rape)
among the women who had opted to undergo
procedures. "These brutal experiences have
shaped how they perceive their bodies, their
appearances and growing older."
Conversely, the subjects who did not feel
the need for cosmetic intervention had happier relationships. "They were often women
who were happy with life, who viewed their
bodies as instruments for action rather than
objects for people to look at. They derived
their sense of identity from something other
than their appearances and had supportive
social networks."
West Nile Virus
□  Despite its temperate climate, bc has so far
escaped an outbreak of West Nile Virus (wnv),
but UBC researchers are trying to prepare
us for that inevitability (nearby Washington
State saw its first cases last year). Canada has
reported 225 clinical cases of wnv in humans,
12 of them fatal. Most infected people never
develop symptoms. Those that do experience
flu-like symptoms or worse, and three per cent
develop fatal meningitis.
Since the infection is carried by birds and
passed on via mosquitoes, spraying pesticides
is a way to combat outbreaks. But pesticides
pose other health and environmental concerns,
and as a blanket measure, spraying doesn't
allow for much personal choice. But protection
from mosquitoes at the individual level, such
as the use of deet in repellants, also raises
health concerns.
A UBC team led by Canadian Research
Chair Hadi Dowlatabadi is trying to determine
the best approach to prevention and preparedness. "We want to make sure we're protecting
people who may be vulnerable to the virus,
and protecting our kids and the ecosystem
from pesticide contamination," he says.
Malathion is a pesticide used to combat
wnv. It can remain in water for up to 19
days and is toxic to fish. People with healthy
immune systems are not compromised, but the
same can't be said for more vulnerable members of our society, including children. Without
a national program in place to provide a
comprehensive approach to wnv, spraying is
often looked to as an emergency measure by
municipalities and not as well understood as it
could and should be.
The UBC team is working with local health
authorities and the bc Centre for Disease Control to see how effective spraying actually is,
and to assess what health and environmental
risks it poses. The team will also study public
perceptions on risk, from insect repellants as
well as pesticides and the virus itself. "Numerous spray campaigns have been undertaken
12    Trek    Spring 2007
Photograph: Darin Dueck without knowing the consequences," says study
coordinator Negar Elmieh, who is working on a
phd in Resource Management and Environmental Studies. "We want to change that and provide
data on both the risks and benefits of spraying.
We hope our findings can be used to design safer,
more effective interventions. The best outcome is
to use spraying as a last resort." Elmieh is a UBC
Bridge Program Fellow. The program provides
scholarship funding and research training to
find preventions for public, environmental
and occupational health problems. It draws
on expertise from Medicine, Engineering and
Graduate Studies.
Sustainable Seafood
□  Currently, global seafood consumption is
increasing during a time when the majority of
wild fish stocks are over-exploited. Researchers
predict that by the mid-21 st century nearly all
fish stocks will be on the verge of collapse.
Direct human actions threatening wild fish
stocks include overfishing, bycatch, habitat
destruction by various fishing techniques, coastal
development and poorly managed aquaculture.
Recent initiatives attempting to reverse this trend
include consumer-targeted campaigns promoting
ecologically-sound seafood consumption to
ensure the continued existence of fish stocks and
health of marine ecosystems.
Recently, students at UBC have played key
roles in the development of sustainable seafood
programs on campus and nationally in conjunction with major environmental non-profits.
At UBC, the Sustainable Seafood Project is a
collaborative venture among many groups. The
UBC Sustainability office seeds has facilitated a
program that includes UBC food service providers, faculty from Project Seahorse (Fisheries
Centre) and Land and Food Systems and student
researchers and analysts.
The UBC Sustainable Seafood Project began
in January 2006. Directed Studies student Anna
Magera analysed seafood purchases at UBC and
produced the first wave of recommendations.
The three major food service providers at UBC
- UBC Food Services, ams Food and Beverage
and Green College - embraced these ideas
eagerly and removed five threatened seafood species from university menus and catering options:
monkfish, snapper (rockfish), long-line caught
Martin Ertl, Chair
The Expense (and Profit) of Alumni Cultivation
^^^^^^ UBC invests money every year in the Alumni Association and the
^k Alumni Affairs office trying to get you, our alumni, involved in the
university. You may have read recently that UBC is now dealing with a
deficit in its operating budget and is taking measures to cut expenses
across the board. Why, you might ask, does the university put valuable
resources into cultivating the loyalty of its graduates when that money
could be spent on classrooms, teachers, student financial aid and
Many would answer with the obvious: fundraising. But most of
our graduates would be surprised to learn that neither the Alumni
Association nor the Alumni Affairs office is involved in raising money.
That function is currently the responsibility of the Development office, which is administered by a
different branch of the university.
And while this administrative relationship may change in the future, UBC is still anxious to
maintain a strong bond with you that is exclusive of fundraising. The university needs volunteer
help, and that help is best when it comes from alumni. Grads serve on faculty committees, host
events, mentor students and run important organizations, such as this Alumni Association. The
Museum of Anthropology and the Botanical Garden depend on volunteers, as does Vancouver
Hospital, the AMS, International House and many other institutions on campus.
While all these are important for the efficient operation of the university, none are as essential
as your participation in the election of the chancellor and convocation senators on the University
Senate. Alumni, through the Alumni Association, also nominate candidates for membership in
the Board of Governors. Under the provincial University Act, the university is required by law to
involve alumni in these functions.
Every three years, members of convocation (all alumni and faculty members) elect the chancellor of the university. The Alumni Association nominates one candidate for the position and
makes this magazine available as one vehicle through which the election is conducted. Members
can also vote online. Other candidates are nominated by groups or individuals, all of whom must
by members of Convocation (alumni and faculty of UBC). The chancellor sits on the Board of
Governors and the University Senate, and is the university's chief representative at many ceremonial functions including graduation.
During the same election, alumni are asked to vote for 11 university senators, all of whom
must by members of Convocation. The function of the Senate is to consider and approve all aspects of the university's academic life including admission requirements, graduation requirements,
course content, library management and conduct, the university calendar, and the like.
The Board of Governors is made up of 21 persons, including the chancellor, the president,
and two members nominated by the Alumni Association. The Board is responsible for the
management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the
university, including the appointment of senior officials and faculty on the recommendation of the
These elected positions are extremely important within the governance structure of the
university, and alumni participation - both as candidates and as electors - is essential for their
success. And because these positions are so important, we will publish more information in the
Fall, 2007 issue of Trek Magazine about alumni involvement in the process and, at the same time,
call for nominations. The election will be held in the Spring, 2008 issue of Trek Magazine, with
new terms to begin in August, 2008.
The university's investment in you, as an alumnus of UBC, brings many dividends to the institution. Your time and talent are the elements that produce those dividends. ■
Spring 2007    Trek    13 take note
tuna, sevruga caviar and swordfish.
The seafood program expanded in
September 2006 to include project coordinator Jade Barnaby and two directed studies
students, Laura Winter and Sarah Ballard.
Their recommendations on the sustainability
of shellfish, steelhead trout/ rainbow trout,
and shrimp have been discussed encouragingly by the UBC Sustainable Seafood
UBC is now a national leader in sourcing
seafood sustainably, thanks to enthusiastic
engagement by all participants, generous
input from the seafood suppliers, and
pilot funding by the Fisher Scientific Fund.
Partners in the Project hope that it will be
used as a model by other institutions such as
SFU and McGill, which both have expressed
interest in sourcing their seafood sustainably.
Nationally, issues of sustainable seafood
are being addressed by a program called Sea-
Choice (www.seachoice.org), which was coordinated by visiting UBC doctoral student
Sian Morgan on behalf of five nongovernmental organizations across Canada: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David
Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Centre,
Living Oceans Society and the Sierra Club
of Canada. The program works on a variety
of scales, producing scientific assessments of
Canadian seafood based on national data,
partnering with members of the supply line
to mobilize changes in seafood procurement,
and asking the government for changes in
fishing policy that support sustainable extraction. Seachoice offers two main products
to help Canadians to choose their seafood
responsibly: a seafood wallet card and a seafood database that explains why a particular
product has been assigned its ranking of Best
Choice, Some Concerns or Avoid. To request
a wallet card, or for more information, e-
mail info@seachoice.org. I
Take Note is edited from material that
appears in other publications, including
UBC Reports. We thank those reporters and
Public Affairs for allowing us to use their
Stephen Toope
UBC Graduates as Global Citizens
As a relative newcomer to the university, I am at the other end of the learning curve from UBC alumni. Your experience at UBC has shaped both your
sense of pride in the institution and your understanding of its status in the
world. I share with you a profound sense of how precious a UBC education
is, and how it shapes the world view of students and alumni.
I am sure you have heard that UBC aspires to graduate "exceptional
global citizens." That phrase appears in the university's vision statement, and
the idea is echoed throughout Trek 2010, the document that outlines UBC's
mission. I must admit that when I first heard that goal I was a little taken
aback. As an international lawyer, as a person who has spent his whole
PRESIDENT career promoting international norms, and as a committed participant in
various United Nations initiatives in the protection and promotion of human rights, I could be expected
to rally round the concept of "global citizenship." But from the beginning, I have experienced a slight
discomfort with the phrase. I felt uneasy about the obvious association of the term "global citizenship"
with the prevalent and typically uncritical invocation of the term "globalization."
Global citizenship is about more than looking for exciting jobs in Hong Kong, London or New York.
It is about more than building up BC and Canada's international trade. It must be about something different than re-colonizing the world through global citizens who are merely agents of economic domination. I want to rescue the concept of global citizenship from the rhetoric of globalization.
I believe that a citizen of the world is one who defies the narrow boundaries of nationalism; who is
free of the prejudices such nationalism might impose; who has some understanding of other peoples,
other nations, other languages, other cultures and traditions different from one's own.
As learners and scholars, consciously or unconsciously, we lay claim to the rights and freedoms of
global citizenship because without that breadth of vision, without the capacity or willingness to benefit
from the world of ideas and diverse practices we cannot hope to make any meaningful contributions
ourselves. The rational search for knowledge across all boundaries is the very raison d'etre of the
As citizens, we enjoy the kind of rights and protections that membership in a society will confer.
But we also have a duty as global citizens to ensure that others enjoy those same rights and protections, and that entails action: political action, community action, and social action. When we speak of
"citizenship" we think of responsibilities as well as rights, we acknowledge obligations that we cannot
ignore if we are to build and protect a civil and sustainable society.
Global citizenship, the way I use the term, is motivated by something other than the desire for profit
or the will to power. It is sustained by recognition that, as moral beings, we must help one another.
A few months ago I asked some UBC students what they thought was meant by "global citizenship." They said it means caring about people right here in Vancouver, and caring about the challenges
faced by people in all parts of the world. It means making active choices that respect other people's
needs and that reflect fairness in resource consumption. It means working with our neighbours by actions such as volunteering in the Downtown Eastside as did more than 1,000 UBC students last year. It
also means acting politically through NGOs, political parties and global initiatives for change.
It is simple. Caring and acting. I could not find a better definition of global citizenship in any learned
tome. But I have to add one further component. In between caring and acting comes learning. Learning
gives us knowledge, skills and an approach that helps us turn caring into acting. That is why universities
are such fundamental social institutions. They instil the discipline of learning and they help equip us to
be citizens. I hope that while you were at UBC, the diversity you discovered, the friendships you made
and the teachers who inspired you have led you down a path to global citizenship, to caring and acting
in a way that will benefit all of humankind, starting right at home.
From my point of view as UBC's 12th president, I can think of no better gauge of our success. ■
14    Trek    Spring 2007 THE HIGH CLTtoV JAPANESE MAPS
Maps ofthe Tokugawa Era provide dramatic insight into the history
and culture of Japan during one of its most restrictive periods.
When we look at a map, many of us see the
city, the country, the world itself, scaled to fit
on a piece of paper. We expect mapmaking to
be carried out with relentless precision. Besides
some colour coding, artistic expression takes
the backseat: first comes accuracy. Then there
are old maps, narrated by the brown stains of
age, which have a way of reaching beyond the
When UBC purchased the largest collection outside Japan of Tokugawa era maps
and guidebooks (circa 1600-1868), scholars,
students and library staff welcomed the event
with excitement. The year was 1964, and before
long the new department of Asian Studies and
various divisions of the UBC Library were abuzz
with ideas on how best to showcase the George
Beans collection (named after its original collector), which consists of some of the earliest maps
ever printed in Japan. Most of the maps, though
not all, offer the basic navigational instructions
we expect from maps, but after that utility is
a raw allure. To the keen observer, these prints
are portholes into one of the most restricted
segments of Japan's past.
"A lot of the maps drawn in the 17th and
18th centuries are not what we think maps
should be today," says social anthropologist
Tama Copithorne. "Many of the maps are not
scientific, but more visual. These are by artists,
not cartographers."
Copithorne wrote a curatorial paper on the
Beans collection in 1987, when a traveling
exhibition was in the works. Advocates foresaw
showings all over Canada and Asia. But the
sponsorship fell through, and the traveling
exhibition never happened. For 42 years the
Beans maps remained relatively hidden away
in UBC's Rare Books and Special Collections,
accessible only by request and susceptible to
the destructive effects of air and light each time
viewed. Then last year, 285 Beans pieces were
digitized in the first of a two-phase project that
will display about 1,000 items when completed.
Those who have been labouring to spotlight the
collection call it a triumph. Now anyone who
feels like it can click 'zoom' and analyze each
item in minute detail online (angel.library.ubc.
"You know, it's our crown jewel here and it's
gotten very little attention," says Peter Nosco,
head of Asian Studies at UBC. "Everybody
would agree that it's one of the three best
collections in the world of maps from that era.
It shows one how people from a broad range
of classes situated themselves spatially, oriented
themselves to their community, to their country,
Maps courtesy of UBC Special Collections
Spring 2007    Trek    15 the world around them. That notion of a kind
of orientation in time and space is not something that would be of concern to most people
in most times," he adds. "It's part of a modern
Given the limitations imposed by Japan's sho-
guns during the Tokugawa era, also called the
Edo period, it could have been a time of stunted
growth. For these 250-some years, Japan was
strictly isolated from the rest of the world by a
policy called Sakoku, literally "closed country."
Trade was restricted to China and the Netherlands. International travel was banned. Yet
UBC's maps, layered with text and much more
pictorial than European ones of the same time,
trace a curiosity for the unknown brewing on
the inside of the tightly lidded country. As with
a child whose curiosity increases with the size of
a secret, Japan's intense restrictions actually fed
the growth of this modern consciousness.
"The Japanese are well-known travelers.
That goes way back to the Edo period," says
Copithorne, who is a case in point herself. She
was raised in Tokyo, and was the first Japanese
exchange student to attend UBC in 1955.
"They're always interested in what other people
are doing," she adds.
The collection holds several pocket-sized
maps, which helped inquisitive citizens situate
themselves in relation to other regions in Japan.
Tomoko Goto, Japanese reference librarian
at UBC's Asian Library, says that these were
originally meant for the Samurai ruling class.
16    Trek    Spring 2007 "Strictly speaking, commoners were not
allowed to travel except when they went to
temples and shrines, or to hot springs to cure
disease," she says. But those persistent enough
found ways around limiting laws. Commoners
disguised themselves as pilgrims, trekking to
the Imperial Shrine of Ise in central Japan, for
example, and afterwards extended their trips.
Following map routes, they stopped to sightsee
in new places, so that in the end it was two or
three months before they returned to their village and had to trade in their carefree, nomadic
lifestyle for the regimented order of home.
More and more as the Tokugawa era
progressed, ordinary commoners began to lay
out huge, picturesque maps on their tatami
straw mat floors. One Beans map covers more
than 30 square feet in area when folded out. In
this way, those who could not afford a journey
indulged in armchair travels around Japan or
even the world, says Copithorne. "That's why
these are so beautifully drawn. You have to
realize, it's not just maps. I remember my father
was a collector of antiques and we also had a
number of old maps," she says. "Even today you
see a lot of Japanese traveling. Culturally they're
curious people."
Beautiful sea maps guided merchants and
Samurai through the Japanese archipelago.
Urban maps, frequently of Edo (now called
Tokyo), led city dwellers about their surroundings in innovative ways, indicating, for example,
entertainment districts. Maps of port towns, like
bourgeoning Yokohama or Nagasaki, document
Japan's acceptance of foreign trade and its exit
from solitude at the end of the Tokugawa era.
