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The University of British Columbia
Alumni Association  !h&Ir
Take Note
4 To Walk Again
Dormant brain cells may be the key to healing spinal cord
injury. By Ellen Schwartz
3   Main Library Redux
Main Library, once thought stone, cold dead, is back.
By Chris Petty
%  In Search of Habitat
A UN conference on urban problems is coming to Vancouver in
2006. By Vanessa Clarke
5 Scholarly Publishing
UBC Press books aspire to a better standard. By Judith Walker
[)  Pictoral History
UBC Archives has some pictures it wants you to see.
3   Big Man on Campus
Nestor Korchinsky graduates, finally. By Don Wells
3   Letters
6 The Arts
3   Books
0  Alumni News
5   Class Acts
3  In Memoriam
SPRING     2003
The Magazine ofthe University of British Columbia
Editor Christopher Petty, mfa'86
Designer Chris Dahl
Assistant Editor Vanessa Clarke
Board of Directors
President Gregory Clark, bcom'86, LLB'89
Senior VP Jane Hungerford, BED'67
Treasurer Tammie Mark, bcom'88
Members at Large '02 - '04
John Grunau, BA'67
Darlene Marzari, msw'68
Colin Smith, BASC'65
Members at Large '01 - '03
David Elliott, BCOM'69
Martin Ertl, BSc'93
Billy Wan, BCOM'82
Acting Executive Director
Leslie Konantz
Editorial Committee
Vanessa Clarke
Chris Dahl
Sid Katz
Scott Macrae, BA'71
Christopher Petty
Herbert Rosengarten
Trek (formerly the UBC Alumni Chronicle) is
published three times a year by the UBC Alumni
Association and distributed free of charge to UBC alumni
and friends. Opinions expressed in the magazine do not
necessarily reflect the views of the Alumni Association or
the university. Letters to the editor are welcome. Address
correspondence to:
Christopher Petty, Editor
UBC Alumni Association,
6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, BC, Canada  v6T 1Z1
or send e-mail to cpetty@alumni.ubc.ca
Letters will be published at the editor's discretion
and may be edited for space.
For advertising rates and information, contact
the editor at 604-822-8914.
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Address Changes
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Volume 57, Number 1
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Dhotograph: Martin Dee
Spring 2003   Trek   3 rebirth, renewal, regeneration
A few weeks ago a colleague and I had to
attend a meeting at the south end of campus.
We were running late so he offered to drive,
giving us a chance to discuss the meeting's
agenda and avoid arriving breathless and
sweaty. Head down, I sorted some papers and
chatted, until the car came to a stop. I looked
up and had no idea where I was. I didn't
recognize the buildings in front or beside, and
the little parking lot we were in might as well
have been in Philadelphia.
I found my bearings soon enough (the
mountains are always north), but it's the first
time in years such a thing has happened to
me on campus. Take your eye off the ball for
a moment and you get smacked upside the
In the mid '80s, when I was a student, UBC
hadn't changed much in 20 years. The huts
were still everywhere, the temporary buildings
from the '20s and '30s were looking pretty
tatty and even the newer buildings had an
austere, utilitarian feel. When the products
of the World of Opportunity fundraising
campaign began coming on-line in the mid
'90s, it was as if a hurricane had hit. Buildings
sprang up everywhere and cranes dotted the
skyline like the Singapore docks. Now, in the
mid '00s, there are plans for a new University
Town, new housing (market and subsidized),
and major renovations to Main Library. The
campus is set to be transformed once again.
So, a few days ago I decided to take a
walking tour of UBC, just to get reacquainted.
I found some new and not-so new places you
might want to seek out if you haven't been
here for a while.
• The courtyard at St. John's College. It's
quiet, green and secluded, and easy to find a
bench. Smart kids all around.
• The lobby of the Forest Sciences building.
I've been there many times before, but if you
haven't, you're missing out. It's like being in a
parallam forest.
• Acadia Park. You won't recognize it.
Wouldn't it have been cool to live there?
• The Village. New high-rises, two sushi
restaurants, brand name coffee shops, a liquor
outlet, Cuban cigars and a buck store. The
park, just east, has also been redone.
• Green College courtyard. As serene as it
gets. Pathways to the beach close by.
• First Nations Longhouse. It's everything
you've heard and more, complete with its
own waterfall.
• C.K. Choi building. Made from
materials reclaimed from the old Armouries.
A "must visit."
• Koerner Library. Come in, grab a book,
sit at a carrel and discover what's wrong with
the Main stacks.
Universities are all about renewal.
Physically, intellectually, spiritually. Trek 6
features stories that reflect rebirth, renewal
and regeneration. Renascence. We hope you
enjoy it.
Trek Magazine was honoured this year
by the Council for the Advancement and
Support of Education, District VIII (western
Canada, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon
and Montana), and named the best university
magazine in the district. The magazine was
also recognized with silver awards for writing
and design.
- Chris Petty MFA'86 editor
Vanessa Clarke is assistant
editor of Trek Magazine. She was
born in the United Kingdom, came
to Canada in 1994 and became
a citizen. She has been based in
Vancouver since 1998, and is a
graduate of the Douglas College
Print Futures program. Her writing
has been featured in a number of
local publications.
Ellen Schwartz MFA'88 is the author
of the Starshine series of books for
children; Mr. Belinski's Diamond, Jesse's
Star and, most recently, I'm a Vegetarian,
a book to help teens (and their parents)
interested in making the switch to a
vegetarian diet. Her last piece for Trek
Magazine was William New - Cubist
Collage, a look at UBC's CanLit star.
Don Wells BA '89, has written
features on UBC personalities for
Trek Magazine and its predecessor,
the Alumni Chronicle, for the past 10
years. He worked in UBC's Athletics
department as manager of marketing
and communications, and later as
a consultant and communications
coordinator for UBC Public Affairs. A
former member of the Association's
Board of Directors, Don now
resides in Edmonton and is a senior
communications strategist for TELUS.
Judith Walker BA'72, MA'95 works
as a writer and public relations type in
Vancouver. Although she spends her time
in corporate PR and media relations,
she spends her passion on books and
literature. Among the many projects
she's taken on for very little financial
reward are writing for Books in Canada,
proofreading for UBC Press and working
for the Vancouver International Writers
and Readers Festival. Her fondest
memory of UBC is the musty-sweet smell
ofthe stacks in Main Library.
4   Trek   Spring 2003 TAKE NOTE
E.coli Vaccinator Honoured
An expert in food- and water-borne
bacteria, Professor Brett Finlay, has been
getting of a lot of attention recently.
Canadian Living magazine named him
one of io Canadian scientists most
likely to save your life, and in November
he was the subject of an hour-long
documentary on Discovery Health
TV. His latest accolade is to be named
the Peter Wall Institute Distinguished
Professor, UBC's most prestigious
academic honour.
The interest has been stirred up by
Finlay's development of a vaccine to
fight E.coli: not for people, but for cattle,
to prevent food contamination. The
2.000 Walkerton crisis brought fears for
human health and contamination of the
water supply by E.coli to the forefront
in Canada. On an international scale,
a related strain of E.coli causes infant
diarrhea and almost one million deaths
a year. Finlay's vaccine is being tested on
75,000 animals across Canada.
His research concentrates on the
interactions between disease-causing
bacteria and their host cells, examining
how the bacteria adhere, enter, survive,
replicate and exit. In
1997, he discovered Brett Finlay has
that E.coli bacteria
adhere to the intestine by inserting a
soluble protein into the membrane of
the host cell, a finding which led to
development of the vaccine.
Finlay earned his bsc and phd at the
University of Alberta and completed
his post-doc at Stanford. He is founder
of the Canadian Coalition for Safe
Food and Water, an organization
discovered how to vaccinate cattle against E.coli, saving them, and us, from contamination.
that advocates for more research,
and co-founder of Vancouver's Inex
Pharmaceuticals Inc. Coincidentally,
the previous Peter Wall Institute
Distinguished Professor was the late
Nobel laureate Dr. Michael Smith, who
recruited Finlay to UBC in 1989. The
professorship comes with five-year salary
support and is renewable.
University Town
QDAbuzz with activity and excitement as
UBC is during the day, once the last class
is over all but a handful of the 35,000-
odd staff, students and teachers disappear
into the Lower Mainland. What's left is a
deserted campus with few activities, not
much night life, and the eerie feeling of an
episode of Twilight Zone.
Dhotograph by Martin Dee
Spring 2003   Trek   5 .1
Last summer I had the chance
to visit the University of California
Berkeley and Harvard University.
These two universities share
something in common other than
jti    their adjacencies to oceans and their
academic excellence. Both exist near,
but not within, the major urban
centres San Francisco and Boston.
Both are entrenched in university
towns - Berkeley and Cambridge
- that help define, translate and
integrate the academic missions of
the institutions, towns that respond
to and reflect upon the essence and
identity of the two institutions. In both instances, the universities
share their greatness with the unique towns that harbour them.
Can you envision UC Berkeley without "seeing" the town of
Berkeley? Can you imagine Harvard without conjuring up
Harvard Square and Cambridge?
This is what we contemplate for UBC: a great university
becoming greater as a result of being part of a university town.
UBC is about to catch up with its destiny. Nearly ioo years
ago the founders of UBC convinced the BC government to set
aside 3,000 acres on Point Grey to provide an endowment for the
development of an international calibre public university.
UBC has achieved part of that vision, rising to become one
of the best universities in Canada, standing among the best in
the world. And it has done so without using up that precious
resource. In fact, nearly two-thirds of the original endowment
is permanently preserved as Pacific Spirit Park. Green space is a
defining characteristic of many university towns.
As we near our 90     anniversary we have the ability to build
a university town that will rival those associated with the leading
universities in the world. It will be integrated, pedestrian-oriented
and environmentally sustainable; it will embrace and support the
social, cultural and academic mission of the university; it will help
define and contribute to UBC's greatness.
UBC is now the perfect age to build upon its achievements.
World class universities must be integrated into and be supported
by a community that shares their goals and ambitions. UBC's
goals cannot be achieved in isolation. UBC thrives on its
connections in Canada and around the world, but nowhere are
they more critical than in our immediate neighbourhood.
We have an opportunity - together - to create a model
community, to show the world a sustainable and exciting
University Town. In so doing we will ensure that UBC is
supported in its mission by a community that shares its goals for
greatness, a community that allows people to live, work, study
and recreate amongst one of the finest public research universities
in the world.  In short, we have a chance to build the supportive
community that will make UBC what its founders imagined: the
best university in Canada.
- Martha Piper, President, University of British Columbia
That's about to change. A new residential community is
taking shape that will include shopping, entertainment and
housing for the university coterie. Centred around the corner of
University and Wesbrook boulevards, the new University Town
will be made up of eight distinctive residential neighbourhoods
with affordable housing, businesses, green space, community
centres and the advantage of being close enough to campus to
access the university's wealth of amenities. A new body - the
University Neighbourhoods Association (una) - has been struck
to oversee development, its administrators to be chosen initially
by the university and the AMS, and eventually by residents as
the community grows. The una will control local issues such as
parking, noise and animal control, landscaping, refuse collection,
recycling, trails and future development.
One of the neighbourhoods will include the Fraternity Village.
