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 THE WORLD AS A HOLY PLACE    STARING DOWN THE DREAM   ALUMNI NEWS + EVENTS
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Take Note
The World as a Holy Place
The natural world may provide us with a better basis for faith
than religions that point to some ethereal place in the clouds.
By Dan Overmyer
Staring Down the Dream
If analysing ball spin, curve mechanics and the physics of the
fast ball can guarantee success, than Jeff Francis is off to a great
start. By Gary Eibman
The Sweet Spot
Forensic dentistry leads David Sweet to Indonesia to identify
victims of the Boxing Day tsunami. By John Vigna
25 Years of Co-op
The Co-op Program started as a way to get more women into
non-traditional jobs. Now, it places 2., 300 students (male and
female) annually. By Vanessa Clarke
Hong Kong, the Regional Summit and Dr. Patrick's
Dinner-Time Lecture on E-coli
A traveller's look at the Asia Pacific Regional Summit.
By Marie Earl
Alumni News
Board of Directors
Class Acts
In Memoriam
Editor Christopher Petty, mfa'86
Art Director and Designer Chris Dahl
Assistant Editor Vanessa Clarke
Board of Directors
Chair Martin Ertl, BSC'63
Vice-Chair Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'71
Treasurer David Elliott, BCOM'69
Members at Large 'OS - 'OS
Darlene Dean, BCOM'75, MBA'85
Gayle Stewart, BA'76
Members at Large '05 -
Don Dalik, LLB'76
Ron Walsh, BA'70
'07
Members at Large '05 - '08
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, mba'8;
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Appointments '05-'06
Marko Dekovic, ba'oi
Paul Mitchell, bcoM'78, LLB'79
Ian Robertson, bsc'86, BA'88
Jim Rogers, BA'S7, MBA
Faculty Representative '04 - '05
Richard Johnston, BA'70
AMS Representative
Spencer Keys, ams President
Executive Director
Marie Earl, ab, m la (Stanford)
Trek Editorial Committee
Vanessa Clarke Scon Macrae, BA'71
Chris Dahl Christopher Petty
Sid Katz Herbert Rosengarten
Trek Magazine (formerly the UBC Alumni Chronicle) is
published three times a year by the UBC Alumni
Association and distributed free of charge Eo UBC alumni
and friends. Opinions expressed in the magazine do not
necessarily reflect the views of the Alumni Association or
the university. Address correspondence to:
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Phototographs: Getty Images J JH. O K. 1 JL Y aftet the last issue of Trek Magazine went out, I got a call from
an irate reader. She called me long distance to tell me she was appalled to find the
noun "practice" used as a verb ("I practiced law."), when the verb "practise" was the
correct word to use.
Another editor might have done an eye roll and advised the lady to get a life:
people are dying of starvation, for God's sake! Use your energy to do good!
But not me. I'm with her one hundred per cent. We chatted (on her nickel) for a
while, sharing grammatical horror stories, professing despair at the decline of the
language and renewing our determination to buck the slippage, one dangling
participle at a time. We agreed with each other about some of the more egregious
errors -mixing up "it's" and "its," using "I" instead of "me" ("She came to the
movies with Fred and I.") and the current, very popular and extremely annoying misuse of "myself" ("Please contact Fred or myself if you have any questions."). I didn't
give her "practise," though. It's one of those in-between usages that works either
way. When I'd finished the call, I felt a great relief: the world wasn't going to hell in a
handbasket after all.
GRAMMAR, FAITH AND GOOD DENTAL RECORDS
Which brings me to anothet conversation 1 had recently. My new boss, a
transplant from Stanford, came to me with some concern after looking through the
last issue. She'd tead the In Memoriam section and wondered to whom she could
refer grieving alumni if they called about friends and classmates who had died. "Is
there a Dean of Religious Life I can refer them to?"
I was flummoxed. At Stanford, it seems, there is such an individual, along with a
number of chaplins, rabbis and other religious representatives, all quite active and at
the centre of campus life. A quick look thtough the UBC campus directoty pointed
out to me that we, too, have religious representatives from multi-faiths, but I don't
think they exist quite at the centre of campus life, though I'm sure they wish they did.
I'm what I like to call a recovering Catholic: someone who lost the faith but kept
the guilt. I'm not a churchgoer, but I'm very interested in the concept of God, the
nature of faith and how people come to believe. Still, in all the years I've been at
UBC, first as a student and then as an employee, I can say that the religious life of the
campus has not made itself apparent to me. Not that I've sought it out. But neither
has it sought me.
This all coincided with a submission from an emeritus professor, Dan Overtnyer,
that makes the argument that we should abandon religions based on the idea of a
place outside this universe (ie., heaven), and embrace the spirituality that exists in the
physical world.
It must be a sign, thought 1. The piece, "The World as a Holy Place," will make
you think, and may even move you to consider a response. Please feel free to send us
one.
Elsewhere in the magazine is an atticle on Jeff Francis, currently throwing high
hard ones for the Colorado Rockies, and a look at the work of Dr. David Sweet as he
and his team tries to identify the dead after the tsunami in the South Pacific.
We hope those, along with our regular features, make up a good read for a
summer afternoon.
- Chris Petty, Editor
4 Trek Summer 2005 S«S TAKE NOTE
Martha Piper to Leave UBC
Martha Piper, UBC's nth president, has
announced that she will leave the university
in June, 2.006. Her term as president was
due to end in November, 2007.
Piper, a well-known researcher in child
development, came to UBC in 1997 after
serving as Vice President, Research at the
University of Alberta. During her term as
president, she has continued to build UBC's
reputation nationally and internationally,
and has overseen the largest construction boom in the university's history. She
developed an extensive and detailed vision
for UBC soon after her arrival, naming it
Trek 2000. It outlined five general areas that
UBC needed to focus on to become one of
the best universities in the world. The second
iteration of that vision, named Trek 2010,
maintains the five pillars but expands their
scope. In her statement, Dr. Piper said June
of next year is a good time to leave, because
by then she will have completed what she set
out to do when she assumed the presidency.
She says she has no immediate plans after
UBC.
Trek Magazine will publish an in-depth
interview with Dr, Piper, as she reflects on
her accompiishmerits at UBC, in a futute
issue.
Martha Piper (left). Ross MacGillrvray, director of the Centre for Bloods Research hopes we
can move away from blood donors by 2025.
New Blood
The Kreever Enquiry into Canada's
tainted blood scandal of the '80s and '90s
recognized the need for more blood
specialists and more research to build and
safeguard this country's supply of blood and
blood products.
The system relies largely on donation, yet
only 3.5 per cent of those citizens eligible to
give blood do so. An ageing population and
the availability of more treatments requiring
Photographs: (left) Paul Joseph, (above) Martin Dee
blood - donated or artificial - mean even
more pressure on current levels of supply.
UBC has established a new, multidisciplinary research centre in response to the situation. Funded with a $15 million grant from
the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the
Centre for Blood Research is located in the
campus' new Life Sciences Centre and puts
together researchers who were previously
dotted around campus in various faculties
and departments.
Summer Trek 2005 5 TOWARD    GLOBAL    CITIZENSHIP
TAKE NOTE
^^^^ Future historians will look back on
/'i      |^ our period as one of transition. Thanks
\J to a centuty of world wars, incredible
technological breakthroughs, the pro-
~r   ' liferation of new diseases such as aids
I  -     j. and saks, and the ability to cummuni-
Ip,   cate instantly and anywhere, societies
** ate changing in ways that we could not
have foreseen even a few decades ago.
What impact will the rapid industrialisation of Asia and the Indian
subcontinent have on the international balance of power?
Can the nations of the world find a way somehow to join
together to help Africa, a continent of vast tesources, turn
back the tavages of disease, strife and despait? Will the values of a civil society be strong enough to maintain peace in
a world where shifting alliances and competing interests ate
the norm?
»We stand on the cusp of gteat change. If we are to survive
we must be ready for that change, and able to affect it. We
need a new generation of men and women who understand
the complexities of a borderless world, and who know that
the old verities, once accepted without reservation, no longer
hold.
Our university is in a unique position to produce just such
a generation of graduates.
Our goal as an institution is to produce gtaduates who
see themselves as global citizens and who recognize that
they have a responsibility to work for the betterment of
all, whether as organizers for a local charity, engineers in a
foreign irrigation project, or health practitioners in remote
desert villages. In every faculty and department, from Fine
Arts and Social Wotk to Biochemistry and Computer Science,
we are educating our students to view their subject areas with
a broader perspective, to understand the interconnectedness
of one small part of the world to all the other parts. We are
teaching them to practice their skills in a socially conscious
way, to build a better world.
This institutional attitude is best expressed in the vision
statement from our new strategic plan, Trek 2010;
The University of British Columbia, aspiring to be one of
the world's best universities, will prepare students to become
exceptional global citizens, promote the values of a civil
and sustainable society, and conduct outstanding research
to serve the people of British Coluinbia, Canada, and the
world.
In subscribing to these values, your alma mater is attempting to play its part in helping British Columbians - indeed,
all Canadians - be prepared for the unpredictable challenges
waiting for us around the next corner. Whatever the soutce
or nature of those challenges - economic, social, or ecological
- UBC will be ready to meet them, and so will our graduates.
Martha Piper, President, The University of British Columbia
"No other research centre brings together biomedical, clinical and
social scientists with ethicists, dentists and engineers," says biochemist Ross MacGillivray, director of the centre. "The range of expertise
allows us to do a comprehensive job - to look at everything from
molecular science to social factors that influence blood donation. The
best part is being able to interact with colleagues every day." UBC
researchers also collaborate in research and training wirh other Canadian universities and the Puget Sound Blood Centre. The researchers
hope that their work will eventually allow us to move away from a
reliance on blood donors altogether, a goal they think is attainable by
202 j. They also want to improve quality and storage time and create
more artificial products.
The centre is unique and MacGillivray believes it will continue
to attract top research talent from around the world. It has already
nabbed Mark Scott away from the Albany Medical College in New
York. Scott studies immunocamouflage, a process that disguises
antigens in blood cells, making it harder for them to be detected
as foreign, and would allow the use of blood types other than the
patient's own.
Besides the grant from the cfi, the centre's work is funded by the
BC Knowledge Development Fund, Canadian Blood Services, Bayer
Inc., the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Michael Smith
Foundation for Health Research and UBC.
Goodbye, AgSci
The faculty of Agricultural Science has decided to change its name.
As of Fall, 2005, it will be known as the faculty of Land and Food
Systems.
It's probably true that the old name evoked pastoral scenes of cattle
browsing lazily in a sunny pasture, and wizened farmers, clad in overalls and chewing on a piece of straw, out standing in their fields.
But the fact is, the work done at the faculty has become far more
diverse than the simple title "Agricultural Science" can embrace.
While still strong in traditional endeavours such as plant research and
soil science, most programs and research projects have interdisciplinary collaborations with other faculties and departments from Economics and History to Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Biotechnology and
Zoology. The focus of the faculty has also shifted, partly in response
to Martha Pipet's Trek 1010 vision paper, and partly as a response
to the needs of students and the marketplace. Much of the research
now undertaken by faculty members centres around food security
and the sustainability of resources, both essential areas for the 21st
century. The faculty ptoduces graduates equipped to deal with issues
of human health, sustainable food supply and responsible use of land
and water Faculty of Land and Food Systems, the faculty feels, better
reflects this reality.
The new name came about after extensive consultations with
faculty, alumni, students, high school students, and university and
government personnel during the Spring of 2004.
6 Trek Summer 3005 UBC Graduates First Nurse Practitioners
BC's first group of nurse practitioners graduated this May with
Master of Science in Nursing degrees. They will also be the first nurse
practitioners to practice in the province.
The new designation allows nutse practitioners to provide primary
cate to patients, including diagnosing, prescribing drugs and referring
to specialists. Nurse practitioners will work independently or in collaboration with other health professionals in the community. Nurse
practitioners fill the gap between doctors and nurses in the provision
of health care.
The program accepts 15 nurses into the two-year program, and
all students hold bachelor or masters degrees in nursing. During the
program, students are expected to complete 700 hours of practical
experience during practicums at clinics, hospitals and private practices in BC.
Late to be accepted in Canada, nurse practitioners have been
working in health care in the United States for 40 years.
World Health Matters
Dr. Michael Seear believes that a truly rounded university education should include an understanding of the importance and impact
of international health issues. A professor of clinical medicine and a
pediatric respirologist at BC Children's Hospital, he is the instructor for International Health and Development, one of five programs
offered by UBC Continuing Studies as part of its new Certificate in
International Development.
Not all Seear's students have a background in health, but then it's
not only healthcare workers that have an influence on health.
"Every discipline and every profession in some way impacts on
someone's health somewhere in the world," he says. "And for every
activity we undertake, there is a medical price to pay, whether it is
due to agricultural policies or goods manufactured in sweatshops."
His course has been taken by people with diverse backgrounds including banking, education, ngo work, and engineering. The course
has a holistic approach to health. In considering ways to achieve
freedom from illness and disease, it also considers factors such as
sustainable development, access to clean water, human rights, and
security. The course provides practical insights into the different
political and social realities in which students might find themselves
working around the world, and how these may impact the effective
use of aid resources.
"What Dr. Seear's course did more than anything was to teach me
not to impose my own assumptions on other cultures," says former
student Karen Lund. "It was an eye-opener for me to discover how
much well-intentioned aid funding is wasted because those who hope
to help don't communicate well with the people receiving aid."
Dr. Seear has recently been working in Sri Lanka, providing help to
victims of the Tsunami. He and a group of other doctors funded by
the Asian Medical Doctor's Association, have set up a children's ward
in the very basic existing hospital in the east coastal village of Srila
Kalmunai. He believes that the university needs to offer a degree in
NEW    PARTNERSHIP
Few institutions in our society
garner as much affection and affiliation
from their constituents as universities do.
It's not surprising: most of us begin university when we are young and impressionable, and the experience provides us
with our initial opportunities to behave
as adults. For the first time, we get to
make our own decisions, detetmine our
own fate. Our university becomes as a
col I a bora tot in our independence.
It's no wonder, then, that many of us have strong feelings about
UBC. Sometimes those feelings are negative: the university wasn't
"there" when we needed it to come to our rescue or help us make
a decision. But most of us feel good about the place, nostalgic
even. We recently polled a significant portion of our alumni
(1,400 in a telephone survey), as asked them how they felt about
UBC. Almost 9 5 per cent wete satisfied with their undergraduate
experience at UBC, and 81 per cent would recommend UBC to a
prospective student. Amazingly, 72. per cent have visited the UBC
campus in the last year, and 91 per cent feel we do a reasonable
job of informing alumni about campus news.
The survey results, which are available on our website, www.
alumni.ubc.ca, give a good indication of what we've done well
and what we need to improve in the area of alumni relations.
But that's what we're going to do now: improve the way we
communicate to you, and increase the ways you can get involved
with UBC.
We have joined forces with the university to make this happen
because our Alumni Association can't do it alone. UBC's graduates
now number more than 200,000, so in order to reach you all and
be able to offer you access to things that might interest you, we
need more resources. And, the university is more than happy to
help because administtators know that a university's alumni arc
its most valuable asset.
In the next few yeats, you will notice more communications
from UBC in the form of Trek Magazine - we hope to deliver
three issues annually to all our members - and magazines or news-
lettets from you faculty. You will also he invited to mote events,
such as reunions, lectures and netwotking opportunities, and you
will hear and read the word "alumni" more often in the UBC
context, and not just in relation to fundraising. Alumni are first
and foremost ambassadors for the university, spreading the word
about just how good UBC is.
My term as Chair of the Alumni Association begins with this
issue of Trek Magazine. I look forward to meeting many of you
during my term and to working with Marie Earl, the staff of the
alumni affairs office, and the new Board of Directors, all of whom
are ready to take on the task of getting mote alumni involved with
UBC.
Please contact us if you have ideas or want to get involved. It's
still your university.
Marin Ertl, Bsc'93
Chair, UBC Alumni Association
Summer Trek 2005 7 TAKE NOTE
international health. "We would be the first
in the field," he says, "and it would meet
the needs for competent, aware people who
could include this with studies in theit own
discipline."
Sponging Down the Bones
Elaine of "Seinfeld" would be happy to
know that sponges are back. This time,
though, they're here to help out in surgery.
Two UBC scientists have come up with a
new method of drug delivery that will likely
improve outcomes in bone surgery. They
have developed tiny sponges that hold the
proteins, antibiotics and stem cells needed
to promote bone growth and combat infection. Bone surgeons will place the saturated
sponges in spaces around damaged or defective bone and at surgical sites to encourage
healing and the fusion of prosthetics with
bone and tissue.
Had it not been for a shrewd colleague
- familiar with both scientists' research and
sensing a natural collaboration - the two's
paths might not have crossed so soon. One
of them is Helen Burt from Pharmaceutical Sciences, who investigates drug delivery systems. She had been trying, without
much luck, to create a porous material to
deliver the growth-promoting drugs to the
site of bone injury or surgery. Sponge has
many favourable characteristics including
biodegradability, compatibility with cells
and tissue, and enough space to allow the
growth of new blood vessels.
The other scientist, Tim Durance, who
directs the Food, Nutrition and Health
program in the faculty of Land and Food
Systems, was looking for other applications
for a food dehydration technique he had
developed. His technique produces porous
materials that he knew might have applications in the medical materials field. Using
microwaves in a vacuum, liquid evaporates
from moist biological materials, but their
organic structures remain unaffected.
"The ability to make sponge from almost
any material has expanded our research ten-
Helen Burt and Tim Durance look st new ways to deliver drugs to injured bones.
fold," says Burt. "We now have a staggering
array of possibilities to test different sponge
materials and see how they work with different drug-carrying microspheres."
Durance is now creating equipment small
enough to produce material in the much
tinier quantities required for this application. The researchers will also look at other
ways they can exploit the characteristics of
sponge. The research is part of a five-year
project to create a new fixative material. The
project is funded by Canadian Institutes for
Health Research to the tune of $1.5 million.
Chips Could be Good for Your
Health
Microchips, that is. A UBC tesearcher is
stalling work on a project to develop tiny
microchips that can be placed in a patient's
body for the purpose of monitoring the levels of chemicals such as the levels of glucose
in diabetes patients, or as an internal drug-
dispensing mechanism.
Less than 2mm in size, the chips would
be independently powered, surrounded in
a material that prevents rejection, and some
would be so small and unobtrusive they
wouldn't have to be temoved after treatment.
Mu Chiao is a specialist in the area of
MicroElectro-Mechanical Systems. The applications for the chips are more than just
bio-medical - the same technology is behind
the sensory devices used in the deployment of airbags - but Chiao is excited at
the prospect of being able to use them to
improve patients' quality of life. Diabetes
patients, for example, would no longer have
to draw their own blood for glucose testing.
His research team includes specialists in
pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology and physics. "People in different fields often speak
different technical languages, but everyone
working on this project shares a passion for
creating something that will greatly improve
people's lives, and that makes the hard work
worthwhile."
"There are some big challenges that have
kept microscale medical devices from being
a viable product on the market," says Chiao.
8 Trek Summer 2005
Photograph: Martin Dee "We need to come up with a long-lasting
and reliable power source and safe packaging that allows the right kind of chemical
to go through, to enable screening."
He has already made progress in the
assembly of the devices by developing a
post-packaging frequency tuning method
that tunes them to the right frequency after
rather than during their assembly, a process that minimizes damage and maximizes
precision.
Sustainable Building
■ Take a walk around Point Grey campus
and you'll be struck by the number of construction cranes and new buildings at various stages of completion. Many of them,
such as the recently opened Life Sciences
Centre, feature state-of-the-art building
design with an emphasis on sustainability.
After all, if universities are pioneers of new
knowledge and ways of doing things, then
why not include the actual physical fabric
of the university in that role?
On the Great Northern Way Campus
(a tract of land donated to UBC, SFU,
BCIT and the Emily Carr Institute of Art
and Design by Finning International in
2001), UBC is taking that concept one step
further. The first UBC construction on the
Great Northern Way campus will be built
using the latest in sustainability technology
and will be an ongoing experiment on how
those technologies work. The Centre for
Interactive Research on Sustainability will
begin construction in the spring of next
year.
Sustainable design can produce buildings that are healthier to work in and less
expensive to construct and run. The centre
will cost $23 million, which is about what
it would cost using conventional technology, but it will use less energy during its
day-to-day operation. In fact, the aim is
for the centre to produce more energy than
it uses. And although some sustainable
systems ate expensive to install {a natural
ventilation system) they often preclude the
need for conventional systems (central air-
conditioning).
The centre is not just a project for
academics. The university has cross-sector
partners that include the City ofVancouver,
the David Suzuki Foundation, BC Hydro
and Vancity Credit Union, and will provide
new learning opportunities. The Learning
City Project, which involves researchers from
all four academic institutions on the campus,
is developing programs for all the institutions' students.
The first of these, Action and Awareness;
Focus on Urban Sustainability, will begin
this summer. It will track the development of
the 26km Central Valley Greenway running
between Science World in central Vancouver
and New Westminster Quay. Students will
be able to propose responses to real issues
arising from the Greenway construction,
for example - stakeholder opposition. "It's
the first time anyone has taken the idea
of community service learning to the level
where undergraduates could impact policy
development," says Assistant Professor Rob
Van Wynsberghe of the Institute of Health
Promotion Research, who co-designed the
course with UBC alumna Janet Moore.
"The trans-disciplinary nature of the
course - incorporating design, architecture,
geography and sustainability - allows us to
provide creative solutions to a truly complex urban development project."
How C
anY0U
Connect With a UBC Student?
Simply by picking up the phone. Every day at the UBC Call Centre, students like
Michelle Anami reach out to donors. "One of the best things anyone can receive is a chance
to become educated. As part of the fundraising phone team, I see the difference donations
make to students." By connecting with student callers, this year more than 9,500 alumni
and friends of UBC donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and bursaries,
as well as other projects around campus. So the next time your phone rings, you just might
be making a world of difference for a student like Michelle.