But given that Japan was isolated for two and
a half centuries, its earliest world maps are perhaps some of the most telling. Leaving accuracy
aside, these usually depict Japan, India or China
centered and oversized, with North America not
always shown at all. In some, mythical lands
are drawn as close to Japan as real countries
like Korea and China. "It's very interesting what
the worldview was in those days, completely
unscientific, but fascinating," says Copithorne.
Over the years, the collection has been
studied in a few scholarly papers, but the
digitization, a collaboration between UBC
Library's University Archives and Rare Books
and Special Collections, is its first big public
exposition. In the first phase of the project, all
single-sheet maps were digitized. In the second
phase, all atlas maps will be digitized. To those
who were left with what Nosco calls "a little bit
of a bad aftertaste" when the traveling exhibition flopped, detailed online access to the Beans
maps is a fresh mint.
The website cataloguing the maps was set
up in time for the Early Modern Komonjo and
Kuzushi Workshop, co-hosted by UBC and
Stanford University in the summer of 2006,
where experts were trained to read a certain
kind of cryptic Japanese script. Few people in
the world can interpret the squiggly writing,
which is apparent on several Beans pieces.
Christina Laffin, an assistant professor in the
department of Asian Studies and co-director
of the month-long workshop, hopes it helped
open the Beans pieces to more researchers.
Her impression is that the collection has
been relatively closed to the public, probably
unintentionally. Now that it's online, educators,
graduate students, curators, archival specialists,
collectors and geographers are expected to
use the collection in greater depth. "It makes a
huge difference," says Laffin, "because no scholar
has to come here to actually physically see the
collection." Nosco adds that since the maps are
catalogued in English, readers don't need to know
Japanese to appreciate them.
The Beans digitization is part of a larger movement by many institutions, such as uc Berkeley,
which has a similar website showcasing its
Tokugawa maps, to make their collections more
public and more usable, says Laffin.
The workshop and the hiring of digitization
expert Bronwen Sprout at University Archives
were the final elements needed to get the initiative
off the ground.
"It was a kind of perfect storm in a sense," says
Nosco. "You had all the ingredients now there to
bring attention to the maps, to do this very high-
powered workshop, to get the maps digitized, to
promote this as a kind of public treasure."
"It's a gift from UBC to the public," he says
That it is. ■
Josephine Anderson is in her fourth year at UBC,
majoring in English Literature.
Spring 2007    Trek    17 meet rory babin
What are you studying? What year are you in?
B: I am in my third year, studying economics and geography, with the
focus on urban studies.
Do you live on or off-campus? Where?
B: On campus. I am a residence advisor at Totem Park, but I have friends
off-campus so I'm not totally naive to the real world.
Where is your hometown?
Grand Forks, British Columbia, which I encourage everyone to visit at
least once in their lifetime.
How much time do you spend on campus versus off campus?
Because of my job with UBC Housing, I spend almost all my time on
campus, be it at the library, class, aquatic centre or residence. The campus
tends to have enough services so that I needn't go downtown, however
it's nice to get away from the UBC bubble. I like to get off campus if only
for a few hours every week, and it's often to get food, see friends, or just
reassure myself that there is, in fact, a world outside of UBC.
How do you feel about the changing face of the UBC campus and
all the construction?
B: It's interesting to see what a different place UBC is now compared
to how it looked in my first year. I am happy that there is some sort of
"grand vision," as it were, for the campus, but I am not such a fan of
how the construction can be an obstacle to everyday life. When your
pathway is blocked by heavy machinery or dump trucks while you try to
get to class, it can be a bit annoying. I would also be more empathetic
towards the construction were it for less aesthetic reasons; while it's great
to have a new library, the space is not well-allocated within. There are not
enough areas to study.
What is your favourite class this semester?
:B: While it's still too early to tell, I have a feeling Urban Geography will
pull ahead. From what I have gathered so far, it looks like everything I
enjoy learning, all in one class.
meet fatou wurie
What are you studying? What year are you in?
FW: I plan on studying/majoring in women and gender studies and I am
in my second year.
Do you live on or off-campus? Where?
FW: I live on campus in the Gage apartments which is perfectly located
right near my classes, the Student Union Building and the Village.
Where is your hometown?
FW: I have lived all around the globe (15 countries), so this question is
quite tricky. If I had to chose, though, I would say Freetown, which is in
Sierra-Leone on the sole basis of me being Sierra-Leonean.
How much time do you spend on campus versus off campus?
FW: Well I live on campus, I work on campus, I attend classes on campus
and all my very close friends live on campus, so I would say about 80 per
cent of my time is spent on the UBC campus. However, I do enjoy taking
trips downtown or just off campus for a change of scenery.
How do you feel about the changing face of the UBC campus and
all the construction?
FW: I live in the Gage apartments and the view I currently have is absolutely terrible. I wake up to construction noise every single day; I cannot
even leave my window curtains open all the time because construction
workers are always walking or working right outside my window. So
basically, I am not very happy about all the constant construction that
is taking place on campus. As a student I feel as though it's no longer
about us, the focus is on making money, and not considering our
What is your favourite class this semester?
FW: My African Studies class. The reason I love it is because me and my
fellow classmates are the first students to be a part of the African studies
minor program. UBC is finally recognizing the need to have an African
studies program and academic discipline on campus. I also love my
professor. He is passionate about the continent and its issues.
18    Trek    Spring 2007
Photographs: Adrienne Watt rory, continued
fatou, continued
What do you like/dislike about being away from home?
What I miss most about Grand Forks is the town itself. I like knowing
everyone there and the warm community feel I get from being there.
When I walk through town, I know that if a car honks, it's because the
driver knows me and is saying hi, not because of road rage. What I like
most about being away from there is the fact that no one knows me
here. I can walk downtown and have no one recognize me. I also miss
the slower pace in Grand Forks, and things like Borscht, my car and vast,
untamed wilderness.
What is your favourite song on your iPod right now?
B: It's kind of a toss-up between "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys
Knight and the Pips, and "Lucky Man" by the Verve, interspersed with
some Bran Van 3000, Erasure and Steely Dan. I pretty much only listen to
the same ten songs on repeat.
What is your least favourite or most frustrating thing about UBC?
:B: We have two excellent libraries with all the resources one could
possibly need, but they are only open until 11 pm. For all the construction
and proclamations of some sort of golden age for UBC, it would be nice
to see more study space. I feel like there should be 24 hour study places
on campus, because those of us who live in residence know how hard it
is to get work done when you share a floor with thirty friends.
What do you like/dislike about being away from home?
FW: I dislike being so far away from my family. I am the eldest of three
girls and I really wish I was there for my sisters as they grow up. I love
my independence though and the fact that I am learning to take care
of myself and my responsibilities, such as paying bills, cooking etc. It
strengthens character.
What is your favourite song on your iPod right now?
FW: Amos Lee's I'm Not Myself. I love Amos Lee. His music calms me
when I am super stressed out. Also, I have being listening to Creep by
TLC as well. I love those women, very old school. Such a classic R&B song.
What is your least favourite or most frustrating thing about UBC?
FW:The libraries, they close super early. There is a lack of wonderful cafes
or study places that are open 24 hrs. I don't even understand why there
is a lack of that facility. The university hosts more than 40,000 students.
That can be frustrating!
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Spring 2007    Trek    19 MODERN KOREAN FICTION AT UBC
Korean fiction reflects the cultural change going on in South Korea, and is
catching the attention of readers around the world, by BRUCE FULTON
The Korean Wave, Hallyu, is sweeping East
Asia, leaving in its wake legions of fans who follow Korean soap operas and historical dramas,
Korean musicals, and Korean pop music with
the fervour formerly associated primarily with
those of us fortunate enough to have sampled
Korea's wonderful and spicy cuisine. But behind
this recent phenomenon of popular culture is
a venerable cultural tradition that predates the
Christian era and that, in the case of the fine
arts and the literary arts, continues to flourish.
Modern Korean fiction, considered by most
scholars to date from 1917, the year in which Yi
Kwang-su's novel Mujong (Heartlessness) was
serialized in a Seoul daily, is a blend of Western
genre and Korean sensibility. It offers to readers
beyond the Korean peninsula a window through
which Korea's turbulent modern history is never
far from the foreground. Indeed, for university
students studying Korea, it is that nation's modern fiction that offers the most vivid accounts of
the changes sweeping over a proud people in the
modern era.
The fiction writers considered most important
in Korea today - Yi Munyol and Hwang
Sogyong - are best known for their novels,
which tackle some of the weightiest issues of
contemporary Korea: the territorial division of
the Korean peninsula (the two Koreas
are still technically at war, as a permanent peace treaty ending the 1950-53
Korean war has yet to be signed); the
ideological conflict underlying that
division; and the confrontation between
Eastern and Western tradition. Novels,
though, are even today held in lower
critical esteem than short fiction and
the novella, in part because the novels
carry the stigma of newspaper serialization and commercialism. And indeed
to Western eyes familiar with the short
story tradition of Europe and North
America, the Korean short story has
achieved a high level of development
despite getting a late start, with noteworthy
Korean short fiction not appearing in quantity
until the 1920s.
Since the 1980s, modern Korean fiction has
attracted increasing international visibility in
translation, in story collections, novels and
fiction anthologies. A good introduction to
the varied voices of twentieth-century Korean
fiction writers is Modern Korean Fiction (2005),
an anthology edited by me and my mentor
and colleague at Seoul National University,
Youngmin Kwon. The stories in this volume
range from the 1920s to the 1990s and include
not only canonical stories of life in the colonial
period (1910-1945), when Korea was ruled
by Imperial Japan, but also portraits from the
1970s of an industrializing South Korea and a
socialist North Korea and a selection of stories
by women writers, whose voices were until the
1970s by and large muted.
Two of the stories in Modern Korean Fiction
were translated by UBC students. This is fitting
considering that UBC and the department of
Asian Studies has become the primary training centre in the English-speaking world for
Korean-to-English literary translation. Before
I arrived at UBC in 1999, Ross King had
developed korn 410, a course in Korean short
STUDENTS Sena Byun, Leif Olsen, Dafna Zur,
Ross King, Theresa Joo, Young-Ji Kang and professor
Bruce Fulton, Korean fiction in translation
fiction that introduced students to authentic
Korean-language literary materials accompanied
by extensive grammar notes and vocabulary
lists. Among the requirements for this course,
which King and I teach in alternating years, is a
complete translation of a modern Korean short
story. Student translators graduating from korn
410 may move on to my korn 412 course in
Korean-to-English literary translation and from
there to a seminar on the same topic that is open
to both qualified undergrads as well as grad
What Ross King and I have witnessed among
our students is remarkable. Literary translation
is an art in which competence is commonly
thought to take long years of experience to
acquire, especially when the languages being
spanned are as different as Korean and English.
But here at UBC we are seeing that undergraduate as well as graduate students, after a year
of intensive work with Korean-language texts,
are capable of producing translations that with
standard copy-editing are publishable as English-
language works of literature.
Why is this surge in translation and publication more vigorous at UBC than at such
venerable Korean Studies centres as Harvard,
ucla, and the University of Hawaii? One reason
is the collective vision of former UBC president
Martha Piper, the UBC department of Asian
Studies, and the Seoul-based International
Communication Foundation. Representatives of
the icf, visiting UBC during the annual Korean
author visits that I host here, saw the potential
of training literary translators at the undergraduate level. With the blessing of Asian
Studies, President Piper endowed UBC
with a professorial position in Korean
literature and literary translation, the
chair I occupy. To my knowledge it
is the only academic position of this
kind in Korean Studies in the English-
speaking world. As a result, in the new
millennium UBC alumni are already
playing a leading role in bringing the
rich variety of modern Korean fiction to
an English-language readership. ■
Bruce Fulton is Young-Bin Min Chair in
Korean Literature and Literary Translation, department of Asian Studies
20    Trek    Spring 2007  me, was a sign that I could be happy. I took the
white rabbit from my mom's skirt, held it to my
lips, rubbed it against my cheeks, and pressed it
against my chin.
It was really cute, a beautiful animal. Taking
no time for breakfast, I was about to walk out
the door when Mother grabbed my arm.
"You're not planning to give it to Sugi, are
you? You're not supposed to give away good
fortune that has come to your home. Give it to
I stumbled out the door, ignoring her attempts
to stop me. I cut through the back alley to
where Sugi's family lived and discreetly called
her outside (whenever we met, the two of us
stood outside trembling because we were scared
of her parents; of course we were not allowed
"Here, I want you to take good care of this
So saying, I produced the little cutie from
inside my coat and handed it to her.
Just as I expected, Sugi's narrow eyes rounded
large in amazement. She scooped it up, and the
next thing you know she was kissing it and
rubbing it against her cheeks just as I had. But
she was pressing it too hard to her chest.
"No, no, no, you're going to crush it if you
do that. You're supposed to hold a rabbit by its
ears, like this."
I couldn't leave without first teaching her the
proper way to handle a rabbit. As I watched
Sugi standing there, holding the rabbit by its
ears like I showed her, I thought how wonderful
it would be if this were my house and Sugi were
my wife. Sugi had asked me to buy her some
women's socks. It had been a month since I said
I would, and the thought of not being able to do
even that for her made me feel pathetic.
"When this little guy gets big, we'll find it a
mate and get lots of babies. Then we can sell
them and the money will start rolling in," she
But when I held up the rabbit I couldn't tell
whether it was a boy or a girl. This worried me
a bit.
"We have to know what it is before we can
find it a mate!" I complained.
"Oh, yeah." Sugi blushed a little, but then
covering her embarrassment with a smile, she
ventured, "We'll know once it grows up."
"Sure! Take good care of it now."
From then on, I went to check on the rabbit
every day. And I was delighted to hear that
every day it seemed to have grown.
"Is it still eating well?" I would ask.
"Yes," Sugi answered proudly. "I was feeding
it leftover radish soup, but today I gave it some
cabbage and it ate it all up!"
I thought that as long as it didn't get sick and
just ate well, everything would be all right.
Sure enough, Sugi soon reported, "Now it's
running around and even going outside to poo."
And then one day a look in those big black
eyes told me that finally the rabbit was fully
grown. Now we'll have to find it a mate, I
thought. As I returned home I agonized about
not having any money. No matter how I mulled
it over, I could think of no way to come up
with the dough. Should I pawn my coat? Then
what would I wear? As I vacillated among my
few options, almost a week passed without my
visiting the rabbit. And then one day at dinner,
I was shocked to hear my mother complain
furiously, "Kumch'ol's mom said that Sugi ate
that rabbit!"
The reason my mother was so upset was
because of the time I had nagged her to setup a
marriage between myself and Sugi; I had been
rejected. Her family had insisted that she was
still too young, but in fact they were scheming to marry her off to a family with money.
Mother was aware of all this and hated them
for it.
"I knew it! How would the likes of them
know how to treat such a cute animal?"
"They ate the rabbit?!"
Furious, I ran out. Try as I might, I just
couldn't understand this. Sugi had made a
rainbow-striped vest for that rabbit with her
own hands. There was no way she could have
eaten it.
But when I called Sugi outside and asked her
to bring me the rabbit, she didn't respond. Her
face got redder and redder, and as I looked at
her I realized that the rabbit had indeed been
eaten. And if that was the case, it was easy
to see that the little tease of a girl must have
had a change of heart about herself and me.
Unless she had forgotten our mutual pledge to
live together some day, she would never have
allowed the rabbit that I valued so much to be
killed and eaten.
I glared at her with big, round bunny eyes.
"I've come for the rabbit. I want it back."
Sugi was almost in tears. "It's gone." She
lowered her head. "My dad did it - he didn't tell
me." She seemed awfully ashamed of herself.
In fact, Sugi had been sick and hadn't been able
to eat for three or four days. Sugi was a wage
earner for her family, working at the tobacco
factory. Her father had grown desperate when
he realized that she was ill and not taking food.
The family was in no position to buy meat to
strengthen her, and so without her knowing, her
father had slaughtered the rabbit and fed it to her.
But I didn't know this at the time. Instead, I
hated Sugi as she stood there silently - was she so
hungry that she had to eat my rabbit?