Existing frat houses along Wesbrook Mall are being phased out
with new facilities to be grouped around a common courtyard,
which will serve as a venue for events. Can communal toga
parties be far behind? A sorority village is in the pipeline.
Planners hope that the new University Town will help reduce
the daily traffic flow to the campus, act as a sweetener for
recruiting the best faculty, staff and students, and help make UBC
as vital, exciting and dynamic in the evening as it is in the day.
Public Aghast at Greenhouse Gases
As the issue of ratifying the Kyoto Accord received
international media attention, a recent UBC poll sheds some
light on where the Canadian public stands on the matter. The
Ipsos-Reid poll conducted in September indicates that growing
numbers of Canadians feel that reducing greenhouse emissions
(43%) and combating global warming and climate change
(38%) should be the government's top environmental concerns,
overshadowing issues such as genetically altered food (15%) and
the logging of old growth forests (27%).
In July, another Ipsos-Reid poll showed that 10% of
respondents believed the environment should be the Canadian
government's number one priority, a figure three times that of a
similar poll just one year ago.
The September poll gained information on other areas,
including: 70% think more funding should be dedicated to
medical staff and health care; 64% think poverty and injustice
are the roots of international terrorism; 58% feel that society in
general benefits from a university education.
Second Term for President Piper
QDUBC's 11th president has been reappointed for a second term
by UBC's Board of Governors, running to November 15, 2007.
Board Chair Larry Bell lauded her ability to attract federal
6   Trek   Spring 2003
Dhotograph by Martin Dee Will there be any books? quips Queen Elizabeth on the announcement that Main Library will receive a $60 million upgrade.
"Yes, your Majesty," was the likely response.
research funding, advance the university's
vision and advocate for higher education.
"Recruiting top faculty is a major
priority for my second term," says Piper.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat...
]DThere's nothing "gently down the
stream" about rowing at UBC.
Since 192.5, when rowing officially
became part of UBC athletics, our rowers
have been throwing a high wake against
competitors here and abroad. Over the
years, our rowing athletes have won 20
gold, 23 silver and four bronze medals
in Olympic competition, and dozens
of medals at World, Commonwealth,
Canadian and bc competitions. In 2002
alone, our rowers medalled 9 times. As
well, UBC's rowing programs generate
nearly 90% of Canada's national rowing
team. And all without adequate training
Athletes currently train out of a
parking lot under the Burrard Street
Bridge. Training shells are stored in
ad hoc facilities, there is no classroom
space, no shower or locker rooms, no
centre for community participation and
limited coaching resources to train our
elite athletes or attract more from across
Canada. Athletes train in False Creek
where marine traffic increases every year.
That's why a group of former and
current UBC rowers, UBC administrators
and community leaders have formed
a committee to raise money for a new
Thunderbird rowing centre based in
Richmond. The centre will be located on
the middle arm of the Fraser River, west of
the Dinsmore Bridge, away from marine
traffic, giving athletes a 5 km stretch of
calm water on which to train. The centre's
facilities will include space for equipment,
meeting and class rooms, coaching and
training facilities and community access.
Dhotograph by Martin Dee
My four year term as a volunteer
senior executive of the Alumni
Association - two years as Senior
Vice-President and two as President
- has been exciting and dynamic. It has
been my goal to improve the services
we deliver to you, our membership,
and to expand the linkage we provide
between you and the university.
In my view, with the support of a
dedicated volunteer Board and talented
staff, we have made great strides in
accomplishing these goals.
In the last issue of Trek Magazine, I described how our
programs and services have changed over the years, and how we
are improving them. The Alumni Services Plan, which we posted
on our website, outlined an ambitious program that would
revolutionize the way UBC relates to its graduates.
As we formulated the plan it became clear that, in order to
advance alumni services in a meaningful way, we would need to
take a close look at the functions best provided by a volunteer
organization, and those best provided by the university.
With the assistance of our staff, our Board developed a
progressive model that involves sharing responsibility for the
delivery of alumni services between the university and the
Association. The university and the Association will hire,
jointly, a Chief Executive Officer to manage and coordinate
alumni programs and services. The Association will continue to
perform many valuable functions, including the development of
a new advocacy program; the selection of the Chancellor and
appointments to the Senate and Board of Governors; control
member services both in development and delivery; determine
alumni awards and produce the annual Achievement Dinner.
Responsibility for distributing the award-winning Trek Magazine
will be shared with the university, however, the Association will
retain the responsibility for the production of the magazine,
including significant editorial content. Services such as reunions,
regional networks, Young Alumni, mentoring, homecoming and
faculty/alumni outreach will be coordinated by the university
under the direction of the CEO.
This model provides the Association with a stronger base
from which to fulfil its purposes and ensures that we will
maintain an autonomous voice in university affairs. The
university, for its part, will provide even greater support for
alumni relations through program and financial support.
Alumni programs will continue to evolve in the future, and
your input is more important than ever. It has been my privilege
to work with many dedicated volunteers during my tenure,
and a pleasure to work with an insightful, hard-working staff.
The next few years will be informed with new ideas and new
directions, and I wish President Jane Hungerford and her Board
the very best. Tuum Est!
- Greg Clark bcom'86, LLB'89
President, University of British Columbia Alumni Association
An endowment is also planned for coaching and athletic awards,
and for equipment. The committee hopes to raise $3.5 million for
the facility, and an additional $4 million for the endowment fund.
The centre is being developed in conjunction with the city of
Richmond, and will serve as a hub for regional, national and
international rowing competitions. Community and  highschool
programs are already up and rowing.
George Hungerford, BA'65, llb'S8, chair of the UBC
Thunderbird Boathouse committee (who won gold at the 1964
Tokyo Olympics), says, "Without a dedicated facility and adequate
resources, we will be unable to sustain our rowing program."
Endocrine Disrupters: "You're soakin' in it"
]DTwo UBC researchers will conduct a three-year study to explore
the role, if any, that pesticides and detergents play in causing
breast cancer. They will examine endocrine disrupters, chemicals
found in food and water polluted by pesticides and detergents that
either mimic real hormones or affect their behaviour, impacting
the endocrine system and potentially increasing the risk of breast
Principal investigator Stelvio Bandiera, associate professor,
Pharmaceutical Sciences, and co-investigator assistant professor
Thomas Chang will use animal models to investigate two endocrine
disrupters: the pesticide Methoxychlor (similar to DDT and used
to spray crops) and a product called P-nonylphenol (found in
industrial and household detergents). They are looking for an
environmental link. "These chemicals are not cancer-causing
themselves," says Bandiera, "but may start a cascade of systematic
changes that lead to cancer."
The UBC investigators are among eight groups to have received
funding from a $5.6 million national research competition
sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative.
Currently in Canada, one in nine women is expected to develop
breast cancer and one in 27 will die from it.
Lee Gass Honoured Again
The University of Guelph has honoured UBC zoologist Lee
Gass by choosing him as its first Distinguished Visiting Teaching
Professor. The idea behind this program is to highlight the theory,
practice, and especially the scholarship of teaching by bringing a
respected teacher to Guelph's campus each year to spend several
days interacting with faculty, students and staff.
This is not the first time Gass has been honoured for his
contributions to teaching; he was case/ccae Canadian Professor of
the Year in 2002 and is a recipient of the Killam Teaching Award
and a 3M Teaching Fellowship in 1999. He is a graduate of Chico
State College and the University of Oregon and joined UBC in
1974. His research focuses on hummingbirds and energetics but in
Trek   Spring 2003 recent years has become more devoted
to developing theory for understanding
phenomena commonly encountered
in the classroom and especially how
undergraduate science education engages
both students and educators, particularly
in building communities of scholars.
Barn Again
]rjThe Horse Barn, near Main Way and
Thunderbird Boulevard, was one of the
first buildings on the Point Grey campus,
constructed in 1920. Generations of
Aggies used the barn, modelled after a
Pennsylvania Dutch dairy barn, to study
animals, but its first function was to
house horses used to clear campus land.
It has been unused since 1973, and a
recent analysis showed that the building
is structurally unsafe and cannot be
But out of the ashes, a new barn
will be built. UBC has committed to
rebuilding the barn on the same site. The
University Neighbourhood Association
and the AMS, current partners in
planning the new University Town, are
planning activities for the new facility.
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary . . .
Picture a small and stubborn child,
arms folded at the (now long empty)
dinner table, lips pressed firmly together,
contemplating the uneaten piece of
broccoli that got her into this fix in the
first place. Many parents have tried the
sit-there-until-you've-finished-it approach
with a child who refuses to eat what's
good for her, but last October, UBC
Farm offered a more subtle approach for
getting kids interested in healthy eating.
The "Soil to Salad Bar" program
involves students from 17 local
elementary schools in the harvesting
and preparation of salad greens and
vegetables. During two-hour field trips
to the 40-hectare farm, the children get
to see and feel where their food comes
from, and learn about issues like soil
and water conservation. They pick, wash
and prepare salad greens and vegetables,
and at the end of the two
hours, they eat everything
for lunch. With any luck,
the kids will go home and
eye the backyard for the
best spot to plant next
year's cucumber patch.
UBC Farm grows fruits
and vegetables for public
sale and distribution, and
is part of a world-wide
movement promoting
consumption of locally
produced foods. Its
The Barn Old and broken, the Barn will be demolished and a replica rebuilt on the site.
mandate includes innovation, education
and community outreach. It practises
sustainable land management and food
production methods.
Hospital Infections Targeted
3D We like to think of hospitals as places
where sick people go in hope of being
cured. Ironically, it is also the place where
they may be most at risk of infection.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, popularly
dubbed superbugs, are commonly found
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in hospitals. They are strains of staph
aureus bacteria that have developed
immunity to antibiotics as a result of
repeated exposure to them, and can cause
infections that are responsible for 45,000
hospital deaths in the us alone. In this
country, Health Canada says efforts to
combat these hospital superbugs have cost
$24-33 million, with little impact. In fact,
cases of infection and colonization have
doubled every year for the past five years.
There is high interest, then, in
research being undertaken by two UBC
biochemists, associate professor Natalie
Strynadka, an expert in the development
of new antibiotics, and phd student
Daniel Lim. Their breakthrough research
hones in on an enzyme found in one of
the most common and troublesome of
the hospital superbugs. The enzyme's
abnormal structure is the key to the
superbug's resistance and it provides a
target at which to aim a new generation of
counteractive drugs. The two investigators
used high-resolution x-ray technology to
study the enzyme, which is too small to be
observed using a microscope. Strynadka
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Flower Power
□Din April 2002, Bruce Macdonald retired
as director of UBC's Botanical Garden
and Centre for Plant Research. Canada's
oldest university garden and its selection
of plants from temperate climes the world
over was under his charge for more
than 15 years. Replacing Macdonald is
Walter Cronk from the Royal Botanic
Garden at the University of Edinburgh.
(The garden's founder, incidentally, was
John Davidson from the University of
Aberdeen.) Cronk is known for his research
into the conservation of rare plants on
oceanic islands, flower form, and plants
in the African Violet and Ginger families.
Expeditions have taken him as far afield as
Mauritius and Morocco and his research
contacts include gardens and universities
in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and
the United States. His recent research
specializes in the evolution and biodiversity
of vascular plants.