To find out more about supporting students, please contact the UBC Development Office.
Tel: 604-822-8900 Email: info.request@supporting.ubc.ca
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Summer Trek 2005 9 TAKE NOTE
Delivering Education
Joining Ontario and Quebec, BC is
Canada's third province to offer a degree
in Midwifery, and UBC's degree program
delivered its firstborn batch of bmw grads
this spring.
"It's very exciting to birth our first graduating class," said Elaine Carty, who directs
the program out of the department of Family Practice in the faculty of Medicine. She
completed her own midwifery training in
the States. "These are fabulous, motivated
students and are UBC's first wave of a valued part of maternity care in BC."
Already, about 2,300 births a year are
attended by the province's 120 registered
midwives, about 30 per cent of them in the
client's home. A midwife will work with the
expectant mother throughout her pregnancy and for some time after delivery. She will
not only offer care and support, but also
education so that the pregnant woman can
make informed choices. With hospital closures the need for such services, especially
in underserved rural areas, is increasing.
In addition to the theory, the bmw degree
combines many preceptorships. Students
start delivering babies during the first nine-
week placement in the second year, and in
order to graduate must have attended a
minimum of 60 births. Before setting up
their own practice, grads must work for at
least six months with an established one.
This year, the program will add practical
placements in Zambia, Mexico and Pakistan. It also seeks to strengthen cooperation
with other healthcare disciplines. "We're
finding a real appetite for interprofessional
work now and doctors are asking for
midwives to work with them - that wasn't
happening five years ago," says Carty.
The course, which intakes 10 students
per year, is proving very popular and Carty
has had to turn away about 90 per cent of
the applicants every year. The majority of
the students already hold a degree, and age
ranges from about 25 to 45.
The 1st graduates of UBC's Midwifery
program ready to face the world.
University Boulevard Plan Chosen
Two architectural firms, one from Santa
Monica, ca and one from Vancouver
teamed up to prepare the winning design
for the reconstruction of University
Boulevard.
The contract for designing University
Boulevard, which is the first place most people come to when they enter campus, was
thrown open to competition last year. Three
proposals were short-listed and displayed at
the Belkin Gallery in the early Spring, and
alumni, staff and students were invited to
come and look and vote on their favourite
design.
The winning design creates a visual axis
through the area that gives the sense of
cteative energy with open spaces and unique
buildings. The design treats the area with a
high degree of ecological respect, featuring
demonstrations of water collection and purification, areas of native grasses and trees,
and strong links to the historical campus.
The University Boulevard neighbourhood
will feature apartment housing, shops, cafes
and entertainment outlets, and will become
one of the most accessible vibrant gathering
places on campus.
For more information on the winning
design, visit www.universitytown.ubc.
ca/archcomp/exhibit_poll/teamA.php
10 Trek Summer 2005
Photograph: Martin Dee Managing Malevolent Microbes
We may think of ourselves as bigger and
smarter than any microbe, but Julian Davies considers these humble organisms to be
more than a match for us.
A Professor Emeritus in the department
of Microbiology and Immunology, who
is also scientific director of the Canadian
Bacterial Diseases Network, suggests that
we rightly worry about problems such as
infectious bacteria that become resistant
to antibiotic drugs. But he adds that the
issue is much more fundamental than the
occasional outbreak of superbugs.
"We haven't evolved in our thinking sufficiently to be able to match the microbes,"
says Davies, pointing out that they have
been around on Earth for some three billion years, or roughly 1,000 times longer
than we have.
"The microbes always have the advantage over us since they reproduce and
evolve rapidly," he adds, offering antibiotic
resistance as an example. "I would say the
human race has done pretty poorly in dealing with resistant bacteria, both in terms of
coming up with ideas or at least in trying
to contain the problem."
By way of helping our thinking evolve,
Davies assembled a panel made up of researchers who have substantially improved
our understanding of microbes. The symposium, "Microbes: The Good, The Bad,
and the Ugly," was among more than 150
distinct scientific discussions on the agenda
of the five-day meeting of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, dc earlier this year.
The association, which was founded in
1848, serves millions of researchers from
around the world, drawing thousands of
scientists and science journalists to its annual conference.
"Antibiotic resistance is a problem in
systems biology," he told this audience,
referring to important discoveries such as
the role of integrons. These mobile dna
elements can capture and carry genes
found in free-floating cassettes, which are
subsequently integrated into a bacteria's
genetic makeup.
"These are like shopping carts," Davies
explains, portraying the natural environment as a generous warehouse where bacterial species pick and choose what works
best for them. This environment, which
microbiologists call the resistome, can
include a simple patch of dirt or a wastewater sludge pond. Either setting can serve as
a genetic big box store where integrons can
find new resistance genes.
Davies dubs this kind of sophisticated
interaction genetic jugglery, and it is part of
the reason he has remained interested in the
subject of microbes and antibiotic resistance
since beginning post-doctoral work in the
field at Harvard Medical School in the early
1960S.
Since then, advances in molecular biology
and innovations such as highly efficient
polymerase chain reaction techniques have
made it possible to study the many genes
responsible for antibiotic resistance in
hospitals and the environment. Some 300 of
these genes have already been identified, he
observes, "and they keep coming."
Davies suggests that strains of bacteria
completely resistant to all available antibi
otics are still relatively few and far between.
The appearance of resistant strains, however disconcerting, can usually be controlled
with some antibiotics that are currently
available to us.
That said, he cautions that we still have
good reason to seek out new drugs, even if
that search turns out to be long and hard.
Genomic sequencing and high throughput
screening methodology were expected to
make this process easier and more productive, but the microbes continue to hold the
upper hand.
"Hundreds of millions of dollars were
put into modern approaches to antibiotic
discovery over the past six or seven years
and it's failed miserably," says Davies.
"Nothing came out of it." - submitted by
Tim Lougheed
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that will then infect the cell. But how this
syringe is formed, and what might be done to
stop it forming in the first place, is the subject
of much research.
Natalie Strynadka, associate professor of
Biochemistry, has taken a huge step toward
solving this puzzle.
Until now, researchers had only a vague
idea of what the syringe looked like.
Strynadka and grad student Calvin Yip have
presented a high resolution image of the base
of this syringe, preparing rhe way for the
development of drugs designed specifically to
stop the syringe-building process.
"If you can block this step, infection cannot proceed," says Strynadka. "It's the foundation upon which all the rest of the syringe
assembles. This is the first time someone has
been able to get detailed information about
this system."
Without a clear understanding of the way
the mechanism works, researchers have been
unable to interrupt the process that results,
ultimately, in much sickness and death. With
this new imagery, researchers can analyze
both the process of the syringe and the affect
various compounds have in retarding it, with
much greater clarity, thereby speeding the
discovery of a disabling drug.
Strynadka reckons that this ultimate discovery is five to io years away.
Research SS Flow to Social Sciences
UBC investigators have secured $6.5 million in federal research support for 73 social,
economic and cultural research projects,
earning them second place among Canadian
universities for funding garnered in the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada (SSHRC) annual grants competition.
The council granted a total of $81.6 million to 981 research projects at 77 Canadian
universities and colleges. Top spot went to
the University of Toronto, which gained $9.2
million for 111 projects. The University of
Montreal ranked third with $6.3 million to
support 72 projects.
Grad Student Calvin Yip and Prof. Natalie
Strynadka (below) have developed a high
resolution image of the mechanism deadly
bugs use to infect healthy cells.
UBC investigations funded by sshrc
include:
• Robert Van Wynsberghe, assistant professor at the Institute of Health Promotion
Research, to explore how mega-events, such
as the 2.010 Olympic Games, can positively
impact the health and sustainability of a city
and its citizens.
• English professor Jerry Wasserman, to
study the dynamics between Canadian theatre and American power.
• Josie Geller, associate professor of psychiatry, to research the most effective role family
and friends can play in supporting someone
with an eating disorder, especially if the person is not ready for treatment.
• Political science professor Richard Johnston, to analyze whether ethnic diversity
and multiculturalism erode support for the
welfare state in Canada and other western
democracies.
• Thomas Heilman, associate professor at
Sauder School of Business, to clarify how
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Summer Trek 2005 13 ■
BY DAN   OVt'RMYER
THE WORLD
A HOLY PLACE
ie natural
world has long provided humanity with
metaphors for social structure and sacred
expression. Native Notth American myths,
for instance, point to the sacredness of
the earth as the basis for social life. Some
Chinese traditions maintain that social order
is derived from nature: the patterns of the
universal life force, <yt, in Yin and yang, the
four seasons, the structure of the landscape
and the order of the stars and planets. The
core insight of these old views is that humans are connected to all other forms of life,
that we are a part of the whole of things.
Modern writers such as Thoreau, Whitman,
Muir and Abbey, among others, tell us that
our relationship with nature is our most
basic reality.
Contemporary science - biology, paleontology, physics, astronomy - provides this
idea with a factual foundation. What may
once have been seen as vague nature mysticism defines, in fact, the way things really
are, and provides an in-depth understanding
of the truth about our own existence. It
makes it possible to find the sacred and a
sense of transcendence within the physical
universe, to see this world as a holy place.
14 Trek Summer 2005 Photograph: Getty Images
Summer Trek 2005 15 A HOLY PLACE
Most of today's dominant religious traditions, however, point beyond the natural
world to a place outside out universe to define what is sacred. Ancient Indian thinkers
understood that the universe was vast, but
neithet they nor the composers of myrh
and theology in other traditions could have
imagined that the universe is 14 billion
years old and vast, with millions of galaxies
and billions of stars. Nor could they have
imagined how the universe developed, how
the sun and earth were formed and how life
began to evolve, or how different strands
of proto-humans developed with several
extinctions until our own species appeared
just 100,000 years ago.
Given their limited knowledge, the
ancient thinkers defined a sacred dimension
beyond the troubles of life and death. In
Mahayana Buddhism, for example, ordinary people turned for aid and inspiration
to many powerful Buddhas and bodhi-
sattvas, symbols of a transcendent wisdom
and peace beyond the earthly sufferings of
im permanence and death, a world the pious
have sought to escape.
In the monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, people have
long been taught to believe in a creator god
who is transcendent and all-powerful, but
who still is concerned with humans and
available to them in worship and prayer.
All these traditions locate the sacred, the
ultimate meaning of life, in an unchanging
dimension that exists beyond the physical
world. They gave people hope in both life
and death, and personified deities to serve
as models for their own lives. They provided moral teachings, patterns of proper
behaviour for long-term social justice,
peace and survival. These moral teachings
have been seen as rooted in the will of God
or the wisdom of the Buddha, revealed in
sacred texts as social expressions of a transcendent order.
Nonetheless, in the light of what we
now know about the history of life and the
universe, the foundations of these tradi
tional beliefs are no longer valid. This is
particularly so in their conviction that an
unchanging, absolute dimension of reality
- heaven, or its equivalent - exists beyond
the natural univetse. There is simply no
scientific evidence that such an unchanging
dimension could exist. In fact, from the
"big bang" 14 billion years ago to now,
everything in the universe has been in a state
of constant change, including the stars and
galaxies themselves, which go through cycles
of birth and death, coalescing from clouds
of gas, burning for billions of years, then
fading out or exploding in novae, to produce
clouds of gas and debris from which new
stars can form. We have worked out patterns
of probability for these events, but no laws
as they are conventionally understood. They
happen through chance and circumstance
in an enormously complex way, depending
on the life spans of thermonuclear reactions
and collisions between stars and galaxies.
The earth itself coalesced from clouds of gas,
then was bombarded for millions of years by
comets and asteroids to arrive at its present
- and still changing - condition.
Chance and circumstance also determined the development of life on earth, beginning with the possibility that some organic
molecules came here from space with the
colliding asteroids and comets. Forms of life
on earth have been almost wiped out several
times due to volcanic eruptions, ice ages and
asteroid impacts, including one, 65 million
years ago, that threw up so much dust and
debris that the dominant life form of the
time, dinosauts, could no longer survive.
Among the forms of animals that survived
were small primitive mammals which, freed
of competition with dinosaurs, evolved into
our ancient mammal ancestors and gave us
the chance to exist.
The only constant factors in all of this
have been chance and change: chance that
determines which of thousands of sperm will
fertilize the egg that happens to be available
at the right time to produce a particular
individual; change that happens constantly
in the trillions of cells that make up our bodies. As the Chinese philosopher Zhuangzl
understood 2400 years ago, "everything will
change of itself, that is certain."
At the deepest levels there has never been
anything but change, which means that
change is how things really are. Hence, there
is no point in looking for some unchanging
dimension somewhere else, and no possibility
of finding it. It is an illusion created by fear of
our own change and death.
This is contrary to thousands of years of
well-intended teachings, but it need not be
a cause for despair. Acceptance of change
can bring us back to our real nature and our
deep connection with everything else in the
universe. As some forms of Chinese Buddhist
philosophy realized centuries ago, the process
of change is itself the absolute, a realization
that can bring a deep sense of joy. Even before
that, the old Yijing put it well; "Change: that
is the unchangeable."
Human societies change constantly as
well. Migrations of peoples, disease, warfare,
struggles for power and justice, and personal
ambitions ensure that nothing stays static
for long. Nevertheless, some things in natute
change so slowly that they are perceived as
permanent: stellar constellations, the arcs traced by the sun, moon and planets, the changes
of the seasons, the locations of mountains and
seas all seem unchanging. Ancient civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China and
elsewhere thought these things proved that
order and constancy were natural conditions and applied them to human society and
government. In this way social rules were understood as expressions of cosmic order. This
is understandable, because it is hatd to build
a stable social order on a vision of constant
change. We sense this same need in our own
social, economic and political institutions and
in our own lives and families.
There is, however, an inherent danger in
this perspective. Social institutions that may
have been appropriate at one time may become instruments of control and oppression if
carried on unchanged. We need to remember
that in the long term nature just is. Our faulty
perceptions of its patterns do not provide cosmic justification for our social traditions. We
need to maintain some form of stable social
structure without letting it become rigid and
oppressive.
16 Trek Summer 2005 This same understanding applies to religious traditions, which attempt to stop time
and change with claims that they are based
on a self-defined, absolute and unchanging
dimension of reality. But in fact there is only
one world and one reality, and we are in it
and part of it. These traditions of authority
from beyond the world have made some
useful contributions, but they have also led
to a terrible self-righteousness that justifies
attacks on other traditions and people. These traditions also divert attention away from
preserving life and the world, and focus it on
concerns produced by their own imaginations, long solidified by tradition.
We know that our universe is even more
complex and beautiful than ancient seers
could have possibly imagined. It was not
created for us, but somehow, against all
odds, we have appeared within it, which
is an incomparable wonder and mystery.
Though science is discovering new planets
around other stars, we are, as far as we
know now, the only beings capable of fully
developed speech and abstract, analytical
thought in this universe. That means we, for
better or worse, are the mind of the universe.
There is no other. Our responsibility is to
think on behalf of the world, as the Confucian philosopher Wang Yangming realized
500 years ago:
"We know then, in all that fills heaven
and earth there is but this clear intelligence ... My clear intelligence is the master of
heaven and earth and spiritual beings. If
heaven is deprived of my clear intelligence, who is going to look into its height? If
earth is deprived of my clear intelligence,
who is going to look into its depth?"
We do not yet understand in detail how
the amazing development of human consciousness took place, but it is based on the fact
that we are made, literally, of star dust. In
sober reality, we are cosmic beings.
We humans have a col our-detecting
pigment in our eyes called rhodopsin, which
has also been found in algae, one of the
most primitive plants. This means that we
are genetically related to algae and to every
other form of life that has evolved since
algae appeared long ago, and reminds us
that this wot Id is the source of our lives. It
is our only home. The one absolute truth
we should all be able to agree on is that
everything we know or can know depends
on this world for its existence. It is irrelevant
that the world was not created specifically
for us, because the marvellous fact is that we
are here anyway, to think, work and enjoy.
With this in mind, we must think again
about ethics in an attempt to clarify practical rules for living in a universe of constant
change, and do it without mystification,
without recourse to a supposed realm
of authority beyond the world. Chinese
Confucian philosophers came close to doing
this, but they still postulated a permanent
principle of order, /;', that is present both in
the universe and in us, an idea similar to the
old Greek and Hellenistic concept of logos,
the rational principle of all things. European
philosophers like Hume and Kant have tried
to base ethics on reason alone.
For us, however, the place to begin is our
intimate connection with the impermanent,
changing universe and all its forms of life.
As the Ma hay an a Buddhists realized long
ago, this shared im permanence provides the
basis for an ethic of universal compassion
through identification with the "sufferings
of all beings." We are all travelling together,
we are all genetically related and dependent
on each other for survival. From this we can
build on the principle that "good" is what
protects and fosters life and the earth, and
"bad" is what damages and destroys rhem.
We can build a modern structure of ethics
on this foundation, while selecting the best
from the ethical traditions of the past, such
as Jewish justice, Christian love, Buddhist
compassion and Confucian righteousness.
All human traditions are our heritage, and
we have the right and obligation to learn
from them.
Finally, what does all this mean for ideas
about god and death? We no longer have
to choose between a traditional idea of god
and a completely secular point of view. We
do not need to remain trapped in the false
dichotomy between faith and nihilism. We
can find a sacred dimension in this world
itself.
Those who still want to talk about god
can do so, as long as their discussion takes
into account the way the world really is.
Theologians such as Vancouver's own Sallie
McFague are already operating at this level.
They might consider god as either a personified symbol of the sacred dimension in the
world, or that he/she is limited in knowledge
and power, struggling, making mistakes,
learning as the universe unfolds. In other
words, a god that is also part of change. For
Christians, the image of Jesus suffering and
dying could provide a start.
A determined theist might still see god
behind the beauty and complexity of life,
in which case the universe would be a
vast experiment. But perhaps adopting the
simpler interpretation of the cosmic Dao or
Way might be the better direction, humble
and unobtrusive, but the source and order
of all life, present in us and the universe at
the same time.
As to death, it can be a terrible thing,
particularly if family or friends die young,
violently or unjustly. We are fortunate if we
share close and loving relationships to help
bear the pain. But in a larger perspective
death has always been a natural part of life,
and necessary for the process of evolution.
Zhuangzi was way ahead of us in his statement, "Therefore, the reason why I appreciate life, is because I also appreciate death."
We all want to stay alive as long as possible,
but whatever immortality we have will depend on our family and friends and on what
we contribute to the ongoing flow of life
and knowledge. To Confucian philosophers,
the options were either to "leave behind a
fragrance for a hundred generations, " 01 to
"leave a stench for 10,000 years." Those are
our options now as well. The choice is ours
to help make this precious world a better
place. ■
Dan Overmyer is Professor Emeritus, Chinese Thought and Religion, Department of
Asian Studies and Distinguished Associate
Member of the Centre for Chinese Research
at UBC. Readers are invited to comment on
this and other articles in Trek Magazine by
contacting the editor.
Summer Trek 2005 17  BY GARY LIBMAN
staring down the dream
A curve ball, some smarts and a great arm.
Jeff Francis takes his game to the big show.
For three years Jeff Francis studied physics at the University of
British Columbia. Then the honor student left school to become self
educated - not in the traditional sense but on the baseball diamond.
Instead of reading Aristotle or pondering the theory of relativity,
Francis sought to understand every tick of his pitching motion, prompted by a $1.85 million (US) signing bonus from the Colorado Rockies.
Once he undetstands, the payoff could be even greater. The Rockies
believe that the youthful-looking, six-foot, five-inch Francis, 2,4, could
metamorphose from a pitcher of tremendous promise into a star.
Understanding his pitching motion is important, says Rockies' pitching coach Bob Apodaca, because each pitch leaves signs. "They tell you
stories," he says sitting in the Rockies dugout before a recent game in
Los Angeles. "If you get a certain rotation on the curve ball, you've got
to be able to read that and say, 'this is what's causing that rotation and
this is what I need to do to correct it.'"
"That's what great pitchers do. They have learned their minds and
their bodies. Jeff is starting to read the signs. Is he there yet? No. But
he's learning. He's becoming his own pitching coach out there."
Francis pursues a steep learning curve of necessity. The lanky left
hander, who left UBC and signed his bonus contract in June, 2002,
rocketed through the minor leagues and reached the Rockies only 26
months later in August, 2004. He appreciates the speedy ascent, but
knows he has lots to prove.
"The major leagues," he says two hours before the recent game in
Los Angeles, "are everything you hope they ate and more. The big
stadiums. The perfect field surfaces. The fans. The crowd noise. And
off the field, the hotels, the first class travel and the money. I don't even
know what the per diem meal money is, but it's a lot.
"But at any time," he continues, sitting in the dugout in an almost
empty stadium, "if you're not performing, they can send you down.
There's an urgency knowing that I haven't accomplished everything
that I need to. I need to prove that I can succeed on this level."
While ttying to prove himself, Francis has become one of 17 Canadians playing major league baseball. That compares to 13 last season
- the highest number of Canadians in the major leagues since 1884
according to Scott Crawford, director of operations at the Canadian
Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary's, Ontario.
Among current Canadian players, the largest group comes from
British Columbia. They include Pittsburgh outfielder Jason Bay
(Ttail), the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year; St. Louis outfielder Larry Walker (Maple Ridge), Minnesota first baseman Justin
Morneau (New Westminster), Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster
(Sechelt) and Oakland pitcher Rich Harden (Victoria).
There is some debate among experts about whether it is harder
for Canadian players than US players to be noticed and signed, but
experts agree that outstanding players such as Francis will be found.
"If you're good, they'll find you," says Crawford of the Canadian
Baseball Hall of Fame.
Says Greg Hopkins, the scout who signed Francis for the Rockies:
"Jeff is there because he's one of the best players in the world. He
could have been in Nova Scotia or Iceland and you were going to see
that kid. Canada is looked at and scouted just like any other area. It's
no secret. We know where kids are playing."