"Bring out the rabbit. I'm taking it back," I
told her again.
"I can't - I ate it," she finally confessed.
Tears filled her eyes and began streaming down
her face. And then she fumbled inside her skirt,
held out the purse I had given her when we secretly got engaged (I hadn't had the money to buy
her a gold ring, but I had to get her something, so
I bought the purse at a night market for 15 ebon),
and offered it to me, turning her head away as if
she didn't care.
Wretched girl. Go on - eat my white rabbit and
pout like that. What do you expect me to do? But
I knew that I would look ridiculous if I carried
on like that. I hastily lifted up Sugi's blouse and
stuck the purse back in her skirt and then hurried
home, afraid she might chase after me. She had
eaten my white rabbit, and now, even if her father
objected and even if she'd lost interest - sooner
or later she would have no choice but to become
my wife!
Lying under the covers considering all this, I
finally realized what a godsend that rabbit had
No doubt about it - you belong to me now! ■
Kim Yujong produced 30 stories in his short life.
He died at 29 in 1937. Most of his stories are
set in rural Korea, and are characterized by wit
and irony. "The White Rabbit" was translated
by UBC student Sena Byun, and is printed in
"Modern Korean Fiction: An Anthology/' edited
by Bruce Fulton and Youngmin Kwon, published
by Columbia University Press.
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If you're not sure what to serve at your
next dinner party or just looking for a
great bottle of wine for under $20, the
"wine guys" are here to help.
I recently met these Two UBC grads at a
local Gastown cafe that was not unlike the two
of them; eclectic, casual and funky. These guys
are about as far from the wine writer stereotype as Baby Duck is from Dom Perignon. The
two had been conducting media interviews
all day to promote their newest book, Had a
Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2007, and stopped
to enjoy a late lunch. Wine is so much a part
of their daily lives that over lunch (in the
unlicensed cafe) they sneakily crack open a
bottle of white wine and sip it out of coffee
mugs. This is the way they think wine should
24    Trek    Spring 2007 be enjoyed: without prett„-
with simple good food, part of life.
:ension, with friends,
Be adventurous. It's OK to experiment and
there is nothing wrong with picking a wine
based on the look of the label.
Kenji Hodgson, basc'oi and James Nevison,
BCOM'99 first found their appreciation for wine
while enrolled as undergrads at UBC. Instead
of showing up to parties with the requisite flat
of cheap pilsner, they brought bottles of wine.
The more James and Kenji talked to people
at these parties, the more they found out that
their fellow party goers were also interested in
wine. They just found buying and tasting wine
intimidating. After graduating, Kenji and James
began working in a wine store and hosting wine
tasting parties at local Vancouver restaurants.
To increase the educational aspect of the parties,
they created postcards containing information about the wines they were serving, and
distributed them to attendees.
"We did the tastings in a casual way - the
way we think wine should be enjoyed," says
"People liked that they were learning about
the wines as well. They enjoyed the education
aspect just as much as the social aspect," says
Take notes. It can be as simple as scribbling
the name of the wine you are enjoying at a
restaurant on a napkin.
After their first forays into the wine world,
their interest just continued to grow. Kenji and
James both obtained certificates from the Wine
and Spirit Education Trust of London and both
traveled the world seeking and sampling great
food and wine. The guys have compiled quite
the resume, including penning two bestsellers,
Have a Glass: A Modern Guide to Wine and
Had a Glass: The Top 100 Wines for 2006
while at the same time appearing as regular
wine columnists in the Vancouver Province, the
Yaletown Review and the Kitsilano Review.
They have also written for a variety of national
magazines including Wine Access, Wine Tidings
and CityFood, and have made regular appearances on television on Global Noon News, The
Shopping Bags and Balance Television. In
addition, they teach a variety of wine courses,
including a course for UBC students on wine
appreciation at the ams Minischool. This is
one of their favourite classes to teach, and
apparently it's very popular, because it is
always at capacity.
Have a wine tasting party. Set a theme i.e.
wines from France or wines under $20.
Hide the wines in paper bags when serving,
taste the wines and get everyone to write
down their opinions. Discuss and then
unveil the wines.
Maybe it's their youthful energy that makes
them so popular with a younger audience.
They say this is what sets them apart from
other wine writers.
"When we first got into this, we were
young and we resonated with a younger and
more general audience. We think we've been
able to keep up that youthful approach - we
reference pop culture in our writings and we
approach wine with no pretension, just full
glasses. There is a general shift that is occurring in the wine world to a more accessible
culture," says James.
"The book provides info that is accessible,
what you should do with wine, how it can be
part of your lifestyle. For example, what you
should use as a base for sangria," says Kenji.
The pair falls into niches reflective of their
educational choices. James likes the marketing
and business side of wines while Kenji relishes
in the technical aspects of wine production.
In fact, Kenji has spent the last two vintages
at two different wineries. While the pair doesn't
always agree on what is a good wine, the disagreements force them to defend their positions.
They say that is the point of the book.
"It shows that there are many different
opinions that can be formed on one wine.
Discussion is the heart of wine tasting. It's so
subjective," says Kenji.
When buying wine, be wary of the 100
point system at wine and liquor stores. Use
the descriptors more (the notes that often
accompany wines), that way you will be more
likely to find the type of wine you are looking
for. Or visit some of the independent!private
wine stores and ask the staff as they are
generally very helpful. This is where you can
say, "I want something that tastes like... or, I
need a wine that pairs well with... "
The guide reviews 100 wines for 2007 and
comes without the complicated terminology and
pretension often associated with wine books.
Kenji and James do, however, recommend food
and wine pairings and suggestions for coordinating wine with occasions as well as providing
a few recipe ideas and tips on wine enjoyment.
What would they be doing if they didn't do
this? Kenji doesn't miss a beat, "I would be
making wine," says the self described methodical one.
Visit the wine regions. Nothing beats tasting
wine at the area of production. ■
Adrienne Watt is a Communications
Coordinator with UBC Alumni Affairs.
Some Wine Guys Selections
Kenji and James provide their pick for wines for the following activities
Girls Night Besides chardonnay, anything bubbly. Champagne for the bigger and more extravagant
nights and Cava when something more economical is needed
Dinnerparty Anything Chilean and if it comes in a 1.5 litre bottle it is even better. The problem with
bringing an expensive wine is that you may leave the party without trying it. Make sure there is lots of
wine, but also make sure you won't be disappointed if you don't get to try any of the wine.
Outdoor activity A nice acidic white with lower alcohol content. A German Riesling is perfect. Also a
bag in the box or the new tetra packs are a good idea as you don't have to worry about breakage.
Cozy, winter night A Malbec from Argentina. "If my winter night involves an open flame, then a
Malbec is perfect," says James.
Spring 2007    Trek    25 LOVE AT UBC
Judy and Ian Chapman did.
In December's Grad Gazette (the e-newsletter for
UBC alumni), we invited alumni to enter their UBC
Love Stories into a competition. They stood to
win lunch at Sage Bistro on campus, and tickets
to UBC Theatre's production of Big Love. Judy
Chapman heard about the competition through
her son, also a UBC grad. He thought his mother
should enter the competition because the story
of how his parents met has been told many times
around the kitchen table
It was January 29, 1970. The rain was pouring down on a chilly Vancouver evening. My
roommate and I were contemplating the free
Friday night before us. We opened the Ubyssey
to consult the Dances section. There was a
dance at Totem Park, but, being in third year
and having had our Totem time the two years
prior, we were way too sophisticated for that.
The next ad caught our attention: The
Engineers' Last Chance Mixer - Lion's Gate
Hall, 4th Avenue. While "last chance" had a
rather desperate feel to it, something like the
last chance to find a date for the Engineers' ball,
the thought of a great admission charge (free)
and the prospect of lots of men and cheap beer
(25 cents) were hard to pass up. We put on our
dancing shoes and headed off on the bus from
our top floor suite at 4th and Alma to the Lion's
Gate Hall.
The hall was dark, smoky, loud and smelling
of beer. Perfect. We melted into the side of the
crowd and found a couple of spots at one of the
long tables loaded with chips in plastic tubs and
beer. Pure elegance.
26    Trek    Spring 2007 Within minutes a cute guy with long
hippy hair, a crazy hat and the trademark red
engineering jacket came over and asked me
to dance. I said I just wanted to sit awhile
and watch - but he persisted. We danced and
danced and talked and talked that night and
for many, many nights to come.
We began dating exclusively. We dated
through my graduation from Education in
1971 and, before his graduation from Engineering in 1973, on January 29, 1972, we were
engaged. We were married on July 29, 1972.
We still visit the campus and remember
golden days spent running through the leaves
along Main Mall in the fall. We recall the
winter of 1971 when snow closed the campus
and we took long walks, and made snow
angels on the lawn, and marveled at snow
falling through the lamplight. We recall the
bittersweet feeling of spring at UBC when
the campus awakens in breathtaking colour,
and final exams and final goodbyes taint
that beauty. We remember Jon's Pizza and
the Hollywood Theatre, and Freddy Wood
and the productions there. And of course,
we remember the cinnamon buns and hot
chocolate (35 cents for both) that would keep
us from early classes.
We are indeed a UBC love story. This year
we will celebrate our 3 5th Wedding Anniversary. Our UBC love story lives on. We have
three children who have amassed 18 years
and 5 degrees from UBC, and their spouses
are also UBC grads!
We are a proud UBC family, and we know
that UBC is about much more than books and
lectures and higher-level thinking. It is a place
rich in memories and relationships and love
too! ■
Judy Chapman (Pastro), BED'71 and Ian
Chapman, BASc'73
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all in Trek Magazine, but other UBC alumni
love stories can be found on our website at:
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Spring 2007    Trek    27 THE SOPRON FACTOR
What began in 1957 with a pleading letter to UBC and the Canadian government resulted, 50 years
later, in one of the most influential and respected academic forestry facilities in the world.
In the winter of 1956/57, three hundred students and professors from the forest engineering
faculty at the University of Sopron, and their
dependants, fled Hungary and came to Canada.
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 had failed,
Russian troops occupied the country and many
Hungarians, including the Sopron foresters,
feared for their lives.
In fact, in 1956 and 1957 Canada accepted
more than 38,000 Hungarian refugees. "The
56ers," as they became known, had an impact
on Canadian culture and, notably, on Canadian
refugee policy. Their mass exodus from Hungary
marked a shift in government policy that would
open the doors for other refugees fleeing volatile
political situations. And Canadians, including
UBC, welcomed these refugees with open doors.
If you ask 56ers about their life in Hungary
before the revolution they often seem at a loss
for words. "It was tough but otherwise normal
for an 18-20 year old student," says Dr. Antal
(Tony) Kozak, a third-year University of Sopron
forestry student at the time of the revolution,
and now a professor emeritus at UBC in the
faculty of Forestry. "Life was very tough, we
were very poor and we had no freedom. That
was more disturbing than being poor. We didn't
have any personal or political freedom and we
were aware of that."
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was
an unplanned nationwide revolt against the
communist government of Hungary and its Soviet-enforced policies, lasting from October 23
until November 4, 1956. The uprising, centered
in Budapest, began as a student demonstration
and attracted thousands as it marched through
central Budapest to the Parliament buildings.
The news spread and disorder and violence
erupted throughout the capital.
The revolt moved quickly across Hungary,
and the government fell. Thousands organized
into militias, battling the State Security Police
(avh) and Soviet troops. Pro-Soviet communists
and avh members were executed or imprisoned,
as former prisoners were released and armed.
Spontaneous councils fought for municipal control from the communist party, and demanded
political changes. The new government formally
disbanded the avh, declared its intention to
withdraw from the Warsaw Pact and promised
to re-establish free elections. By the end of
October, fighting had almost ceased and a sense
of normalcy began to return.
In Sopron, events of the 1956 revolution were
different from many other parts of Hungary
since no Soviet troops were nearby. As in other
cities with universities, the Student Revolutionary Committee took over the local municipal
government, and played an important role in
running the day to day activities of the city.
"Before the revolution began, we held secret
meetings in Sopron," says Dr. Kozak. "During
the revolution one of the many tasks at the
university was to receive goods from the Red
Cross and other similar organizations in Austria.
Sopron was close to the border, so the goods
were brought to Sopron where we sorted them
and distributed them. We transported medicine,
blood and some food to Budapest, where it was
most needed in the hospitals."
However, on November 4, the Sopron
students learned that Russian tanks were headed
in their direction. The students were determined
to defend the town with a number of antitank
guns, which they knew how to operate as the
result of compulsory military training.
"When we heard the Russian tanks were
coming to Sopron, we went out with guns;
we were trying to defend the city," says Dr.
Kozak. "Unfortunately the firing pins had been
removed and the guns didn't fire. We got scared
and started to run. It was probably better for us,
because many of us would have died.
"About 60-70 per cent of the students and
about half the faculty escaped to Austria. I left
at about 4pm on the 4th and arrived in Austria
around 9:30pm in a small village close to the
On November 4, a large Soviet force
invaded Budapest, killing thousands of civilians.
Organized resistance ceased by November 10,
and mass arrests began. An estimated 200,000
Hungarians fled as refugees. By January 1957,
the new Soviet-installed government had suppressed all public opposition. The actions of the
Soviets alienated many people; however, it did
strengthen Soviet control over Central Europe,
furthering the notion that communism was both
irreversible and absolute.
The Sopron students hoped that the move
to Austria wouldn't be permanent and that
the United States would come to Hungary's
assistance and that there would be a free election. But the hopes of the students faded and by
Christmas the outlook was bleak.
"In Austria we were put into camps," says
Dr. Kozak. "Austria handled well over 100,000
immigrants in about a month."
The director (equivalent of dean) of the Sopron forestry school, Kalman Roller, asked the
Austrians if the Sopron students could continue
their education in Austria. "The Austrians said
definitely 'no' because they were afraid of the
reaction of the Soviets," he says.
Roller then sent letters to more than 20
countries explaining their faculty's special
situation and pleading for assistance. The most
generous response came from Canada, and as a
result of the efforts of former cabinet ministers
John W Pickersgill and James Sinclair, arrangements were made for the Sopron group to
continue their education at UBC. UBC became
a haven for the students and faculty of the
Sopron school of forestry. The UBC faculty of
Forestry offered to "adopt" the Sopron school
and guaranteed its maintenance for four years
Trek    Spring 2007
Photos courtesy of UBC Archives MM
V until the current students graduated. They
also guaranteed that the education would be
continued in Hungarian, gradually introducing
English courses given by UBC professors.
Early in January 1957, two hundred students
and 28 faculty members, as well as some 65
wives and children, were on their way to
Canada to become the Sopron division of the
faculty of Forestry at UBC. They traveled in
two groups to Canada arriving in Halifax in
January, then making their way by train to
Abbotsford. Their first visit to UBC was during
the first week of February 1957.
The group then journeyed to Powell River
where the Powell River Company housed them
in a construction camp. The refugees began
intensive study in English and heard lectures
on forestry, economics and North American
culture from UBC professors, government and
industrial specialists. They would stay there
until September as it was too late in the term
to start classes. Many of the students obtained
summer jobs before they started their classes at
UBC the following September.
The Sopron group was grateful for their
acceptance in Canada and they learned very
quickly that this type of immigration and
faculty adoption was a first in Canada. "Our
first impression of Canada was that it was
really different. It was a free country; it was
almost impossible for us to imagine that a free
country could exist," says Dr. Kozak.
However, it's not hard to imagine the challenges that a large group of poor immigrants
might face when transplanted into a new
culture. The refugees didn't speak the language,
they came from a different political landscape,
and they came with their own traditions, with
very few belongings and little money. Uprooted
from their homeland, some without their
families, their arrival in Canada and at UBC
wasn't without struggle.
"The biggest problem was the language,"
says Dr. Kozak. "The Canadians were very kind
to us, we really enjoyed their hospitality, but it
took about three years for us to communicate
well and not be scared when we attended a
party or social function."
The Sopron foresters did overcome their
struggles and began to flourish in Canada
and at UBC and Canadians, in turn, were
introduced to the wonders of chicken paprika,
cabbage rolls and poppyseed cakes.