Says Cronk, "Botany is entering one
of the most exciting phases of its history
and the knowledge we are accruing from
genome sequencing has to be applied in
practical settings and then communicated
to the public."
Canada-Korea Cooperation
DDA new residence and cultural centre
located on the western edge of the Point
Grey campus was officially opened in
October. It is the flagship of an academic
agreement between UBC and Korea
University, signed in 2000. The co-financed
Korea University - UBC House cost $10
million and will house students from both
institutions to encourage cultural overlap
and exchange. The residence features
a Korean-style garden and the foyer is
decorated with Korean art and a large
mirror donated by Korea University.
Under the ku - UBC joint academic
agreement, about 100 ku students
come to UBC annually to take a year of
10   Trek   Spring 2003 regular-credit courses in Arts, Science,
Agricultural Sciences and Commerce. The
agreement also brings one ku professor
to UBC annually. There are also plans
to develop courses specifically designed
to take advantage of the trans-Pacific
Korea University, originally founded in
1905, is one of Korea's top-ranked private
UBC has a similar joint academic-
residential agreement with Ritsumeikan
University in Japan and will soon
construct a similar-sized residence at UBC
jointly with Tec de Monterrey, Mexico's
leading private university.
Sports Hall of Fame Opens
QDOn a Friday afternoon in October,
approximately 100 alumni and friends
gathered at the War Memorial Gym to
celebrate the official
launch of UBC's
Sports Hall of Fame
and Hall of Fame website.
The atmosphere was lively and
enthusiastic, and attended by many Hall
of Fame inductees: the athletes, builders
and teams that helped make UBC great.
These included Pat McGeer, Buzz Moore,
Doug Clement, and Marilyn and Jack
Pomfret. For many of the inductees, this
occasion was the first time they would
see images of themselves or their teams
on the wall, and their first realization
that through the website, their stories and
accomplishments would be visible to the
Two members of the 1929/30 UBC
women's basketball team, which won the
world championships in Prague in 1930,
were on hand to cut the ribbon opening
the Hall of Fame. Teammates Mary
Campbell and Lois Fisher represented a
proud time in UBC history.
UBC chancellor Allan McEachern, who
played Thunderbird rugby and football,
spoke as part of these opening ceremonies
as did UBC athletics director Bob Philip
and director emeritus Bob Hindmarch.
The Hall of Fame was the brainchild of
Hall of Famers: Basketball stars Mary Campbell and Lois Fisher with director emeritus Bob Hindmarch and Chancellor Allan McEachern.
Hindmarch, who first introduced the
idea in 1989, and hired UBC grad and
sports historian Fred Hume to see it
through. Its purpose is to remember the
past, and to inspire outstanding athletic
performances for the future.
The Beleaguered Seahorse
]rjThe seahorse is a fascinating
creature. Only the male gets pregnant,
it is a monogamous mate, has skin
instead of scales, and can change
colour. Unfortunately for the seahorse,
and perhaps due to its distinctive
characteristics, it is also a sought-after
commodity. A huge international trade
exists in seahorses, with 25 million a
year removed from their natural habitat
for use in traditional Chinese medicine,
to decorate aquariums, or to be turned
into macabre, dried-up curiosities for
sale to tourists. The seahorse also suffers
from the deterioration of its natural
habitat and collateral damage from
trawlers. As a result, the population
has dwindled drastically, with 20
out of 32 species appearing on the
World Conservation Union's Red List of
Threatened Species.
Fortunately for the seahorse, help is
at hand. Project Seahorse, founded and
co-directed by Professor Amanda Vincent
of UBC's Fisheries Centre, has directed
attention to the plight of the seahorse, and
at the 2002 Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Flora
and Fauna (held in Chile and chaired by
Vincent), 160 member countries agreed to
address the trade in seahorses to ensure
the creature's survival.
However, there will be little action until
mid-2004. This is to provide time for
the approach Project Seahorse is taking
with small scale fishers involved in the
trade. Vincent wants to include fishers in
the investigation to help develop viable
alternatives to seahorses as their source
of livelihood. "Without seahorses," she
says, "they would be forced to exploit
another vulnerable resource, potentially
with graver ecological and economic
Project Seahorse will also work with
practitioners and traders of traditional
Dhotograph by Martin Dee
Spring 2003   Trek   11 } TAKE NOTE
Chinese medicine to ensure that
seahorses will remain available for use in
health treatments, but without detriment
to their continued survival.
Needlepoint Accuracy
□nAnyone with a needle phobia would
likely run a mile at the prospect of being
practised on by an inexperienced medical
student, but until the intervention of phd
student Simon DiMaio, this has been the
only way for medical students to learn
how to apply the dreaded therapy.
Based in the department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering, DiMaio
is developing a computer tool that
can simulate the insertion of a needle.
The injector-to-be sees a model of the
insertion site on screen, and operates a
robotic arm that inserts a virtual needle.
The robotic arm gives the user a sense
of tissue resistance, and valuable insight
into the amount of pressure needed
for a given process. DiMaio and his
supervisor, Professor Tim Salcudean,
hope to develop the tool so that it can
be used to familiarize medical students
with a number of different insertion
sites and types of needle.
With more and more therapies being
delivered by injection, precision is
becoming critical. DiMaio's tool will be
a bonus for procedures and therapies
such as biopsy, anesthesia and various
cancer treatments, where millimetre
accuracy is vital. The tool will help
cut down on tissue damage, incorrect
results and dosages, patient discomfort
and wasted time that can result from
misplacement of the needle during a
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Until recently, UBC's school of Medicine
had the dubious claim of being one of the
last three universities in Canada still using
live animals as part of its training program.
Come September, 2003, the school will use
alternative methods for helping students
learn crucial medical skills. Taking the
place of the unfortunate critters, which
included pigs for practising surgical skills,
will be computer models, robotics and tissue
from abbatoir animals. In the past, it has
been argued that these techniques do not
present a realistic enough version of human
tissue to challenge the quality of learning
achieved using live animals, but the school
has received a number of complaints from
students and says it does not believe medical
training will be compromised by its decision
to stop using animals.
Making Life Better for Bossy
And going a step further, UBC's Animal
Welfare Program is out to improve the lives
of both domestic and wild animals. The
program is led by professor David Fraser,
associate professor Dan Weary, and assistant
professor Marina von Keyserlingk of the
faculty of Agricultural Sciences. Much of
the research involves the analysis of animal
behaviour as an indication of physical or
emotional well-being and applying findings
to bettering conditions. As well as cattle
and pigs, the program addresses the welfare
of wildlife, and laboratory and companion
Weary, who is nserc Industrial Research
Chair in Animal Welfare, specializes
in assessing animal well-being through
non-invasive methods, such as observing
vocalization and other behaviour. He is
working on applying his discoveries to
improving the stalls of dairy cattle, and to
decreasing the pain and stress involved when
cows are separated from calves, and when
calves are weaned, dehorned or subjected to
other processes. Von Keyserlingk explores
feeding behaviour as a clue to improving
health and productivity in dairy cattle. She
has also started a program that concentrates
on the welfare of beef cattle.
Besides farm animals, Fraser and Weary
provide leadership for researchers trying Surgery professor Karim
to find ways of decreasing from two
million the number of animals used in
laboratory research in Canada every year,
and of making life less painful and more
comfortable for those that remain. In terms
of wildlife, research has included the impact
of the tourist industry, specifically the effects
of increased human contact on the grizzly,
and assessment of the implementation
of fishing regulations designed to reduce
pain and injury in fish. And in the realm
of domestic pets, the work includes an
examination of ethical questions arising from
keeping exotic pets, and how to increase the
likelihood of adoption from shelters for cats.
The award winning Animal Welfare Program
was set up in 1997 and is now a recognized
leader in the field of animal welfare research.
Digital Doctoring
Qayumi suited up and getting set to perform an operation on a virtual patient.
DDStudents will soon be able to remove
an appendix, treat cancerous tumors,
repair vascular damage and analyze
symptoms of cyber patients on their
computer screens. The new teaching
tool, the first of its kind in North
America, will be introduced next year
by the faculty of Medicine. Developed
by surgery professor Karim Qayumi
(with son Tarique) Cyberpatient is an
interactive, web-based teaching and
assessment tool.
"I want to revolutionize how medicine
is taught," says Qayumi. "Learning
textbook definitions of disease is
approaching medicine backwards.
Students need to learn symptoms, define
causes and then diagnose."
Operational on any computer, the
program trains students in a cyber
hospital and they experience the whole
gamut of caregiving, from symptoms
to post-operative care. Each time they
finish treating a patient, the students
are subject to an assessment from
the cyber head of Surgery, who asks
questions and scores the students'
One of the more painstaking parts
involved in developing Cyberpatient
was the detail and realism required.
Internal organs, for example, must
be anatomically accurate, a time-
consuming challenge for the animators
involved in the project.
Dr. Qayumi, who fled Afghanistan
during the Russian invasion, was
featured in Trek Magazine in the
Summer, 2001 issue.
Spring 2003   Trek   13 *
■ A funny thing happened on Embryonic Day 13.
Dr. John Steeves, a UBC neuroscience professor
and holder of the first BC Leadership Chair in
spinal cord research, was surgically severing
the spinal cords of chicks in utero, trying to
determine at what point they retained the
ability to regenerate new, healthy cords.
Rejuvenating and regenerating
dormant brain cells may be the key
to healing spinal cord injury
Up to Embryonic Day 12, the chicks
repaired the damage completely and hatched
into fully functioning birds. But on Day 13,
their ability to regenerate healthy spinal cords
began to diminish, and with each passing day,
the regrowth was less complete, resulting in
birds with increasing levels of disability.
So what changed on Day 13? The answer,
Steeves and his team discovered, in a Eureka
moment, was myelin.
Spring 2003   Trek   15 TO WALK AGAIN
But first, a primer in central nervous system
biology. During development, the body
produces ioo billion nerve cells in the brain
and spinal cord, of as many as 10,000
different types, each type specialized to send
and receive certain kinds of information.
These nerve cells are then connected in
precise patterns to allow the transmission of
information from the brain and spinal cord
to all the muscles and organs of the body.
Once the central nervous system is in
place and all wired up, the body needs an
off-switch to stop cell growth and prevent
unregulated development. One of those off-
switches is myelin, a fatty substance that
Think of the central nervous system as
a giant communications network. The
brain acts as a master computer that
receives and interprets information from
sensory and internal organs, and then
controls movement by relaying messages
via nerve fibres that run down the spinal
cord and branch off into peripheral
nerves that reach every part of the
body. This highly sophisticated network
controls not only voluntary movement,
like speaking and walking, but also
involuntary movements such as blinking
and breathing.
When the spinal cord is injured,
the nerve fibres that run through it
are severed or damaged, the neural
lost the ability to lift his left hand as a
result of a war wound, young Tetzlaff
wondered why the hand didn't get better,
like other injuries did. When told that it
was the result of nerve damage, he asked,
"Why don't the nerves fix themselves?"
The question led him to medical school,
where he focused on the nervous system,
probing its failure to regenerate.
At the time, the prevailing theory held
that, following a spinal cord injury, the
brain cells that projected nerve fibres
through the damaged cord would die or
at least become completely dysfunctional.
Brain analyses showed a marked decrease
in the number of brain cells in posttraumatic patients, seeming proof that
the cells had died.