Francis agrees with this assessment. "I had to go to the Alaskan
summer league to raise eyebrows and get the opportunity to be
drafted in the first round," he says. "But [if I hadn't gone co Alaska] I
still would have been drafted."
Francis adds that once players get signed, everyone is on a level
playing field.
Says Crawford of the Canadian Hall of Fame: "Statistically it's
Photos: courtesy Colorado Rockies
Summer Trek 2005 19 been proven that the percentage of
drafted Canadian and American
players who reach the major leagues
is about the same. It's about 6% for
both groups. It also seems to take
about the same amount of time to
get to the major leagues, from what
we can tell."
Hopkins says that if a Canadian
athlete has not played as much as
an American, "it might take a little
longer in the minors to catch up, but
on the other hand, I like these guys better.
You see the kid from California and pretty
much what you see is what you get. But a
kid from Canada or the northwestern US
has a much higher ceiling on their development curve, and to me, that's very exciting.
There's a higher risk, higher reward with
those guys because they haven't played as
much. But if it clicks, man, look out!"
Hopkins, now scouting for the Pittsburgh
Pirates, adds that careers of recently signed
Canadian players can be slowed by visa
problems. "Since 9/11 the Canadian kids
are way behind the eight ball," he says.
"Only a specific number of work visas are
issued. Typically they are spoken for by mid
January and February and the baseball draft
isn't until June. That doesn't necessarily put
a damper on seeing kids, but getting them
into the game is tougher."
Francis had no visa problems because he
signed and obtained a work visa before the
Homeland Security Act took effect.
His readiness to cross the border and play
professional baseball increased because he
took steps to maximize his talent.
At North Delta Secondary High School
Francis realized that Canadian youngsters
played less baseball than those in the US.
So he joined Vancouver's Premier Baseball
League and played about 100 games each
summer.
Despite these efforts, no major college
recruited him seriously. So he attended UBC
and became the career record holder in wins
(25), earned run average (2.36), complete
games (13) and shut outs (7).
"The experience was invaluable in every
way," he says. "I'd encourage anybody in
Jeff is there because he's one of
the best players in the world.
He could have been in Nova
Scotia or Iceland and you were
going to see that kid. Canada is
looked at and scouted just like
any other area. It's no secret.
We know where kids are playing,'
the position I was in to do the same thing. I
can't remember a time that I felt that I wasn't
getting the most out of it, that I could, academically, athletically or socially. The people I
met and the relationships with other guys on
the team were great. I still talk to some guys
on the team really often." In fact, he works
out with the UBC team when he's in town,
and has hosted a few of his ex-teammates at
functions in Denver.
Francis also keeps in touch with his UBC
coach, Terry McKaig, the man generally credited with developing the Thunderbird team
into the top competitor it is today.
While at UBC he took another step to
extract the most from his abilities, pitching
in the summer of 2001 for Anchorage in the
Alaska Baseball League. "I had success that
people didn't expect me to have," he says. "I
turned some heads."
After that success the Rockies picked him
ninth in the first round of the June, 2002,
draft.
"In high school he was a skinny kid who
didn't throw very hard," says Hopkins. "He
had a below average fast ball that was way
off the radar. But he stuck with it and he
could always throw strikes. Once he got
stronger and grew into his body, he developed."
Although matured, Francis' success
depends on intelligence as much as physical
attributes. "I don't try to be a power guy and
blow the ball past the hitters," he says. "My
strength is to try to think my way through it
and throw the right pitch at the right time."
His ability to think has helped regularly,
because professional baseball has been a
learning experience.
"I wasn't ready to pitch in the big leagues
right away like a lot of college players are,"
Francis says. "I was a bit of a raw pitcher going on things I kind of picked up myself."
Understandably, he struggled at the start
of his second professional season in 2003.
"That helped me keep things in perspective," he says. "There were steps to be taken
along the way. Getting to the major leagues
is not just one big step."
But midway through the 2003 season his
development cascaded. In 37 starts from
July, 2003, to August, 2004, Francis compiled a 26-4 record and a 1.81 earned run
average in three increasingly difficult levels
of minor league competition. That earned a
promotion to the Rockies.
"I don't know what caused the turnaround," he says. "I don't think it was a
light switch thing. While I was struggling I
remained confident, and when I got on a roll
I tried to keep doing the things I was doing."
Says Colorado Manager Clint Hurdle:
"He just jumped out and got our attention."
With the Rockies he again began slowly,
losing his first two starts. "Everything was so
big," he says. "I kind of got ahead of myself.
I tried to do things too quickly. I was getting
over excited and rushing a bit."
But he adjusted and won three consecutive
decisions to finish the season 3-2.
"He's a competitor," says Rockies pitching
coach Apodaca. "He pitches probably at his
best when his best is needed - that's when
there are men on base. He gets men on base
because he's trying to overdo and loses the
most important thing a pitcher does, and
that is to locate the ball.
"He's going through so much on-the-job
training having to learn against the toughest
competition in the world - people who are
geared to exploit mistakes.
"I see him pitching and I see what he
could be, and he's coming very close to being
what he can on a consistent basis.
"He's got a good head on his shoulders.
He learns a lot and he learns quickly. That's
what aptitude is: the ability to put into action what you just learned." ■
Gary Libman is a Los Angeles writer.
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On December 26, 2004, while the tsunami
slammed into the coasts of Southeast Asia,
a graduate student in Vancouver worked
through the night at the Bureau of Legal
Dentistry (bold) lab at UBC. At 4 a.m. the
phone rang. The student received the news
of the tragic event from the rcmp who were
looking for Dr. David Sweet, a world-renowned forensic dentist. The earthquake
created enough energy to boil 150 litres
of water for every person on earth, which
translated into a tsunami that cut a path of
destruction leaving 300,000 people dead
or missing. The number of unidentifiable
persons would be of a magnitude not seen
before.
By 6 a.m. Dr. Sweet was working the lines
to enlist members of the Disaster Victim
Identification (dvi) team into action. "We
perceived a need," says Dr. Sweet, lifting his
hands off the cafe table to emphasize his
point. "And we wanted to fill it the Canadian way."
In keeping with another fine Canadian
tradition, Dr. Sweet's worldwide reputation
as a leader in forensic odontology is relatively unknown at home despite being one of
the only practicing odontologists in Canada.
Odontology is the science of victim identification using dental charts and estimating
factors such as age, lifestyle and socio-economic background through growth patterns
and tooth condition. The most resilient
body tissues are teeth and bones. The field
includes bitemark analysis - the evaluation
of dental impressions on soft surfaces, most
commonly the skin. Dr. Sweet estimates that
about 80 per cent of violent ctimes involving physical contact, such as rape, sexual
assault, homicide and physical abuse involve
biting.
Youthful and fit, with a healthy sense of
black humour ("an occupational hazard,"
he says), Dr. Sweet was the driving force
Real-life CSI research
leads a UBC forensic dentist
to Thailand to help identify
tsunami victims.
behind the Bureau of Legal Dentistry lab at
UBC. bold is Canada's first facility devoted
exclusively to police work, research and instruction in the use of forensic dentistry for
crime investigation and prosecution, bold
opened in 1996 with a $500,000 grant from
the BC government, creating the only odontology lab in the world that analyses teeth
and bones using dna testing. The Faculty of
Dentistry provides salaries, secure space and
administrative support. Besides research,
bold also educates and creates awareness
among dentists around the world by offering courses in forensic odontology, courses
that Dr. Sweet designed and delivers.
"Much of forensic dentistry has never
really put science into it and it therefore
lacks objective methods of analysis," says
Dr. Sweet, who admits to a lifelong fascination with puzzle solving. These scientific
methods, something Dr. Sweet and his team
at the Bold lab adhere to, create a level of
confidence to draw conclusions based on
science.
Dr. Sweet graduated from UBC's Faculty
of Dentistry in 1978 and moved to Cranbrook, BC where he ran a quiet dental
practice so he could spend time with his
family and enjoy the leisurely outdoot
recreational activities the area had to offer.
But despite the tranquility of life in the East
Kootenays, he missed the city and jumped at
the opportunity to join the Faculty of Den-
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tistry fulltime in 1984. Since then, he has put
UBC and Canada on the forensic odontology
map. Dr. Sweet is known internationally for
three methods that have advanced the field of
forensic odontology: the double swab technique, which was developed to increase swabs
and is affectionately known as "Sweet Swabbing"; computer-based bite analysis, known
as "The Sweet Spot"; and cryogenic tissue
preparation, which involves the extraction of
dna from teeth by using liquid nitrogen to
keep the tissue cold and brittle so it shatters
when pulverized and the resulting powder
is analyzed. This third method is known as
"The Sweet Tooth."
Sweet's innovations and research in
forensic odontology have been featured in
the mainstream media such as the Discovery
Channel, Patricia Cornwell novels, the tv
series "Cold Case" and, of course, "csi."
Despite a tight schedule full of guest lectures and workshops, casework and teaching
responsibilities, Dr. Sweet is generous with
his time, especially when it comes to putting
his odontology knowledge to work - the
bigger the challenge, the better. As a result,
he has been called as an expert witness for
cases ranging from the missing women in
Vancouver's downtown eastside to identifying victims in war torn Yugoslavia, the
Swiss Air crash, and the Ogoni Nine in Nigeria, where he helped identify eight of nine
victims found in a mass grave. He helped
identify the missing after the 9/11 attack,
where more than 42,000 mitochondrial
samples existed to identify 3,000 missing
victims. Even though only a small number
of the victims were identified, the experience
was a learning one. Dr. Sweet developed two
courses in disaster victim identification now
offered through bold: Disaster Dentistry
and Operation dent-io. More importantly,
these lessons helped him in Phuket, Thailand
in response to the tsunami.
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"We're learning so much from disasters,"
says Sweet, tanned from his most recent trip
to Thailand several days ago. "We learn something new in every case, big or small. Learning
to work with the international community is
key. And we're overcoming logistical issues
that range from cell phones and languages to
communicating in another culture and having
people away from home for extended periods
of time."
Sweet's experience enabled him to pull the
dvi team together quickly. One of his main
challenges was to gather dental records before
going to Thailand. He anticipated problems
getting them there quickly, since the country
was in turmoil and chaos after the tsunami.
To avoid the problem of records being lost or
damaged in transit, he scanned them at a high
resolution, created a password-only website
at bold and uploaded them so workers in
Thailand could access them immediately. This
technological feat was accomplished within
24 hours and it inspired the German and
Swedish teams to do the same.
"Everyone has come together to make a
difference," he says. "That's what's happening
now. Everyone is working together, regardless
of nationality."
The dvi team has maintained a rotation of
two forensic dentists through Phuket every
three weeks since the tsunami. Foreign Affairs
Devastation: Remains of the dead and the
detritus of tourism echo the horror of the
tsunami's power.
Canada extended the team's stay in Phuket
until September, when they will re-evaluate
the need.
In Phuket, Dr. Sweet's dvi team works at
the Information Management Centre and
at Site 2., where the remains of the tsunami
victims have been gathered.
At the Information Centre, the team works
with records of missing individuals sent from
home countries, comparing them to records
taken from the remains of tsunami victims.
Comparing these data helps establish identity with a high degree of certainty. The team
also works with postmortem data they themselves develop at Site 2 from the remains of
victims for whom no previous information
is available. These profiles suggest age, race
and other characteristics that might aid in
matching the remains to a particular individual. All the data is entered into a computer
and assigned a unique number.
"We have to reconcile the differences with
the computer matches," says Dr. Sweet, "and
bring the records together from ante- and
postmortem data and see if there is a match."
Sweet points out that the computer does
not generate a positive identification. "You just
can't manually go through 4,000 dental records
on one data base and compare that list against
2,800 bodies," he says. "It's an impossibility.
The computer sorts it and generates a shortlist
of reasonable close matches. We identify which
one is the right person, based on odontology
methods."
Those odontology methods include physically
examining the bodies of the "missing souls,"
a job that takes place at the postmortem site.
Site 2 is a large, mobile hospital donated by
Norway where thousands of unidentified bodies
are stored in refrigerated reefers. Here, forensic
dentists put on Tyvek suits in too% humidity
and +40C heat and work long days performing
autopsies to confirm an identification match.
They work from the shortlist generated by the
computer program and the package of antemor-
tem data sent from the Information Management Centre, and re-examine the body to create
postmortem data and confirm the match.
"From a personal view, the ultimate goal is to
create an identification match," he says. "You
smile and get a warm feeling knowing that this
is the match you've been searching for. You feel
a sense of completion and satisfaction. But the
most important goal is to get this information
back to the family so they can then begin to
come to terms with their loss."
Once notified of a positive identification,
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the family can decide what to do with the
remains. Some repatriate the missing soul,
while others make special requests to have it
cremated. Dr. Sweet speaks proudly of how
the Canadian team left their duties one afternoon to honour one such individual.
"We went to a Buddhist monastery and
put the body in the crematorium and had a
nice ceremony. The next morning the rcmp
went back to collect the ashes and we went
out in a boat and spread the ashes across
the water, off Phuket, as per the deceased
families' request," he says shaking his head.
"It was just an incredible experience."
Since most forensic work involves work
in a lab, most people in the field do not deal
directly with families of friends of victims. In
Phuket the experience is much different.
"For the past six months I've helped the
police through provincial dental associations so that my team and 1 know the missing
souls' dental records by heart. We have a
strong connection to them," he says.
The tsunami has taught Dr. Sweet a number of valuable lessons for the future of bold
and his dvi teams. He has been introduced
to cutting-edge technology like the Digital x-
ray Generator, a lightweight handheld x-ray
machine that runs on a 14 volt battery and
can take x-rays in the field, an unprecedented innovation.
He has learned that as a Canadian he had
to be respectful of Buddhist customs and
rituals that are dear to the people of Thailand.
Understanding cultural differences, he says,
not only shows respect for the country but
also ensured that any miscommunication faux
pas could be avoided that might otherwise
hinder their work.
Dr. Sweet has also learned the value of good
accommodations, food, music, and diversions
for his team to relax each day.
"Our people didn't want to leave at the end
of the day, they are so passionate about their
work," he says. "They know they're doing
something that matters. But they need to decompress and get out of the situation, if only
for a few hours."
Despite the enormous need and success
of Dr. Sweet's forensic team in Phuket, he
returns to UBC from each tour of duty to face
enormous funding uncertainties that keep him
removed from his research most of the time.
He spends the majority of his time canvassing
support, and estimates that bold needs at
least $750,000 to stay in operation.
"1 spend more time searching for funding
rather than doing research," he says with mote
than a hint of frustration. "I wish I could
spend more time with my belly at the bench."
bold charges a fee for its casework, but the
lab's insufficient funding makes it nearly im
possible to keep up with current technology
or to hire adequate staff. The lab is limited
to one case per week, which is not enough
to raise the money bold needs.
Casework pays some of the bills, but the
research does not. Traditional science does
not support death research, so applying
for funds and grants is difficult. Yet it's his
research that garners worldwide acclaim
and brought him to Thailand to identify
the missing. Since forensic odontology falls
under "science" Dr. Sweet cannot patent it,
nor would he want to.
"As a scientist, when I develop something
I want to get it out there and share it so justice can be served," he says. "It's a sad fact:
I'm in a business but not as a researcher,"
he says.
But in the end, Dr. Sweet understands that
no price can be put on serving justice and
restoring dignity to unidentified souls, particularly in Thailand where the devastation
is indescribable and the remaining unsolved
cases are the most difficult. "Normally we
focus on the science, but in this situation
the reality is you're dealing with thousands
of loved ones. This makes the process more
human and puts so much of what we do
into perspective." ■
John Vigna is a Vancouver writer.
Summer Trek 2005 25 UBC's thriving Co-operative
Education Program grew out
of a 1970s pilot program to
bring more women into male
dominated occupations.
It soon became clear that both genders
would benefit from relevant work experience and UBC's official co-op program began in earnest in 1980. Most of those early
placements were in Science and Engineering fields, but over 25 years, the program
has expanded to include the faculties of
Forestry, Commerce, and Arts.
More than 1,300 students took co-op
placements this year, making the program
the second largest in BC after UVic's and
the fastest growing over the past five years.
In the beginning, the program struggled
to find students to place. Now, there's a
waiting list and a comprehensive screening process. Students only enter the co-op
program after completing their second year
of Study, which means they have already
grasped the fundamentals of their subject
areas. Employers can access desirable skills
from among the cache of co-op students,
and the four or eight-month work terms
give them ample opportunity to screen students as potential full-time employees. It's
very much a two-way street, and students
also assess employers along the way
The program placed about 200 students
in international sites, and one of the Coop Program's main strategic goals is to
substantially expand on that figure. "The
idea of producing global citizens is part of
the university's vision and the program is a
powerful way to give students international
experiences," says Arts Co-op Director
Julie Walchli, who has just returned from
trip to Asia visiting students and seeking
new employers. "It would be ideal if every
student had one international co-op term.
That's one of our long-term goals. We're on
our way."
BY VANESSA CLARKE
Engineering Co-op Alumnus/Employer
Jerry Lum BAsc'85
of David Nairne and Associates
When Jerry Lum was an engineering student
25 years ago, he was more conscientious
about work experience than many of his
peers. "Most of my class mates went off to
Europe during the summers to lie on the
beaches, but I wanted to work to know what
the profession was like," he says. So he joined
the Engineering Co-op program, then in its
infancy.
Now head of the Structural Engineering
department at David Nairne and Associates,
Lum has been taking on UBC co-op students
for the past five years and is impressed at
how the program has evolved since his own
student days.
"Employers were reluctant to hire co-op
students back then. I found it hard to find
placements in structural engineering and I
spent my co-op terms mainly with municipal
governments," he says. These days, however,
with a shortage of qualified professionals
in the field and a much-expanded co-op
program, the benefits of hiring co-op students
have become more widely apparent.
Although he and his colleagues had some
initial concern that students would take up
too much time, Lum was pleasantly surprised. "We've had bright, articulate, capable
and hard-working students. It takes some
time to get them up to speed, but after a couple of months we find them very productive.
And it's a pre-employment trial at no risk."
Co-op students make up at least 10 per
cent at the firm and are treated as an integral
part of the team. "We train them and guide
them through each step of the project," says
26 Trek Summer 2005 Lum. "We don't want them to sit at a desk
and draw. We get them out into the field,
make sure they don't fall off the roof, get
them to look at suppliers, draw for architects, design, do computer work. We try
and give them as broad a background as
possible for two reasons - to see how they
perform and to give them an idea of what is
involved in the profession."
The firm's philosophy is to support the
industry and the profession and the Co-op
Program provides a means of contributing
to the field. "We can't hire all of our co-op
students, and maybe some of them will
become our competitors, but I'd rather have
a high-quality competitor than an untrained
competitor because it really affects the
industry," says Lum. "I want to see how
our firm can help raise the standards of our
profession."
Arts Co-op Student
Darin Wong
4th year political Science student
"A lot of arts student, me included, are
unsure of what to do after their degrees,"
says Political Science student Darin Wong.
"The Co-op program gives them experience
and beefs up their resumes." His own three
co-op placements have given him a valuable
variety of experience in terms of both work
tasks and environments.
The first of these was with United Way,
where he spent most of his time out in the
field acting as a liaison between the organization and the companies that run its
campaigns. The second was with a smaller
non-profit agency, the Adoptive Families
Association of BC, which provides support for families wishing to adopt children
from Canada or overseas. Here he was the
communications assistant and spent mote
of his time in the office interacting with his
immediate colleagues.
His third placement was with Citizenship
and Immigration Canada in Ottawa. "I got
a strong insight into the department's structure and culture," says Wong. It's made his
The Co-op Program is something students should
carefully consider - and employers can be sure they're
getting high quality students who are really interested in
learning and making a difference
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decision about what to do after graduating
much easier. "I learned a lot working in the
non-profit sector, but would like to work
in the public sector in policy analysis and
research," he says.
The level of supervision he received
varied between organizations, so he has had
the experience of both using his initiative
and following instructions. "When I was at
United Way, I had a very supportive supervisor who was on top of my work, not to the
point of overbearing micro-management,
but I could go to her if I had any issues or
challenges I couldn't address on my own.
I had confidence in her. At the Adoptive
Families Association I was largely left alone
to do my own thing, but I still found about
a lot about the publishing industry. At CIC,
everyone's time was very pushed and I
learned how to work without direct supervision. I learned a lot of negotiation skills
there," he says.
"The Co-op Program is something students should carefully consider," says Wong,
who became involved in the Arts Co-op
Students' Association by helping to produce
its online newsletter. "And employers can
be sure they're getting high quality students
who are really interested in learning and
making a difference" he says. "There's a lot
to be gained in terms of helping them develop the skills to succeed in the workplace.
They're a source of future employees who
already have experience of the company or
department."
Science Co-op Employer
Professor Hugh Brock
Although he has been a UBC Zoology professor for nearly all of the Science Co-op's
25-year history, Professor Hugh Brock only
began employing co-op students in his lab a
year ago. He started out as a developmental biologist working with fruit flies. But
research in his lab these days is now aimed
at untreatable childhood leukemias, quite a
new area for him.
Brock's had four co-op students so far
and says "Em blown away by how co-op
students outperform essentially everyone in
my lab apart from my research associate. To
have people who are happy to work under
direction makes for a lot of productivity
- they just get down to it and do it. I'd take
a lifetime supply of them."
In return, the students get a very clear
idea of what the life of a working scientist
is really like. Brock's favourite definition of
research is Nobel prize winner Zoologist
Peter Medawar's "The art of the soluble."
"Students often don't appreciate the art
to science," says Brock. "They think science,
they think cookbook, they think cut-and-
dried. But it's creative and inventive, and
promotes lateral thinking as much as any
other creative process." He reckons that
most of the co-op students realize that by
the time they leave. "The point is in their
learning how to think like a scientist thinks
and to do like a scientist does. They realize
that it's so much more interesting and challenging and creative than they expected, or
perhaps more repetitive, boring, difficult
and slow than they might have expected."