By May 1961 the last class graduated
from the Sopron Division, making the total
number of graduates 141. Most ofthe Sopron
refugees received their Canadian citizenship in
1962. A few members of the group returned
to Hungary, but the majority stayed here. By
December, 1966, over 80 per cent of the graduates still lived in Canada. Thirty two per cent
obtained a post graduate degree, an unusually
high proportion by North American standards.
The Sopron group still remains in regular
touch and meets once a year. In June of this
year, survivors will hold their 50th anniversary
celebration. (See sidebar for more details)
Many of the Hungarian graduates took
up positions in academic research centres
in North America, and the great number of
publications written by them is a testament
to their influence on the practice of forestry
in North America. Others went to work for
private companies, governments and consulting
firms, and influenced both the production and
marketing of forest products worldwide.
The changes that occurred in forestry in
British Columbia in the last half of the 20th
century are helpful to understanding the
broader influence of the Sopron Foresters in
Canada. Due to the near total deforestation of
Europe in earlier centuries, European forestry
practices became more focused on husbandry
than clear cutting and these practices, in part
due to the Sopron foresters, became incorporated into British Columbian forestry practices.
One thing for sure is the link between the
two university faculties remains strong. Two
Sopron faculty members and two Sopron
students ended up teaching at UBC and Dr.
Kozak has returned to Sopron to teach on five
occasions. And currently, the University of
Sopron, in cooperation with UBC, is developing an English language bsc in Forestry. The
new program will likely begin in September
2008 and UBC will receive visiting lecturers
so that the Sopron professors can learn and
practice English in Canada.
Dr. Kozak is demure in his assessment of
the Sopron factor, but there is a discernable
note of pride in his voice when he speaks. "If
we examine the changes that occurred in bc
forestry practices from the early 60s up until
now, we notice a significant change for the
better. No, there is no scientific proof that 100
or so Hungarian foresters played an important
role in these changes, but we would like to
believe that we did. However, the affect on
UBC I am sure is positive," he says. ■
Adrienne Watt is a Communications
Coordinator with UBC Alumni Affairs.
Sopron 50th Anniversary Celebration -June 2007
To mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Sopron Forestry School to UBC and the significant contribution made by the Sopron Alumni to British Columbia, Canada and UBC, a number of special events are being planned by the Faculty of Forestry this spring. On June 7 a scientific-professional symposium entitled
"Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Legacy and Future of Hungarian and Canadian Forestry" will examine some of the professional experiences and scientific
research that characterizes the legacy of Hungarian forestry in Canada. The second day will be a formal celebration with the Sopron alumni and their families,
including cultural demonstrations and traditional food. For further information, please contact Sandra Schinnerl at 604.822.9627 or sandra.schinnerl@ubc.ca.
30    Trek    Spring 2007 the
music man
Hussein Janmohamed, BMus'96, MMus'98, uses music
to bring identity and faith together in a cultural fusion
Hussein Janmohamed is dressed in a black
jacket that reaches to mid-thigh, is buttoned up
the front, and has a stylish stand-up collar. "It's
a fifty-year-old hand-me-down," he says. "It belonged to a cousin." The jacket looks brand new
and could be straight off an Armani cat walk.
It's called a sherwani and is worn on formal
occasions in India, where Hussein's family finds
its roots. But although he loves the jacket for its
history, he wears it mainly for its comfort and
likes the fact that it has a detachable inner collar
that you can throw in the washing machine. He
usually wears western garb. Hussein, an Ismaili
Muslim, is a product of many cultural influences
and has often found himself straddling the
divide between traditional and modern.
Three generations ago, his ancestors moved
from India to Nairobi, Kenya, where Hussein
was born and brought up until the age of six.
Perhaps because of British colonial influence
there, Hussein's family adopted a few English
habits, despite their experience of overt racism
among Nairobi's "Whites Only" hotels and
clubs. One of Hussein's earliest memories is
of a Punch and Judy show his parents arranged for his birthday. In the 1970s, when Idi
Amin appeared on the scene in neighbouring
Uganda and began persecuting minority groups
including Indians, the family moved to Canada,
choosing Alberta to start their new lives.
In the small town where they lived and ran
a store for a while, Hussein's family once again
felt its minority status acutely. It was one of the
few families of colour and became the target of
racist taunts from some of the locals. As a child,
Hussein did not have the capacity to deal with
it and wondered about his identity and where,
exactly, he fitted in. He was destined to find the
answer through music.
Music has been a constant in Hussein's sometimes conflicted life. It has provided him with
solace, joy and a more profound connection to
his faith. In particular, he has an overwhelming
passion for choral music, a musical form mostly
associated with western sacred traditions. "Although we listened to a lot of Indian folk music
at home I rarely participated in it," he says. "My
musical life has been mostly western because it's
where I was and what was around me." In fact
choral music has become a metaphor for his life:
Hussein is all about harmony.
His discovery of choral music was serendipitous. "In grade nine, the high school jazz choir
came to perform at my school. The minute I
heard it I knew I must do that." So he joined
the following year. Then he joined the concert
and chamber choirs. Then he flew through an
audition for the Alberta Youth Choir. "When I
was in the music room, or singing in the choir,
I could be myself. I could be silly, I could be
emotional, I could be vulnerable, and nobody
judged me. That's the great thing. Music leveled
the playing field for me."
Even though he made many good friends
through choir, he did not discuss his faith or
culture. His life was still compartmentalized.
"Being Muslim was not something you talked
about. My lives seemed separate. In a strange
way, the ceremony of singing in choirs kept
me grounded and made me feel integrated as a
person." At the same time, choral music became
a conduit enabling him to connect more deeply
to his faith. "There's something spiritual about
a group of people singing together in harmony.
That was something I was able to take with me
to the prayer hall. When I recited the traditional
devotional songs there I felt a similar spiritual
connection." But some of his community members and elders didn't understand his growing
enthrallment with what they considered a non-
traditional art form. "They thought I should be
focusing on becoming a dentist, something I had
been considering for a career." In the prayer hall,
too, he felt like an outsider.
In 1989 the family moved to Vancouver.
Hussein had already completed two years of
pre-dentistry at college, and enrolled at UBC
to study microbiology with the intention of
applying to the School of Dentistry. But ill
health prevented him from completing the year.
Convalescing, he had plenty of time to think.
Keith Pedersen, his music teacher from Alberta,
had always urged him to consider a future in
Spring 2007    Trek    31 music. When he was well enough, Hussein
took the bachelor of music transfer program
at Capilano College, then returned to UBC,
where the music school became his second
home. He completed his masters in Music in
These days, Hussein arranges choral music,
conducts youth community choirs, and runs
weekend music workshops for youth. He has
twice performed with Ismaili Muslim youth
choirs for His Highness the Aga Khan, and in
2004 collaborated with First Nations composer Russell Wallace on a piece to present to
the Dalai Lama. Last year, he became the first
recipient ofthe bc Choral Federation's Malcolm McDonald Youth Achievement Award.
He was chosen for his commitment to choral
activities, community building and advocacy,
and for providing inspiring leadership.
He couldn't be happier, although he'll never
make as much money as he would have as
a dentist. "How much is baring your soul
worth?" he asks. He is still nuts about choral
music, weaving different musical traditions
and cultures into the art form. You can hear
the influence of an African beat, or a sound
reminiscent of a Muslim call to prayer, or First
Nations folklore represented in the text. His
work can best be described as choral fusion.
"I take traditional forms that aren't normally
considered part of the choral tradition, and
bridge them with forms from western music.
And I think it works."
He is cautious, however, about causing discomfort. "Artists have responsibilities. There's
a line between creative license and informed,
responsible art. But he also thinks that for
younger Ismaili Muslim generations brought
up in the west, nurturing creative expression
gives them a more meaningful connection with
their heritage. "I present traditional sounds
and music in a way that respects and honours
the roots, but in a way we can understand and
connect to. If I present something that gets
down to the heart and the essence, if even one
person is touched it is a gift."
Hussein runs workshops for Ismaili Muslim
youth, helping them use choral music as a tool
to explore their identity. "Youth is a transitory
time when you're figuring out who you are,"
he says. "I want to help that process along
and help them feel a sense of confidence and
brotherhood." Participants bring in samples of
any genre of music and discuss why they like
them. "It's easy to find common themes. A lot
of the songs people bring in make them think
about love, or bring them hope, or make them
happy. We look at the musical elements - the
instrumentation, rhythms, melodies - that
create these feelings." Then the group creates
a piece that incorporates at least one aspect of
each person's choice. To help them, Hussein
will often start with a traditional tune or chant
familiar to everyone. He then teaches the
group harmonies. Most ofthe young people
have no choral background, and the experience can be quite profound. "You see a sparkle
in their eyes, because now they're experienced
it in a new way."
Recently UBC's Law school asked him to
use his methods in a project on alternative
dispute resolution and mediation using art. He
thinks it's an interesting concept. Hussein sees
a close analogy between his workshops and
dispute resolution. "There's a struggle in the
process of bringing ten different voices together.
There's tension, and questions about how to create a unity of sound while maintaining individual integrity. Everyone has a different opinion.
Then I provide them with musical tools. I show
them harmony, I show them a multi-faith chant,
I talk about how you can introduce concepts
with music. I give them a chance to explore how
to express who they are as individuals and as a
group. Anything goes, so long as it's respectful
and every person feels they've contributed. They
create amazing things. How does it happen?
That's where the mystery is. This energy creates
real bonds among the students, and with bonds,
dialogue is easy and creativity can flourish."
Hussein is excited by this work. He wants to
take what he does to broader cultural contexts
through mainstream education and community
arts projects. He is currently researching and
developing a process and materials he can use
with teachers to help them design integrated
programs built around music.
When Hussein sings, he does it with so much
conviction and passion it's difficult to imagine
him wearing a surgical mask and wielding
a screaming drill. The route he's chosen has
provided him with clarity and peace, and music
is a tool that helps him create some harmony in
an often cacophonous world. "It's all about evolution," he says, reflecting on life so far. "People
immigrate and emigrate, now more than ever.
So what changes? What stays the same? For me
it is the intention to connect with the sacred
harmony that resonates within, through and
between all creation. Choral music is one of the
ways I can do that. Choral music also helps me
remember that each of us is unique and special,
that when we are strong in who we are, then
together we can make amazing harmony. That's
how I would want to live my life, as a Muslim,
as a Canadian, as a global citizen and a living
being. Inshallah, to be the best I can be and help
others do the same." ■
Vanessa Clarke is assistant editor of Trek
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Mud Girl
Alison Acheson, BA'94, MFA'96
Coteau Books For Teens, $12.95
This is the latest teen fiction novel from
Alison Acheson who has published two
other juvenile fiction novels in addition
to a collection of adult short fiction. Mud
Girl tells the story of Aba Zytka Jones
(Abi), a 16-year old teen who has a lot
of big life questions; questions that she
believes she can work out on her own.
Abi lives perched on the banks of the Fraser River in Delta, British
Columbia, with her depressed and distant father whose depression began
after Abi's mother abandoned them the previous year.
Abi, a virtual orphan, finds surrogate relatives in Horace, the kindly bus
driver, and Ernestine, the Big Sister volunteer. Amanda, a more helpful and
responsive "big sister," gives Abi a summer job cleaning houses and some
valuable perspective on life and relationships. Jude, the lost and self-
centered boy who becomes Abi's boyfriend, is her foil, and their faltering
romance allows Abi to learn to trust her own judgment and intuition. By
the end of the novel, Abi has grown from a confused, frightened child to
a much more decisive young woman who is aware of the realities of both
her limitations and her power.
Co me-By-Chance
Carl Leggo
Breakwater Books Ltd., $14.95
Come by Chance is a collection of
poems, often narrative and sometimes
lyrical, about growing up and growing
old, about leaving Newfoundland to live
in British Columbia, and returning to
Newfoundland often. Leggo explores the
lasting influence of home and how it affects your character long after you've left
it behind, while evoking strong memories
of Newfoundland in the process.
Carl Leggo is a poet and professor in the department of Language
and Literacy Education at UBC. He is the author of two collections of
poems, Growing Up Perpendicular on the Side of a Hill and View from
My Mother's House. After more than sixteen years on the Pacific coast of
Canada he still longs for the Atlantic coast and Newfoundland, which will
always be home.
The Sidewalk Artist
Gina Buonaguro, MA'98 and Janice Kirk
St. Martin's Press, $27.95
Co-written by Gina Buonaguro and
Janice Kirk, The Sidewalk Artist follows
Tulia Rose, a New York writer escaping
a crumbling relationship and a severe
case of writer's block. By chance, Tulia
meets a sidewalk artist on a Paris street.
The encounter inspires her to begin a
novel based on the life of the Renaissance
artist Raphael, whose famous angels are
recreated perfectly by the sidewalk artist.
She finds herself falling headfirst in love with this man she barely knows.
Tulia's research and her affair take her through Italy to visit the great
art capitals of the Renaissance. As her relationship with the sidewalk artist
deepens and her research becomes more extensive, she begins to blur the
lines between the past and the present, dream and reality. Tulia begins to
realize that maybe the meeting with the sidewalk artist isn't such a chance
event after all.
Beyond the Blue
Andrea MacPherson, BFA'99, mfa'oi
Random House Canada, $29.95
In 1918, rainy Dundee, Scotland is nearly
emptied of men due to the Great War. The
remaining lone women work in deadly
jute mills, taking in children of perished
family members and praying their own
bodies and spirits won't fail them.
Morag, a widow of the war, shelters her
daughters as best she can. The beautiful
Caro schemes to escape the working
class with a well-calculated seduction,
while Wallis works in the mill alongside her mother, slowly building her
pocketbook and spirit for a more radical departure. Morag's orphaned
niece, Imogen, seeks to understand her mother's death and the return of the
father who abandoned them.
Andrea MacPherson's characters in her second novel are filled with
courage, passion and faith during the terrors of a difficult time, from the
suffragettes and the Easter Uprising to the influenza pandemic and the
Tay Bridge disaster. Beyond the Blue is a novel about finding purpose and
freedom in a place without hope.
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34    Trek    Spring 2007 The Age of Cities
Brett Josef Grubisic, phd'o2
Arsenal Pulp Press, $19.95
When a manuscript is found in an old
economics textbook, the reader is suddenly returned to a period in history
when everything was quite different.
The found document tells the story of
a librarian from small town Canada
who moves to the metropolis at the
height of the Cold War in 1959.
rf_tff -i— , Having finally managed to escape
^^*B  M    t I      the mentality of a small town, he can
finally be who he really is and he no
longer has to hide his sexual identity. The new gay subculture that he
finds himself a part of leads him to adventure that he never dreamed of
and a crisis that he has trouble dealing with.
The Age of Cities is about discovery, loss, and the contemporary
"closet" where stories lie hidden from view. Brett Josef Grubisic teaches
English at UBC and this is his first novel.
one muddy hand
One Muddy Hand Selected
La m 1 Hie mi
Earle Birney, BA'26, DLIT'87
Harbour Publishing, $18.95
One Muddy Hand features the best
work of Earle Birney (1905-1995),
well-known Canadian poet and
author of "David," one of the most
talked-about Canadian poems. The
poems featured in this book, edited
by Sam Solecki, span Birney's entire
writing career from 1926-1987.
Birney has published over twenty
collections of poems, two of which have won Governor General's
Awards, two novels, several plays, three books of criticism and a
memoir. He had a distinguished career at UBC, where he founded
Canada's first creative writing department in 1963.
Using Birney's Ghost in the Wheels: Selected Poems as a guide,
Solecki chose the remainder of the poems, including some of the most-
loved poems by Birney, such as David, Bushed and A Walk in Kyoto.
One Muddy Hand is the only Birney book of poems currently available
and is an important addition to bookshelves.
Sailing Away From Winter
Silver Donald Cameron ba'6o
Random House, $25.95
As a life long sailor, I am keenly aware of the lure of the sea, and as the
years pass by, the narrowing of the window for adventure. Although,
knowing what can go wrong on a mere weekend voyage, I am often
sceptical of the yarns spun by sailors; and their common tales of bliss at
sea raise doubts in my mind.
Cameron's book pulls the reader along on a well-written voyage
of discovery, self examination, trial (and a little error) and believable
highlights. Thus, like a true sea voyage you share the good and the
bad which combine to magnify the good, making it all the more valuable. The reader can share in the exuberance of the author while he
recounts their days in the sun during an often harrowing trip down
the intercoastal water way from Cape Breton Island to the Bahamas.