Tetzlaff, however, had a hunch that the
Every day in Canada, about 110 people sustain a brain or spinal cord injury.
wraps around the nerve fibres in the spinal
cord, forming a protective sheath. Myelin
performs two functions: it speeds the
transmission of information along the nerve
fibres; and it slows then stops the growth of
the central nervous system.
In chicks, myelin starts appearing on
Embryonic Day 13.
That was 10 years ago. Steeves and
his team developed a way to delay the
production of myelin in chicks, and,
sure enough, the embryos continued to
regenerate their spinal cords after Day 13,
proof that nerve cells retain the potential
for growth. The team has successfully
applied the technique to rats and mice,
and now hopes it will provide benefit to
The myelin-inhibiting therapy, which
has been patented through a private spinoff company called Neuro Therapeutics
(in which UBC is a shareholder), is ready
to go into clinical trials. If all goes well,
the therapy could be licensed for sale in
about six years. Within a decade, people
who expected to be paralyzed for the rest
of their lives could be regenerating nerve
fibres to bypass the area of injury, in effect
growing new spinal cords, and moving
connections broken. The brain, which
can no longer receive information from,
or send it out to, different parts of the
body, loses its ability to receive sensation
and control movement.
The very quality that makes the
central nervous system such a marvel
of efficiency - its complexity and
specialization - makes it extremely
difficult to repair. It is a huge challenge
for scientists to recreate the nerve cells
and connections that existed before the
injury. Until now, in fact, it has been
With his shaggy blond hair, worn jeans
and impish smile, Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff
looks more like a poet than one of UBC's
world-class spinal cord researchers. Yet
this professor of zoology and surgery,
and the Rick Hansen Man in Motion
Chair in spinal cord research has recently
made a breakthrough that reverses
existing theories about the ability of the
spinal cord to recover from injury.
Tetzlaff's interest in nerve regeneration
was sparked as a boy growing up in
Germany. Observing his father, who had
brain cells didn't actually die, but shrank
beyond detection and became dormant.
If they were still alive, he conjectured,
perhaps they could be revived.
In what is now a landmark
experiment, Tetzlaff and Dr. Brian
Kwon, an orthopedic spine surgeon
at Vancouver Hospital, administered
a nerve growth factor (a protein that
is normally present during embryonic
development) to the brains of spinal
cord-injured laboratory animals. To their
delight, the apparently dead brain cells
revived and regenerated their nerve fibres
up to three centimetres from the end of
the injury site into a bridge that doctors
created from a healthy peripheral nerve
to bypass the damaged area. In further
trials, the researchers have been able to
revive the brain cells as long as one year
following injury.
The next steps are to grow the cells
across the injured part of the spinal cord
into the bridge, and then to reconnect the
new nerve fibre endings from the bridge
to the spinal cord below the injury. Both
are extremely challenging tasks that will
take a long time to translate into clinical
therapies. "For patients with recent
16   Trek   Spring 2003 injury, we may be able to use these
treatments to inhibit secondary damage
within the next io years," Tetzlaff
says. "For chronic patients, we may be
looking at more than a decade."
Still, Tetzlaff's discovery is being
hailed as a breakthrough for long-
term survivors of spinal cord injury.
"Ten years ago, no one believed it was
possible that these cells could be brought
back to life so long after injury," says
Rick Hansen, known as Canada's Man
in Motion after he wheeled around the
world to raise money for spinal cord
research. "For the first time, people
living with paralysis have some concrete
evidence that a cure is possible. It's
tremendously exciting news."
says Tetzlaff. "But there are so many
chronic cases that we owe it to these people
to turn our attention to finding long-term
Following a spinal injury, fractured or
broken vertebrae are often pressing on
the spinal cord. This causes swelling,
which in turn causes additional damage to
surrounding nerve cells. So it is essential
that the pressure be relieved as quickly as
possible to prevent further disability.
That was the situation facing former bc
premier Mike Harcourt, who suffered a
spinal cord injury when he fell off the deck
of his rural cabin in early December 2002.
Fortunately for Harcourt, his injury was
incomplete - that is, his spinal cord was not
absolute consistency according to the
best practices of care, and measure their
improvements precisely, you won't know
with certainty what works, or how to
apply it.
That's why he and his team are hard
at work developing measurement tools
to enable patients like Mike Harcourt to
report the extent and significance of their
recovery. These tools, he says, "must be
sensitive enough to identify improvements
in many areas that are important to
people with spinal cord injury. Not just
the ability to walk again, but also the
ability to feel pain and temperature, to
know where your limb is in space, to
control nerve-related pain and bladder
and bowel function, and so on."
Developing the measurement tools is
About 185,000 Canadians live with neuro-trauma injuries.
Every day in Canada, about no people
sustain a brain or spinal cord injury.
That is a terrible statistic, but perhaps
the greatest tragedy is that most new
injuries occur in young adults, who tend
to engage in risky behaviours such as
aggressive skiing and fast driving. During
one six-month period, for example, 10
people were paralyzed in snowboarding
accidents in British Columbia. The
average age of the patients was 22; three
of the 10 will have to use wheelchairs for
the rest of their lives.
Not only do these young people face
decades of paralysis and limited function,
they also require decades of care. And
the costs of this care are staggering:
about $25,000 a year for a paraplegic,
$250,000 for a quadriplegic on a
ventilator. In Canada, total direct costs
to care for new injury victims amount to
$1 billion a year. "They are the world's
most expensive patients," notes Steeves.
In the past, most research has focused
on acute rather than chronic patients,
mainly because acute injuries are more
responsive to intervention. "By about
eight months you tend to hit a wall,"
completely severed and he retained some
movement. Also fortunate was the fact that
he was able to get to the hospital and into
surgery within five hours.
Dr. Marcel Dvorak, head of the Academic
Division of Spine in the department of
Orthopaedics at UBC and one of the world's
leading spinal cord clinical researchers,
performed a seven-hour long operation on
Harcourt to remove the displaced disk that
was putting pressure on his spinal cord and
to fuse and stabilize his spine with pins and
metal plates. The former premier is expected
to make a good recovery, although he may
require some assistance to walk.
Although Dvorak is best known as a
surgeon, he is doing equally valuable work
as a clinical researcher, assessing the new
regeneration and repair discoveries that are
coming out of the laboratory and translating
them into actual techniques of patient care.
"I believe that the clinical translational
researcher will be the critical individual
in identifying which therapies are most
effective and in whom," he says.
Dvorak says that advances in clinical
care rely on a foundation of standardized
assessment and care procedures. In other
words, unless you treat patients with
only the first step, he says. Then it will
be necessary to apply them to current
patients to get baseline measurements
against which to measure future
What happens when the surgery is
over, when the therapies have been
administered, when all possible clinical
improvements have been made, and the
injury - to whatever extent - remains?
That's where rehabilitation, and Dr.
Janice Eng, come in. Eng is a bc Health
Scholar and an associate professor in
the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Primarily a researcher, she focuses on
improving the mobility, activity and
quality of life of people with neurological
conditions, including stroke and
Parkinson's disease as well as spinal cord
"In my work, I am constantly asking
two questions," Eng says. "How is the
movement of these patients altered? And
how can we improve their movement so
that it ultimately leads to an improved
quality of life?" In one of her current
projects, Eng is attempting to help people
with incomplete spinal cord injuries
Spring 2003   Trek   17 TO WALK AGAIN
walk better. She and her research team
are testing their gait performance using
three approaches: a functional electrical
stimulator, a device that straps to the leg
and delivers a small electrical charge to
trigger the muscles; a conventional brace
that supports the ankle and foot; and no
support or stimulation.
"Our goal isn't just to get people
walking sooner," she says. "We're also
looking at the quality of their walking,
the stress on their joints, their endurance
and so on." Although the experiment
is still in progress, work to date shows
that the functional electrical stimulator,
combined with the brace, gives the best
Another area of research involves
reteaching muscles how to move.
Laboratory experiments have shown that
a spinal cord-injured animal whose limbs
are manipulated in a walking motion
while it is suspended in a sling and placed
on a treadmill will show improved muscle
function. Eng is about to start a similar
experiment with human subjects.
"Even if people can't walk on their
own, we believe that this technique
can improve their nervous function
and reteach their limbs to move," Eng
says, pointing to the example of actor
Christopher Reeve, a quadriplegic,
who was able to temporarily come off
his ventilator after his muscles were
repetitively stimulated in this manner.
"It shows that the body is capable of
New research discoveries, surgical
advances, new approaches in
rehabilitation are all promising avenues,
but they can't produce real results alone.
For real improvement to take place, the
different approaches need to be brought
together in multi-disciplinary therapies.
And for the multi-disciplinary therapies to
be developed, researchers from different
disciplines need to work together.
That's the idea behind the International
18   Trek   Spring 2003
Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
The inspiration for icord started
with Rick Hansen following his Man in
Motion World Tour. "Rick was out there
showing people with spinal cord injuries
that they weren't disabled, that they
should aspire to whatever they wanted
to do with their lives," says Steeves.
"He also wanted to develop improved
therapies for spinal cord injury. So he
turned to me, since I was the only guy
around doing this work at the time."
Together, Hansen and Steeves realized
that what was needed was a centre in
which experts from all aspects of spinal
cord treatment - basic science, clinical
care, rehabilitation, community services,
as well as the patients themselves - could
work together, sharing research and
results,  icord was created in 1995
through a founding partnership among
the Rick Hansen Institute, UBC and the
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
(vcha), with Steeves as director.
"World-class researchers will be doing
leading-edge science at icord, but the
science itself is not the focus," Hansen
says. "The goal is to try to accelerate the
pace of research by being more focused
and strategic."
Today, icord has more than 45
principal investigators from UBC, Simon
Fraser University, University of Victoria,
British Columbia Institute of Technology,
and vcha, as well as 250 trainees - postdoctoral research fellows, graduate
students, nurses, etc. - and dozens of
national and international researchers.
The organization has received $17 million
in endowments, including $4.5 million
from the provincial government and the
Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation
to create five academic chairs designed,
as Steeves puts it, "to recruit and retain
the best people in the world in different
disciplines of discovery and leadership."
Currently, spinal cord research goes on
at more than 20 laboratories around the
Lower Mainland. That will all change in
early 2.005, when a new 10,000-square-
metre, $46 million icord research centre
will be built at Vancouver Hospital. To
date, nearly $26 million has been raised,
thanks to a $12.9 million grant from the
Canada Foundation for Innovation and
matching funds from the bc government.
To say that the provinces's spinal cord
researchers are excited about the new
facility is an understatement. Tetzlaff,
who is icord's associate director for
discovery science, says the informal
collaboration that the new facility will
promote will be just as valuable as the
formal. "We'll all be in closer proximity,
so it'll be easier to confer, chat, even
brainstorm over coffee breaks. A lot of
interesting ideas get launched in those
informal moments."
Steeves agrees. "Right now, we're
doing collaborative work through icord,
but it's inefficient with all the spread-out
locations. By working together, sharing
equipment, facilities and knowledge, we'll
be able to move more effectively toward
developing new therapies."
"icord is the people; the building is
just a facility," Tetzlaff points out. Then
he grins. "But being in one building will
be a huge blessing."