Commerce Co-op Student
Salim Hassan
Salim Hassan has wanted to study at UBC
ever since grade 10 when he attended a
trade fair in his home town of Sharjah in
the United Arab Emirates. "UBC came out
to talk about their programs and I thought,
'Wow! That's the place I want to go,'" he
says. He started his undergraduate degree in
Commerce in 2001.
His current co-op placement with Lois
Nahirney of Dellan Consulting has been
the most rewarding. Nahirney wanted help
starting up Wired Wox Tours, an audio-
guided tour company with a comedic
edge that would allow tourists to explore
Vancouver at their own pace while being
informed and entertained. "She needed
someone to come on board, start it up, take
it on, and make it fly," says Hassan.
He was given the responsibility for
nearly everything, from finding writers
for the comic audio scripts to getting the
company incorporated and launched. "So
far it's been a crazy ride and every day is a
new challenge," he says. "There's a lot of
ambiguity that I have to deal with. It's the
first time something like this is being done
in Vancouver. There's a high chance for it to
fail. There's a high chance for it to succeed.
Nothing is laid on for me. It's been great in
terms of growing and taking on responsibilities."
Although he has been given a lot of rope,
Hassan is pleased with the level of mentorship provided by Nahirney. "I've learned
so much from her. She's taught me organizational skills and how to think outside
the box. I've learned a lot these past four
months and I'm applying it. She evaluates
my performance and gives me great feedback." Hassan is delighted with his co-op
experiences, but thinks that employers have
just as much to gain as the students. "We're
very eager to learn and very eager to grow,"
he says. "We're very cost effective and will
put in 101 per cent because we want to
prove ourselves." He has been so happy
studying and working in Vancouver that
Hassan is seriously considering immigration. "My experience at UBC has been
absolutely magical," he says.
Science Co-op Student
Jehan Casey
Jehan Casey is a Physics major with an "insane interest" in Classics. Her challenge has
been to whittle down the world of work to
a job that satisfies both her wide-ranging
curiosity and intellectual strengths. In this,
the co-op program has served her well.
Her first placement wasn't the position
she applied for. "I applied for a technician
job on a radio tower with Environment
Canada. They responded: 'You are entirely
unqualified for this job but your cover
letter blew us away and we'd like to create
a job for you.' They wanted to know if I'd
written it myself," she says. Environment
Canada needed someone who understood
basic principals of physics and could write
coherently to create training materials for a
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Sandra Garcia, 4th Year
is a Class Act volunteer and .
UBC Fund student caller (stoi 2005  REPORT ON  GIVING
Contributing to a Civil and Sustainable Society
fThis year, the UBC community
has proved that the key agent
of influence and change is the
individual, acting alone or with
others to strengthen civic life. I am pleased
to report that UBC has witnessed an
unprecedented level of response to the vision
expressed 111 Trek 2010: students, faculty,
Staff, alumni, and our greater community
are all committed to promoting the values
of a civil and sustainable society, and to
making a positive impact on our world.
From improvements to the quality of
student learning and increased opportunities
for performing artists, to measures taken to conserve
natural resources, the stories inside the 2005 Report on
Giving celebrate our donors' generous contributions to
our civic life. Among the gifts featured in this report,
one prompts us to explore questions of war and peace,
while another encourages students to achieve their
dreams. You may also read about several donors who
are helping to inspire First Nations youth, and about the
students from this year's graduating class who are giving
back to the university that has helped prepare them to
become exceptional global citizens.
Through your commitment to global
citizenship, we are witnessing life-changing
impacts in Vancouver, British Columbia,
and beyond. As members of the university
community, many of you recently played a
vital role in the outpouring of concern and
support for the victims of the devastation
caused by the tsunami in South Asia. The
subsequent establishment of the UBC Global
Service Learning Endowment is a direct and
long-term response to this disaster, and is
already arousing widespread interest.
By supporting UBC, its students, and
our efforts to build a better world, you are
helping to provide tools that will counteract disease,
hunger, war, and environmental pollution, to name only
a few of the many challenges that society faces today.
I would like to thank you, our alumni, friends and
associates, for giving so generously to UBC. Thank you
for recognizing that, by working together as citizens of a
global society, we can be the agents of positive change.
Martha C. Piper
President 8c Vice-Chancellor
The University of British Columbia
A Record Year, Thanks to Every Gift
85 Gifts from Estates
16,639,411 for Research
2,484 Corporations,
Foundations and Other
Organizations
3,872 Faculty, Staff, Parents
arid Friends
15,288 Alumni and
Students
111,332,637 for Student
Scholarships and Bursaries
S17.316,666 for Buildings.
Equipment and Collections
$66,502,450 for Academic
Endowments and Programs
Every Donor is Making a Difference
Total: 21,729 gifts
$101,791,164 Donated to
Every Part of Campus
Photo. Paul Joseph Dr. Irving K. Barber's gift will create
an exceptional learning environment
for UBC Okanagan students.
A Vision for
Undergraduate
Learning
Innovative teaching methods and
learning derived from hands-on
experience - this is the educational
environment that Dr. Irving K.
Barber, OC, OBC envisioned when
he gave $10 million to establish
the Irving K. Barber School of Arts
and Sciences at UBC Okanagan
and the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre Interface Program.
Combined with a $5 million
commitment from UBC, Dr.
Barber's gift will establish a $15
million endowment that will fund
these two visionary initiatives.
The establishment of the
Irving K. Barber School of Arts
and Sciences at UBC Okanagan
"My hope is that the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science at UBC Okanagan
will in turn support students, educators, researchers, and lifelong learners throughout
the province and around the world." - Dr. Irving K. Barber
provides a unique opportunity to create here in BC
the exceptional undergraduate learning environment
that exists at private universities like Princeton and
the University of Chicago. "My hope is that this will
in turn support students, educators, researchers, and
lifelong learners throughout the province and around
the world," said Dr. Barber.
Dr. Barber is also providing up to an additional
$2.25 million to fund the start-up costs of the two
initiatives.
In recognition of his generosity, the Province of BC
has set up a $15 million endowment that will annually
generate 150 Irving K. Barber BC Scholarships to
support students as they transfer from BC community
colleges to BC universities.
"The genius of his gift is that the Irving K. Barber
School of Arts and Sciences, in combination with the
Learning Centre Interface Program and the provincial
scholarships, will become a catalyst for improving
the quality of undergraduate learning not just at UBC
Okanagan but throughout the entire province," said
UBC President Martha Piper.
With a donation of $20 million in 2002, which has
grown to about $26 million, Dr. Barber also made
possible the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC's
Vancouver campus, which is scheduled to open in 2006
and will be responsible for creating a visionary facility
that will distribute knowledge and learning practices
throughout British Columbia and the world.
The Lily Lee Scholarship in Nursing
Students entering UBC's School of Nursing will have
access to a new endowed award: the Lily Lee Scholarship
in Nursing, Mrs, Lee, who graduated from UBC with a
BSN in 1956, has sat on the School's Advisory Council
since 2000. About the award, she says, "It is to provide
for those students who might otherwise not have the
resources to fulfill their dreams of going to university."
Photo  Maimn Dee Safeguarding Nature's Balance,
Celebrating its Wonders
UBC will soon be home to the first natural history
museum in British Columbia's Lower Mainland. Thanks
to an $8 million gift from alumni Ross and Trisha
Beaty, UBC's existing species collections will be brought
together in a $50 million world-class facility.
This facility will also provide research space for
an internationally recognized team of scientists, more
than 50 researchers who study biodiversity loss and
ecosystem preservation.
"The Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre will
bring together many talented people
from departments across campus into
one integrated research unit," says
Dr. Dolph Schluter, Director of the
Biodiversity Research Centre. "You
cannot overestimate the importance of
shared architecture to inspiration in
science."
The Beatys' gift, combined with
other significant financial contributions,
will provide the laboratories for Dr.
Schluter's team to launch new and
ambitious research projects such as
how ecosystems mighr function when
Barrie Martin established
a bursary to honour his daughter
and support students.
Ross and Trisha Beaty's gift will kelp to engage the community
in natural history and facilitate biodiversity research.
they have lost twenty per cent of all their species. It will
also create a venue where the public can make informed
decisions about ecosystems, as well as celebrate BC's
incredible natural wonders.
"The Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre and Beaty
Museum of Natural History will enrich our local society,
Canadian society and global society," Ross Beaty says.
"And it will teach existing and future generations - our
children - some of the things that are important for them
to know about our earth."
Expanding Business Education
UBC Robson Square now houses the Bentley Centre for
Business Education. Dr. Peter J.G. Bentley, OC donated
$1 million in 2004, helping to open up UBC's business
education programs to more professionals and other
community members. Dr. Bentley is Chairman of Canfor
Corporation, a Distinguished Fellow of the Sauder School
of Business and Chancellor of The University of Northern
British Columbia. He was also a longstanding member
of the Faculty Advisory Board at the Sauder School of
Business.
The Sauder School of Business was named in recognition
of Bill and Marjorie-Anne Sauder's $20 million gift to the
faculty in 2003.
Encouraging the Next Generation
Born into a working-class family in England, Barrie
Martin didn't hold out much hope of a
university education. But after moving
to Vancouver and finding employment,
he set his sights on the Certified General
Accountants (CGA) program at UBC.
By this time, Mr. Martin was in
his thirties. With a family to support,
he needed to continue working while
completing his studies, and it took him
seven years to qualify as an accountant.
Wanting to make education less of a
financial burden for students, Mr. Martin
established a bursary at UBC in honour
of his daughter. The Barrie and Diana
"It's amazing the difference even small amounts can make." - Barrie Martin, cga
Ptioti Martin Dee Sandra Gar eta played an integral part in Class
Act, the graduating class fundraising initiative.
Carol Martin Award has been set up to help
students at the Sauder School of Business as
they work toward their degrees.
"I wanted to place my daughter's name
on this," he says, "and I wanted to provide
some financial support so that students can
get their advanced education at an earlier age
than I did."
Mr. Martin has created a bequest in his
will for the fund supporting his award,
which will contribute to the success of the
next generation of Commerce students. A
great believer in the power of each dollar,
he has also contributed other sums to the
fund. "Even $5,000 is a lot of money for
some people," he says. "But it's amazing the
difference even small amounts can make."
One Student Makes the Grade
in Giving
She's the ideal volunteer- enthusiastic,
creative, reliable - and she's made her mark
on the Class Act program. Thanks to Arts
student Sandra Garcia, the graduating class
fundraising initiative has a new logo and web
pages.
The Class Act program encourages
UBC students to make donations that wil)
"Fundraising is not just about the dollars. It is gratifying to know that our efforts will be
making a difference on campus in the long term." - Sandra Garcia, 4th Year Arts student
contribute to the success of the students who follow
them. Sandra became involved in Class Act a year ago,
when she headed up a committee created to support a
night of poetry. She and the Other committee members
delivered class presentations and approached fellow
students in person and by phone.
"It's so important for students to give to UBC,"
Sandra says. "Then they realize the impact of what they
can achieve."
Held in January 2005, this event was made possible
through donations by students like herself. Poets Lillian
Adams and Wayde Compton shared their work with a
UBC audience, allowing students exposure to the work
of professionals they study in their classes.
Sandra has also worked for three years at the UBC
Fund Call Centre. She credits her work there for
helping to shape her future plans - she hopes to pursue
a career in arts or film communications - and believes
that fundraising has helped her realize the impact that
students and alumni can have in their community.
"Fundraising is not just about the dollars," Sandra
says. "It is gratifying to know that our efforts will be
making a difference on campus in the long term. I am
so proud of the projects we raise money for, like the
Downtown Eastside Learning Exchange, that connects
alumni, students and the Vancouver community." Commemorative Awards
A Lasting Tribute to Great Mentors and Teachers
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Four awards established this year honour and
memorialize faculty members who have inspired
their students, colleagues and others to realize their
potential and make a difference in the world. These
awards support a new generation of learners, and
pay tribute to individuals who have profoundly
influenced those around them.
DR. RONALD JOBE is a professor in UBC's
Department of Language and Literacy Education
as well as a member of the teaching faculty of
the multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Children's
Literature Program, The School of Library, Archival
and Information Studies (SLAIS) has endowed the
Ronald Jobe Children's Literature Scholarship,
which will provide support for students enrolled in
the Master of Arts in Children's Literature Program.
"We are honouring Ron for his enthusiastic
promotion of Canadian children's literature, literacy
Dr. Ronald Jobe shares his love for literature.
and publishing for children at home and around the
world," says Edie Rasmussen, Director of SLAIS. "For
over 30 years, he has been a global ambassador for
children's literature, and he has educated a generation
of teachers and teacher-librarians in using children's
books in the classroom and the promotion of literacy."
DEAN EMERITUS GEORGE CURTIS came to
UBC in 1945 as the founding Dean of Law. He had a
profound impact on students during his time as Dean,
made significant contributions to legal education,
and fulfilled his civic duty through public service.
Since his retirement in 1971, he has continued to
be an important influence on the laW school. At his
recent 981'1 birthday celebration, the Dean Emeritus
George E Curtis Student Endowment was announced.
Dean Curtis, who relied on scholarships for his own education, is delighted that this fund will provide support
for law students in perpetuity.
Lisa Vogt, managing partner of McCarthy Tetrault,
explains why her firm made the lead contribution to this
fund. "We were delighted to have our name associated
with George Curtis - so many of the lawyers here who
went through UBC law school identify with him. The fact
that this would also benefit students worked very well."
Friends, family and colleagues have endowed a scholarship
in memory of DR. PETER FROST, who taught at the
Sauder School of Business
until shortly before his death
in October 2004. Dr. Frost
was at UBC since 1975, and
won numerous teaching
awards for his courses on
organizational behaviour and
leadership. His 2003 book,
Toxic Emotions at Work,
became an award-winning
bestseller. The Dr. Peter
Frost Teaching and Learning
Scholarship pays tribute to
the impact Dr. Frost has had
on his colleagues, students
and friends. Comments on his
memorial website
(http://isr.sauder.ubc.ca/
peterfrost/peter.asp) show how
many lives he touched.
"His spirit infused
everything he wrote,
everything he gathered, pretty
much everything he touched."
"A master teacher who
shared his craft generously
with many others."
"He challenged all of us to question what we knew and
how we knew it, always following his own unquestionable
bedrock of values," writes Francesca Marzari of her
father, DR. STEPHEN STRAKER, who passed away
in July 2004. A professor of history, Dr. Straker was a
founding member of the Arts One Program, which uses
small groups and concentrated learning to provide a
unique focus for first-year Arts students. In memory of his
pioneering work, the Stephen Straker Arts One Memorial
Fund has been established to provide financial assistance
for students entering the Arts One Program.
I )ean Emeritus
George Curtis
Dr. Peter Brost
Dr. Stephen Straker Dr. Jennifer Simons has been instrumental in establishing a
research centre at UBC dedicated io pursuing solutions to
disarmament and arms control.
genome science - will conduct studies out of this
7,400 square metre facility, named after the late Nobel
laureate. It is one of several projects made possible
by an unprecedented gift of $50 million from Stewart
and Marilyn Blusson, who were honoured for their
contribution at the official opening ceremonies.
In Support of First-Year Dentistry
Students
Dr. Howard Bittner recently established an award
to help students cope with the rising costs of dental
education. The Howard Bittner Bursary in Dentistry
Endowment Fund will support first-year Dentistry
students in financial need. Dr. Bittner graduated from
UBC's D.M.D. program in 1982, and is heavily involved
in the Lower Mainland dental community.
Exploring Questions of War and Peace
When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, many people
believed that the world was safe from the threat of
nuclear war. Others, like Dr. Jennifer Simons, knew
there was a long way to go before people could live free
of the fear of weapons of mass destruction.
"My hope is that a strong and growing worldwide network of research and education
on nuclear disarmament will empower younger generations to realize a nuclear-free
world in their lifetimes." - Dr. Jennifer Simons
New Study Room for Mining
Engineering Students
The L.B. Gatenby Study Room is named in memory of
Lisle B. Gatenby, a UBC graduate and mining engineer
whose career spanned 65 years and took him around the
globe. Mr. Gatenby was a key player in the development
of the Lornex copper deposit, now part of BC's
Highland Valley Copper, one of the largest copper
operations in the world. A $100,000 gift from the
Gatenby family has allowed the creation of this
dedicated study room for students in the Department of
Mining Engineering.
New Facility for Biotechnology
The new Michael Smith Laboratories opened in
September 2004, UBC's biotechnology researchers
- known worldwide for their pioneering work in
"Our history is all predicated on wars," she says. "At
Hiroshima, mass terror entered the world, and I believe
it's in the collective unconsciousness of humankind
now. And so I think we have to develop some peace
milestones."
Through her personal commitment and a series
of significant gifts to UBC, Dr. Simons, along with
The Simons Foundation, has been instrumental in
establishing a research centre at UBC dedicated to
pursuing solutions to disarmament and arms control.
Since 2001, the Simons Centre for Disarmament and
Non-Proliferation Research has been an independent
policy research centre focused on subjects including
weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missile defence
and the weaponization of space. Through conferences,
research papers and courses, the Centre - the only
university-based disarmament and non-proliferation The Chan Centre Endowment Fund makes possible many performances, including those staged (ry the UBC Opera Ensemble.
centre in the world - is attempting to influence
Canadian policy on these issues of global security, and
is establishing a presence on the international Stage.
Most recently, Dr. Simons has committed to
developing future generations of experts in this highly
specialized field. The Simons Foundation has donated
$1 million to UBC to establish an endowment for the
Simons Post-doctoral Fellowship in Disarmament and
Non-Proliferation. Since post-doctoral fellows are
refining their skills prior to an independent research
career, their experience at this stage significantly
influences their future work. The endowment will fund
the post-doctoral fellowship in perpetuity, ensuring that
research into disarmament and non-proliferation will
continue.
Dr. Simons envisions this fellowship as only the
first of several. She also believes that once UBC has
an established program in disarmament and non-
proliferation research, other universities will do more
to build similar research centres of their own.
"My hope," she says, "is that a strong and growing
worldwide network of research and education
on nuclear disarmament will empower younger
generations to realize a nuclear-free world in their
lifetimes,"
Celebrating the Performing Arts
When the Chan brothers made a donation to UBC to
create the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, they
provided a world-class facility for the community and a
tribute to their father. Since its opening eight years ago,
the Chan Centre, which houses the most acoustically
advanced concert hall in North America, has become
extremely well known around the world. It has hosted
numerous events, many of them performed by the UBC
School of Music and the Department of Theatre, Film
and Creative Writing.
The diverse program presented by these groups
would not be possible without support from the Chan
Centre Endowment Fund, established in part by the
Chan brothers' initial gift. Now the Chan brothers have
donated an additional sum to the fund, raising its capital
to $5 million.
"Increasing the endowment enhances our ability to
contribute to the community," says Sid Katz, Director
of the Chan Centre. "We hope to offer even more
performances and bring in the best in the world."
He points out the importance of patronage, which
not only helps the performing artists, but also allows
people in the community to contribute to performances
they are passionate about. To achieve the goal of Learning about forestry practices at the second annual Summer Forestry Camp for First Nations Youth.
increasing the fund's capital to $10 million, the vital
role played by patrons like the Chan brothers cannot be
underestimated.
Performers at the Chan Centre range from local
elementary school students to national choirs to
international stars such as Yoyo Ma; audiences include
UBC students and visitors from outside Canada.
"If it wasn't for the endowment, many of these
programs just would not be possible," Sid Katz
concludes.
Hands-on Forestry Inspires First
Nations Youth
Imagine a week filled with nature walks, canoeing,
a spin in a tree-top canopy and a hands-on talk by a
salamander researcher. These were just some of the
activities at the second annual Summer Forestry Camp
for First Nations Youth.
"Forestry impacts every community in British
Columbia," points out Pamela Perrault, First Nations
Coordinator in UBC's Faculty of Forestry, "But the
science and math needed to enter a degree program in
forestry or related sciences aren't subjects that youth
want to admit an interest in."
Pamela explains that by grade 10, many First Nations
students have dropped their science and math courses.
To combat this trend, the camp organizers recruit
students in grades 8 and 9.
The August 2004 camp - attended by 25 students
from across BC - was made possible through the
support of donors, including industry, First Nations and
individuals who recognized the important role the camp
could play.
"It raises self-confidence among the students, as
well as educating them about forestry practices," says
Pamela. "And the impact of the camp goes beyond the
students."
The enthusiasm generated by the camp has led some
10 An artist's rendering of the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse
First Nations communities to contact the Faculty of
Forestry for assistance in starting their own forestry
camps. While funding must be secured on a yearly
basis for the UBC camp, Pamela dreams of creating
materials to help these spin-off camps, mentoring even
more students, and reaching out to their parents and
communities.
Supporters ofthe 2004 camp include Weyerhaeuser,
Tembec (Cranbrook Division), Borland Creek Logging,
Chendi Enterprises Ltd., Ecolink Forest Services,
Tsi'bas Forest Services, Tsi Del Del Enterprises, Yun Ka
Whu'Ten Holdings Ltd., Charlie & Sue Johnson, and
Elizabeth Backman.
Disease State Management Program
Established
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has partnered
with Cobalt Pharmaceuticals and Save-On-Foods
to establish a Disease State Management Program
at Save-On-Foods Metro town. "The UBC Faculty
of Pharmaceutical Sciences Cobalt Pharmaceuticals
Save-On-Foods Disease State Management Program
will enhance the existing collaborative practice with
physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dieticians and patients
to ensure the safe and effective use of medications,"
says Dr. Leela John, Assistant Professor of Clinical
Pharmacy and a UBC Doctor of Pharmacy graduate.
Dr. John will be implementing the program, which
will provide medication management for BC residents
who suffer from asthma, diabetes and other chronic
conditions.