It is a great read for anyone who loves boats, cruises with their
spouse, understands dogs and is thinking of "one day" slipping the
lines for warmer climes. Reviewed by Barney Ellis-Perry, BA'87.
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met to cheer on the T'Bird Men's basketball
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Why not expand your social network by
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You can be in on the action no matter how
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out to an upcoming event or get involved
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relocating to your area? Contact the alumni rep
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Regional networks are always looking for
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needs new blood. Visit our website or contact
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We develop new Regional Network events
on an ongoing basis. From visits by UBC's
new president, Professor Stephen Toope, to
special send-off events for new students, pub
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way back, you are sure to find one of our
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We want to help you celebrate these milestone
anniversaries. Contact Marguerite Collins at
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plan your 10, 25 or 50 year reunion.
Class Reunions
We're booking reunions for Alumni Weekend
and for other times of the year. Many of the
details are still being pinned down, but check
out the line-up on page 38. Please keep an eye
on our website for updates www.alumni.ubc.
cal events/reunions or get in touch with the
Alumni Weekend 2007
September 14-16
UBC Point Grey Campus
Alumni Weekend isn't just about class
reunions, although there will be plenty
of those
We're putting together a smorgasbord of activities including a pancake
breakfast with President Stephen Toope,
presentations on cutting edge research,
walking tours, the Belkin Gallery MFA
Art exhibit, athletic events, and more
There's something for everyone, so
bring friends and family along, too.
Rediscover your world class university
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Tuum Est! It's Still Yours
Spring 2007    Trek    37 YOUNG ALUMNI FOOD BANK
A group of enthusiastic UBC Young Alumn
volunteered at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Society on January 19. Here, Vincent Ng, BA'03,
offers up a tin of baked beans with maple syrup
For more info on the food bank, please visit
www.foodbank.bc.ca. For more information
on Young Alumni visit the YA page at www.
alumni.ubc.ca/connect/youngalumni. If you are
nterested in community service and volunteer-
ng with fellow UBC alumni at the food bank or
elsewhere, please contact Gavin Dew at
gavin.dew@ubc.ca or 604.827.3293
More Class Reunions
60th Anniversary Reunion
Class of 1947: November 2007, brunch and
special convocation ceremony at the Chan
Applied Science
BASC'47, MECH'57, mech'8i, MECH'87: Contact
May Cordeiro at mcordeiro@apsc.ubc.ca
ENG'58: 50th anniversary, May 2008. Contact Gerry Hildebrand at dgh@shaw.ca or
604.731.1288 or visit the reunion website at
members .sh aw.calreunionSS.
Arts One Reunion: September 15. Contact
Christine Lee for more information at christine.
lee@ubc.ca or 604.822.9259.
Arts and Science
Arts and Science 1957: September 15
Classes of '82 and '97 Reunion luncheon tba
Law '57 '82 '97 are planning reunions, tba
Law '87 Saturday, May 26th, False Creek Yacht
Club, 7:00pm. Contact Law at 604.827.3612.
Land and Food Systems (formerly Agriculture)
Aggies '57 and '82 are planning reunions, tba.
Do you know UBC grads
who should be recognized
for their achievements?
We want to hear about them!
Call our offices or visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/
events/awards to review criteria and obtain
a nomination form. Nominations must be
received by May 1, 2007.
This year's awards will be presented
on November 1 5, 2007 at the Alumni
Achievement Dinner.
Med '82 and '92 are planning reunions, tba
Med '57, September 7-9. Contact Dr.
Hardwick at david.f.hardwick@ubc.ca or
Med '67. Contact Dr. Patrick MacLeod at
patrick.macleod@viha.ca or 250.370.2961 for
Nursing All Years Reunion Luncheon, Sept. 15
at Cecil Green Park House. Contact Marguerite at 604.827.3294 or marguerite.collins®
Nursing '57. Contact Ethel Warbinek for more
info at warbinek@telus.net or 604.538.5066.
Nursing '77, April 21, 6:30 - 9:30pm, at
the Quilchena Golf and Country Club in
Richmond. Cocktail reception with light hors
d'oeuvres and cash bar. Contact Maureen
Lister (Paget) at 604.271.4409 or gklister®
shaw.ca for info.
Pharmacy '57. Contact Gordon Wrightman for
more info at 604.936.6184 or gorel@telus.net.
Pharmacy '62. Contact Harry Lhomas at
250.385.3196 or Ith]orne@'shaw.ca for more
Pharmacy '72, May 26, Sage Bistro, UBC.
Contact Barb Lhompson at bt50@sbaw.ca or
Residence Advisors Reunion, May 18-21.
Contact Kim Davidson at 604.827.3569 or
Sauder School of Business
Classes of '57, BCOM'82, MBA'82, BCOM'87,
BCOM'97 MBA'97 are planning reunions.
Contact alumni@sauder.ubc.ca for more info.
Faculty of Forestry
Forestry '67 Reunion
Contact Russ Clinton at russ.clinton@telus.net
or 604.541.3655.
Forestry Alumni and Friends Lour and bbq
April 26 Malcolm Knapp Research Forest,
Maple Ridge
Lhis annual event will be held once again in
conjunction with the 3rd year forestry students
38    Trek    Spring 2007 annual spring field camp. Lhe tour begins at
i:oopm and includes visits to research sites
in the forest, an opportunity to meet students
on field exercises, and a tour of the new
Walter C. Koerner Forestry Centre. Lhe day
will conclude with a reception and bbq at the
Loon Lake Research and Education Centre.
Join us for the day or just the reception and
bbq. It's a great chance to connect with
alumni and current forestry students. Families
welcome. For further information, contact
Katrina Evans at 604.822.8716 or katrina.
Sopron 50th Anniversary Celebration
June 2007 (exact date tba)
A number of events are being planned to
mark the 5 oth anniversary of the arrival of
the Sopron Forestry School to UBC. On June
7, a scientific/professional symposium, Looking Back, Moving Forward: Lhe Legacy and
Future of Hungarian and Canadian Forestry,
will examine the legacy of Hungarian forestry
in Canada. Lhe second day will be a formal
celebration with the Sopron alumni and their
families, including cultural demonstrations
and traditional food. For further information,
contact Sandra Schinnerl at sandra.
schinnerl@ubc.ca or 604.822.9627.
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ELIZABETH KERSHAW was first on the list to
receive a UBC degree, replacing her Bachelor of
Arts from the now-decommissioned Okanagan
University College. On hand to present the UBC
degree in October were UBC Okanagan Associate Registrar Fred Vogt, left, and Deputy Vice
Chancellor Doug Owram. Eligible OUC alumn
can request their degree by completing the form
available at www.ubc.ca/okanagan/joinus
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Spring 2007    Trek    39 t-bird news
Breakfast Sells Out Again
□ Almost 1,200 UBC supporters packed into a ballroom at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre on February 27, marking the
eighth straight sellout for the telus Millennium Scholarship Breakfast.
The largest single-day athletics fundraiser in Canada, the Breakfast has
now raised $4.6 million for Thunderbird student-athlete scholarships,
and those generous donations have certainly translated into success. UBC
has brought home 28 national banners since the endowment was created,
more than any other school across the nation. UBC President, Prof.
Stephen Toope, and two-time Olympic hockey gold medallist Hayley
Wickenheiser were the keynote speakers at this year's event.
'Bird Brains
□ UBC Thunderbird student-athletes set a new standard of academic
excellence in 2005-06 with 107 achieving Academic All-Canadian status,
the highest number in Canada. Those athletes who achieved 80 per cent
or more in their studies were honoured in November at a breakfast
hosted by UBC President, Prof. Stephen Toope. Forty-seven Thunderbirds
were recognized as multiple winners, including skiing's Trevor Bruce,
baseball's Brad Ashman and rugby's Michael Robinson, who were all
honoured for the fourth time. Soccer player Mike Elliot, a midfielder
majoring in clasical studies, was the top academic UBC male athlete in
2005-06, while volleyball's Katie Tyzuk, now in her second year of arts,
was the top female.
The Famous in the Hall
□ On March 28 at the Hyatt Regency, four more outstanding contributors to the rich history of UBC Athletics will be inducted into the UBC
Sports Hall of Fame. A 1920's UBC
athlete and the first of a well-known
Vancouver sport family, Eddie
Mulhern was a star on UBC's
track and boxing teams. He
was a key competitor in
UBC's traditional Arts '20
relay, plus UBC's best boxer.
While a student in 1926,
Mulhern won the Canadian amateur featherweight
boxing championship - the
first Canadian championship
won by a UBC athlete or
team. Ermina Russo was the
first from UBC women's volleyball to be selected an All-Canadian twice. She spent eight years
EDDIE MULHERN       on Canada's national team, including
Flight ofthe Thunderbirds traces the 100-year history of
Canada's best varsity sports program and the storied athletes
who have brought pride - and championships - to the university.
To be published in early Spring 2007. Call the UBC Bookstore or
email varsity@interchange.ubc.ca for more information
40    Trek    Spring 2007
Photographs: Richard Lam an appearance in the '^6 Olympics, and also
coached the Thunderbird women, winning CIS
Coach of the Year honours in 1998. UBC's
field hockey star during the '70s, David Bissett
captained or vice-captained Canada's national
team for eight years. The first Canadian to
play 100 international matches, he completed
his career with 150, a UBC record. Bissett led
Canada to the '76 and '84 Olympics, a Pan-
Am gold in '83, plus captained UBC to three
Division I titles. May Brown is a legendary
UBC coach, teacher and supporter of athletics;
an advocate and force in UBC sports with
women's field hockey and synchronized swimming feeling her influence the most. In later
decades, through her career as a politician, she
found time to serve Athletics in an advisory
capacity. Among her honours include the
Order of British Columbia and the Order of
Canada. For more information on the Big Block Banquet and UBC Sports
Hall of Fame Induction, please call 604.822.8205.
Seventy and Counting
□  UBC's swim teams are the latest to bring home national banners, with
the T-Bird basketball team still in the hunt for gold as of press time. For
the swimmers, these victories mark their 10th straight title - an unprecedented mark in any university sport - and bring the university's all-time
national championship banner count to 70, just two behind the U of T for
the most by a Canadian university. Earlier in the 2006-07 season, women's
field hockey and women's soccer teams won national championships.
It marked the soccer T-Birds third title in the last five years, while field
hockey tasted gold for the sixth time in nine seasons.
BRIAN JOHNS, one of UBC's all-time great athletes, finished his university
career with seven golds at the CIS championships
DARRELL MAY, formerly of the Vancouver Giants, was the T'Birds leading scorer.
Simply the Best
□ There's no other way to describe UBC swimmer and two-time
Olympian Brian Johns, who capped his university career in February
with seven more gold medals at the CIS Swimming Championships. The
Richmond native became the most medalled student-athlete in CIS history
in the process, finishing his varsity reign with 34 medals, a remarkable 33
of them of the gold variety. In fact, the only CIS race in which Johns was
beaten to the wall was his first ever event, the 200-metre freestyle in his
rookie season. Johns will represent Canada at the upcoming fina World
Aquatic Championships in Melbourne, and he will also compete at the
2007 World University Games in Bangkok along with several teammates.
Programs on the rise
□ While the usual T-Bird suspects continue to pile up national championships for UBC, two fledgling programs also made headlines in 2006-07.
The men's hockey program enjoyed its best regular season since 1989-90,
then went on to beat the Lethbridge Pronghorns 2-1 in their best-of-three
Canada West playoff series. It marked the first post-season series victory
for UBC in 36 years. "It's been a long time coming," said UBC head
coach Milan Dragicevic, whose squad includes leading scorer Darrell
May (pictured), formerly of the Vancouver Giants. "I'm really proud of
our guys, and this is for all the alumni who have shown us tremendous
support over the years."
On the volleyball court, the UBC men qualified for the national
championship tournament for the first time since 1989 and finished fourth
at McMaster University, the best result for the program since 1985. "The
guys worked extremely hard this season, they put in a lot of hours," said
head coach Richard Schick, who has seen the program improve in each of
four seasons under his watch. "We want to make UBC a mainstay at the
nationals." I
Photographs: Richard Lam, Mathieu Belanger
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Gordon F. Hartman BA'54, MA'56, PHD'64,
Don Macdonald BSc'82, and Thomas
G. Northcote BA'50, MA'52, phd'6o have
contributed a chapter to a provocative new
book, Salmon 2100: The Future of Wild
Pacific Salmon. It features the opinions of 3 3
senior salmon scientists, policy analysts, and
wild salmon advocates on how to save runs
of wild salmon, and is an outgrowth of the
Salmon 2100 Project, a joint effort organized
by Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency research laboratory
in Corvallis, or. Since 1850, all wild salmon
runs throughout the Pacific Northwest have
declined or disappeared. Billions of dollars
have been spent in failed attempts to reverse
the long-term decline, and each year, hundreds
of millions more continue to be spent in
various restoration programs. Fisheries
biologists and other scientists continue to help
craft restoration plans, but a fast, easy fix has
remained tantalizingly out of reach. How can
nearly everyone be in favor of restoring wild
salmon, as opinion surveys indicate, while the
long-term prognosis for a sustainable future
appears so grim? While the participants'
conclusions were both grim and hopeful, they
were unanimous in their opinion that present
efforts to preserve wild salmon runs would
fail. Yet they all felt that wild salmon could be
saved - with the right prescriptions. The book
may be ordered from the American Fisheries
Society www.fisheries.org.
with his 'star,' now embedded on
Granville Street's Walk of Fame
Michael Conway Baker bmus'66, obc, has
been inducted into the bc Entertainment Hall
of Fame. A prolific composer, he has created
more than 200 scores for film, television and
the concert hall and has been recognized with
numerous awards, including four Genies,
two Gemini awards, and a Juno ... Dave
McCormick bsc'6i was inducted into the bc
Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2005 for his
contributions to radio. As a student at UBC
he worked at the campus radio station. He
now hosts a show on 600 AM ... Bob Elliott
bsc(hons)'68, MSc(York), was invested as an
Officer of the Order of Military Merit by the
Governor General in November 2005. While at
UBC, Bob was a member of the UBC Contingent Canadian Officers Training Corps and
the 15 th Field Regiment, RCA in Vancouver. He
commanded nth Field Regiment, RCA (Guelph
and Hamilton, Ontario) twice (1992-96 and
2002-2004) and retired in 2005 with 38
years militia service. Bob has been employed
with Bodycote Testing Group in Cambridge,
Ontario, and its predecessor companies
(ortech Corporation and Ontario Research
Foundation in Mississauga) for 26 years as a
specialist in corrosion ... Dr. Hank McKinnell
BCOM'65, chairman of Pfizer Inc., has been
decorated with the Grand Cordon of the
Order of the Rising Sun from his Imperial
Majesty Emperor Akihito. McKinnell is one
of the first non-Japanese citizens to receive the
Order from His Majesty in person. McKinnell
was presented with the honour primarily
due to his role as Chairman of the Business
Roundtable, working to strengthen the
economic relationship between Japan and the
us. He has been a tireless advocate of foreign
investment in Japan. He worked closely
with the Japanese government's investment
development authorities to improve Japan's
investment climate by personally endorsing
investment in Japan in a government-sponsored publicity campaign aimed at potential
Steve Fera BPE'71, and a UBC Thunderbird
(Ice Hockey) is now the Education Advisor
for the Vancouver Giants ... Brenda Larson
(Pugsley) BED'71 recently retired after
teaching for 34 years in Vancouver, Langley
and Central Okanagan school districts as
a learning assistant. She has created and
published a line of educational products,
Itchy's Alphabet, designed to teach letter
sounds and formations using a unique picture
cue in the shape of each letter. These products
are being marketed throughout North
America through direct sales and various
educational catalogues. The program recently
underwent a research study in Florida with
very successful results. In addition, it was
recently reviewed by the State of California
and meets legal compliance with the Kindergarten standards for CA. Brenda frequently
travels across North America presenting at
teachers conferences and exhibiting Itchy's
Alphabet products. Contact her through
www.itchysalphabet.com ... Dr Wendy Pullan
BARCH'78 has won the 2006 Royal Institute
of British Architects President's Award for
Research. She was recognised for her project
Conflict in Cities: Architecture and Urban
Spring 2007    Trek    43 MICHAEL WARR
has written a book on Antarctica
Order in Divided Jerusalem. The research
is based at the University of Cambridge and
funded by the Economic and Social Research
Council of Great Britain. An international
team, that enjoys both Israeli and Palestinian
members, carries out the work in Jerusalem
and the UK. More information can be found
on the project website www.conflictincities.
org. Dr. Pullan is university senior lecturer
and head of Graduate Studies in the department of Architecture at the University of
Cambridge. She is a Fellow of Clare College,
Cambridge ... Joan Betty Stuchner BA'77,
diped'8o is celebrating the release of her
latest book. Sadie the Ballerina is a picture
book published by Scholastic Canada. It's
about a little girl who wants to be a ballerina
but is held back by a serious lack of grace!