All of the researchers agree that the
rewards of their work will play out not
in the laboratory or the operating room
but in the real world. Their common
goal is to improve the quality of people's
lives. For some with spinal cord injury,
that will mean playing sports again; for
others, being able to walk or shop or live
independently or have children. For each
person, "better" is a relative and personal
matter. "What we're after is improved
quality of life through greater functional
recovery," says Steeves. "Maybe not 100
per cent but significantly better than what
it would have been otherwise. If we can
restore function to even a few segments
of the spinal cord, it can mean going off
a ventilator or recovering use of the arms;
it can be terrifically liberating."
"The ultimate outcome is to help
people be able to do what they want
to do, to be productive and to get the
best care possible. That means better
sexual, emotional and mental health;
better overall function, rehabilitation
and reintegration into society. In the
end, what's important is not science but
people's lives. That's why we do what we STILL       MOTION
For most people, wheeling around
the world to raise money for spinal
cord research would be enough activity
for a lifetime. Not Rick Hansen. In
1987, as his Man in Motion World
Tour was ending, he founded the Rick
Hansen Man in Motion Foundation
to build on the $24 million he raised
during the tour. His goal was to direct
funds towards spinal cord initiatives
and research to improve the quality of
life of people with spinal cord injury.
And in 1995, he became president
and ceo of the Rick Hansen Institute,
which focuses on science and leadership
to accelerate the discovery of a cure for
spinal cord injury.
The foundation helped endow three
research chairs, the bc Leadership
Chair in Spinal Cord Injury, a
professorship, and the Rick Hansen
Spinal Cord Injury Network, an
international network of top spinal
cord researchers with icord at its
hub. The foundation also played a
critical role in getting icord off the
ground, and is working to convince
Rick Hansen's Man in Motion Foundation is leading the way in spinal cord injury research at UBC.
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency to send a researcher with
a spinal cord injury into space to do research that would benefit
astronauts in space and people with spinal cord injury on earth.
Now the tireless Hansen is launching the first annual Rick
Hansen Wheels in Motion, a national event set to roll out in an
anticipated 225 communities across Canada on June 14, 2003.
As Hansen puts it, "People will get on wheels to help people with
spinal cord injury get off wheels - on bicycles, wheelchairs, roller
blades, etc., or by walking with the wheelers."
Wheels in Motion aims to raise awareness and funds. Proceeds
will support research to accelerate the discovery of a cure and
quality of life initiatives for people with spinal cord injury. For
details, visit www.rickhansen.com or call 1-800-213-2131.
Spring 2003   Trek   19 Once the centre of all UBC
activity, Main Library became
lost in a back eddy beside
the raging current of new
technology and modern
architecture. Now, set to lose
its cumbersome wings and
gain some high-tech, Main is
coming back to the future.
If there's one physical icon that best
represents UBC it's Main Library. Everyone's
spent hours in its stacks, and anyone who
has even a touch of claustrophobia has felt
the overpowering sense of buried-alive dread
those stacks can produce, late at night, when
November rains blast the windows, and
impossible projects are due the next day.
It's been love-hate since the beginning.
It started life alone in a field, the Science
building the only structure close by, built
for a half-million dollars. It reigned over a
few temporary buildings built around the
same time, all of which still remain nearly
a century later. It's been added to twice, the
north wing in 1947 (for $700,000), and the
south in i960 (for $1.7 million). It looked
dowdy compared to the flashier Sedgewick
and then seemed slightly stolid reflected
in the glass-encased Koerner which stands
directly across from it, the new staring
boldly, provocatively, into the eyes of the old.
The monkey and the old man looking down
from the entranceway must be chuckling at
all the change, just as they chuckled at the
controversy that put them there.
But what to do with Main? It was built
before earthquake reinforcement building
technology, and it is not easy to retrofit.
The wings were constructed in such a way
that they added to the building's instability,
and planners in the late '80s toyed briefly
with the notion that it would have to be
torn down. Koerner was supposed to be
phase one of a four-phased project that
built farther to the west, knocking down the
Math building, and leaving Main's fate even
more precarious. Because of that, it has been
overlooked by technology until recent years,
leaving it as something of an anachronism.
In spite of its structural inadequacies,
and the fact that seismologists can only
shudder when they look at it, Main Library
has maintained its hegemony: spectacular
buildings in a hodge podge of styles are
spread out across the campus, but Main is
still the emotional centre. It's the place that
embodies our institutional history.
When Catherine Quinlan arrived in
1997, phase one of Koerner had just opened
and talks were on about phase two. But
changing conditions made her hesitate: the
Math building, constructed in the '20s as
temporary, was now being considered a
possible heritage building, unique and worth
saving; and the proposed budget for phase
two had passed $100 million. It was time to
rethink next steps.
And where better to start than in the
library's archives? She found a twenty-
year-old document outlining a plan for the
renewal of Main Library. Why not link a
renewed Main to a renewed vision of the
university under Martha Piper? She moved
her office from Koerner back to Main,
signaling all who cared to notice that Main
Library was back where it belonged. She
would re-establish Main as the library
system's hub, restoring it as the emotional,
physical and social centre of the university.
Working with Ron Burke at the
Development Office, she devised out
a conceptual plan for the building and
prepared a case statement (fundraising jargon
for a document that outlines the reasons
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administration. The UBC Learning Centre
was born. Quinlan met with Martha Piper
who, in 2001, allocated $20 million in
matching funds for the project.
The idea of the Learning Centre is to turn
Main into a flexible and technologically
sophisticated space, open to anyone who
needs it. As a state-of-the-art facility,
online users in Chilliwack, Chetwyn,
Kapuskasing or Kathmandu will be able to
get information, find books, locate off-site
resources and receive materials without
leaving home. It will change the tenor
of advanced distance learning because
of the largest timber firms in the province.
He worked in the forestry industry in BC
for 62 years, and was named Distinguished
Forester of the Year in 1996. He carried
strong memories of UBC with him after
graduation, and when the time came,
wanted to give something back. The
Learning Centre concept intrigued him
because of the access it allows people
out of the Lower Mainland. As British
Columbia's de facto provincial library, the
UBC system will now be open all day every
day, and available to all.
Changes will come soon. Over the next
couple of years the two wings of Main
will be demolished. That means the stacks,
those notorious above-ground bunkers
which are part of the wings, will be
The pricetag for the Learning Centre is currently estimated at
$60 million. Ike Barber donated $20 million of the total, while
the provincial government contributed $10-million, and UBC
supplied the rest, $30 million.
materials otherwise unavailable or hard to
get will now be either accessible on-line or
made much easier to find.
One of the first donors to come on
board was the Chapman family. With their
donation, modern times caught up to Main.
Last year the Main concourse (where the
card catalogue used to be) was transformed
into the Chapman Learning Commons. It
is a spectacular space, an expert mix of
the old and new. Shafts of sunlight angle
into the room from cathedral windows,
bouncing off limestone, oak, friezes and
shields, while students sit at wooden library
tables, peering into computer screens.
Traffic at Main has increased by a factor of
io since the Chapman Learning Commons
The next significant development was
Quinlan's meeting with Irving K. Barber.
Barber, a 1950 forestry grad, started Slocan
Forest Products Ltd. and built it into one
consigned to memory. Some of us will miss
them, mostly because we haven't had to
use them in years, while most will breathe
a sigh of relief. Some old things are just not
worth holding on to.
A new automatic storage retrieval (asr)
system will be constructed on the north
side of Main, asr systems have been
common throughout the world for decades.
Books are stored in bins that can be easily
retrieved by users through the on-line
catalogue. The system will provide 15 years
worth of growth for the physical collection,
and an environmentally suitable space for
the library's rare and special materials in
a fraction of the space needed for open
But asr systems have a huge
disadvantage in that users can't easily
browse the books beside, above and below
the one they're looking for. Users often
don't know what book they want, but know the general topic. They will find the
place in the stacks where books like the one
they want are located, then browse for the
exact book. Electronic catalogues have been
developed to solve that problem, displaying
a virtual bookshelf users can move around
in, browsing from the comfort of their
computer screen.
Catherine Quinlan is excited about
Main's new incarnation, now officially
named The Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre. "It's going to change the face of
library-oriented research on campus and
open UBC's library to users around the
The price tag for the Learning Centre
is currently estimated at $60 million. Ike
Barber donated $20 million of the total,
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So Main Library passes into the 21st
century, repositioned as the centre of UBC's
universe, supported by donations from past
students who loved their university and,
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of globalization to be spread more evenly
among the world's inhabitants. I would
like the ugly side of globalization - the
sweatshops, slums, hazardous emissions,
political corruption and the hypocrisy of
free trade - to end. I would like the survival
of our planet and the provision of basic
human needs to be considered priorities
and prerequisites to any further growth. I
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on far-sightedness and elementary morality.
And above all, I would like there to be the
political will to achieve all this.
The member countries of the United
Nations seem to share those sentiments.
When concerns about the environment
mounted in the 1960s, the UN responded
with the Stockholm conference of 1972, the
first major gathering of nations to address an
issue of international environmental concern.
It sparked a series of other conferences
including one held in Vancouver in 1976
concentrating on human settlements. It
became known as the Habitat Conference.
UBC professor emeritus Peter Oberlander,
oc, wrote the proposal for Habitat that
areas. Cities, says the document, contain the
human resources, services, innovation and
infrastructure that drive globalization; human
settlements provide a link between economic
globalization and human development; and
local solutions can solve global problems.
Oberlander is leading preparations for another
major UN conference on human settlements,
the World Urban Forum, to be held in
Vancouver in 2006.
But other than heightened awareness,
how have things changed in the 30 years
since the first Habitat conference? "I suspect
people in Vancouver would say it's a much
more attractive and vital a city now," says
Tony Dorcey, director of UBC's school of
Community and Regional Planning (scarp).
the barriers to implementation: lack of
political will, widespread poverty, financial
market constraints and the limited economic,
technical and institutional capacities of
governments, especially in developing
countries. The members stated that "many
people have experienced a deterioration, not
an improvement, in their living environment."
Currently, just under half of the world's
population lives in cities and UN estimates
suggest that by 2030 it will reach 60%.
Megacities of 10 million or more are
emerging, with Lagos, Nigeria and Mumbai,
India, rapidly catching up with cities like
Tokyo and London. Along with increased
urbanization has come more complex
environmental problems. Experts warn us the
A new UN conference on urban problems will be held in Vancouver in 2006. Can it do any good?
was presented to the UN after Stockholm,
asserting that rapid urbanization was the
cause behind the physical destruction of the
environment. "If the UN was prepared to
accept this concept of cause and effect, then
Canada would host a conference dealing
with the human environment theme,"
says Oberlander. The Habitat conference
underlined the fact that unsustainable
development damaged people and the planet,
and that many of the world's cities faced a
crisis of inadequate housing and poor living
It also became clear that any solutions,
to be effective, had to consider the inter-
dependency of social, environmental and
economic issues.
At a second Habitat conference, held in
Istanbul in 1996, the participating nations
signed the Habitat Agenda to promote
sustainable development in the world's urban
"Various indicators - environmental, social
and economic - might show improvements,
but it's another story in parts of the
developing world in the south." More than a
billion people have to survive on less than two
dollars a day. More than half of the world's
top 100 economies aren't countries, they're
corporations. A billion people do not have
access to clean water and three million deaths
a year are attributed to water-related diseases.