John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse
A new centre of excellence for paddling sports will be
built this year in Richmond on the Middle Arm of the
Fraser River. Named for the Olympic rowing medallist
and UBC alumnus whose passion for life inspired many,
the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse will help to revitalize the area. The floating structure will become the
first permanent home for UBC rowers, a venue for races
and other community events, and a world-class facility
that will celebrate and continue the proud tradition of
rowing and paddling in British Columbia. This project is
funded entirely by the community - more than $4 million
has been raised from the Lecky family and friends, St.
George's School, and UBC alumni and other supporters.
Enhancing Social and Emotional Growth
Recognizing that the social and emotional development
of children plays a vital part in their future, the Faculty
of Education has partnered with school boards and
community groups to create the Social-Emotional
Learning Practicum Course. Students of this program
- the first of its kind in Canada - will work directly
with children and youth, learning the latest techniques
for enhancing social-emotional growth. The program is
largely funded by the Edith Lando Charitable Foundation,
the Edward D. and Anna Mitchell Family Foundation,
and the Attias Family Foundation. Together these
foundations are contributing $600,000 in honour of Edith
Lando, who dedicated her life to helping children and
youth reach their full potential. By inspiring and leading
change in the area of social-emotional learning, the SEL
Practicum will embody Mrs. Lando's vision.
1 i UBC
RECOGNIZING OUR DONORS
UBC values the generosity of our supporters,
and offers the following recognition programs:
Wesbrook Society
$1,000 and above (annually)
Chancellor's Circle
$25,000 - $249,999 (lifetime)
President's Circle
$250,000 and above (lifetime)
Heritage Circle
bequests and other planned gifts
In 2004/05, donors and guests joined us for the
following events:
• A dinner at the Totem Park Ballroom, where
student award recipients shared their UBC
experiences
• A presentation by UBC biotechnology
researcher Dr. Brett Finlay (Time Magazine's
Medicine Man of the Year)
• A discussion with UBC political experts
Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Richard Johnston
and Dr. Paul Quirk on how decision-making
south of the border affects Canada
• A tour of the Chan Centre and talks on how
the Arts enrich our lives
• An evening of seasonal cheer at the UBC
Bookstore
• Presentations on how the UBC Learning
Exchange is making an impact in our
community
• A tour and reception at the Museum of
Anthropology, attended by the top 20 student
scholarship winners
For more information on our recognition
programs and events, please contact us.
Building Expertise in Specialized
Surgery
Patricia and Kevin Huscroft have a strong personal
commitment to ensuring that British Columbians have
the resources they need right here at home. When their
personal experience revealed a gap in medical expertise
in BC, they moved quickly to help fill it. The Huscroft
Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery allowed Dr. Nadine
Caron, a resident in UBC's General Surgery Program,
to study with Dr. Orlo Clark, a world-renowned
endocrinology surgeon and research scientist in San
Francisco, and bring that knowledge and experience back
toBC.
A New Calf Research Barn
Thanks to a $175,000 gift from WESTGEN, a leading
cattle genetics company in Western Canada, to the Faculty
of Land and Food Systems, a new calf research barn will
be constructed this summer at UBC's Dairy Education
and Research Centre in Agassiz. The Centre is currently
replacing a number of old buildings leased from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. This generous donation will
help the Centre construct a modern facility that will house
calves and equipment for studies in calf behaviour,
nutrition and welfare.
Donor Generosity Makes Awards
Possible
Over the years, donors have generously funded
scholarships, fellowships and bursaries for UBC students.
This year, through new endowments and annual gifts,
alumni, friends and associates have donated more than
$11 million to awards in areas ranging from Arts and
Science to Commerce and Education. Last year, a record
$42.6 million was distributed to students from internally
administered UBC awards. These awards assist students
financially as they work toward their degrees, equipping
them for the key roles they will play in our world.
UBC Development Office
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Tel: 604.822.8900
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Charitable Business Number: 10816 1779 RR0001
' 2 new Doppler radar weather system. It was
one of her first hints that writing may figure
largely in her future. She pursued the idea
further and landed a placement with the
Discovery Channel that the co-op program
agreed to credit. "Initially, I thought it
would be an internship. I was excited just
to file for them, even. But I was able to take
over a paid full-time position and ended
up writing and producing segments for
their daily news shows." She had to
produce a finished tape every day
by 5:00 pm. "I loved it, but it was
the most hectic and stressful job
I've ever done. I ran from the time
I got there to 5:00 pm, and don't
think I took a lunch break the whole
time I was there. But now I have a
demo tape 1 can show to prospective employers. For someone with
no other journalism experience or
specific training under my belt, that's
amazing."
From there, Jehan went on a
CTV placement applied for through
the co-op office. She worked in the
newsroom developing contacts for
the evening news. The work wasn't
science-based, which gave her
another major insight. "I discovered that science is my passion, not
journalism. Without the science,
journalism just doesn't appeal. But
the two combined is my true love."
Forestry Co-op Student
Megan Harrison
Forestry Co-op student Megan Harrison is
currently engaged in her final co-op work
term as a forest ecology research assistant with C ase a dia Forest Products. She
has spent previous placements working in
forest genetics and stream ecology labs at
UBC, and with the Corporate Sustainability
Group at BC Hydro.
"I've been able to sample a range of
career areas within the environmental
field," she says. As well as practical insights,
participation in the co-op program has
provided her with a valuable professional
I brought it to life and
made everything move.
With a small company you
get to see more of the whole
process and the design.
network and an edge in her field of interest
that will likely secure her better work terms
earlier on in her career. "It's much easier to
find employment in an environmental field
than it was a decade ago, but a lot of the
jobs are short-term contracts with a relatively low rate of pay. Co-op has given me
access to employers who can offer stable
future employment at competitive wages.
In fact, my last two employers use co-op as
their sole means of entry-level recruitment,"
says Harrison.
And of course, there is always the practical advantage of being paid. "I've avoided
having to take student loans, which means
that I'll have the freedom to travel, attend
grad school or take the time to wait for that
perfect job after I graduate," she says.
Engineering Co-op student
Karen Ho
Engineering Co-op student Karen Ho is in
the Mech a ironies option in the department
of Mechanical Engineering and is interested in automation and control in manufacturing. She certainly doesn't feel anxious
about finding work after she graduates.
"Co-op has really opened some doors for
me. I'm pretty confident that I can
represent myself well and I have
the skills. The opportunities are out
there," she says.
Her first placement was with a
small company called Technology
Brewing - an invention incubator
helping inventors prototype their
ideas. "It was a small, home-based
company, so I got a taste of working as an independent engineer and
seeing the small business side of it.
I got to work with a lot of electronics and controls while helping to
prototype an invention. I brought it
to life and made everything move.
We had a lot of responsibility and
it was a big project. With a small
company you get to see more of
the whole process and the design. It
was neat to see the reality of what
engineers actually do."
Her current placement is showing
her a different side of the industry. "VTech
is a big company and I get to do more
mechanical designs here. I enjoy seeing the
big company culture and the management
style that big companies have." Says Ho,
who is taking a minor in Commerce. She's
a big fan of the Co-op Program believing that it's a good thing to start applying
knowledge while still at school. "It gives
you more motivation to learn well at
school, knowing that you have to use these
skills at work. The responsibilities at work
and school are
different. At school what you do only
translates to yourself, but at work it also
involves the company, the money, the
people around you - so you have a bigger
responsibility." ■
Summer Trek 2005 29 Making the Earth Move!
A
few years back, Professor Don Anderson of
the University of British Columbia's Department
of Civil Engineering realized that Vancouver was a
logical site for the annual meeting of the World
Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE).
With this in mind, he worked with colleagues to
present a proposal for hosting this event - and in
2004, the WCEE came to B.C. for its first ever
Canadian conference!
The energy and initiative of people like Professor
Anderson benefit our province in many different
ways. For one thing, the 2500 conference delegates
left behind a legacy of over $4.7 million in
economic impact. But there's more; like so many
events of this kind, the WCEE conference brought
together global expertise to our community, and
delivered it right to our doorstep. At the same
time, it created a worldwide showcase for our own
achievements in the area of seismic engineering.
We salute Professor Anderson and others like him
whose efforts in bringing major events here benefit
everyone in the community. We want them to
know that their work is appreciated - and that
we're here to support their initiatives in every way
we can. If you have this kind of opportunity, give
us a call - we'll be delighted to help make the earth
move for you\
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Exhibition Centre
Suite 200, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada V6C 3C1
Telephone (604) 689-8232
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Alumni Reunion Weekend 2005:
Come Back to UBC!
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 -
SUNDAY OCTOBER 2
Whether you graduated last year or 50
years ago, mark your calendars and make
plans to join us on Alumni Reunion Weekend for class reunions and much more.
We have an amazing lineup of events and
activities that will not only let you reconnect with old friends and classmates, but
also give you a chance to see what's been
happening around campus and help you
get reacquainted with your alma mater.
Weekend Schedule at a Glance
General Events - all alumni & friends
welcome
After four years of hard
work, it's time to give
those feet a rest! New
grads Alana Golub and
Katie Burnett, both BAs
in English Lit, reconnoiter
on the Flagpole Piaza
after their convocation
ceremony. This Spring,
more than 5,000 new
alumni celebrated their
academic accomplishments in 22 separate
ceremonies at the Chan
Centre.
Friday September 30
In ipr5, UBC opened its doors and
admitted its first students. Help us
celebrate UBC's 90th birthday.
• Noon bbq at Cecil Green Park House
for all alumni working on UBC Campus
(hosted by Alumni Affairs)
• Evening lecture: Fighting the Microbial
Menace - e.coli and sars Vaccine with Dr.
Brett Finlay, 5:30-7:00 pm, Life Sciences
Building
• Monte Carlo at the Mansion (casino
night) 7:30-11:00 pm, Cecil Green Park
House
• UBC Thunderbirds take on U of Calgary, 7:00 pm at T-bird Stadium
Saturday October 1
• Alumni Reunion Weekend Kick-Off
Pancake Breakfast at Cecil Green Park
House 10:00-11:30 am. Join returning
classmates for a hosted pancake breakfast
at Cecil Green Park house. Special
welcome by President Martha Piper. Week
end information and registration,
• College Days, College Nights - documentary film following the lives of 16 UBC
undergrads. Chan Centre fot the Performing Arts, 3:00-4:30 pm. No cost.
• UBC's Amazing Race
Rediscover campus with this exciting
on-foot, self-guided tour with informative
checkpoints, zany challenges and great
prizes. Noon-3:oo pm.
«  Pit Night
With live band. Tickets $10. 8:oo-midnight.
Sunday, October 2
• Campus Tours - see how much the
campus has changed since your last visit.
And travel in style on a classic trolley ride.
Two morning tours are scheduled to depart
from Cecil Green Park House at 10:00 am
and 11:30 am. Enjoy a morning coffee with
an infamous UBC cinnamon bun, and then
hop on board. Cost $5 per person, must
RSVP.
• Afternoon guided tour of the UBC Museum of Anthropology at 2:00 pm.
Information and to rsvp:
Young Alumni Events:
Dianna DeBlaete Ladicos, 604-822.-8917,
yamentor@exchange.ubc.ca
All other events:
Kristin Sullivan, 604-822-1407
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WEEKEND CLASS REUNIONS
Friday
« UBC School of Social Work: 75th Anniversary Celebrations. Morning welcome
at First Nations Long House followed by
afternoon symposium and workshops with
a dynamic line-up of alumni leaders - details
and registration available at www.alumni.
ubc/rsvp
• Geo Engineering '50: reunion luncheon at
Seasons in the Park Restaurant
• scarp: alumni evening social
• UBC Law: 60th Jubilee Celebrations at
Curtis Law Building
• Medicine '80: reunion "Weepers
Revisited" at msac
32 Trek Summer 2005
Photo: Vanessa Clarke • Social Work alumni: wine & Cheese reception at Green College Reception rooms
• bcom *65: reunion dinner at Royal Van
Yacht Club
• mba'So: details to be confirmed
Saturday
• Arts & Science '55: reunion lunch at
Green College Great Hall
• Applied Science '55: reunion lunch & tour
at ceme
• Nursing All Years: Luncheon at Cecil
Green Park House with special guest speaker
Laurel Brunke
• Home Ec '55: reunion lunch at Garden
Pavilion UBC Botanical Gardens
• Medicine '80: reunion Dinner at Cecil
Green Park House for 25th anniversary class
• Law '75: 30th reunion Dinner at University Centre, Sage restaurant
• Dentistry: New Oral Health Centre Hard
Hat Party! We invite our alumni and friends
to come and view the on-sight construction
of the new Oral Health Centre. Drop in open
house from noon-3:oo pm. Light refresh
ments will be served. For details and to
rsvp, please call 604-822.-7993 or dentistry.
rsvp@ubc.ca
• mba'80: details to be confirmed
Sunday
• UBC Alpha Delta Gamma: 75th Anniversary lunch at Cecil Green Park House
■ Applied Science '75 dinner at Cecil Green
Park House
• mba'80 (details to be confirmed)
For Information and to rsvp:
Applied Science: May Cordeiro,
604-812-9454, mcordeiro@apsc.ubc.ca
School of Social Work: Suzanne Moore,
604-822-2277, suzanne.moore@ubc.ca
Dentistry Hard Hat Party: Sue James,
604-822-0326, susannaj©interchange,ubc.ca
All other events: Kristin Sullivan at
604-822-1407, (toll free) 800-883-3088,
in fo@alumni.ubc.ca
YEAR-ROUND REUNIONS
Chinese Varsity Club 75th Anniversary Gala
September 9, 2005.
For information and to rsvp: Chinese
Varsity Club: www.ubccvc.com/gala,
gala@ubccvc.com
CLASS REUNIONS
Class of 1945 - Diamond Anniversary
(details tbc)
FNS '95 (details tbc)
civil eng '51 (details tbc)
Applied Science Class '55, Sept 29/05,
luncheon at Cecil Green Park House. For
info, contact May Cordeiro, 604-822-9454,
mcorde i ro@apsc. ubc.ca
Chemical Eng '55, (details tbc)
Chemical Eng '65, June 24/25, (details tbc)
Mechanical Eng '70, Sept 23/05, dinner at
Cecil Green Park House
Chemical Eng '80, (details tbc)
Mechanical Eng '55, Sept 29/05, Dinner at
the Arbutus Club
Grad Studies
MA Planning '76-'78 (details tbc)
Nursing
Nursing '60 (details tbc)
Chinese Varsity Club 7 5TH Anniversary Gala
This is one of the earliest photos of UBC's Chinese Varsity
Club, then known as the Chinese Students Club. It was one ofthe
first minority social clubs established at the university. Seventy five
years and many generations later, the dub is one of the largest, oldest and most popular on campus.
CVC is loyal to its roots but has gtown and changed with the
times. Today the club boasts a membership of more than 1,000
students and the volunteer executive hosts about 40 events per year,
ranging from dances to ski trips, to charitable fundraisers and talent
shows. These events attract participants from the entire community,
reflecting a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds.
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the club is hosting an anniversary gala in September. It will be both celebration and reunion, and
the club's goal is to find and involve representatives from every year
of CVC, reaching as far back into the club's history as possible.
Anyone who has ever been touched by CVC is invited to attend this
semi-formal, social dinner event on September 9, 2005. The gala will
be held at the Sage Bistro at the University Centre on UBC Campus.
Find out more and order tickets by visiting www.ubccvc.com/gala or
emailing gala@ubccvc.com.
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Nursing '75 (details tbc)
Commerce
bcom '00, (details tbc)
Dentistry
3rd Annual Alumni 8c Friends GolfTourney
Sept 14/05, University Golf Club, morning
tee-off followed by lunch
Forestry '55 (details tbc)
Forestry '65, Sept 13-15/05, Qualicum
Beach
Forestry'71 (details tbc)
Law '50 (details tbc)
Law '55 (details tbc)
Law'65 (details tbc)
Law '8o, Sept 24/05, Wine & Cheese with
dinner to follow at Green College
Medicine '60 (details tbc)
Rehab Medicine '74 (details tbc)
Rehab Medicine '80 (details tbc)
Medicine '8 5 (details tbc)
Medicine '515, Sept 16-18/05, Stoney Creek
Complex, Whistler Village North
Pharmacy '75 (details tbc)
All other reunions: Kristin Sullivan at
604-822,-1407, (toll free) 800-883-3088,
info@a 1 umni. ubc.ca
Young Alumni Reunion Weekend!
September 30 - October 1
• Monte Carlo Night
• UBC Amazing Race
• Movies, lectures
www.alumni.ubc.ca/youngalumni
YOUNG ALUMNI
Mentoring Programs
Over the winter term, UBC alumni have
been busy sharing their career insights
and experiences with students on campus.
In January, the UBC Alumni Association
teamed up with the faculty of Arts and UBC
Career Services to present the 5th Annual
Arts Career Expo. More than 500 students
came out to hear 20 UBC Arts Alumni speak
about their career paths after leaving UBC.
In March, we revived our popular Mentor
Lunches. Ten science graduates were invited
to meet with students in a business luncheon
setting. This exposed students to a number
of careers choices and potential contacts,
and taught them the importance of networking. Both mentoring events were extremely
popular with the students.
School's out for summer, but we are busy
planning our mentor events for the upcoming year. We want to expand our next
Science Expo and are looking for science
alumni to participate in the following panels: Biotechnology; The Business of Science;
Government and Public Sector; Alternative
Medicine; Environment and Research.
If you are working in any of these areas
and are interested in participating in the
event on November 9, please contact Dianna
at dianna.deblaere@ubc.ca or 604-82.2-
8917. We need working-age alumni in the
Lower Mainland to help us with events. If
you would like to be added to our roster of
potential mentors, contact Dianna.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSING
The UBC Young Alumni Network wants
to see you back on campus or at our next
event. We've been as busy as ever and here is
what you missed:
This spring we held our For the Love of
Money Financial Workshop with the help
of the UBC Alumni Association's affinity
partner, Clearsight Wealth Management.
How are you going to balance student
loan payments and take advantage of the
low interest rates to buy your first home,
continued page 36
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it to every grad every time. We send
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grads who have shown some interest in
UBC through volunteer work, attending a reunion, class or lecture, donating
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Summer Trek 2005 35 Beer 101, as readers can imagine, is a popular Young Alumni event. Marko Dekovic, left, hosted a
group in March. Tipplers learned how beer is made and how to pour the perfect Belgian pint.
Education, it seems, can occur throughout life, or, as we say at UBC, Lifelong Learning rocks! (l-r)
Sarah Sims, Jesse Sims, Farbod Mirhashemy, Kiat Trang, Terry Evans and Sara Danziger.
for example? These workshops are always
informative and being a UBC alumnus, you
get the scoop.
Sold out yet again, on March 31, we held
our always classic Beer 101 beer tasting
event at the Labatt Beer Institute here in
Vancouver's spectacular Yaletown. Participants were taught how beer is made, how to
pour the perfect Belgian pint, and of course
got to taste the wares.
JUMP ON BOARD
Summer in the city just got better. This summer Young Alumni are getting fit, helping
those in need, getting cultured and schmoozing with friends. Why not join in? Pick one
or pick all, but don't miss out.
• Starting with getting fit, we are forming a
team for the hsbc ChildRun (5KM), to raise
money for the bc Children's Hospital. The
Alumni Association will match all Young
Alumni donations to a total of $500.
• In conjunction with UBC's Learning
Exchange in the Downtown Eastside we
will be working on a special project starting
June 11.
• Is Shakespeare a vague memory from
English 110? How about a bit of Bard on
the Beach? Hang out with other UBC grads,
see the play (and we're hoping to arrange
an extra treat for our group that day). To
continue our cultural education we're also
planning a trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Keep an eye on our website.
• Schmooze Fest 2005 wil! be happening at
Steamworks, where we plan to hold another
of our popular networking nights.
YOUNG ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND
Get your buns (cinnamon, that is) back on
campus! Join us for Young Alumni Reunion
Weekend and rediscover your university during the September 30 - October 1
weekend. All grads of the last 10 years and
their friends are invited to check out ya
events which include Monte Carlo Night
at the Mansion, the UBC Amazing Race, a
film-showing at the Chan, and many more
unique and nostalgic events and tours. For
more information, please visit our website at
www.alumni.ubc,ca/youngalumni
REGIONAL NETWORKS NEWS
UBC Opens Asia Pacific Regional Summit in
Hong Kong
UBC opened its Asia-Pacific Regional Office
in May. The apro heralds the first permanent and major Canadian university presence in the area, with a mandate to forge
links and working relationships with the
region's private, public and academic sectors. (See page 3 5 for more information).
Drop by the office or connect with Valerie
Tse, Alumni Relations Manager for the Asia
Pacific Region:
Room 906, Wheelock House
20 Peddar Street
Central
Hong Kong, sar
valerie. tse@a pro. ubc.ca
852-2111-4400.
Where in the world are they?
UBC alumni live in more than 130 countries
around the world. We have active regional
networks in 50 locations where alumni can
interact with fellow alumni, keep up-to-date
on UBC developments, participate at social
and business networking events, and meet
visiting faculty and staff. If there isn't a network in your area, and you'd like ro connect
with your fellow grads, it's time you called,
wrote or emailed us to start one where you
live. There's a full list of contacts online at
www.alumni.ubc.ca/regions.index.html.
New contacts:
Kelowna, bc
Contact Heidi Egli, LLB'03
hegli@olc. ubc.ca
Contact Heidi if you're interested in joining
the Kelowna network committee and getting
involved.
36 Trek Summer 2005 alumni news
Milan, Italy
Amelia Spinelli, BA'02
ailema_s@hotmail.com
Tel: 3387561602
Toronto:
The Toronto Regional Network held its
agm on May 14. Members elected a new
president, Steve McSherry, mba'04, and
social director, Michael McLenaghan, BA'03.
UPCOMING EVENTS
JUNE
Florida
Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 pm at Ole Ole,
Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park.