However, an outing with her parents to see
The Nutcracker shows there's more to Sadie
than meets the eye. Maybe her dreams will
come true after all. There's also a French
version entitled Gabi la Ballerine. Joan
works as a library assistant in lpc... Joye
Volker (Wheater) bsc(math)'68, MLS'74 has
been appointed Chief, Library & Archives at
the National Gallery of Australia ... Michael
Warr BA'71, med'86 has written a non-fiction
Antarctic book called South of Sixty (isbn
978-0-9738504-0-6). He returned to the
Antarctic in 2006 as a history lecturer on an
Antarctic cruise. Michael can be reached at
Dr. Maureen Hannay ba'86 is associate
professor of Management/Human Resources
Management at Troy University. She was
recently selected as a
2007 Chancellor's Fellow. The Chancellor's
Faculty and Staff
Fellowship program
enables qualified
full-time faculty
and staff to develop
increased knowledge
and understanding
of the programs and
operations of Troy
University. Participants
are selected because
of their leadership
potential and past
service to the university. Dr. Hannay
has published in
numerous professional
journals and presented at both national and
international conferences. In 2003, she was
selected Faculty Member of the Year for troy's
University College. She teaches in Troy's Florida
Region and resides with her husband Mike in
Panama City Beach ... Scot Macdonald ba'88,
phd has written a second book. Propaganda
and Information Warfare in the zist Century:
Altered Images and Deception Operations
fRoutledge: 2006) was published in November.
His first book was Rolling the Iron Dice:
Historical Analogies, Regional Contingencies
and the Use of Force (Greenwood: 2000). He
is currently a senior marketing associate at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and
an adjunct professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California
... Aidan Gordon BASc'84 and Jackie Smith
bsc'86, MASc'94 are pleased to announce the
birth of their son, Angus Hunter Chalmers
Gordon, on October 26, 2006, weighing 7 lbs
11.6 oz. Aidan is General Manager at Gordon
Crane & Hoist. Jackie is taking one year's
maternity leave from her position as a Senior
Manager at seacor Environmental Inc.
Paola Baca BA'98 and Mike Winsemann BA'97
happily welcomed the newest member of their
and his UBC bear.
44    Trek    Spring 2007 family, Lucas Michael Baca Winsemann, on
August 16, 2006 at 4:30pm. Lucas was anxious to enter the world, arriving a little early
(and very quickly) weighing a healthy 7lbs
150Z ... Stephen Cawood BA'98 worked as
a program manager and web developer at
Microsoft Corporation for three and a half
years. He moved back to Canada two years
ago to pursue a writing career. Focusing on
software, he has now published four books
and is currently writing two more. Although
his first book was about business software,
Microsoft Content Management Server 2002:
A Complete Guide, he went on to write three
books about the wildly popular Halo video
game series: The Unauthorized Halo 2 Battle
Guide, Halo 2 Hacks and The Black Art of
Halo Mods. Stephen is currently working
on a book about augmented reality and
another on game development for the Xbox
360 gaming console. Stephen lives in Halifax
where his wife Christa Peters BSc'99, MD'05
is in her second year of a Psychiatry residency
at Dalhousie University ... Gavin Crawford
BFA'97 earned a 2006 Gemini Award for his
work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He is the
newest member of the comic team, performing
alongside Cathy Jones, Shaun Majumder and
Mark Critch. In 2004, he won a Gemini for
Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for his work on the show. Since
graduation Gavin's taken the stage at hbo's us
Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen; the Edmonton
Comedy Festival; Montreal's Just for Laughs
Comedy Festival, Second City Showcase at
Just For laughs and the Vancouver International Comedy Festival. Gavin is co-writer
and star of the Gemini-nominated The Gavin
Crawford Show on the Comedy Network,
for which he won a 2003 Canadian Comedy
Award for best actor. In the past few years
Gavin has also appeared onstage in Toronto
in two premiere's of Sky Gilbert's plays; Rope
Enough and Bad Acting Teachers, for which
he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore
Award ... Renee Norman PHD'99 received the
Canadian Jewish Book Award for her book
of poetry, True Confessions, published by
Inanna Publications, Toronto, York University.
A second book of poetry, Backhand Through
the Mother, is forthcoming with Inanna in
Spring 2007 ... City of Saskatoon archivist Jeff
O'Brien MAs'95 is the co-author of the recently
published Saskatoon: A History in Photographs
(Coteau Books, 2006), written in celebration of
the City of Saskatoon's 2006 centennial.
Young alumna Stephanie Tait ba'o6 has
founded a life and career coaching company called Visions Without Borders (www.
visionswithoutborders.ca). In 2006, she was
recognized by eWomenNetwork, a fast-grow
ing North American network for businesswomen, as an Emerging Leader finalist, one of
only 24 from more than a thousand international nominations. Stephanie has been featured
on the front page of the Vancouver Board of
Trade's Sounding Board and last fall completed
her first North American speaking tour - from
Calgary to West Palm Beach - speaking in front
of thousands of university students. Her first
book is called The Career Workbook for Young
Professionals ... J. Luke Zacharias LLB'02 has
joined the Partnership of Baker Newby LLP in
Chilliwack, practicing primarily in the areas of
commercial and civil litigation. I
Earl and Suzanne Dodson think so. Both have maintained a close connection with UBC
since graduating with BA degrees in 1954. Earl's focus was Geological Science, while Suzanne
returned to earn a degree in Library Science (BLS 1963) and become a UBC librarian. Because
of their involvement with and appreciation of the library as a source of learning, the Dodsons
arranged for a life insurance policy to eventually provide support for UBC's School of Library,
Information and Archival Sciences (SLAIS).
"Suzanne and I have benefited greatly from our education at UBC and wish to provide
assistance to others," Earl says. "Our support for SLAIS reflects both our wish to support
UBC and its students and to support those who will manage the resources of libraries both
here and elsewhere."
To create a legacy that will help fund student resources and the very best in teaching and
research, contact UBC Gift & Estate Planning. Tel: 604.822.5373 Email: heritage.circle@ubc.ca
Spring 2007    Trek    45 N MEMORIAM
We publish obituaries of UBC alumni, faculty
and friends. We depend on relatives and friends
to pass information on to us, and we try to
print all the material we receive. Send notices to
vanessa. clarke@ubc.ca.
This profile was written in 2005 when Mr. Hall
was 98 years old and the oldest living former
varsity athlete. He died on November 16, 2006.
In March of 1998, former UBC football
player Wilfred (Wilf) Hall, age 90, was introduced to rapturous applause at UBC's annual
Big Block Awards Banquet. And as expected,
the loudest cheers were from UBC's 1997
Vanier Cup football champions. Today at 98,
and UBC's oldest living former varsity athlete,
Hall knows all too well what it's like to be a
champion. He played on the 1927 and '28 bc
champion UBC football teams including the
only one to compete for the Grey Cup. Football
and UBC have both come a long way since the
1920s, but the Wilf Hall's stories seem as fresh
today as they did almost 80 years ago.
In 1924, when campus sports teams were
known simply as "Varsity" or the "Blue &
Gold," the adoption of the Thunderbird name
was still ten years away. Starting in his freshman
year in 1926, Hall played right guard and at
175 pounds was not that small by the standards
of the day. Hall, left guard Oliver Camozzi, and
centre Neil Watson were together known as
"the Stone Wall," an impenetrable offensive line
which held at bay the best defenses this province
could offer.
Football was different in those days. Whereas
today the no-huddle offense is used only
occasionally, in the '20s it was the only way
the game was played. Etched into Hall's brain
is his old UBC playbook: #54 was a punt, #57
a fake place kick while an end run from kick
formation was #50 or #51 depending on which
direction you wanted to run.
Another marked difference was the fact
there was no forward passing, that innovation
not being implemented in bc until September
1929, the season after Hall graduated. Passes
were thrown laterally, as the game of football
in its formative years was still steeped in the old
English game of rugby. In fact Hall, like several
of the players, didn't play football until arriving
at UBC and remembers the time when quarterback John Currie, about to be tackled, executed
a drop kick, permissible at the time, but which
incurred the wrath of head coach Dr. Gordon
Burke. "You're not playing rugby!" yelled Doc
Burke. "Get behind the line where you have
some protection!"
According to Hall, Burke along with honorary team president and physics professor Dr.
Gordon Shrum, were great men and driving
forces behind the fledgling football program
of the '20s. Burke and assistant coach Norm
Burley (who later launched the singing career
of country and western legend Loretta Lynn)
would begin football practices at 7:30 am.
Games were Saturday afternoon in Athletic
Park at Fifth and Hemlock and would start as
early as possible, especially later in the year as
this was the era before fields and stadiums had
Hall especially remembers November 1927
when, as bc champions, UBC played the
Saskatchewan Roughriders for the right to
represent the West in the '27 Grey Cup. Despite
UBC's stellar offensive line, the ball carrying of
Gavin Dirom and the kicking of Cokie Shields,
UBC lost the series and its chance to make UBC
football history. However, Hall recalls it was in
this series he also lost his football innocence. He
came up against a 300 pound lineman (whom he
can still visualize coming through the line, arms
swinging) and remembers getting stuck in the eye
with the guy's thumb. "It was a great shock. It's
not that we didn't hit hard because we did, but
there were no ill feelings." In previous competition
his experience was that "After you tackled hard
you would help him get back up. It was very
friendly." Welcome to the world of "pro" football.
Very successful in his life, Hall was once offered
the position of president of McMillan Bloedel and
has since received two honorary degrees. Just recently, in his 90s, he was married for a third time
(he outlived his first two wives). He personifies the
line from the '50s song: "Fairytales can come true,
it can happen to you, if you're young at heart . . ."
Indeed, an inspiration to all of us.
In his Ontario home he is a happening guy,
surfing the net and regularly emailing, but the
advice this senior Thunderbird would like to offer
students contemplating sports is to "Go play
football. The characteristics necessary for success
in football are the same characteristics required
for success in life."
From Fred Hume, UBC Athletics Historian
FISHER bed'66 of White Rock, in August, 2006
GUNBY bsc(agr)'3I on September 29, 2006 ...
DR. JAMES MILES, professor emeritus and former
head of the department of Psychiatry, on October
19 at Lions Gate Hospital after a brief illness.
Dr. Bates, a professor emeritus in the departments
of Medicine (Respiratory) and Health Care and
Epidemiology, joined UBC in 1972 and served
as dean of the faculty of Medicine from 1972
to 1977. He received his medical training from
Cambridge University and began his career as a
senior lecturer in medicine at the University of
As a young doctor working at St. Bartholomew's Hospital during the London Smog
Disaster of 1952, he recognized and initiated
a research career into the connection between
human health and air quality.
Recruited to McGill in 1956 as professor of
46    Trek    Spring 2007 experimental medicine, he undertook groundbreaking research into the dangers of ozone, and
served as the first associate dean of Research as
well as chair of the department of Physiology.
Dr. Bates is regarded as a pioneer in the fields
of respiratory and environmental medicine in
Canada. He helped to revolutionize the diagnosis
of conditions such as chronic bronchitis and
emphysema by demonstrating the importance of
testing lung function. He constantly strived to
have medical research influence public policy.
Dr. Bates retired from UBC in 1987, but continued to be an active member of the academic
community. He tutored dps in the undergraduate
curriculum and lent his expertise to citizens'
groups as well as national and international
committees and commissions on matters of
environmental medicine, air pollution, science
policy and medical education.
Dr. Bates received several honours throughout
his life including the Ramazzini Medal in 1966;
Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1978; Connaught
Award (Canadian Lung Association) in 1991;
Trudeau Gold Medal in 1993; and the Order
of Canada in 2003. The Environmental and
Occupational Health assembly of the American
Thoracic Society honoured Dr. Bates on his 80th
birthday by establishing the David Bates Award,
which is given annually to a research trainee
and is in recognition of the importance Dr. Bates
placed on mentoring and supporting young
investigators. Dr. Bates felt strongly that "the
medical profession has a major responsibility to
prevent the public's exposure to harm," and he
always lived up to this personal credo.
Frank Calder died of cancer on November 4 in
Victoria at the age of 91. He was a key player
in the court case that led to the 1973 Supreme
Court of Canada decision that addressed
the Nisga'a land claim and for the first time
acknowledged Aboriginal land title in Canada.
Most of Calder's life was characterized by
initiation and breakthrough. He was driven
by his determination to have the rights of the
Nisga'a recognized and upheld. In so doing, he
performed a service to other Aboriginal peoples
not only in Canada, but around the world.
He was born in 1915 at Nass Harbour and
was adopted by his uncle, the Nisga'a Chief
Naqua-oon, and aunt, who had great expectations of their new son. The chief presented him
at a meeting of elders and declared him key to
resolving the Nisga'a people's land claims: "This
boy is going to learn the laws of the K'umsiiwa
(the white people). And when he comes home
he's going to move the mountain." The words
were prophetic.
Calder attended the Coqualeetza residential
school in Sardis before becoming the first
student from a First Nations community to
attend Chilliwack High School. He carried on
the theme by becoming the first status Indian to
be admitted to UBC, where he studied Theology
(and later would become the Vancouver School
of Theology's Chancellor.) In 1949, the year
status Indians were first allowed to vote in bc,
he ran for the Co-operative Commonwealth
Foundation (later the ndp) in the riding of Atlin
and became the first Aboriginal to be elected
to the provincial legislature. He was reelected
seven times and served for 26 years. In 1972 he
became bc's first Aboriginal cabinet minister
under Dave Barrett's premiership. He was fired
from the position amid controversy the following year and in 1975 joined the Social Credit
Party. He narrowly lost his seat in 1979, aged
60, and left party politics.
In 1955, he helped establish and for 20 years
he headed the Nisga'a Tribal Council, a revitalized version of its predecessor the Nisga'a Land
Committee. Over the years his relentless efforts
thrust the issue of First Nations land claims
onto the political map. In 1968, Calder and the
Nisga'a began the legal process by launching a
suit against the provincial government.
Calder and the Nisga'a travelled a long road,
one pitted with many obstacles, before their
case was heard before the Supreme Court of
Canada. Their claims were rejected at the initial
trial, and also in the Court of Appeal. In an era
that was generally unsympathetic to their plight,
taking matters further to the Supreme Court
was a decision fraught with political risks and
potentially negative fall out for First Nations
peoples. But the final decision acknowledging
Aboriginal land title, meant that a foot had been
firmly placed in the legal door and the Nisga'a
were eventually able to negotiate a treaty
that on April 13, 2000, was proclaimed law.
Calder, well into his eighties, was still an active
participant. The four Nisga'a clans named him
their Chief of Chiefs, an honour reflective of his
success in uniting his people to fight a shared
Among the many accolades he received are
his induction to Canada's First Nation's Hall of
Fame; President Emeritus status in the Nisga'a
Tribal Council; the Aboriginal Order of Canada;
Officer of the Order of Canada; Doctor of
Divinity; Doctor of Laws; and National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gary Coull, co-founder and chairman of
international brokerage firm clsa, died on
October 26 after a battle with cancer. He was
52, and a well-known figure in the financial
services industry in Asia. He formed clsa with
fellow journalist Jim Walker in 1986, and the
company has become a leading player, attracting foreign investment to the continent. In
September, FinanceAsia named Coull as one of
50 people who have had the most significant
influence on Asia's financial landscape over the
past ten years.