Africa is in crisis - some of its countries
losing a generation to disease, infrastructures
collapsing and famine looming.
But we don't have to look far for these
disparities. In wealthy nations gated
communities exist beside cardboard shanty
towns, while opera lovers line up for tickets
beside the lineups to foodbanks.
In June, 2001, a special UN session assessed
progress made since the Habitat Agenda.
It praised achievements, but also lamented
situation is becoming more desperate and the
consequences of our inaction more dire.
The UN can espouse ideals, acknowledge
the world's problems and causes, and suggest
solutions, but it can't ensure that sovereign
nations will enforce solutions. So given the
limitations of the UN can we still have faith in
the process?
Tony Dorcey believes that one way forward
lies in developing new ways of governing
cities. "All stakeholders must be involved,"
he says. "If you get the governance system
right, you'll get people on-side and money
will flow." The Habitat Agenda promotes
partnerships between all sectors, partnerships
acknowledging the interdependency of issues
and the need to involve all players in tackling
them. Governments are expected to act as
24   Trek   Spring 2003 enablers of these activities. This perspective
will form the basis for the World Urban
Forum in 2006.
Both Dorcey and Oberlander say cross-
sector cooperation is growing. "There
are plenty of examples of commitments
from the private sector with civil groups
on environmental and social issues," says
Dorcey. Oberlander, too, believes that
traditional boundaries between public
and private sector activities have become
blurred. "Just as the boundaries between
nations have lost their absolute power, so
have the boundaries between private and
public initiatives," he says. Private sector
involvement has the potential to create jobs,
spread technology, and diminish dependence
on aid in the Third World. But with multinationals having growing influence over
governments and international trading
bodies, and the accompanying diminishment
of regulatory safeguards for private sector
activities, it's difficult not to feel a little
unease mixed in with the hope.
The private sector has a greater presence
at UN conferences than it has had in the past.
Some commentators are skeptical, fearing
that multinationals are simply trying to
exert more control over UN processes, with
public-private partnerships representing an
easy way into new markets in the developing
world, capitalizing on ngos' ability to forge
community links and acceptance. Even if
such partnerships are initiated with good
intentions, who's to say a set of common
goals will emerge? Will the influence of ngos
be compromised or strengthened through
these partnerships? And given the dearth of
development aid and government funding, do
ngos have much choice?
But regardless of the difficulties, most
would agree continued dialogue with private
sector players is important, and if an appeal
can't be made to their better nature, perhaps
an appeal can just be made to their nature.
In a recent UBC Reports article (Jan 2, '03),
geography professor John Robinson argued
that continued growth of urban populations
translates into a huge economic opportunity:
"The World Bank estimates that trillions
of dollars of new urban infrastructures
will have to be built over the next decade.
The countries and companies that move
fastest in developing technologies that
Workers prepare Jericho for the unofficial Habitat conference in Vancouver, 1976
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve
environmental quality and create jobs are
likely to do well in a more congested future."
Oberlander says the UN has shifted in its
governing and organizational structure in
recognition of global trends. "The big change
since 1976 is the growth and intercon-
nectedness of cities. That's why the World
Urban Forum has been developed, as the
opportunity for developing partnerships."
The UN is easing into its role as facilitator
of partnerships. It is these activities that will
do more to affect change than the recent
spate of large-scale UN conferences. Instead of
being kept at arms length, ngos, civil groups,
and elements within the private sector are
called Habitat Partners and feature far more
in the UN's vision now than they did in 1976.
Oberlander says that "the 2006 World Urban
Forum will be a joint effort reflecting the
partnership between the UN and Canada,
and will allow an evolving format. We
must develop a setting and process so the
exchange among stakeholders can happen in
a relatively free but productive way."
The UN has great value in that it provides
formal recognition of the problems of urban
development, and a platform on which
both the world's successes and failures can
be publicly aired. Beyond this conceptual
sense of its worth, delivering on its good
intentions depends on how the organization
can adapt to a rapidly changing, post
cold-war, global context, and preserve the
legitimacy of its leadership without being
overly beholden to a few powerful players.
The last few decades have demonstrated
that international aid, altruism and high
moral purpose aren't enough in themselves
to solve the seemingly intractable problems
of poverty, pollution and urban blight.
Perhaps a dedicated coalition of business,
government and civil society, in which all
key players stand to benefit on their own
Spring 2003   Trek   25 SCHOLA
Esoteric, academic, intellectual: UBC Press books aspire to a better standard and promise prestige.
says Peter Milroy, "is the process of
making something public." Self-evident?
Perhaps. But for the director of UBC
Press, the university's arm's length
publishing house, public is key and public
is relative.
In Canada, selling 5,000 copies of
a book puts you on the best-seller list.
That's a pretty tiny figure compared to a
best seller in the us where press runs of
100,000 are common. And that's where
the "relative" comes in.
"We might produce between 600 and
700 units of a hardcover, plus a few more
in a softcover version," says Milroy.
"We're not dealing with volume discounts
and price points here." Acknowledging
that the future of academic presses across
North America is threatened, Milroy
makes a strong case for the importance of
a scholarly press and the prestige of UBC
Press in particular.
Few copies of a scholarly book are
printed, and most find their way into
government and academic libraries, but
the effort is worth it, he says. "There
may be only a hundred scholars in that
field in the whole country, but without
an exchange of knowledge, what is the
point of large-scale scholarly research?"
Academics and researchers are trained
to delve deeply into their fields. Their
expertise and capacity for exploration
are what make the public investment
worthwhile, Milroy says. But if their
discoveries can go no farther than their
notebooks or discussion with students
and colleagues, then scholarship will not
Although Milroy admits he probably
spends more time looking at computer
screens than reading books, he denies that
there's any real future in web publishing
for the kind of books UBC Press puts
out. "People think publishing on the web
is going to cut costs, but
it's not. The up-front costs B Y J U DIT H
are still there." Scholarly
publishing gives a work
credibility and prestige, which in a
publish-or-perish world are essential for
advancement. "Most of the work we do is
intellectual labour," he says, and outlines
the process a scholar must go through
to be published, from evaluation and
acceptance by a press, to peer review and
detailed editing. "The evaluation process
inspires people to write to a different - a
better - standard."
UBC Press has been operating since
1971, for many years out of the top
floor of the Old Auditorium and now
in pre-fab quarters where
WALKER       the heating is sporadic at
best. Milroy, bundled up
warmly in an outdoor jacket,
sits at his desk surrounded by esoteric
titles such as Liberalism, Nationalism,
Citizenship: Essays on the Problem of
Political Community and Stepping Stones
to Nowhere: The Aleutian Islands, Alaska,
and American Military Strategy, 1867-
1945. He's clearly a fan of what he calls
the "sequentially numbered hinged page
system." In spite of cramped finances,
the press has garnered many awards over
the years. In the past decade, UBC Press
books have either won or been nominated
for all the major book prizes for content
and design, from the Donner Prize to the
Leipzig International Medal to the Alcuin
Society award for book design.
Only about a quarter of the authors
published by UBC Press are UBC scholars;
the rest are academics from across Canada
and internationally. There's a lot of prestige
attached to being published by a university
press outside your own university. And
UBC Press is now known for particular
fields of specialty. "We don't publish things
that aren't important to UBC," says Milroy.
As a scholarly publisher, UBC Press
focuses on fields such as political science,
26   Trek   Spring 2003 First Nations studies, or
environmental studies. And
occasionally there are what
Milroy refers to as "little bijou
items" that cry out for that extra
attention to detail for which UBC
Press is coming to be known.
One of these bijoux is the recently-
published Couture & Commerce, a study
of the transatlantic fashion trade in the
1950s. Its embossed metallic cover design
and cover photo of a high-fashion wafer-
thin model in a strapless gown belies
the serious nature of the book itself - an
economic study of material history by an
art history academic at York University
and the Royal Ontario Museum. The
author, Alexandra Palmer, worked very
closely with UBC Press's editor in Toronto,
Camilla Jenkins. That work won Jenkins
the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial
Excellence last year, the national award
from the Editors' Association of Canada.
Jenkins worked closely with Palmer to
turn her phd thesis into a work with some
cross-over interest for the general public.
"This is a book about the reality versus the
fantasy of fashion," says Jenkins, making
no apology for the historical photos of
middle-aged matrons wearing beautiful
gowns from Christian Dior and Pierre
And like the reality of fashion, the
reality of publishing means every
decision has a dollar attached. Couture
& Commerce may have received a more
lavish design than many UBC Press
books, but in the penny-pinching world of
scholarly publishing, that's rare. "It's like
1    Totem Poles
- Marjorie Halpin
2    Emergence of Social Security in Canada
- Dennis T. Guest
3    Contact and Conflict
- Robin Fisher
4    Ninstints
- George F. MacDonald
5    Birds of British Columbia
-Campbell etal.
6    Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples
- Nancy Turner
7    Killer Whales, 1st & 2nd Edition
- John Ford
8    First Nations of British Columbia
- Robert Muckle
9    Professional Child and Youth Care
- Roy V. Ferguson
10 Indian Education in Canada, Volume 1
-Jean Barman
11 Indian Education in Canada, Volume 2
-Jean Barman
12 First Nations Education in Canada
- Marie Battiste
13 Food Plants of Interior First Peoples
- Nancy Turner
14 Butterflies of British Columbia
- Guppy
ranked hy number of books sold
looking at a feast that you can't
eat," says Jenkins, referring to the
wealth of beautiful papers and
expensive design ideas available.
"Scholarly publishing is very much
hemmed in by the realities of
"We have a certain number of books
every year that we hope will be of interest
to the public," explains Milroy. "We have
to be quite entrepreneurial." Although
one UBC Press title has actually sold more
than 40,000 copies, break-even is the best
that can be hoped for. "Some authors
might get a few thousand dollars," says
Milroy, "but their rewards come in
different ways."
Having a Toronto satellite office, a nice
turnabout for anyone on the West Coast,
works particularly well for UBC Press.
"Authors like to feel there is a Toronto
presence," says Jenkins. "It has become
part of the package to say, 'You don't have
to worry about us being remote; we're
right here.'" As grand as it may sound to
have a Toronto branch, Jenkins is one of
two Toronto-based staff and works out
of her home office. Now that she's won
the Fairley award, will Jenkins leave the
miserly world of scholarly publishing for
the bright lights of trade publishing? "No
matter what aspect of publishing you
work in, you're not in it for the money,"
Jenkins laughs. It's a reality that Milroy
is all too aware of as well. "It's often a
temptation to go more commercial, to
hit the mid-list," he says, describing that
cross-over point between books that just
have to be published and books that
might make money. "But if you look at
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I just got my copy of the Fall 2002 Trek
Magazine, and all in all it's a well put
together magazine. However, I must take
exception with one of the articles. In the
Take Note section there's an item titled
A Vote for Democracy. This article is
offensive as it is specious.
The relevant quote is, "A peasant in
18th century France might see [democracy]
as his salvation; an Afghani mother
cowering with her children in a cave
during a bombing raid carried out 'to
defend democracy' might see [democracy]
as the work of the devil."