Network, reminisce and connect with fellow
grads in the region
Toronto
All BC Universities Alumni Night at the CFL
BC Lions vs Toronto Argonauts, June 25
Kickoff 7:00 pm at the Rogers Centre
Join alumni from UBC, UVic and SFU for
this home opener and Grey Cup rematch.
Take advantage of our special group discount. Visit our website for pre-game event
and rsvp information.
Lan Kwai Fong (Hong Kong)
Canada Day Celebrations, June 30
Join more than 500 fellow Canadians at this
festive celebration and UBCAJ ofT Dragon
Boat after party.
JULY AND AUGUST
Victoria
All Canadian Universities Alumni Picnic
July 9, Noon - 3:00 pm at Beaver Lake Park
Join alumni from universities across Canada
at this 3rd annual event! Costs only $5 per
family. Bring your own picnic, lawn chairs,
sports equipment, bathing suit and towels.
Dessert will be provided. Picnic starts at
noon, but stay around afterward to take
a walk, go for a swim, or chat with other
alumni.
Visit the website for more details.
STUDENT SEND-OFFS
Ever wish you'd had someone to tell you
about the ins and outs of university life?
We need alumni to welcome our incoming students to the UBC community. Only
those that have been there can answer
those last nagging questions before they set
off. Events will take place in:
Hong Kong ~ July 10
Singapore -July 22
Shanghai - July 24: All Canadian Universities Send-off, Jiao Tong University (Canadian Study Centre)
Other July Send-Offs
(Check website for dates)
Seattle
Bay Area
Calgary - Bow Valley Club, August 10
Toronto - August n
Kelowna - August 15
Other August Scnd-Offs
(Check website for dates)
Victoria
Nanaimo
London, UK - September 28, Network
Canada Alumni Night
Nerwork Canada is a non-profit organization that supports Canadian ex-pats
moving to or already living in London.
The Alumni Night is one of their premier
events for Canadian graduates - helping
them to establish ties with the Canadian
community in London.
Toronto ~ October 20, Arts alumni event
hosted by the Faculty of Art
UBC guest speaker Joe Schlesinger, cm,
DLIT'92, journalist and CBC correspondant
Contact the Faculty of Arts, Alumni &
Events Coordinator at christine.lee@ubc.ca
for updates on the time and venue.
Visit the Alumni Relations website at
www.alumni.ubc.ca for the latest events
in your area. Send us your email address
to receive your e-invitations and your
e-newsletter, the Grad Gazette. For more
info, contact Tanya Walker at 604-822,-
8643 / 800-883-3088 / twalker@exchange.
ubc.ca or Valerie Tse in the Asia Pacific Regional Office at 852-2111-4400 / valerie.
tse@apro.ubc.ca.
i^O
11th Annual
Alumni Achievement Awards
Dinner
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel,
Vancouver, BC
Master of Ceremonies
Peter Jackson
Alumni Award for Research
in Science and Medicine
Pieter Rutter Cull us, bsc'67, Msc'70,
PHD'72
Alumni Award for Research
in the Arts, Humanities and Social
Sciences
Steven J. Heine, MA'93, PHD'gfi
Alumni Award of Distinction
Michael McClean Ames, BA'56
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service Award
Catherine Ann Ebbehoj, BSN'75, MSN'99
Faculty Citation Community
Service Award
Chuck Slonecker
Global Citizenship Award
Freddy Abnousi, bsc'oi
Honorary Alumnus Award
Henry Syd Skinner
Robert T. Stewart
Lifetime Achievement Award
George Frederick Curds, LLD'8 2
Outstanding Student Award
Claire Alexis Sheldon, Msc'99
Clara Chia Hua Tan, Msc'02
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Cullen Frishman Jennings, PHD'02
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■BASTION It's the evening of June 3, 2005, and we
are sitting in the ballroom in the Marriott
Hotel in central Hong Kong savouring a traditional ten-course Chinese banquet. Our assembly of 200 UBC alumni, faculty, students
and staff, along with friends of the university
from the Canadian consulate and various
partner institutions greets each new dish with
appropriate levels of awe and wonder. Then
keynote speaker, David Patrick, UBC associate professor and Director
of Epidemiology Services for
the BC Centre for Disease
Control stands up and begins his presentation.
Dr. Patrick is an authority
on infectious diseases and
draws on multiple disciplines
to track, understand and, ultimately, prevent the spread
of killers like sars and
e-coli. Local alumni wanted
to hear from a speaker on
this topic, given Asia's recent
public health challenges. In
Hong Kong alone, millions of chickens have been
slaughtered over the past
few years to curb the spread
of avian flu.
As our waiter sets down
another incredible culinary
feat, Dr. Patrick starts telling
us about food-borne toxins.
"Oh no," one of our diners
muttered, "is he really beginning with e-coli?"
Nervous laughter from
the crowd, but Dr. Patrick is
also a great presenter. He uses humour and
anecdotes to illustrate his facts, and clearly,
our banquet is exquisitely prepared. We eat,
he talks, everyone's happy.
Before dinner, some of our senior UBC
administrators - four deans and the VP
Students - made presentations to enthusiastic
groups about new developments in various
parts of the university. Alumni and friends of
UBC alike are all interested in the campus,
the research and the people of their alma
mater. The senior administrators were in
HONG KONG,
THE REGIONAL SUMMIT
AND DR. PATRICK'S
DINNER-TIME LECTURE
ON E-COLI
or How I learned to stop worrying
and eat the eel. By Marie Earl
town for the opening of the UBC Asia-Pacific
Regional Office, which will coordinate various
Asian educational and industry partnerships
with UBC, help recruit Asian students, and
serve as UBC's main line of communication in
the region.
The apr office will also help a group of a
dozen or so grads dispersed around the Asia
Pacific Rim who act as Regional Network
contacts for alumni living in the region. These
contacts are also in Hong Kong to celebrate
the opening of the office and to attend the
Alumni Affairs Regional Summit to be
held the next day. These regional contacts
organize events designed to keep the Asian
alumni community in touch with each
other and with the university. The Summit will look at strategies for keeping the
connections strong while being so far from
campus.
After Dr. Patrick's presentation (and
all plates were licked clean), Dr. Anthony
Cheng, MD'67, a practicing
otolaryngologist in Hong
Kong is called to the stage.
A long-time member of
the Hong Kong Alumni
Association board, he
established and funded
a small office to support
UBC's Asian activities in
the early 1990s. He is
being honoured for his
long-term dedication to
UBC and for laying the
groundwork for the A pro.
The office is staffed by
Valerie Tse, UBC's alumni
relations manager for the
region, and Dereck Wong,
who will focus on fund-
raising and be based out of
both Singapore and Hong
Kong. Still to be hired are
a director for the regional
office, a staff person focused on student exchange
and co-op opportunities
and student recruitment,
along with an administrative staff support person.
Dr. Cheng, dignified as always, accepts
his honour with grace and charm. The
next day, when the business of the Alumni
Summit gets underway, we remember why
we're here: to carry on the work of leaders
like Dr. Cheng, and buiid UBC in Asia.
We also remember the great food, Dr.
Patrick's admonitions notwithstanding.
Marie Earl is Associate Vice President,
Aiumni, and Executive Director of the
UBC Alumni Association.
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The Benefits of Membership
The benefits begin with graduation
UBC grads organized this Alumni Association in
1917 as a way to stay in touch with friends and
with the university We've developed many programs and services over the years to help the process, and
because we have nearly 200,000 members, we can offer
group discounts on services and save you money. At the
same time, you'll be supporting programs like these:
Reunions and Regional Networks
• 54 Reunions, with 4,100 alumni and guests attending
• 52 Regional Networks with 70+ world-wide events, and 2,000+ attendees
Mentoring and Young Alumni Programs
• 815 students attend mentoring events
• 50+ mentors helping current students
• 350+ alumni attend Young Alumni events
On-line community
• 4,375 UBC members, with 1,447 mentors system-wide
Services
Manulife: Term Life, Extended Health and Dental, and     Tff\   Manulife Financial
the new Critical Illness Plan. Manulife has served alumni
for more than 20 years.
MBNA: More than 10,000 alumni and students are supporting
alumni activities by using their UBC Alumni Mastercard. The card gives
you low introductory rates, 24-hour customer support and no annual
fees.
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Travel and micro-enterprise insurance also available.
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The Alumni A""* $30 per year (plus GST).
UBC Community Borrower Library Card
Your Aanl entitles you to a UBC Community borrower library card, a $100 value.
Working downtown? The Aan) is available at the library at Robson Square.
University Golf Cluh
Receive special rates on early mornings from April to October.
Jubilee Travel
Receive 4-6% off some vacation packages. Visit www.jubileetravel.com.
The Museum of Anthropology
4ran* holders receive 2-for-1 admission. For exhibit information, visit www.rrtoa.ubc.ca.
UBC Bookstore
First-time A™" holders receive a 20% discount on selected merchandise.
Theatre at UBC
Save on regular adult tickets for staged productions, www.theatre.ubc.ca
2005/06 Alumni Travel
Education, exploration and adventure
Russia: Journey of the Czars
August, 2005
Explore the waterways of Russia from Moscow to
St, Petersburg.
UPCOMING ADVENTURES
South African Safari - September 2005
China and the Yangtze River - Sept 2005
Greece (Poros) - October 2005
Cal. Wine & Gastronomique - Oct. 2005
Mexico (Colonial) - November 2005
Germany's Holiday Markets - December
2005
New Zealand's North and South Islands
- December 2005
Trans Panama Canal Crystal Cruise
- February 2006
Introducing
Young Alumni Adventures
Abroad!
Specially designed for the young {and young
at heart) adventurer, these excursions promise excitement, challenge and fun!
Northern Italy-Rome and Tuscany
-September, 2005
For more information please see
www.alumni.ubc.ca/servicesrtravel.html
or call 604.822.9629
toll free 800.883.3088
Contact us for more information
Phone: 604.822.3313 or 800.883.3088
E-mail: aluminfo@alumni.ubc.ca
www.a I u m n i. u bcca UBC Alumni Association
Board of Directors
2005 - 2006
At the Annual General Meeting of the
UBC Alumni Association, held June 15,
2005, this year's Board of Directors was
officially gavelled in. The Chair serves a
two-year term in office, as does the Vice
Chair, who automatically becomes Chair
after two years.
Congratulations to our new Board.
Martin Ertl, Chair
Doug Robinson, Vice Chair
David Elliott, Treasurer
Chair
Martin Ertl, BSc'93
Vice-Chair
Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
Treasurer
David Elliott, bcom'6o
Members at Large '05 - '06
Darlene Dean, BCOM'75, mba'85
Gayle Stewart, BA'76
Members at Large '05 - '07
Don Dalik, LLB'76
Ron Walsh, BA'70
Members at Large '05 - '08
Raquel Hirsch, ba'So, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, ba'94
Appointments '05 - '06
Marko Dekovic, ba'oi
Paul Mitchell, BCOM'78, LLB'79
Ian Robertson, bsc'86, ba'88
Jim Rogers, BA'67, MBA
Faculty Representative '04 - '05
Richard Johnston, ba^o
ams Representative
Tim Spencer, ams President
Executive Director
Marie Earl
Don Dalik, Member at Large
Darlene Dean, Member at Large
Raquel Hirsh, Member at Large
Mark Mawhinney, Member at Large Gayle Stewart, Member at Large
Ron Walsh, Member at Large
Summer Trek 2005 41 Asia Pacific Regional Office
Opens in Hong Kong
The UBC Alumni Association has
had an office in Hong Kong since
1999, where there is a vibrant
alumni network, but UBC's presence in the region was beefed up
in May with the opening of the new Asia-
Pacific Regional Office (apro).
The apro is the first permanent and major
Canadian university office in the area, with a
mandate to forge links and working relationships with the region's private, public and
academic sectors.
UBC's presence in the region is also
consistent with one of the university's
fundamental governing principles: internationalization. It ties directly to the Trek
2010 concept of global citizenship. Students
will have access to experiential- and service-
oriented learning opportunities through the
office.
The apro also incorporates the Asia
Pacific alumni network with contacts in 12,
Asian countries, and will help develop and
deliver programs and events to keep Asia
Pacific alumni connected to each other and
the university.
The apro will collaborate with other
educational institutions in the area via
organizations such as Universitas 2.1 and the
Association of Pacific Rim Universities.
APRO opening festivities included a banquet,
talks by various deans, and an Alumni Regional
Summit. Here are some ofthe participants: 1)
Valerie Tse, APRO manager of alumni affairs,
Doris Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lee and Henry
Lee. 2) Martha Piper at the podium. 3) Anthony
Cheng gets the E.coli scoop from banquet
speaker David Patrick. 4) UBC BOG chair Brad
Bennett with Martha Piper and Anthony Cheng,
showing off the new APRO plaque. 5) John
Hepburn, Dean of Science, made a presentation
to alumni.
42 Trek Summer 2005 claSSACTS
50s
June Goldsmith BA'56, a major contributor to Vancouver's classical music scene, has
received a lot of accolades lately. In March,
she was presented with the Order of Canada
in Ottawa; in April she learned she would
be honoured with an Order of BC. She is
founder and artistic director of Music in the
Morning, a local classical music series with
an educational element that helps people understand and appreciate classical music. The
shows regularly sell out, and Music in the
Morning has been able to support composers
by commissioning works and exposing audiences to new music. She currently volunteers
with a music program for cancer patients and
is launching a new, family-oriented program
at the Chan Centre. "For me this caps off
our 20th anniversary season," says June. "It
has been such a wonderful year of celebration and I am deeply honoured to have been
recognized both provincially and nationally
for the work I love to do."
60S
Douglas Graham BSc'69, MD'72,, fasam was
awarded the Dr. David M. Bachop Gold
Medal for Distinguished Medical Service by
the bcma "in recognition of his outstanding
contribution to medicine in British Columbia, notably in the field of addiction medicine." The citation also says: "Dr, Graham's
remarkable career has been highlighted by his
extraordinary care of patients with addiction
problems. He was a leader in the creation of
the Physician's Support Program of BC, to assist medical colleagues and their families who
were experiencing problems with physical or
mental health or emotional crisis." ... Having
June Goldsmith
Founder of Music
in the Morning
and passionate
supporter of
classical music in
Vancouver, Ms
Goldsmith received
the Order of
Canada in March.
retired form the practice of law, Robert
MacKay BCOM'64 has just completed
a three-and-a-half year term as the national president of the Duke of Edinburgh's
Awards, Young Canadians Challenge. He
is now the secretary of another charitable
endeavour, the Sovereign order of St. John,
Victoria Commandery ... Hugh Stephens
BA'67 is senior VP, International Relations
and Public Policy (Asia Pacific), for Time
Warner Inc. Hugh reports that there are
now three UBC folk working at the Policy
Division of the company's Hong Kong
headquarters: Alvin Lee BA'90 is director of
Public Policy and Lisa Soderlund is a policy
analyst and a third year co-op student. They
support the company's various operating divisions achieve business objectives through
identification and analysis of policy issues,
development of strategies to achieve policy
objectives, and advocacy with governments
and business associations in the region.
Hugh was formerly assistant deputy minister
with the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade in Ottawa. He joined
Time "Warner in zoor.
70S
Larry Beasley MA'76 has been inducted
into the Order of Canada. "Larry Beasley
is recognized as an authority on urban
development and urban issues," reads the
citation. "A senior planner with the City
ofVancouver, he has played a leading role
in transforming its downtown core into a
vibrant, liveable urban community. In doing
so, he developed a participative and socially
responsible approach to zoning, planning
and design, which has become known
internationally as the Vancouver Model. His
advice on ways to reinvigorate the urban environment has been sought by municipalities
Summer Trek 2005 43 class ACTS
across Canada and by cities in the United
States, China and New Zealand." ... Peter
Frinton BSc'72 was elected in December
2004 as councillor and municipal trustee
(Islands Trust) in a municipal by-election. His term is for one year. Earlier that
month, he lost his bid to become mayor by
51 votes. He says the by-election afforded
an excellent opportunity to be back in the
political realm. Between 1002. and ZO04, he
was a commissioner on the Bowen Island
Parks and Recreation Commission ... Paul
Harrison BSc'70 completed his phd in
Oceanography at Dalhousie University in
1974 and has been employed at UBC since
1975, most recently as associate dean of
Science. Brenda Harrison phd'Si (BSc'75,
Dalhousie) also has a doctorate in Oceanography from UBC. Both their children are
in BA programs at UBC - Julia in her third
year of International Relations and Teddy
in his second ... Lyall D. Knott BCOM'71,
llbVz, llm, a senior partner in Vancouver law firm Clark Wilson llp, has been
appointed chair of the UBC Foundation.
He has served as a director of the foundation since ioot. Its board includes UBC
chancellor Allan McEachern, Donald Rix,
Jim Eccott, and Mary Margaret Young ... In
April, Michael P. Robinson LLB'78 received
an Order of Canada, making him the third
member of his family to be so honoured. He
was recognized for his work to strengthen
partnerships with Aboriginal peoples. Basil
Robinson, Michael's uncle, received the
honour in 1991 for his work as a diplomat.
Michael's father, UBC Professor Emeritus
Geffrey Robinson, was appointed in 2001
having established provincial programs for
children with disabilities. Basil and Geffrey
were both UBC Rhodes Scholars ,., Shelley
Tratch BCOM'79, llb'So, former senior
partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and
current phsa and BC Film Board member,
received the Lifetime Achievement Award
from Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell at
the Association of Women in Finance's peak
Awards in May ... Robert G. Viens BMus'77,
mmus married Carolyn Walljasper on February 14, Z005. They reside in Bellingham, wa,
where Robert teaches private singing lessons,
and directs and adjudicates music festivals.
80S
Michael Bjornson BA'67, BARCH'70 and
Sherri Kajiwara BCOM'84 own a contemporary art gallery in Kits. Bjornson Kajiwara
Gallery (www.TAG.bc.ca) was opened in
April 1004 ... Arthur Ferrari BARC'83 has
been elected president of Alberta Architects
and Interior Designers. "The association
regulates the practice of architecture in
Alberta," he explains. "Next year will be our
100th anniversary. For nearly a century, our
members have helped shape our province
and have added to the quality of life of its
citizens. I will do my best to uphold these
values and offer guidance to the association
during my tenure as president" ... James
Giles ba'So, MA'83 (Philosophy) announces
Percy Saltzman BA'34
When Percy Saltzman went on air in September, 1952, on CBC-
xv's English broadcast, it was the first time a live person appeared on the screen. 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 his early
weather shows, he had no technical gadgetry. He used only a
chalk board and 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.
Born in Winnipeg, he and his family moved to Vancouver in
1925, After graduation he became a meteorologist with the
federal government in 1943 and continued in that position until
1968, at the same time as he was becoming one of Canada's
best-known broadcasters. During the Second World War, he
served as a meteorologist in the British Commonwealth Air
Training Plan.
In 1947, he helped arrange weather programs for CBC radio.
In 1948-49, 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 Behavior in the Human Male. "I used all the polysyllabic provocative porno phraseology 1 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 r970S and
1980s, working with the likes of Lloyd Robertson and Carole
Taylor, with whom he co-hosted the first iteration of Canada
AM.
He calculates that he did 6,000 shows during his career, including weather shows, political shows, evening shows, morning
shows, news and interview programs and all manner and types
of special TV shows. Included was a 26-show series on Canadian
history.
He was also involved in charity work.
In 2002 he was invested with the Order of Canada, and was the
recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.
In 2004, Percy Saltzman was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. - from cbc files
44 Trek Summer 2005 the publication of his new book The Nature
of Sexual Desire. "This book presents an
intercultural and experiential account of
sexual desire along with new theories of
gender, the sexual process, romantic love,
and orientations in love. Here it is shown
that sexual desire is an existential need,
which has its roots in desires for vulnerability, care, and the experience of gender." For
more information visit www.james-giles.com
... Douglas Gordon ba'8z is a producer for
Wisconsin Public Radio's To the Best of our
Knowledge. "It's a smart, entertaining audio
magazine of ideas," says Doug. "Each hour
focuses on a specific idea, issue or theme."
Since zooo, Doug has produced shows on
autism, existentialism, Canada, and ventriloquism. The show recently won a Peabody
Award. "This is a tremendous honour for all
of us who work on the show," he says. "I really enjoy working with such a great group
of intelligent, supportive, talented people. As
the only Canadian on staff, I've always done
my part to make sure that we get some Can-
Con on the show" ... Stephen Jolly, a Killam
Grad Stops Freight
Train in Durango
While returning from a mineral exploration project for Orko Gold Corporation in
Durango, Mexico, consulting geologist and
Ben Whiting bsc79, msc'89 made a different
kind of discovery. He noticed that a grass
and brush fire, which had been burning
earlier in the week, had reignited and that it
was burning along the railway line. He knew
that the tracks are usually not affected by
grass fires, but wooden railway bridges are
vulnerable. He cut off the highway to assess
the situation and found the bridge at El
Chorro engulfed in flames. After snapping
a quick photo for proof, he spun his truck
around and raced for the nearest telephone
to alert authorities. They said that they
would stop the next freight train until the
situation could be assessed. As the bridge
was totally destroyed, Ben's early warning
may well have saved a derailment and the
lives of several people on the train.
Fellow at UBC 1987-1988 and former Canadian Commonwealth Scholar, is the new
director of External Affairs and Communications at the University of Cambridge,
England ... Bruna Martinuzzi ba'Si, ma'86
was senior VP of Human Resources at
PCsupport.com and is now the President
of Clarion Enterprises Ltd., a Vancouver
company specializing in leadership and
emotional intelligence training. Emotional
intelligence, or eq {Emotional Quotient),
is emerging as a critical factor in high
performance at work and at school, eq
is the ability to know and manage one's
emotions, to motivate oneself, to recognize
emotions in others and to handle relationships. Research proves that our eq is much
more important in predicting our level of
success and satisfaction in life than our
IQ. It's another way of being smart. More
information on eq can be found on
Clarion's website: www.increaseyoureq.
com ... Reverend Rhonda Leaffie Matthews
BMUS'84 has been working at her first post
as minister at Knox Presbyterian Church
Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island ... David
Vaisbord BA'84 bas made another feature
length documentary, Drawing Out the
Demons. About the artist Richard Lukacs,
the film had its Vancouver premiere at the
Pacific Cinematheque on April 15, 2005.