With a background writing for publications
such as the Far Eastern Economic Review, he
brought his journalistic skills to bear in making
the company a success, believing in sound and
Spring 2007    Trek    47 IN MEMORIAM
independent investment research. His recent
efforts were directed towards private equity
investments and the funds management business, and his most recent responsibility was as
ceo of clsa Capital Partners.
clsa ceo, Rob Morrison, said: "Gary was a
friend, colleague and inspiration to all of us and
he will be greatly missed. We will continue to
build on Gary's vision to take clsa to the next
level and make him very proud."
FRANCES RUTH FORD (Tisdall) ba'35, Dip.sw'39
Frances Ruth Ford was born in 1914 in Vancouver of pioneering parents Charles Edward
Tisdall and Edith Bessie White. She lived first
in the family home on Georgia Street at Bute,
with her four older sisters and younger brother.
Until her family moved to Osier Street, Ruth
attended Lord Roberts School. Later she went to
Prince of Wales Secondary. During these years,
Ruth loved to visit the family's hobby farm in
Whonnock. Here her father grew nut trees, kept
bees, and many other things. Ruth remembered
how excited both she and the resident dog were
on the first day of the summer holidays when
she would trudge up the long hill to the house
for the first time. At the end of the summer, the
BA'35, DIP.SW'39
children would return to Vancouver leaving a
despondent little dog to walk back up the hill,
tail between his legs.
Ruth's father CE. Tisdall was a long-serving mls, then alderman. He was Mayor of
Vancouver in 1922 and 1923 and continued in
public service until his death. Ruth did well at
school, graduated early, and went on to UBC
where she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma. After
graduation, Ruth worked as a social worker for
the superintendent of Child Welfare. She was
good at it, and enjoyed it, but recalled clearly all
the frustrations of a career in what was then still
a man's world.
In 1943, she answered the call and travelled
to England to assist in the war effort. She helped
evacuate children from London, a well-meant
program, but one that she later reluctantly
concluded had been misguided. One powerful
memory for her was d-day, when she sat quietly
with her supervisor in Petersfield listening to the
guns booming across the Channel.
After she returned to Canada, Ruth went to
Columbia University in New York City where
she obtained an msw in 1949. She returned to
Vancouver where she met and married Peter
Ford, a British-born assistant professor in the
Zoology department at UBC. Children, Robin
and Colin, soon followed and Ruth gave up her
career. They lived first in Dunbar and then, from
1959, in Kerrisdale, an area ofVancouver where
Ruth lived until she died.
When the children were a little older Ruth
decided to return to work, and retrained
in library science. Following in her father's
footsteps, Ruth's passion was her garden. She
was a founding member of the Dr. Sun Yat Sen
Garden and a supporter of the UBC Botanical
and Van Dusen Gardens.
After her retirement, and her husband's death
in 1986, Ruth devoted herself to the village of
Kerrisdale, her arthritis class with the girls, reading, cbc radio, and visits with her son Colin,
grandchildren Sean and Natasha, daughter-
in-law Cheryl Louie, BPE'78 and the wider
Louie family. Her sisters Mary, Dorothy 'Pindy'
Barford, Edith 'Toddy' Hatfield, BASc'29 and
Margaret Warren had died, but she remained
in close touch with her brothers-in-law Harley
Hatfield, BA'29 and Harry Warren, BA'26,
BASc'27 and Bsc'78, and with her brother
William Tisdall, BASc'51 until they too died.
Ruth visited her daughter Robin in London,
England, several times and took a garden tour
through Ireland. That seemed to be enough
traveling for her. She remained sharp and enquiring to the end. Her death was peaceful and
seemingly well-planned. She left her children
and grandchildren with an interest in the wider
world, a preference for simplicity, a dry sense of
humour, and a love of good dinners and good
Jack Gregson was born on June 17, 1910,
and passed away on October 29, 2006. After
UBC, he received a Masters degree in Medical
Entomology from the u of A in 1936, and an
honorary degree from ucc in 2000. Following
graduation, Jack worked for the federal department of Agriculture studying insects injurious
to man and animal. He specialized in the study
of wood ticks and was recognized globally for
his contributions. The author of more than 80
scientific publications, he named three species
of ticks, discovered and had a stonefly (Capnia
Gregsoni) named for him, as well as a new
species of tick, Ixodes (Pholeoixodes) Gregsoni.
Jack was a true naturalist and environmentalist. He established the Kamloops Outdoor Club
48    Trek    Spring 2007 in 1936. An avid photographer he transferred
many photographs, with artistic license, to
canvas. He said "I've moved trees, and sometimes mountains, but always have had a high
regard for Nature's beauty and composition."
His paintings have hung in the Vancouver Art
Gallery and the Kamloops Art Gallery.
During his 70 years in Kamloops Jack was an
outspoken environmental advocate. He founded
the Kamloops and District Garden Club in
1950 and the Kamloops Naturalist Club in
1970. He received many awards for his efforts
but his greatest reward was the appreciation
shown for the environment that his efforts
generated. Among them was the Waterway
Park at McArthur Island, the Butterfly Gardens
at Riverside Park and McArthur Island, and
the bicycle/footpath east of his property on
the South Thompson River. He received the
Grassroots Award for beautification and protection of Kamloops' natural landscape; the BC
Federation of Naturalists Club service award;
the Kobayashi Award for best-landscaped
property; and was made a Freeman of the City
of Kamloops in 1990.
Doug Drummond served Burnaby, first as
councillor then as mayor, from 1975 to 2002.
He died in November, 2006, aged 63, after a
long battle with cancer. Doug majored in Economics at UBC, and taught Math at Gladstone
Secondary in Vancouver before entering local
politics. He was a respected teacher, popular
mayor, and beloved family guy, whose interests
included nature, gardening, and travel. Of his
mayoral legacies, he was proudest of creating
public access to the waterfront and introducing
the Urban Trail Network. He leaves to grieve
his wife of 3 5 years, Jean, and sons Colin and
basc(nursing)'3 5
Maxine passed away peacefully on June 22,
2006, in Nanaimo. She was born in Goodwater,
Saskatchewan, on May 25, 1913, and moved
to BC with her family in 1915. Before UBC, she
was educated in Matsqui Elementary and High
schools. She was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She also received her RN from
Vancouver General Hospital, qualifying her
as a public health nurse. Her early career was
interrupted by a lengthy battle with TB, after
which she returned to Public Health Nursing
in Nanaimo. She worked for many years in the
Nanaimo General Hospital and retired several
years ago as head of the er in that Hospital.
Maxine and husband Albert enjoyed many
years in Nanaimo, boating and traveling with
friends. They were members of the Nanaimo
Yacht Club and Order of the Eastern Star
(Nanaimo Chapter #43). Maxine will be
greatly missed.
Actor Arthur Hill, who won a Tony for his
portrayal of George in Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolf? died aged 84 on Sunday October 22 in
California from complications of Alzheimer's
disease. He played many characters over the
years, including the title role in the 1970's TV
series Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, and
appearances in other popular shows such as
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ben Casey, Mission
Impossible, The Fugitive, The Untouchables,
and Murder She Wrote. His film credits include
A Bridge Too Far and The Andromeda Strain.
He was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, and
enrolled to take a ba at UBC. During his studies, he was drafted as a mechanic for the Royal
Canadian Air Force. He continued his studies
after the war, and had an ambition to study
law. To supplement a meagre income, however,
he landed an acting job with the local cbc
radio station and was also involved in amateur
dramatics on campus. This had a much bigger
impact on his future life than his academic
study. After UBC, he travelled to London with
spouse and fellow actor Peggy Hassard, where
he landed a job with bbc Radio, soon diversifying into TV and theatre. After a decade in
the uk, he moved to New York and Broadway.
One of his theatrical co-stars during the '60s
was Ingrid Bergman.
Arthur retired from acting in 1990. Peggy
Hassard died from Alzheimer's disease in 1998.
Laura passed away peacefully on November
7, 2006, at Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto
with friends and her Mom around her. She
will be missed by the many people she touched
during her life. A performer with the Vancouver
TheatreSports League during the 80s and
early 90s, Laura was a very funny lady. She
was co-host on The Complaint Dept. (Rogers
Cable 4 Vancouver circa 1992) and hosted the
weekend news for ckzz-fm Vancouver in the
early 1990s. From 1994 to 2006 Laura had a
very busy career as a producer/reporter/writer
for MacLean's, MoneySense and Canadian
Business magazines as well as for crv and
cbc-tv Toronto.
Jack was a brilliant architect who made
architecture his whole life. As a young boy Jack
was stricken with rheumatic fever and had
a painful rehabilitation. He became serious,
studious, and very shy. A scribbler, a pencil and
a ruler became his signature. He excelled in all
his endeavours, especially his schooling. Before
he left Hastings Elementary School in grade six,
he starred in an operetta production of Aladdin
and the audience loved him.
Jack loved all facets of the arts. In his early
years he was an accomplished accordion player,
a pianist and had quite a wit. Later in life he
accompanied his wife, Lois, on the piano at her
many operatic voice recitals.
Jack was not only little brother to his sister,
Margaret, but her pal and best friend. In his
mid-teens, Jack moved to Penticton with his
mother, Joanna Crncich, and stepfather, Tony
Spring 2007    Trek    49 IN MEMORIAM
Crncich, to the old stone house on Middle
Bench Road. He attended Penticton High and
helped out around the orchard. Jack excelled in
his senior years with honours and scholarships,
then registered at UBC. During his university
years, Jack spent many weekends at Margaret's
home. He enjoyed a good, home-cooked meal
and was able to find a little peace and quiet
to cram and study. He also loved playing with
Margaret's boys. When Jack returned to Penticton after graduation, he joined the architect
firm of Meiklejohn, where he gained a lot of
knowledge and experience.
Jack and his parents went to Europe. On
his return, Jack fell in love with Montreal and
never looked back. He settled there and met his
wife, Lois. They bought a house and raised three
beautiful daughters, who in turn produced four
handsome grandsons. Jack was a very family-
oriented gentleman and enjoyed spending many
holidays and weekends in Westport, New York,
and Ogunquit, Maine.
Jack was a clever, brilliant and witty man
renowned for his artistic abilities and dedication
to the art of architecture, and highly respected
by his peers in Montreal and Ottawa. He has
left quite a legacy: beautiful homes, buildings
and other structures in Ottawa, Montreal, and
Miami. His sense of humour prevailed until the
very end. His family is very proud of him.
John passed away swiftly but unexpectedly on
October 31, 2006. He was a marathon enthusiast who always found time between work and
social life for a run. It was a passion that he and
his wife by recent marriage both shared.
John was someone who believed in giving
back to the community. While looking for a job
in the food science industry, he coached baseball
part-time. It was something that he excelled
in and carried on for years, even after he had
firmly established his career. He touched the
lives of numerous adolescents.
John began his career at dm Food Experts
and subsequently became production manager
at Canadian Inovatech. He was known for his
patience and diplomacy in solving problems,
either mechanical or customer based. He often
shouldered more than his share of responsibilities to make sure everything ran smoothly. His
latest title was operation manager in North
America, which gave him the authority to
oversee offshore plants. His vision was to bring
the company to an international level. He
participated in numerous UBC career fairs as
representative of Canadian Inovatech. He gave
advice to soon-to-be graduates and promoted
the company name at the same time. He had
passion in his work that few others could
match. His dedication and dynamic personality
will forever be missed.
even more important. Her family knows that
she would appreciate any gift toward the fight
to prevent cancer, the Sierra Legal Defense Fund,
or any charity of your choice.
IAN D. PATON bsc(agr)'5o
Ian was born in Cloverdale on June 7, 1928.
He attended Langley High. He was active in BC
agriculture throughout his life as a teacher, 4-H
leader, advisor and farmer. His guidance and
advice on agricultural matters continued to be
sought until shortly before his death. He will
Valetta Beatrice (Betty) Machin died peacefully
in her home in Austin, Texas, on December
31, 2006. She was 90 years old. Betty will be
lovingly remembered by her husband, Bud, of
65 years and her children Gale and partner
Bill, Bob and wife Joann, and James and wife
Marilynn, as well as by her cherished grandchildren Adam, Raney, Ben, Will, and Maya. Betty
will also be deeply missed by her brother Don
Morris and wife Mary, her brother Jack Morris
and wife Marguerite, her brother-in-law Albert
Dunn, and their families.
Born in Matsqui, bc, Betty attended elementary and high school in Matsqui, and King
Edward High School, and UBC in Vancouver.
She and her husband lived in Bahrain for several
years where he worked as a chemical engineer.
They later lived in Australia, then New York. be remembered by many as one of bc's most
They retired in Austin, Texas. colourful auctioneers.
LORNA MERSON (Loveridge) BA'50, BSw'51
Lorna died after a long and courageous struggle
with cancer. A loving wife and mother, she
will be dearly missed by husband Stan and her
loving family.
She was much loved for her unselfish devotion, love and caring, and an unendingly positive
attitude. Her career in social work included
family service work in Toronto, Vancouver and
Cleveland, Ohio, and hospital social work in
Many thanks to the staff of the bc Cancer
Agency, and in particular Dr. Margaret
Knowling and Dr. Peter Lim. While Lorna felt
that research to cure cancer is important, she
believed very strongly that cancer prevention is
Ian's many hobbies, included pilot, piper,
Pacific National Exhibition (chair, 4-H Committee, Agricultural Advisory Committee), Delta Ice
Stadium Society, Delta Farmers Institute, Agricultural Institute of Canada, Sigma Tau Upsilon,
Ancient Light Masonic Lodge (past master),
Grand Lodge of bc and Yukon (past grand
chaplain), and the Masonic Cancer Car Project.
In Delta, he was an active member and voice in
the community on many initiatives including the
establishment of the first ice stadium in Delta
at the Boundary Bay Airport. He was a tireless
volunteer and advocate of the Delta Hospital
and was a long-time member of his beloved St.
Stephen's United Church in East Delta.
A man respected and loved by many, he
always found time for others in words or acts
50    Trek    Spring 2007 of kindness. His ability to find the right words at
the right moment made him a popular speaker,
whether at a Burns Supper, reciting a poem, or
eulogizing a friend or neighbour.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years,
Marjorie, and children David (Janet), Bryce
(Barbara), Ian Jr. (Pam) and Glenda (John). Also
greatly missing their grandpa will be Lindsey
(Travis), Ryan, Greg, Jordan, Tom, Jamie, CJ and
Born in Vancouver on December 29, 1930, Doris
passed away peacefully at home on November
19, 2006, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Doris was a gifted actress with a career in
theatre, radio, television and film that spanned
more than five decades. Over the years she
received many awards and much critical acclaim
for her performances across Canada, and most
recently she was inducted into the bc Entertainment Hall of Fame.
She shared her love of theatre and literature
with her many students, teaching drama and staging productions at secondary and post-secondary
institutions across the Lower Mainland. Passionate about theatre, art, politics and life, Doris
generously gave her time and energies to many
local community organizations.
At the heart of Doris' remarkable life was
the love and devotion she shared with her
family. Doris will be deeply missed by her loving
husband Bruce Peyman, their children Hurrian,
Orin, Orissa and Ravana (Matthews), son-in-law
Simon Matthews, grandchildren Jasmine, Jeremy
and Oliver, brother Gordon Chillcott, sister-in-
law Jamela, nephew Sean and many close friends,
relatives and colleagues. Memorial donations
may be made to Doctors Without Borders or the
Actors' Fund of Canada.
Born in Chicago on December 14, 1922, Robert
passed away in Vernon on May 22, 2006. As
a child, Bob travelled across the United States
with his father, mother and brother to settle in
Kelowna in 1932.
While at UBC he belonged to the Newman
Club, Liberal Club, Mock Parliament Club, and
the Film Society. Bob was on the Senate for UBC
for several years in the 1980s. He held a teachers
degree from Victoria Normal School.
In 1946 he was drafted into the American
Army. In the 1950s Bob joined the bc assessment authority and worked in Cranbrook,
Revelstoke and Vernon. After his retirement
in the mid-1970s he opened his own private
appraisal practice, with which he remained
involved until the mid 1980s.
Bob was a past president (1991) and a life-
member of the Okanagan Historical Society. He
is survived by his wife lsabelle Otway and their
four sons, John, James, Michael and Joel.