I'm afraid I don't understand the quotes
around "to defend democracy." Is the
author implying some ulterior motive
here? Apparently so. And the implication
that Afghanis were opposed to the us led
war is just nonsense. Now I know your
author has never talked to an 18th century
French peasant, and I'm just as confident
that he or she has never talked to a 21st
century Afghan mother either. Here in
the Bay Area we have a large Afghan
population. There's a section of Fremont
called Little Kabul, and the Afghanis
there were celebrating and praising the us
during the invasion. When the real Kabul
fell they had a fireworks celebration that I
could see from Palo Alto, 20 miles away.
Apparently the view is not so good from
Point Grey.
As if that weren't inflammatory
enough, the author goes on to draw moral
equivalence between democracy and
communism! What kind of people do you
have working for you?
I'm tired of defending UBC to my
American colleagues. I'm tired of being an
apologist for people like Sunera Thobani.
And where are the voices of reason?
Where are the UBC faculty and journalists
who stand up to these inane views? The
silence is deafening. Perhaps these people
don't exist, or maybe magazines like Trek
just refuse to publish their views. Either
way it's a bad mark on UBC.
It's a shame that in America UBC is
better known for the infamy of its faculty
than the quality of its education. And it's a
shame that Trek Magazine allows itself to
be part of the problem, rather than part of
the solution.
- David Dehoney bsc'oo
The following is from an e-mail to Martha
Piper, copied to the Trek Magazine editor.
Dear Editor:
We are 1991 graduates of UBC. We were
extremely offended to read on page 9 of
(the Fall, 2002) Trek Magazine, under
the note titled A Vote for Democracy,
the following sentence: "Democracy,
like Christianity, Islam or communism,
fosters righteousness, oppression, poverty
and bloodshed as often as it does peace,
prosperity and human development."
The word "foster" means "to
promote the growth or development
of." Christianity does indeed foster
righteousness, as well as (among other
Moon for the Misbegotten, 1 976-77, with
Barney (not Barry) O'Sullivan and Judy Freiman
things) faith, hope, self-control, charity
and loving your neighbour as yourself.
While we agree that evil things are
done in the name of Christianity, it does
not follow that Christianity itself fosters
oppression, poverty and bloodshed. (We
are still wondering why righteousness
was included in the bad list along with
oppression, poverty and bloodshed.)   It
is astounding that such an offensive
statement would appear in your magazine.
It appears that UBC's cultural awareness
workshops and sensitivity training
programs have missed a spot!
- Karen Elgersma (Jonasson), BFA'91
and Del Elgersma, LLB'91
I liked the look of Trek Magazine and
read it from cover to cover. It was great
to see an issue that focused on the Freddy
Wood Theatre and even had a picture
of a play that I attended when an
undergraduate - it bought back fond
- Krista Hanni, bsc'86
Loved the Freddy Wood retrospective in
the new Trek Magazine. However, may I
point out that the actor pictured in Moon
for the Misbegotten is the extremely
accomplished Barney O'Sullivan, not
Barry. Barney tells me he hasn't been
called Barry since about 1926. It might
be nice if you could correct your files
for future reference.  Thank you. And
again, excellent work. I went through the
program in the '70s and it brought the
place completely back to life for me.
- Ian Morton, bsc'63
Spring 2003   Trek   29 COLLABORATING
The University Archives recently came across a
collection of 370 photographs taken on the Fairview
campus from 1919-25. Most of these are candid
shots of students and faculty going about their daily
business: walking to class, smoking a cigarette, eating
lunch, or mugging for the camera. George Van Wilby,
BA'21, MA'24 took the photos when he was a student.
The photos were part of the Alumni Association's
historical research material collected by Frances Tucker.
Unfortunately, few of these shots are labelled. Archives
has been able to identify well-known faculty and
students, but most are anonymous.
That's where alumni come in. The photos have been
digitized and placed on the Archives website at www.
library.ubc.ca/spcoll/gallery/index.htm Can you recognize
any of the men and women depicted? Do you know
what was going on at the time? Have a look, and if you
can identify any, note the number and send an e-mail to
the UBC Archivist at christopher.hives@ubc.ca.
Archives has a huge collection of historical photographs,
with 29,000 of them digitized on the Archives' website.
Researchers at the Archives are always interested
in adding to their holdings and would like to hear
from alumni who have collections of photographs of
the university, its faculty and students, and events,
particularly for the pre-1970 period, that they would be
willing to donate.
30   Trek   Spring 2003 •   . -
Spring 2003   Trek   31 UNIVERSITY HISTORY
There is another little mystery Trek readers might
help solve. Also included in the Alumni Association's
historical records was an unidentified, undated recording
of UBC's original fight song, "Hail UBC" written in
1931 by student Harold King. Archives has prepared a
small virtual display around the composer and the song
and added a digital recording of from the audio tape
recording of the song which is available at www.library.
Archives would love to know who recorded the
song and when and where the recording took place.
UBC Archives would also appreciate hearing from
alumni who have audio and video recordings or films
depicting UBC life or events. If you have material you
would consider donating, please contact Archives.
32   Trek   Spring 2003 BIG MAN
If you graduated from UBC sometime in the last 25 years,
you've met this man. He's also the guy who crafted the most
respected (and popular) intramural program in Canada.
Nestor Korchinsky has met about 90,000
UBC graduates during the 25 years (and 300
graduation ceremonies) he's served as the
university's congregation marshal. Add that
to his 35-year run as assistant professor and
director of Intramural Sports and you come
up with an outstanding career. But like all
good things, and all good people, his time
has come. Immediately after the last graduate
is officially admitted at the upcoming spring
convocation, the big man himself will bid
farewell to Point Grey. It promises to be a hell
of a party.
Nestor "Nick" Korchinsky came to UBC
in 1967 as a newly hired lecturer in the
school of Physical Education. He took over a
fledgling intramural sports program and built
it into the largest and most comprehensive in
North America. His motivation was simple:
a passion for sport and the creative energy
to use it as a tool to enhance UBC's learning
"My life changed in 1977," says former
student Joan Pilcher Webster. "He was
this enormous man who walked into the
classroom with an idea for a new intramural
event and he wanted a student to help
organize it. He came
BY  DON WELLS        in like a hurricane, full
of energy, humour and
creativity, and so alive. I
wanted to be a part of that world." Webster
became the first full time administrator in the
Intramural Sports department.
Hurricane Nestor blew in from the plains
of eastern Alberta, the son of Ukrainian
immigrants who settled in Vegreville. He
attended the University of Alberta where
he was a conference all-star basketball and
football player. A naturally gifted athlete with
an imposing 6*5" frame, he swam for the
Korchinsky recalls the phone call he received
the next day. "He said 'How does $8,400 a
year sound?' I said that sounded fantastic. He
said 'how do you feel about starting August
1?' I said that would be fantastic. I think it was
probably the quickest appointment ever made
at UBC."
And one of the best, according to UBC
Athletics historian Fred Hume.
"He took UBC's program to a prototypical
level in Canada," says Hume. "It has been
acknowledged nationally as the standard to
which other universities should aspire."
His vision for a sport and recreation program
was sparked shortly after his arrival in 1967.
Standing on the north plaza of War Memorial
Nestor Korchinsky defined intramural sports at UBC and across Canada. He retires this year.
university in a championship meet one day
and played an entire basketball game later
that evening.
His first road trip with Alberta's basketball
team was to UBC. "I remember riding in a
van out to War Memorial Gym," he recalls,
"and seeing these beautiful surroundings, the
golf course and these gorgeous homes where I
imagined the faculty must live."
Fate intervened four years later. Shortly
after he completed an MA in Physical
Education, his adviser returned from a
conference where he learned that UBC
was looking for a person with a peculiar
combination of skills - someone who
could coach football, basketball and teach
swimming. He told Korchinsky, "you'll be
getting a phone call from a Bob Osborne."
Osborne, who was one of Canada's finest
basketball players and coaches in the '30s
and '40s, was the director of UBC's school of
Physical Education.
Gym looking out at the empty field (now home
to the Student Recreation Centre), he thought
back to his days at Alberta where, ironically,
UBC graduates Maury Van Vliet and Clare
Drake had helped create an outstanding athletic
program. While there was no mistaking the
success of UBC's varsity program, there was
something missing at UBC that was in evidence
at Alberta.
"I was overcome by the silence and it
suddenly struck me that UBC didn't have a
soul," he recalls. What UBC missed, he felt,
was an intramural sport program that would
provide opportunities for all students, regardless
of their ability.
"Academics give a university its character,"
he says. "Extracurricular activities give a
university its personality. Together they give it
a soul." He saw UBC as a commuter campus
to which students would travel, go to class,
and go home. "It was like a bus stop in a
student's day." He immediately went to Dick
Spring 2003   Trek   33 Ramsey, the faculty adviser to Intramural
Sports, who then went to Osborne to tell him
about Korchinsky's vision. Ramsey returned
later that afternoon and gave him the news.
"You're in charge."
The program, which now has 8 sports
leagues and a wide range of special events,
began to take shape in the early '80s after the
participation numbers justified hiring Joan
Webster as associate director. Together, she
and Korchinsky built the department into
one of the crown jewels in Canadian post-
secondary education.
The special events programs are open to
local high school students, part of a strategy
to link the university with the community
and attract students looking for a unique
university experience. The annual triathlon
exemplifies his think-big attitude, attracting
participants from across North America and
eventually becoming the official Canadian
University Championship.
But sometimes thinking big works too
well. One day while rummaging through a
collection of old trophies, he uncovered a
tarnished cup engraved with the words "Arts
20 Relay." The race, cancelled during World
War 11, traced the route of the Great Trek
from the old Fairview campus to Point Grey.
He decided to resurrect it.
It became an enormous event, but
ultimately too successful. The 5,000 odd
participants so congested traffic on Oak Street
one year that an airport-bound diplomat
missed an international flight and complained
to city governors, who asked Korchinsky to
restrict it to the campus. Confined to Point
Grey, it lacked the historic element and
participation numbers dwindled until it was
eventually shelved for a second time.
One of the most simple but compelling
testimonies of his reputation came from a
UBC student who was a friend of another
young man who eventually became
Korchinsky's step-son. The stepson-to-be told
his buddy that his mother had become close
friends with a professor from UBC named
Nestor Korchinsky. Asked if he had heard of
him, the friend replied "Nestor Korchinsky is
a (expletive) legend at UBC."
He earned part of his reputation through
the vibrant social life he encouraged among
student staff of Intramural Sports. Following
one festive departmental Christmas party in
sub, Korchinsky and two staffers took a half-
full keg of beer down the hall to the Pit Pub,
where a long line of students waited in vain to
enter. Korchinsky and company lifted spirits
by handing each student a pint.
He shakes his head, relieved to have
survived such spontaneous, but harmless
indiscretions. The truth is that his popularity
was founded primarily upon the opportunities
he provided for students.
"He launched careers," says Webster. "He
took a very corporate approach to running
the department," explaining how 125
students were hired each year to run the entire
program, including 11 support departments
responsible for research and development,
communication, recognition and community
outreach. "Nestor made it clear that it wasn't
his program; it was theirs," said Webster. "He
didn't want recognition for anything either;
that too was for the students."