For more information, see: www.cinemath-
eq u e. bc. ca/mar_a p r_ 0 5/d ra wing_out_the_
demons.html
Can UBC Create Your Legacy?
Pamela and Bcrnd Friedrich think so. Believing that education is the basis for so much
of what can be accomplished in life, the Friedrichs have included a bequest in their will
ro endow a new premier undergraduate scholarship at UBC, providing opportunities for
students of future generations. They have also designated funds for UBC's Michael Smith
Biotechnology Laboratories.
With their respective educational backgrounds, supporting advances in the health sciences
seemed a natural choice for the Friedrichs. "You should be excited about the work you
choose to support," Pamela says.
To create a legacy that will make a difference to future students and dedicated researchers,
contact UBC Gift Sc Estate Planning staff or ask for a free information kit.
Tel: 604.822.5373 Email: heritage.circle@ubc.ca
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(above) Robert Slaven: Happy grins for $1,000, please, Alex! (below) Ken Wi chert MBA'97
90S
Colleen Hannah bpe*9z, BED'97, MHK'99
and family are enjoying living in the Lower
Mainland having recently moved back from
Nanaimo. Colleen is serving her first year as
district vice principal of Aboriginal Education
in Mission ... Rosalm Hanna MHK'98 graduated in May from the University of Central
Florida with an education doctorate degree,
Curriculum 8c Instruction, specializing in
Exercise Science. She has accepted a position
at UBC's First Nations House of Learning
as student services coordinator ... After five
years as a freelancer, Benjamin Kwan BA'94
has started his own photography business, specializing in portraits and weddings
(www.bkwanphotography.com) ... Andrea
MacPherson BFA'99 married Stephen Don-
nery in Colverdale, BC, on August 7, 2004 ...
As a five-time Jeopardy champion (in 1992
he won $53,2,02), Robert Slaven MBA'91 was
recently invited to participate in jeopardy!
Ultimate Tournament of Champions, which
started airing on February 9. He won his first
two rounds (and brought his whole family
down to California during the taping of the
second, "to do the whole Disneyland thing"), but
lost in the third. Still - winnings of US$66,202 are
not to be sniffed at... Ken Wichert MBA'97 has
been named academic director of Northwood's
international program centre at the American
National College in Sri Lanka. He will also teach
marketing and management courses. He has
travelled extensively, and his experience teaching
high school for four months in Ghana confirmed
his desire to teach.
80S
Amy Kawai Yeung bcom'oo obtained her mba
from the University of Northern Iowa with
first-class standing ... Simon Beckow bhk'oo is
working at a luxury auto boutique. If you're in
the market for a new vehicle, he invites you to
contact him and mention you're a UBC alumnus:
sbeckow@autoone.ca ... Robyn Driedger-Klassen
ba'oo sang the Countess in Seattle Opera's Young
Artists production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro in April. "My greatest influence at UBC was
the head of the collaborative-piano department,
Rena Sharon, who taught me to love art, song
and the joys of discovering poetry and music,"
she says. Driedger-Klassen was one of only ten
singers chosen from the 600 applicants to enter
Seattle Opera's 2005 Young Artists Program ...
Miranda Lam llb'o2 is proving a very worthy
recipient of the UBC Alumni Association's 2002
Outstanding Student Award. Always active in the
community, she has volunteered with organizations such as the bc Youth Parliament, Camp
Phoenix, and the Law Courts Education Society.
She served on the hoard of Volunteer Vancouver for a number of years and is now chair. She
GET 'EM YOUNG, GET 'EM FOR LIFE!
When does ^89 plus 1991 plus 1999 equal
2026? Allison Arato (Emanuel) ba(poli sci)'99 and
husband Claudio Arato bsc(chem)'89, basc(chem
ENG)'9i have a one-year-old son,Tobias Arato, born
March 2, 2004. "Hopefully Trek Magazine will inspire him to be part of the class of '26! ... and maybe a
little influence from Mom and Dad!" says Allison.
46 Trek Summer 2005 Dear Editor:
1 enjoy the new format and wider horizon of Trek, so many thanks, The mag
is our wire to the old place. Recently I took my grandson on a tour after his
graduation at Ritsumeiken apu in Japan, a sort of affiliate of UBC. This turned
out to be some navigation project. Things have indeed expanded wildly since
my own day
Which brings me to the duty I've taken up on Trek's behalf. Once or twice
a year I get together with some '40s grads, all of us of course in regular
touch, pounding each other with emails. That's natural. We all were (some
still are) active writers ... Bob Harlow, former head of UBC writing, one of
BC's best and most prolific novelists, lives on Mayne Island and is making
scratchy sounds on his keyboard again, working on (I think) a new novel...
Jim Jackson, a grad who taught at and became registrar at Western before
retirement, now lives in Victoria. Last year he brought out a new and very
witty novel, Justin Fowles ... George Robertson, like all of us members of
Earle Birney's first uncredited writing group, and later mentored by him,
wrote and produced for cec iv for years. (George and I and Bob roomed in a
great old house on Matthews Avenue in our final years at UBC, and George
and I hooked up again at the National Film Board.) George is retired in West
Vancouver where he has strung his ample rumpus room with every sort of
electronic communications device known to the modern world ... Daryl Duke,
producer of a lot of TV shows that I wrote, in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, and my business partner in starting up ckvu, recently received an honorary
doctorate at Simon Fraser, Many will recognize his name from all the feature
motion pictures, miniseries and w dramas here and in the US that he directed.
Daryl is retired and lives near Horseshoe Bay.
After busy days in the wide reaches of our business, I retired to Salt Spring
Island, but recently came back to live in Richmond near children and grandchildren. Still do some screenplay consulting and even a bit of writing. In fact, an
optimistic young producer thinks he will turn an old epic of mine into a film.
Good luck to the excellent fellow in the narrow straits of Canadian filmhood
these days.
Many thanks to you and the staff for your excellent work, and good luck.
I look forward to all the old usysseys up in net archives soon. When touring
campus with my grandson we dropped into pub office. Staff there were most
courteous. They even dug out bound issues from 1947 and found an execrable
old column of minel The bound copies were frayed, gray, bent, and almost
unrecognizable, rather like that gang of '40s miscreants I reported on above.
- Norman Klenman, BA'48
recently became board chair for the Youth
Parliament of British Columbia Alumni Society.
Having recently completed a judicial law clerkship at the Supreme Court of British Columbia
she is now based at Davis & Company.
Business in Vancouver's 40 under 40
published January, 2005
Brenda Irwin MBA'99, director of Venture
Capital for the Business Development Bank of
Canada; Ryan Beedie MBA'93, president of The
Beedie Group; Mark Holland bsc(agr)'95,
Msc'99, principal of Holland Barrs Planning
Group Inc.; Claire Newell BA'92, owner and
president of Jubilee Tours and Travel Ltd.; and
Steve Hegyes BA'89, MFA'95, producer and principal of Bright Pictures Inc.; Bill Dobie, ba'oo
President and ceo of Navarik Corp.
Alumni Alley Cats
Several UBC alumni are involved in Alley Cats,
a Brodway-style musical comedy set in Vancouver. It was composed by Stephen Smith DMA'94,
and written by B.K Anderson BED'74 and K,
E. Zemliya BA'83. Alley Cats tells the story
of a community that comes together to fight
the demolition of its block to make way for a
giant coffee shop. The director is Michael Fera
of Horse Raven Theatre. He and wife Tanja
Dixon-Warren BFA'87 are co-producers.
Survey Sez
In January, the Alumni Association conducted a survey of our members to find
out what they - you - feel about UBC. We asked questions about your undergraduate experience, how connected you feel to UBC, how well we do at getting UBC's
message to you, etc., etc.
We were surprised by some answers, encouraged by some and discouraged by
others. It certainly pointed out our weaknesses and strengths.
The survey was conducted over a two week period and involved responses from
almost 1,400 alumni with undergraduate degrees.
• Satisfied with their undergrad experience at UBC	
• Would strongly recommend UBC to prospective student.
• Have visited UBC campus recently	
• Feel a sense of belonging when visiting campus.
• Have visited UBC website recently	
• Important to stay in touch with classmates	
• Feel UBC does excellent/good/fair good job of informing
alumni about campus news	
• Feel Trek Magazine keeps them informed about UBC.
• Feel UBC does excellent/good/fair job of providing
alumni events and activities	
• Would like opportunities to maintain intellectual
connection with UBC	
Would like help connecting with classmates
For more information on the alumni survey, visit our website.
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Jill Ackhurst bhe'68 on December 27, 2.003 ■■■
Leslie V. Arduini BSC'70 on October 15, 2.003
... Edward Batchelor basc(geol)'66 ... Dianna Cooper, Fine Arts librarian, died in the fall
of 2004 ... T. S. Cochrane basc(mining)'5o
... Allen Ciingman on March 27,1005. He
was a member of the faculty of Education for
more than 30 years, retiring in 1992 as head
of the Music Education program in Visual
and Performing Arts in Education. He was an
advocate of Community Music Education ...
Donald Rankin basc(mineral eng)'39 ... M.
R. Hegge basc(ceol)'66 ... Lyn Howes, one
of the first eli teachers in Continuing Studies,
passed away in November, 2004 ... Charles
Leitkie BSF'51 on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 ...
D.H. Patrick basc(civil)'55 ... G.B. Ralston
basc(elec)'47 ... Rimhak Ree on January 9,
2005, a professor emeritus of Mathematics
until retiring in 1987 ... Geography student
Peggy Ashby
and researcher Jared Stanley ... J. H. Swerdfeger basc{civil)'44 ... Violet Tarns on Feb
7, 2003 ... W. J. C.Warren basc(civil)'40 ...
Brian Unwin basc(mech)'68 ... D.J.Wedel
BASC(ctVIL)'78.
Peggy Ashby (Jones) BA'38
Peggy died quietly with her family present on
January 27, 2,005. She was born in England in
1316 and raised in BC. After UBC she returned
to England and served with the raf for the duration of wwn in the UK and Europe. She then
returned to Canada and attended the University
ofToronto, where she met and married Conn
Ashby. Careers took them to Illinois, Alberta,
Indiana, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Peggy retired as a psychometrist In Sudbury in 1981, a
which time she and Conn moved to Victoria
Peggy is predeceased by Conn and her brother,
Johnny. She is survived by children Fran Green,
Patrick (Joanna), Heather (Tom Jackson), and
Michele (Tim Hinds); four grandchildren and
sisters Lucille Martin (Johnny) and Gwen Holland. Peggy was a free spirit with a strong work
ethic.
The Hon. Ronald Basford BA'55, LLB'56
Ron Basford has died of a heart attack, aged
72. Born in Winnipeg, he received his education in BC and went on Co become one of the
province's longest-serving federal cabinet ministers, holding several different posts throughout
the late '60s and '70s. Professionally, he is
perhaps best remembered for his involvement
in the development of Granville Island. "When
Mr. Basford took responsibility for urban affairs, Granville Island was a polluted industrial
site and quite a disgrace to Vancouver," said the
Hon. Jack Austin in a recent tribute. "He and
his team had the vision, and he was capable of
not only developing the vision, but of actually putting Granville Island together and into
operation." As Minister of Consumer and
Corporate Affairs he introduced legislation to
control the price of drugs, the first minister to
do so. He is also remembered as a key player
in leading Canada's policy to eliminate capital
punishment.
Prime Minister Paul Martin released a statement on February 1. "Ron Basford's political
career began in the early 1960s, when the desire
for social change and progressive policies was
beginning to be felt across the land,. His liberalism was strongly in touch with this changing
mood. Canadians wanted to see their government do more to protect them - as consumers
in the marketplace, as residents of livable and
Don and Mary Cleveland
affordable cities, or as individuals having the
same rights and equality as every other member
of society. As a Minister of the Crown, Ron Basford played a key role in each of these areas."
Dr. E. M. Donald (Don) Cleveland BA'42, MA'51
and Mary Cleveland (Flanagan)
Don passed away peacefully on Monday,
February t4, 2005, in Winnipeg, aged 86 years,
rejoining his dear wife Mary who passed away
January 18, 2005.
They will be lovingly remembered by their
children, Anne (Richard Lindsay) of Winnipeg, Donald (Marian Walid) of Winnipeg and
Catherine Cleveland (John Aveline) ofVancouver; grandchildren, Stephan, Andrew, Benjamin,
Laura, Carl, Daphne and Laurel; sister-in-law
Janet Flanagan (Victoria); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Don
was predeceased by his parents, Donald (Dr.)
and Annie; younger sister Margaret Josephine
(Peggy-Jo) and brother-in-law Ivor O'Connell
(all of Vancouver). Mary was predeceased by
her parents, Stephen and Margaret; older brother Dr. Richard (Dick) Flanagan; sister-in-law
Mary; and younger brother Edward Flanagan
(all ofVictoria).
Summer Trek 2005 49 MEMORIAM
Don was born in 1918 in Montreal, Quebec
and raised in Vancouver. After UBC, he attended McGill, where he earned a phd in 1955.
Don met Mary in Montreal, where they were
both taking courses at McGill. They were married in Victoria in ^56.
Mary was born in 1921 in her family home
in Oak Bay, BC. She graduated from Victoria
College (University of Victoria) in 1942. Mary
was the Head of the Lab at the Royal Jubilee
Hospital, Victoria, ftom 1942.-1955.
They moved to Winnipeg where Don became
chief of Microbiology at Deer Lodge Hospital
(Department of Veteran Affairs), and lectured
at the Medical and Dental Colleges in Winnipeg. He was a compassionate, introspective
man who loved science, art and literature. His
favourite pastime was reading quietly with one
of his cats nearby.
Mary was a wonderfully gifted woman;
intelligent, talented, self-deprecating, unassuming and eternally optimistic. She had a limitless
supply of charity, humour and faith in the
ultimate goodness of her fellow human beings.
In memory of Mary and Don, donations may
be made to Pregnancy Distress Service Inc. 57t
Furby Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2.V9.
Patricia Anne Clugston BSc'81, md'86
Patricia Anne Clugston, 46, died peacefully
March 1, 2005, at Vancouver General Hospital
in the loving company of her husband, friends
and family. An extraordinary individual, Patty
touched the lives of many different people. She
was a plastic surgeon of enormous talent, who
dedicated herself to the BC Breast Reconstruction Program that she initiated to improve the
outcomes of post-mastectomy cancer patients.
Upon graduating in Medicine, Patty interned
at St. Paul's Hospital. She completed all of her
plastic surgery residency training in Vancouver
and followed it with a sub-specialty fellowship
in breast reconstruction with Patrick Maxwell
in Nashville, Tennessee. A competitive sportswoman, Patty was an accomplished skier, golfer
and tennis player. Despite her great achievements, she remained even in her final hours a
person of great humility. Her sharp wit, intellectual curiosity and pragmatism masked an
incredible courage as she fought bravely against
a cruel disease.
Patty is survived by husband, Stuart, parents
Roy and Gladys Whittle, brother John and his
wife, Linda, brother Richard and his wife, Gail,
Patty Clugston
brother Ron, sisters Lynn and Judith, brother-
in-law Bob, stepson Bhreandain, stepdaughter
Caitlin, and two Golden Retrievers, Molly and
Bailey, who brought her so much joy during her
long illness. Patty's sister, Jacquie Wismer, of
Atlanta, Georgia, predeceased her in 2002. Beyond her immediate family, we know Patty was
truly loved by her many nieces and nephews,
close friends and loyal colleagues.
Contributions to the BC Breast Reconstruction program would be most appreciated so
that Patty's hard work can be sustained by others. Cheques may be made out to: VGH 8c UBC
William Dent
Hospital Foundation, In Memory of Dr. Patricia
Clugston, cJo Foundation Office, Vancouver
General Hospital, 855 W. t2th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9.
William John Dent bsc(agk)'j8, msc(agr)'68
Bill is cherished in the hearts of his loving wife,
Marilyn,; daughters Karilyn McAuley (Ken),
Dariel Suhan (Dave), Donna Trewin (Brad), son
Laurie (Kathy), and grandchildren Amanda,
Kirsten, Lindsay, Lachlan, Tarilyn, Lauryn, Morgan and Kelsey. He will also be remembered by
his sister, Elizabeth Broughton, sister-in-law Mae
Thompson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in North Vancouver, Bill was raised in
Squamish. He completed a five-year honours
degree in Agriculture at UBC, during which he
met and married Marilyn.
Bill worked for the Alberta Department of
Agriculture as district agriculturalist, director,
Plant Industry, and as assistant deputy minister,
Field Services.These positions had Bill and his
family living in Lacombe, Two Hills, Barrhead
and Edmonton. In t990, Bill accepted a position
as president of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance
Corporation and resided in Melville, Saskatchewan, for two years.
Bill's special interests included music, rhe
outdoors, hunting, hockey, travel and Canadian
history. Friends and family will remember his
laughter, sparkling eyes, physical presence, integrity and warmth.
Elsa Elizabeth Grandi BA65, bsw'66, MSw'70
Elsa was born on May 30, 1917, in Angerman-
land, Sweden. Her pre-school days were spent
with few childhood companions, but a love of
nature and animals filled those early years and
stayed with her all her life. Elsa's mother, Agnes
Sjoberg, died when Elsa was seven. Elsa had to
leave her father, Olov, for much of the year to
live with her maternal aunt in order to acquire
an education.
When she was 18, Elsa joined the Pentecostal
Church in Harnosand, Sweden, where she attended Bible School and worked with children
and youth. What began as part time work soon
became an eight-year, full rime commitment.
Gradually, Elsa became aware of a call to Mongolia, and attended missionary college. To collect
money for her travel expenses, Elsa spoke in
churches across the country, bicycling from place
to place for weeks on end.
In t947, Elsa and five colleagues left for Mongolia, traveling first by ship to New York, then
by train to San Francisco, by boat to China, and
by air to the border of Mongolia. At this time,
50 Trek Summer 2005 the Civil War between Chiang Kai Shek's army
(the Nationalist Forces) and the Red Army was
raging in many parts of China.
After a year spent learning the language, Elsa
and her companions set out on camels to take
the gospel to Mongolian families. They traveled
from one home to the next, giving medical help,
telling stories from the Gospels, and leaving
portions of Scripture printed in the Mongolian
language.
By the summer of 1949, the rapid advancement of the Communist armies caused the four
missionaries to flee west to Szechwan. But the
advancement continued causing some of the
group to leave China. Elsa chose to stay with
other missionaries to see if they could work
under the new government. After 14 months,
the coming persecution was evident and it was
clear that the work of western missionaries
was drawing to a close. Their last baptismal
service was held in secret. No singing could
be permitted and those who were baptized
gave voice in whispers to their expressions of
praise. Elsa recalled thinking that some of the
church's martyrs were being prepared that day.
But a positive result of the increasing pressure
from the new rulers was that denominational
walls between Christian missionaries began to
crumble, and a new spirit of love and fellowship in Christ prevailed.
When Elsa returned to Sweden, she received
many invitations to speak of her experiences. As
she described the blessing experienced with the
crumbling of denominational walls, she became
aware of the growing unease of her denominationally-bound church. Lonely for China and
feeling increasingly isolated, Elsa emigrated to
Canada in 1954.
She worked as a stenographer for the Canadian Pacific Airlines for several years, then
trained as a psychiatric nurse at Riverview Hospital near Vancouver (winning the award for
the highest aggregate marks). Her training left
Elsa with the realization that some of River-
view's long-term patients (40 years in some
cases) might have been saved that ordeal had
there been more community-based resources.
With this in mind, Elsa earned a degree in Psychiatric Social Work, and served in that field until her retirement in 1981. She was also a field
instructor for the UBC School of Social Work, a
challenge she found to be very rewarding.
In 1967, Elsa met and married George
Grandi. Widowed in 1991, Elsa became a member of St. Edward's Anglican Church, where she
joined the choir. She was also a member of the
Camps Farthest Out and between 1994 and
1997 helped organize camp outreach programs
in BC. She was a member of the Order of St.
Luke at St. Saviour's Penticton and a member
of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. For many
years, Elsa held open house on Tuesday afternoons for prayer. Friends remember her gracious
hospitality, her faithful prayer support, her
generous supply of inspiring tapes and books,
her love of music and her never-failing soft spot
for their pets and hers. Elsa is survived by two
step-daughters, Carol and Glenda, and by one
nephew and one niece, Robert and Gull-Marianne in Sweden.
Edmund Heier BA'53, MA'55 PHD
Edmund Heier (Eddie) spent the bulk of his
career as a professor of Slavic studies at the University of Waterloo. Former colleague Andrew
Donskov described him as "One of the most
distinguished and active scholars of Russian
literature and comparative literary studies in our
time." The quality of his scholarship brought
him international renown.
Born to a German family in Russia in 1926,
Eddie left for Canada when wwn broke out
and went to stay with an uncle in Regina. He
met wife Mary at UBC when studying for his
master's. After their marriage in 1954, the
couple moved to the States, where Eddie earned
his doctorate. He joined the University of Waterloo during the institution's earliest years, and
he became one of the founders of the Faculty
of Arts and of the department of Germanic and
Slavic studies. Eddie and Mary had two children, Arthur and Linda, who clearly remember
the time Eddie was on sabbatical for a year
and took the whole family on a cultural tour of
Europe, Turkey and Russia.
Eddie established the first Canada-USSR
academic exchange program in the midst of
the Cold War. He was constantly sought for his
expert advice, and his skills in teaching were recognized with an award in 1983, and the respect
of his students. On his retirement in 1994, he
attained distinguished professor emeritus status.