Percy Saltzman died aged 91 on January 15,
2007. He was Canada's first TV weatherman,
and with his first broadcast in 1952 was also
the first person to appear live on Canada's TV
screens. His weather show, thought likely too
dull by programmers, became a hit that lasted
30 years. Many credit Saltzman for inventing
the funny, engaging, rather odd persona weather
reporters have been using on TV ever since. In
the early days, he used no gadgetry, only a chalk
board. He joked that his shtick was a stick of
chalk. To signify the end of each performance,
he'd toss the chalk into the air and catch it.
Percy was born in Winnipeg in 1915 to
Solomon and Elizabeth Saltzman (originally
from the Ukraine), who shortly after moved to
Neudorf, Saskatchewan, then to Vancouver in
1925. After graduating he was a printer for a
number of years, and then worked for the federal government as a meteorologist from 1943
to 1968. At the same time, he was becoming one
of Canada's best-known broadcasters. During
wwn he served as a meteorologist in the British
Commonwealth Air Training Plan. In 1947,
he helped arrange weather programs for cbc
Radio. For the following two years he was part
of the ckey Toronto radio magazine show Focus
on 48. One of the documentaries he wrote and
narrated was a review of Dr. Alfred Kinsey's first
book, Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male.
"I used all the polysyllabic provocative porno
phraseology I could get away with," he said.
It won the Ohio State University Award for a
radio documentary.
He worked on programs at both cbc and ctv
in the 1970s and '80s, working with the likes of
Lloyd Robertson and Carole Taylor, with whom
he co-hosted the first iteration of Canada am.
He once calculated the entire number of shows
he had done to be 6,000, including weather,
politics, evening entertainment, morning shows,
news, interviews and all manner and type of
special TV shows. Among these was a 26-show
series on Canadian history.
Percy was also involved in charity work. In
2000 he was invested with the Order of Canada,
and was the recipient of a Queen's Golden
Jubilee Medal. In 2004, he was inducted into
the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall
of Fame.
JANICE SARGENT (Hickman) ba'64
Janice was born in Victoria on April 7, 1943,
and died in Victoria of cancer on July 11, 2006.
She was the daughter of Grace and Harry Hickman. Her father was the last principal of Victoria College before it became the University of
Victoria. She attended public schools in Victoria,
Neuchatel Junior College, Victoria College (now
uvic), and - for third and fourth year - UBC
(Honours in French and English, winning the
French Government medal). She then continued
French studies at Harvard (BA'65), f°r which she
felt UBC had prepared her very well.
She married John Sargent, also from Victoria,
in 1966. After teaching at Queen's University
(Janice: French, John: Economics), they moved
to Ottawa in 1971. Laurie was born later that
year and Ted arrived in 1973. Laurie is now a
lawyer with the federal department of Justice,
and Ted is a professor of Electrical Engineering
at the University ofToronto.
Janice led a happy and busy life as a mother
and a volunteer in her children's activities and
her church, while also working at first part-time
as a translator and later full-time as a school
board policy officer.
After retiring, Janice and John returned to
Victoria in 2004. Although already suffering
from cancer, she participated actively in St.
Aidan's United Church, joining committees and
choirs, the peo sisterhood and the uvic alumni.
Until the end, she gave her time, energy and love
in the community and to her family, including
grandchildren Clara and Joshua.
JOHN SIEBURTH bsc(agr)'49
Dr. John Sieburth died aged 79 on December 7,
Spring 2007    Trek    51 IN MEMORIAM
2006, in West Kingston, Rhode Island, from
complications of dementia. He conducted
research and lectured on marine microbiology
at the graduate school of Oceanography at
the University of Rhode Island for more than
30 years. He grew up in Vancouver and, after
graduating from UBC, went to Washington
State where he earned a masters and met his
future wife, Janice. He earned his phd from
the University of Minnesota. In a New York
Times obituary, Douglas Martin described
an incident at UBC illustrative of Sieburth's
humour and independent spirit: "He wrote
a thesis on the life forms in a guinea pig's
intestines, and played a practical joke on his
entomology professor by gluing together parts
of different insects."
Sieburth had a passion for science, in
particular ocean science, perhaps egged on by
the experience of sailing with his father. In the
early days of his career, he explored the use of
antibiotics in combating poultry disease. But
his curiosity would lead him to Antarctica to
study penguins, having heard that these birds'
intestines contained no bacteria. His research
substantiated what he'd heard and he was
compelled to find out why.
He discovered that the penguins ate krill,
that krill contains acrylic acid, and that the
acid acts as a natural antibiotic. He was a
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creative scientist whose work produced new
methodology and is characterized by discovery,
especially the identification of oceanic organisms. He is credited with discovering microscopic algae responsible for destroying shellfish.
He named it the brown tide. He published more
than 100 papers and authored two books on
marine microbiology.
When he wasn't researching, he enjoyed
building boats, blacksmithing and carving
whale teeth. He leaves to grieve his wife Janice,
daughters Heather, Peggy and Leslie, sons Scott
and H. Clarke, six grandchildren and a sister,
LISTER SINCLAIR BA'42, lld(hon)'72
Perhaps best know as radio host of cbc's Ideas,
Lister Sinclair was also an actor, mathematician,
critic and prolific writer, with a portfolio that
included hundreds of radio and TV plays. Some
of these were controversial enough for their
time to cause consternation and hot debate at
the highest levels. Through his long tenure at the
cbc, he became a stalwart of Canadian life for
70 years. He was admired for his intellect and
ability to talk engagingly about complex ideas.
He died in hospital in Toronto on October
15, aged 85, survived by two sons, Peter and
Sinclair was born in Bombay on January 9,
1921, where his father was working as a chemical engineer, but stayed for only 18 months
before being entrusted to the care of an aunt in
England. He would not see his parents again
until the age of seven and the following year
was sent to boarding school, where he excelled
in math and won a scholarship to a prestigious
When wwn broke out, he was on a trip to
New York City with his mother. The two of
them came to Canada and Lister began studying
mathematics at UBC. Here, he honed his writing
skills at the Ubyssey, working alongside the
likes of Pierre Berton, and was also involved in
theatre. Afterwards, he left for Toronto to study
for a masters, and made extra money teaching
math and acting for the cbc. He soon started
writing plays for cbc radio, and then moved
on to material for TV, also making himself
useful in front of the camera as an actor. He
was involved in organizing the Association of
Canadian Television and Radio Artists (actra),
which represents Canadian performers, and was
awarded the Order of Canada in 1985.
ANNABEL MARY SMITH (Sandison) ba'44,
Annabel was the kind of graduate that universities, in a perfect world, would produce. She
was an eager student, proficient in both the
arts and sciences, and well versed in literature,
art and music. She and husband Leslie, Bsc'44,
MENG'72, put together a notable collection of
Canadian paintings and books.
Her love of the bc wilderness, born of her
early life as a logging engineer's daughter at
Harrison Lake and Sayward, led her and Leslie
to explore all of bc. Further afield, they travelled
the legendary Nahanni River, both ways by
After her two sons Lee and Geoffrey
graduated from high school, she returned to
UBC in 19 61 to obtain her law degree and after
graduating, she joined a local law firm. In her
early legal career she often acted as a barrister
and appeared as counsel in several very difficult
and demanding cases. She then turned her
attention to acting as a solicitor.
In 1981 Annabel retired from her law practice
and she and Les spent their time exploring the
wilderness. They made documentation on the
travels of Captain George Vancouver and the
Indian fisheries.
52    Trek    Spring 2007 ANNABEL MARY SMITH (SANDISON)
BA'44, LLB'61
At age 84, married to Leslie for almost 62
years, Annabel died in the palliative care unit of
the Vancouver General Hospital.
Frank Smith gained his UBC degrees after his
return from service in wwn. He contributed to
the war effort as a radar technician, joining the
air force during the Battle of Britain. Radar was
still in its infancy, but the war was a catalyst
for its development. In 1944, Frank became the
only Canadian member of a British research
team with a mandate to develop the technology
further to give the allies an even larger advantage over the Germans.
After the war, he gained his degree in Electrical Engineering and then worked for the federal
government in Ottawa, primarily in the field
of communications technologies with military
applications. He was involved in work on the
Velvet Glove, a missile developed for Cold
War era Canadian fighter planes, and was later
involved in research for Canada's first satellite,
Alouette 1. In 1974, he became the first director
of the federal government's Radar Research
Laboratory in Ottawa. Later in his career, he
worked on Canadarm. Two American space
shuttle astronauts who tested Canadarm, Joe
Engle and Dick Truly, visited the UBC campus in
January 1982. A Ubyssey article reported: "Both
astronauts said the Canadarm worked almost
perfectly and admired the Canadians involved in
the project. 'It worked real good,' said Truly."
Frank was born on October 15, 1922, in
Parksville, and attended Qualicum Beach High
School. Along with his passion for science, he
had a love of music and played clarinet. He
was a regular (and highly respected) attendee at
Radar Reunions. He died of cancer on January
1, aged 84, in a Parksville care facility. He is
predeceased by his brother, Victor Roy, and
survived by cousin Marie (John) McFadyen, and
their daughters Mamie and Laura.
MARY O. B. SUTHERLAND (Ball) ba'3i
Born in Vancouver on October 10, 1911, Mary
passed away peacefully in West Vancouver on
November 2, 2006. She is predeceased by her
husband, Bruce, and her sister, Margaret (Peggy)
Brown. She is survived by sons Bob (June) and
Gary (Marilyn), and her sister, Patricia (Pat)
Pow. Mary is fondly remembered by grandchildren Diana (Rikk) Stephens, Robert, Ainsley,
Erin and Scott; great grandchildren Nikki, Cory
and Brendan Stephens, and Natalie Sutherland;
and by her many nieces and nephews.
Feme was born in Areola, Saskatchewan, in
1919 and moved with her family the next year
to Crystal Lake in the Caribou. She had a long
and illustrious career in nursing and hospital
administration in BC and throughout Canada.
(BALL) BA'39
Following graduation in 1943, Feme was
offered a position with the bc Division of
Tuberculosis Control to teach a new affiliation
program, the first compulsory TB affiliation
course in Canada for nursing students. In 1948,
she took an innovative job with the Registered
Nurses Association of bc as a travelling
instructor. This continuing education course
was designed to provide registered nurses with
current information on advances in nursing.
From 1952-1954, Feme was assistant director
of Nursing at Pearson Hospital in Vancouver,
which had opened to care for an influx of TB
patients following wwn.
After leaving Pearson, she moved through
a variety of positions, including director of
Nursing at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops,
director of Nursing at Penticton Regional
Hospital and at Lions Gate Hospital in North
Vancouver. In 1964, Feme enrolled in a one-year
course in hospital administration offered
by the University ofToronto. After this, she
was appointed a surveyor and later associate
executive director for the Canadian Council on
Hospital Accreditation, whose mandate was
to set standards for and accredit hospitals in
Canada. She later wrote that "the council was
the greatest challenge of my career," but she was
given opportunities to use her organizational,
planning and writing skills. In 1978, she became
director of Patient Services at Shaughnessy
Hospital in Vancouver. Her final career move
was to become director of Special Projects at
Vancouver General Hospital.
Spring 2007    Trek    53 IN MEMORIAM
Feme retired in 1983 to Bowen Island.
In 1988 she moved to Penticton and later
Kelowna. While in Penticton she was a member
of the Hospice Board. During retirement, she
travelled extensively. When in her 80s she went
on a safari to Africa. Feme was an eloquent
author. She left a legacy of her Memories of
Nursing, a series of detailed descriptions of her
various nursing experiences for the bc History
of Nursing Professional Practice Group, as well
as collections of writings from her travels and
the Trout family history.
Feme Trout died peacefully in Kelowna at 87
on March 24, 2006. A week before her death
she wrote the following: "It is time for me to go.
I have had a wonderful life and am grateful that
you were part of it. May God hold you in the
palm of His hand till we meet again."
Professor Emeritus Bert Turnbull died on
July 26, 2006, a few weeks short of his 89th
birthday. He had been ill for several months.
The seventh child in a family of nine, Bert was
brought up and educated in Regina. In 1936,
at the height of the depression, he followed his
family to Comox, where they all cooperated to
eke out a living on a small farm. Bert worked as
a labourer at whatever job he could get.
When war broke out in 1939, he was one
of the first to enlist. He spent the next six years
as a soldier training in coastal bc and Debert,
ns, and then overseas in Britain. He landed in
BSF'51, ME'53
\     -
.    fc
Normandy on d-day plus 6. He was wounded
in Caen when his carrier drove over an antitank mine, but was patched up and returned to
duty to aid in the liberation of Holland.
After the war, Bert took advantage of the
offer of an education by the department of
Veterans Affairs. In 1953, he was the first UBC
graduate to be awarded a master's degree in
Forestry. A summer job with spruce budworm
in the forests of Lillooet turned his interest to
entomology and biological control. Bert became
a research officer with the federal department
of Agriculture in Vancouver and Belleville,
Ontario. He took three years leave of absence
to study at Oxford, and wrote his phd thesis on
feeding tests on captive spiders.
Bert became a professor of Biology at sfu in
1967 until his retirement in 1982. He is survived
by his wife Irene whom he met and married
while both were students at Fort Camp in UBC.
They have three children and two grandchildren. Bert said, shortly before his death, that he
thought he had been a very lucky man.
Born April 11, 1934, in Prince George, Fred
Walchli - adored husband, father, brother,
uncle and friend - died on November 7, 2006,
at Lion's Gate Hospital in North Vancouver
of complications from myelofibrosis. He is
survived by wife June (Breault), daughter Julie,
son Edward and daughter-in-law Ela, sisters
Kay Hayes (Williams Lake) and Agnes Holeczi
(Prince George), and many brothers and sisters-
in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces
and nephews who loved him dearly.
After UBC, Fred went on to a distinguished
career as a civil servant, working for the city
of Kelowna, city of Prince George, bc Land
Department, and for 29 years the department of
Indian Affairs, of which he was director general
in Alberta and later in bc. Highlights of his
career include being made an honorary chief of
the Keheewin Indian Band in Alberta in 1976,
receiving the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1977,
and serving as chief federal negotiator for the
Nishga'a land claim for several years before his
retirement in 1990.
He derived great pleasure coaching the Forest
Hills Little League baseball champions, Stongs;
walking his much-loved dogs Nikki, Smokey
and Misha in the Capilano Canyon; and being
involved in the federal Liberal party, serving
as president of the West Vancouver-Sunshine
Coast riding association for several years. A
life-long student of Canadian history and avid
follower of provincial, national and world
politics, Fred loved his beautiful province and
Fred's family wishes to thank Drs. Richard
Homer, Stephen Natel, and Isnet Tejpar, and
the many skilled and caring nurses of the Bone
Marrow Transplant Day Care Unit at VGH
whom he came to know over his last few
months. Memorial donations may be made to
the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation for
the Leukemia/BMT Day Care program (855
w.i2th Avenue, Vancouver, bc V5Z 1M9 / www.
worldclasshealthcare.ca I 604-875-5240).
Born in Duncan, Dr. Wiggs attended Victoria's
Provincial Normal School, earning a teaching qualification in 1953. He worked as an
elementary and secondary school teacher while
studying at UBC. He moved to Alberta and
graduated with a phd from u of A in 1967.
Soon after, he was appointed assistant professor of Biology at unb Fredericton, achieving
full professorship by 1981. His research was in
the field of animal physiology.
Dr. Wiggs was a very active member of the
university community, serving on committees
at multiple levels and as an assistant dean in
the faculty of science. He encouraged students
and cared about their futures, getting involved
with course advising and registration, career
fairs, and acting as departmental liaison with
the student placement office. He encouraged
the next generation of students by visiting high
schools and providing tours for school groups.
Dr. Wiggs also volunteered with the Boy
Scouts of Canada.
He retired in 1998, but remained active in
unb's biology department and was a regular
attendee at seminars, presentations of research
proposals and thesis defenses by graduate
students. He was involved in researching and
writing the department's history at the time of
his unexpected death on September 16, aged
71. Dr. Wiggs is survived by his wife of 50
years, Dorothy H. Wiggs (Souther) BHE'56. I
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