He was a keen art collector, and loved to cook
and socialize. His family cherish memories of an
unusual and gregarious man with high standards, high expectations, and a zest for life.
Gabriele Helms PHD'96
Gabriele was born on May 15, 1966, in Dortmund, Germany, and died December 31, 2004,
in Vancouver. She is survived by husband Bob
Shore and daughter Hana Gabriele Helms-
Shore, who was born at St. Paul's Hospital on
December 29, 2004, parents Karl Heinz and
Marlies Helms of Holzwickede, Germany,
brother Michael of Dortmund, and many
friends and colleagues in Canada, Germany and
around the world. Gabi received her Masters
in English from the University of Cologne and
her phd at UBC in Canadian Literature. She
taught in the department of English at SFU
and recently realized her dream, becoming an
assistant professor of English at UBC. Dr. Helm
was an exceptional teacher and scholar, and
made important contributions to the fields of
Life Writing and Canadian Literature.
Gabi found great comfort and friendship
as a member of a support group through the
BC Cancer Agency and her relationships there
inspired her to lead the organization of a
groundbreaking national event: The Young and
the Breastless: A Networking Event for Young
Women with Breast Cancer. Held at UBC in
May, 2004, this event was the first of its kind in
the country and drew participants from across
Canada. Gabi was also on the board of directors for The Canadian Breast Cancer Network
based in Ottawa. Her family thanks the caring
nurses and doctors at St. Paul's Hospital and
the BC Cancer Agency, especially Drs. Roberta
Pauls and Cicely Bryce.
Gabi always thought of others first, and ultimately chose her daughter's life over her own.
Breast cancer took her far too early and she
will be profoundly missed. Donations in Gabi's
memory may be made to the bc Cancer Agency.
Joseph Anthony Hinke
Joseph Hinke died on the last day of 2004 after
a long struggle with lung cancer. He was a native Vancouverite. Always inventive, innovative
and a natural problem solver, he was delighted
to do the science he loved. A graduate of the
medical school, he interned at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and then spent two
years of study and research in England, where
he invented a soduim-sensitive and a potassium-sensitive glass microelectrode. He taught
and researched in UBC's Anatomy department
for 16 years before chairing the department of
Anatomy at the University of Ottawa.
From university life, his second career began
when he co-founded Thermal Energy International Inc. with his son, Tom, in 1991 and
became vp of research when the company went
public. He was the primary inventor of the
company's patented air pollution control technology. Over the past 10 years his scientific and
engineering work was key to the development
of a cost-effective remedy for the reduction
of air pollution emissions from smoke stacks
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and the prevention of harmful smog containing heavy metals. His ultimate retirement took
him back home to his beautiful West Coast and
boating aboard The Good Life - always a challenge and adventure.
Jo died at his home in Comox in the company of his family. He is survived by the family
he always had humour and time for: wife Liz,
sons Joe, Tom and Jeremy and their wives Barb
Cornish, Elena Shulkov and Christine Hinke,
grandchildren Matti and Lisa Lake-Hinke,
Dante deCaria-Hinke, Daniel Hinke, Ta may a,
Brianna and Savannah Hinke, sisters Mary
Kidd and Dorry Lusher, and brothers-in-law
Dick Kidd and Irving Lusher. Memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders,
2.2.ooYonge Street, 8th Floor, PO Box 31360
stn brm b, Toronto, on, M7Y ie6.
Charles Robert James BASC'65
Charles died on January 24, 2003, of a brain
tumor. After 3 2 short days Chuck passed away
peacefully in his sleep at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He was 60 years of age and is survived by
his sister, Marie E. Lonergan.
Benjamin Morgan Lawson bsc(agr)'49
Born October 25, r9i3, Benjamin Morgan
Joseph Hinke
Lawson passed away in Vancouver on December 29, 2004, predeceased by his wife Eileen
Sara (Sally). He is lovingly remembered by
children, Frances, Jim (wife Anne, children Alina
and Kiara), Sandy (wife Bev, children Julene,
Lisa and Teri Lynn), close relatives Ben and
Gaye Archibald and family, his brother-in-law
Harry Morrow and family, sister-in-law Jean
Morrow, family friend Jan Anderson, plus many
relatives in Northern Ireland, BC, and Ontario.
Ben grew up in Kitsilano. He met Sally
at Pat Bay while serving in the rcaf during
wwn. After the war Ben earned his Bachelor
of Science degree in Agricultute and then spent
his career working for our federal government's
department of Agriculture. Ben always enjoyed
gatherings with family, friends, neighbours, and
relatives as well as playing golf and bridge. A
memorial service was held at Dunbar Heights
United Church on Wednesday January 5, 2005,
to celebrate Ben's wonderful life.
Mary Ann Teresa MacKinnon BSN'83 MSN'00
Mary Ann was born September 4, 1958, in
Vancouver and passed away peacefully on April
t5, 2005, surrounded by family and friends
in the warmth and comfort of her home. She
met the challenges of cancer with acceptance,
faith and grace, and without complaint. She
welcomed the care and prayers that she received
wirh gratitude. Mary Ann was a highly skilled
and respected nurse at St. Paul's Hospital since
1983. Her service included the roles of staff
nurse in the Coronary Care Unit, and clinical nurse leader (as well as nurse educator) in
the Intensive Care Unit. She valued education,
achieving her Bachelor and Masters in Nursing
from UBC and becoming the first graduate of
the Advanced Diploma in the Health Science
Progam at bcit.
As a nurse Mary Ann inspired her colleagues
with her respectful interpersonal skills, clinical
knowledge and the talent to apply these skills
to help ease the suffering of her patients. She
understood the important role of the family in
a patient's experience in the health care system
and was a true patient advocate. The gifts of
service she shared with St. Paul's Hospital were
returned to her as a patient at St. Paul's, where
she was given care and love from her doctors,
nurses and spiritual workers. She was a source
of strength and support for her own family and
always cherished the times spent with her parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. Her amazing
circle of long-time friends was an inspirarion
and they were there for her when she really
needed them.
Benjamin Lawson
When Mary Ann came home she was
blessed with the support of the Vancouver
Coastal Health Home Hospice Program that
helped give her the dignity of being in her own
home and able to have frequent and enjoyable
visits from her supportive friends, family and
priest. Mary Ann will be deeply missed by
her family: sister Rose Marie, brother Joseph
(Gabriella), nieces and nephews Michael,
Laura, Timothy, David, John and Dianna, and
numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Mary Ann loved children and education.
Memorial donations may be made to her former elementary school, Our Lady of Perpetual
Help School, to help rebuild it after the recent
fire. To sign the online memorial, please visit
www. kearneyfs.com
Ann Liisa McCutcheon, BA'91
Ann passed away Sunday, February 6, 2005
after a valiantly fought battle with cancer.
Born February 19,1968, beloved daughter of
Dave and Irene, she will be deeply missed by
her brothers George (and Ingrid), Matt (and
Cathy), Tim (and Kelly), her nephews Gabriel,
Carmine, Northrop, Keihgan, Luke, her niece
Hannah, relatives in Canada, the US and Fin-
52 Trek Summer 2005 land, and her friends and colleagues.
Ann inspired all who know her with her
courage, optimism, humour, love and grace. She
never gave up, and she encouraged this same
positive attitude from those around her.
While a student at UBC, she was active in
sorority life, and served as president of Alpha
Delta Pi. In 1999, she joined the Credential and
Ethical Funds family. She devoted herself to her
job and to the people she worked with as Client
Relations Manager. She was a leader and friend
to many.
Ann was a lifelong lover of the arts. In her
youth, she read voraciously and took piano and
ballet lessons. As a young adult, she performed
in musicals and loved to travel. She was a brilliant writer and lent her angelic soprano voice
to the Gallery Singers, an early music choir.
Ann will be fondly remembered for her
stylish shoes and matching handbags, and for
her deep affection for chocolate. On a Sunday
afternoon she could be found walking the seawall with friends or strolling through Granville
Island.
Among her many volunteer activities, Ann
enlisted friends and colleagues to run in the
Canadian Cancer Society's annual Relay for
Life. "Annie's Banannies" was the top fundraising team in 2004, with a contribution of more
than $22,000. Four "Banannies" teams from
Sandy Robertson
Credential and Ethical Funds ran in this year's
Relay for Life in memory of Ann.
Ann was also an active member of the UBC
Alumni Association. She chaired the Divisions
Committee and the Pan Hellenic society in the
early 1990s, and was a Member at Large for
the Association. She enjoyed being a mentor to
senior students, and spoke at "Beyond the BA"
sessions, helping students understand that there
was life after university.
Though tears of sadness flow today, Ann's
memory will endure in the hearts of those who
knew her. Her contagious smile and her zest for
life will continue to inspire us to live our lives to
the fullest and to express our affection for each
orher. That will be her legacy. Truly, the world
has lost one of the best.
In memory of Ann, family and friends are
establishing an award at UBC. Call Michelle
Messinger at the UBC Development Office,
604.822.8904To register donations for Annie's
relay teams, visit online at www.bc.cancer.ca.
Leonard Roy McLellan BASC'43
Len was born in Vancouver on August 15, t920,
a seventh generation Canadian. He died on Jan
ary 15, 2.005. He was predeceased by brother
Gilmore, BASc'36 in 2003, and is survived b
wife Ruth (McCallum), daughters Susan (Ray)
Sewell and Sally (Ken) Ball, and sons David
and Alan (Barbara), six grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren, as well as a brother, Robert,
BA'38 of Richmond.
Len atrended Magee High School and UBC,
and then served in the navy as electrical officer
on a corvette from 1943 to 1945. The following
year he joined the engineering staff of the City
of Vancouver as Street Lighting and Utilities
Engineer.
Len and Ruth had their home built on West
63rd Avenue and lived there for 56 years. They
were active members of Ryerson United Church,
where Len was Mr. Fix-It and a long-time choir
member and elder. The family traveled across
the country in a trailer and had a cottage in the
Cariboo. Both before and after retirement, Len
and Ruth enjoyed hiking, swimming, gardening,
several Elderhostel outings and the many cultural activities of the city. A gentle, giving man,
without guile, Leonard will be greatly missed
and ever remembered by those in his profession,
his church community and his family.
George Radford
Respected gardener, George Radford, who oversaw the gardens at Government House, died of a
heart attack recently, aged 73. He left his spade
i
Ann McCutcheon
to Lieutenant Governor Iola Campagnola, who
said at a reception in Radford's honour: "He was
our most learned and distinguished garden-guide,
a man with a clear horticultural vision, born of
years of intensive study, travel and practical application."
Bom in Saskatchewan but raised in Ireland
before returning to Canada. George showed an
early fascination with plants and his obsession
never waned. He "could never get enough of
gardens," says Ron Rule, head of the Certificate
of Garden Design Program at UBC who often accompanied George on garden tours of England.
"He'd go out with flashlights in taxicabs in the
dark." His expansive knowledge of horticulture
and its history astounded many. "The only person I ever met with equal abilities was Graham
Stuart Thomas, who just died in England," says
Rule. "Of all the gardeners I ever met in BC,
George was the most knowledgeable about design and horticulture. He was in a category of his
own; no one even comes close."
Charles Bennett (Chuck) Ready BA'50
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Chuck died on June 2, 2004, after a valiant
battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, surrounded by his family: wife Nancy Grant
Ready, daughters Elizabeth, Casey, Jennifer,
Gillian, and Margot, their partners, and
Chuck's grandchildren.
Born in London, England, on March 18,
1929, Chuck moved with his family first to
Montreal, where he graduated from Loyola
College, and then to Vancouver. At UBC,
Chuck was a member of the Newman Club,
Sigma Chi, and an avid alpine skier. After
UBC, he became a banker, spending most of
his career with the former Federal Business
Development Bank, now the Business Development Bank of Canada. Chuck and family
moved frequently all across Canada, from
Vancouver to Comox, Victoria, Montreal,
Thunder Bay London, and Toronto.
Upon retirement, Chuck and Nancy
returned to Vancouver where he turned his
talent and passion for home renovation into a
business, becoming the "Boulevard Handyman," renowned throughout Kerrisdale and
Shaughnessy for his impeccable work.
Chuck was a devoted husband and father
whose life was dedicated to his wife and
daughters. His intellect and wit are sadly
missed by all who knew and loved him.
Edward Alistair (Sandy) Robertson BASC'46
On April 3, 2005, the era of one of the greatest athletes to ever wear the Blue & Gold,
came to a close. Sandy Robertson, record-setting UBC basketball star, Thunderbird soccer
player, professional baseball pitcher and
champion squash player, passed away at his
home in Vancouver, aged 82.
During the early and mid 1940s Robertson
set new scoring records while playing on some
of UBC's best-ever basketball teams. The
engineering graduate then embarked upon
a pro baseball career as a pitcher with the
Boston Red Sox, later reaching Triple A with
the Durham Bulls and setting a team record
for consecutive victories with the Vancouver
Capilanos. He also starred on five more Canadian champion basketball teams with the Vancouver Cloverleafs. He was an exceptionally
talented all-rounder and was inducted into
the BC Sports Hall as such in 1971.
Robertson worked as a consulting civil engineer for 50 years forming his own company,
rktg, with three partners in 1955. His son
Bruce, was also a UBC graduate and gained
international acclaim as an Olympic swimmer.
Sandy, a lifelong Vancouverite and active over
the years on many local boards and committees, was an inaugural inductee into UBC's
Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He was the
beloved husband for 5 5 years of Mary Patricia
Crowe, the loving father of Barbara, Bruce
and Carolyn, and is also survived by four
grandchildren (Melissa, Sarah, Alexander and
Megan), two brothers (Waddy and Murray),
two sisters (Lucille and Jean) and numerous
nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his
parents (Alexander and Lucy) and two sisters
(Maisie and Betty).
Kenneth Norman Scott basc'(elec eng>52
Ken quietly passed away in his sleep at St.
Joseph's Auxilliary Hospital, Edmonton, on
December 10, 2004. Ken was born in Victoria
to Margaret (Anderson) and Robert Scott
on September 25, 1928. He attended Mount
View High School before UBC. He married
Mary Bury in Kelowna, BC, the same year he
completed his studies. They had four children:
Norman of Toronto, Debbie in Burlington,
Kathryn (Mogens Albrecht) in New Sarepta,
and Ross (Karen Taylor) of Hamilton. He also
leaves a sister, Jane Muir ofVictoria. He was
predeceased by his brother, Donald, in June
2004.
Ken worked for cil and the Federal Department of Transport. During the course of his
work he visited every airport in Canada, and
eventually became project manager at Toronto
International Airport (Pearson). Ken retired in
1985. He was an avid model railroader and
a life member of the Brampton Horticultural
Society and the Chinguacousy Garden Club.
Ken lived for 3 3 years with Parkinson's
- always in good humour and with courage.
He enjoyed life right to the end, having just
returned from a cruise to Hawaii with his wife
and family members.
His family wishes to thank all those who
have helped in making Ken's life more fulfilled, including friends, clergy, and staff at the
Capital Health Care facilities in Sherwood
Park and Edmonton. Memorial donations
may be made to the Adult Support Group, 12
Bower Drive, Sherwood Park, AB t8h 1V3.
George Raymond Slade BA'51, BED'58
On February 25, a beloved husband, father,
and grandfather went home to be with the
Lord. Born January 23, 1925, in a house on
Southeast Marine Drive in what was then
South Vancouver, George is survived by his
sisters Jean Corbett and Delma (Ben) Kopp
and their families, his wife Edna-May, and
his children Rob (Gloria), Greg, George
(Lynn), Bronwyn, and Gwyneth (Oliver), his
grandchildren, Spencer and Kirsten Slade and
Benjamin and Matias Ebelt, and predeceased
by his daughter Fiona.
George worked for the Vancouver School
Board, retiring as an elementary school principal in 1988. After being made a vice-principal,
he returned to school himself, earning a Master of Education degree. Ray was a pioneer
in the use of computers in elementary school
administration, and championed the use of
computers, both in the school office and in
the classroom, before they became fashionable. He served in First Baptist Church, Keats
Island Baptist Camp, and the Baptist Union
of Western Canada, and after his retirement,
worked in Ukraine, Belarus, and Croatia
with the International Schools Project and
Canadian Baptist Volunteers. Ray lived an
extraordinary life, but he will be remembered
as a man who loved God and his family, and
who demonstrated selflessness, character,
compassion, wisdom, and faith. Memorial donations may be made to the Victorian Order
of Nurses, or to First Baptist Church for the
Croatia fund.
M. Patrick Sweeney BASC'43, scd
Beloved husband, author, researcher and university professor, Patrick Sweeney entered into
eternal life at his home on March 20, 2005.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving
wife Zsuza and his son, David. He is also survived by a brother, sister. His ashes were laid
to rest with full military honours in Arlington
National Cemetery. Patrick Sweeney was a
man of determination and this is his story, as
told by his widow, Zsuzsa Vargane:
"My roots go back to Ireland. My mother's grandparents came to the New World
to introduce the new technology of making
paper and established the first paper mill in
North America, in Ocean Falls, Canada. My
father, who was also Irish, had strict disciplines and made me, my brother and sister
work really hard.
In my fourth grade of elementary school,
my (exceptional) teacher, Miss Long, made
me stay after school, and repetitiously make
15 water color designs in order to prove to
me that I could do better than the sloppy
work before. It worked in proving to me the
pride of properly sound accomplishment.
54 Trek Summer 2005 Previously, I had tanked tenth, after that
I consistently ranked first. After a few
months in the fifth grade, I was skipped co
the sixth, still ranking first. That skipping
was repeated the next year (still ranking
first) finishing high school (grade 12) at age
15, and receiving scholarship to university.
I became intimately familiar with the
workings of the large pulp and paper mill.
I started learning organic chemistry on my
own (age 12) and took the evening technical course on pulp and paper-making (age
13). I also worked in the town's movie theater (age ir-15) or long-shored, pushing a
hand truck (age 14-15). Frequently, during
my early years, when asking an adult why
this or that, he or she would reply, "Son,
you have a lot to learn!" without further
answering the question, so I quit asking
and learned on my own. I've been learning
ever since.
Publications: 5 Patents, and n co-authored
technical papers; Proprietary Confidential Reports: On Methanol, Desalination,
and Aquaculture; Manuscripts: "We the
(Real) People" (political economy); "The
Nutritional Encyclopedia and Biomedical
Glossary"; "Modern Nutrition" (condensed
edition).
Patrick Sweeney
Stephen C. Thorson bsc(med), md, frcp(c)
Stephen passed away peacefully on February 1, 2005, in Saanich Peninsula Hospital.
He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy,
daughters Kristin (Maurice) Vignal of Prince
George and Lisa Thorson of Vancouver, son,
Stephen Thorson of Toronto; grandchildren
Geoffrey and Kathleen, and great-granddaughter, Makenna.
Stephen was born in Winnipeg on January 5) *9M>t0 Ada an£l Charles Thorson.
(Charles was a noted cartoonist and illustrator.) In 1936 Stephen moved to Los Angeles
and attended Elsinore Naval Academy and
Hollywood High School. He returned to
Canada in 1943 to join the RCAF, receiving
his wings and a commission, but wwn ended
before he could put his training into use.
Immediately after the war, Stephen
enrolled in the pre-medicine program at the
University of Manitoba. While at university,
he married Mary (Molly) Louise Griffiths
of Saskatoon, who passed away on June 4,
1983. In 1952 he obtained his medical degree and entered private practice in Surrey. In
addition, he held the post of Chief of Medical Staff at the Surrey Memorial Hospital
from 1961 to 1962.
He spent the years between 1962 and
1965 as a resident in endocrinology at the
Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He then moved
back to the West Coast to join VGH as chief
resident, becoming a Fellow of the Royal
College of Physicians of Canada in 1967. He
subsequently accepted a teaching appointment with UBC's faculty of Medicine in
1969, becoming associate professor in r973.
Stephen also had a clinical practice in endocrinology at vgh and did several years of
research in thyroid function, with a particular interest in developing methods of thyroid
carcinoma management. Failing eyesight
forced him into an early retirement in 1990.
Stephen was an avid yachtsman, spending his summers cruising the coastal waters
either under sail or by powerboat, and
traveling as far as Alaska. He was also an
enthusiastic gardener, an accomplished artist,
and a keen scholar of European history. He
had an abiding interest in his Viking ancestry.
Rubina Wong ba'oi
Rubina died when the tsunami swept Indonesia, Dec. 26, 2004. She was a fun-loving,
kind-hearted woman with a zest for travel.
This photo was taken on Christmas Day,
2004.
Rubina Wong
Paul Maurice Wood BA'71, BED'73
Born in Trail, BC, on November 19, 1945, Paul
passed away peacefully in Nelson on February
3, 2005. Predeceased by his parents, John and
Margaret Wood, Paul leaves his loving wife,
Leah, daughters Michele Konschuh, Misty (Paul)
Terpstra, Chelsey (Jim) McAllister and step-son
Brant (Margaret) Gray, After UBC, Paul started
his teaching career in Cassiar, and later moved
on to Christina Lake and Grand Forks. Paul
loved his career and he made it his life's work
to improve the lives not only of his students,
but also of the teaching colleagues with whom
he worked. For many years, in addition to
teaching full-time, Paul happily volunteered his
time through his involvement with the British
Columbia Teachers' Federation.
Many of his early teaching years were spenr
on rcacher bargaining committees, and he served
as president of the Grand Forks Teachers Association for several years. For the last T5 years
of his career, he was a member of the Provincial
Intermediate Teachers Association Executive,
spending several years as president.
Paul loved to travel and he and Leah took
many wonderful trips before he succumbed to
mesothelioma. He also loved to fish and was
never happier than when he had caught a large
salmon or halibut or was just spending a lazy
afternoon fishing in a mountain stream. Paul
was a kind and gentle man who loved his family
and friends. He touched many lives, and will be
sadly missed.
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