He named sport leagues and divisions after
students who had contributed extraordinarily
to the program's development. He also
insisted on each year having a theme, based
on a student survey to determine the needs of
the campus population. One year was devoted
to female participants when the R&D team
concluded that many female students had
never been in a gymnasium. Another year's
theme was communication, in which he and
Webster launched UBC TV as well as a weekly
sports newspaper, The Point, currently in its
15     year of publication.
Corporations including McDonald's and
Coca-Cola took notice of the participation
numbers and signed up as sponsors. By the
late '80s, the program had outgrown UBC's
sport facilities. Labatt Breweries and the AMS
then teamed up with the university to build the
Student Recreation Centre.
As Korchinsky prepares to depart, his
program attracts as many as 11,000 students
annually to at least one of its leagues or events.
It's clearly one of the dominant features of
UBC student life and a legacy that is bound to
endure long after he is gone. The irony is that
Korchinsky himself doesn't appear to have any
less energy than he did in 1967, and in fact, his
retirement is an early one. He says he is merely
following his mother's advice to preserve some
energy for his senior years.
"I'm not an old fart," he said recently. "I've
still got energy, I've still got drive. There's just
a limit to it now."
Many friends still can't believe he is leaving
the university with which he has enjoyed a 35-
year love affair. Most feel that he has earned
his place among the likes of Gordon Shrum,
Frank Gnup, Bob Osborne, Marilyn Pomfret,
Bus Phillips, Harry Warren, Barbara "Bim"
Schrodt, Bob Hindmarch, Buzz Moore and
Father David Bauer - educators and sports
figures who left indelible marks on UBC and its
As he subs out of the biggest game of his
life, he will no doubt receive a well-deserved
ovation. Webster promises that his May 31
send-off at the Hotel Vancouver Ballroom
will be a grand event with some special guest
appearances and more than a few surprises.
Typically, Nestor Korchinsky will leave
UBC in the same manner as he arrived - like a
Nestor Korchinsky and Sue Demaine
Saturday, May 31, 2003
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■waaaaaa*- THE  ARTS
For details on the following exhibits, and on
permanent exhibitions, please visit the website
at www.moa.ubc.ca or call 604-822-5087.
Time to Remember
March 17,   Gallery 3
Opening Reception Tuesday, March 18, 2003
This exhibit explores themes of memory,
culture and social connections. It includes a
contemporary West Coast style canoe and its
memorial contents donated to moa by Shane
Pointe and Gina Grant, in honor of their
sister, Maggie Pointe (Musqueam).
April 3, Gallery 10
An exhibit by students studying the
anthropology of public representation. They
examine celadon (a variety of ceramic glazes
that range in colour from grey-green to blue-
green to jade-green) through the eyes of the
potter, the art historian, the anthropologist
and the geologist.
Pasifika: The Frank Burnett Collection of
Pacific Arts
May 13, Gallery 5
A major exhibition focusing on the museum's
founding collection. Comprising more than
100 objects from Micronesia, Polynesia and
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Fantasy and Imagination in Contemporary
Inuit Art
April 1, 7:00 pm, free
Dr. Nelson Graburn is curator of North
American Ethnology at the Phoebe A. Hearst
Museum of Anthropology at the University
of California. He lectures on circumpolar
peoples, Japan, and tourism, art and
The following exhibits can be viewed on-line
at www.moa.ubc.ca/Exhibitions/onliview.html
Respect to Bill Reid Pole
An award-winning site that documents the
carving of The Respect to Bill Reid Pole by
Jim Hart.
The Spirit of Islam
An educational site based on last year's
exhibit The Spirit of Islam: Experiencing
Islam through Calligraphy.
Prelude to the Study of a Totem Pole
Award-winning site illustrating the story of
The Thunderbird Pole of Gitanyow, from its
village origins to its current context in the
My Ancestors are Still Dancing
A site exploring the work of weaver William
The Raven and the First Men
The story behind Bill Reid's famous sculpture
of the same name.
The Honour of One is the Honour of All
A tribute to the First Nations men and
women recognized by UBC for their
distinguished achievements and outstanding
service to either the life of the university, the
province, or on a national or international
Whittling for a Living: Doug Cranmer's Work
A sourcebook on the work of the 'Namgis
For information on exhibits, please contact
the Belkin at 604-822-2759, or the Belkin
Satellite at 604-687-3174.
TOP: Cook Islands Canoe Carol Mayer. From the
Frank Burnett Collection of Pacific Arts, Museum of
BOTTOM:  Untitled (Horsey) Attila Richard Lukacs,
2002, Mixed media, Belkin Gallery "Uncanny Nancy," 2002
Garry Lee Nova at the Belkin Gallery
Kelly Wood: Continuous Garbage Project
March 21 - May 11, 2003
Photographs of the artist's garbage taken
over a five-year time period provoke
environmental issues and an appreciation of
fine photography.
View the following collections on-line at
Zero Hour
A program to mark the 1 o'" anniversary of
the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Most sincerely (Ray Johnson)
An exhibition of formal works and an
investigation of the influence of the New
York Correspondance School on the
Canadian avant-garde.
Quartet for the Year 4698 or 5760
A multi-media gallery installation.
Twenty Questions
Recent aquisitions to the painting and
drawing collections.
(555 Hamilton Street)
Critical Curatorial Studies Exhibition
April 5-27
Gary Lee Nova and Eric Metcalfe
May 10 -June 8
Mina Totino
June 15 - July 6
Tickets for free events at the Chan Centre
may be picked up anytime during Chan
Centre ticket office hours. For more
information on events, please call 604-822-
Robert Silverman (piano)
May 11, 3:00 pm
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Richard
Goode (piano)
April 6, 7:3 0 pm
UBC Symphony Orchestra (free)
April 10, 12:00 pm & April 11, 8:00 pm
(featuring Lucas Wong)
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra:
Shauna Rolston (cello)
April 18 & ii), 8:00 pm
Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano)
May 16 & 17, 3:00 pm
Ying Huang (soprano)
April 26, 8:00 pm
Vancouver Recital Society:
Michael Schade (tenor) and Malcolm
Martineau (piano)
April 27, 3:00 pm
Krystian Zimerman (piano)
April 30, 8:00 pm
Juan Diego Florez (tenor)
June 17, 8:00 pm
The Hilliard Ensemble - Christoph Poppen
May 4, 7:3 0 pm (Bach)
Baccalaureate Concert (free)
Features graduating music students
May 21, 8:00 pm
Robert Kapilow and St. Lawrence String
May 12, 11:00 am
University Singers
April 3, noon
April 4, 8:00 pm, free
For tickets and event details, please contact
604-822-5574 / concerts@interchange.ubc.ca
UBC Student Composers
April 7, noon
Recital Hall, free
UBC Jazz Ensemble II
April 4, noon
Recital Hall, free
UBC Chinese Ensemble
April 2, noon
Recital Hall, free
UBC Gamelan Ensemble
April 9, noon
Recital Hall, free
Spring 2003   Trek   37 BOOKS
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Exile Ann Ireland, BFA'76 Simon & Pierre,
]DThe exile of Ann Ireland's third novel
is an upper-middle class newspaper writer
from a fictional South American country. He
enjoys his privileges, publishes the odd bit
of romantic poetry, sips coffee in stylish bars
with his cronies, and produces politically
correct copy for his paper. Unfortunately, he
insults a very powerful general who puts out
a hit on him, forcing him underground.
Enter a well-intentioned Vancouver group
dedicated to saving the lives of literary
prisoners of conscience. They spirit our
hero out of the country and set him up in
Vancouver as a Writer in Exile at UBC. He's
unfit, of course: he's no radical (although he
played with a stylish sort of radicalism), and
he misses his servants, his expensive drink
and his comfortable life. He's unwilling to
play the downtrodden, righteous exile.
Ireland lays out a fascinating story of
liberal self-indulgence and irony that gets
to the soul of the exile, who finds more
strength in himself than he thought. It's
gritty and philosophical at the same time,
and does very well what a good novel
should - it takes us to another world and
lets us live there a while. Ireland doesn't pull
her punches, but neither does she mire herself
in polemic. And, she's too good a writer to miss
opportunities for humour at the expense of
both sides.
Mount Appetite Bill Gaston, BA'75, MA'78,
mfa'8i Raincoast $19.95
DDBill Gaston has an uncanny ability to create
real characters with a few deft strokes. He's
also able to creep inside the heads of his drug
addicts and boozers, making us see real people
in real predicaments, not just story-filler. He
brings those skills plus his ear for voice to this
short story collection that was nominated for
the Giller prize. There are few writers alive
today who can create such convincing short
Whether it's the guy who decides to annoy
a punky, earringed convenience store clerk
by jerking $5 out of him, or the faith healer
who realizes he needs faith himself, Gaston's
characters come alive in ways we see as real,
Tong: The Story of Tong Louie by E.G. Perrault,
JDTong Louie was the son of Chinese
immigrants who came to Canada in the early
years of the zo™ Century. His success has
a storybook quality: he took his father's
fledgling grocery business and built it into
one of bc's largest food distributors and
established a family dynasty in the process.
He had the good fortune to be born into
a family that demanded hard work, focus
and dedication, but that tempered it with
patience, civility and social responsibility.
He overcame racial hostility, political
interference and competitive dishonesty
to become a respected businessman and
Perrault's work is attractive as a coffee
table book, filled with historical photographs
of Vancouver and Tong's family. It is also a
valuable biography of one of bc's business
pioneers. Tong Louie graduated from UBC
in 1938 with a bsc in Agriculture, and was
awarded an honorary degree in 1989.
Framing America: A Social History of
American Art Frances K. Pohl, BA'77, ma'8o
Thames & Hudson $113
QDPohl, who is a professor of art history at
Pamona College, looks at American art as a
melting pot, shaped by the immigrant forces
that created the nation itself. She stresses the
influences of previously marginalized groups
including First Nations, Africans and Asians.
38   Trek   Spring 2003 £LTONG
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Pohl weaves a fascinating fabric using
classic historical research to illustrate how
historical events had an impact on artistic
movements, styles and fashions. Engagingly
written and profusely illustrated, Framing
America shows the vivid link between history
and art.
Roadside Geology of Colorado Halka
Chronic & Felicie Williams MSc'79
Mountain Press, $20
With its plains, mountains, volcanic
regions and deserts, Colorado offers a rich
and varied geology. The authors invite you to
take a roadtrip and learn about the history of
the landscape that usually just whizzes by the
window, appreciated for its beauty but often
little understood.
The mother-daughter writing team has
broken Colorado down into four regions:
the Plains, the Rockies, the Plateaus and the
San Juans. They offer a variety of different
road trips that include an exploration
of landmarks such as Rocky Mountain
National Park and the Dinosaur, Great Sand
Dunes and Florissant Fossil Beds national
This edition features new photographs,
updated maps and seven new road guides.
It benefits from age-dating techniques that
provide new information about geological
formations, such as the billion-year-old
granites and gnisses of Precambrian
time that form the core of the Rocky
The Vikings, Cabot and Cartier Janet
Snider & Betty Sherwood BA'64 canchron
books $19.95
Aimed at kids in grades five to eight,
this book tells the stories of some of the
first Europeans to reach Canada. From
the exploits of early Viking travel to Leif
Ericsson's explorations, which brought
him from Greenland to the fertile fields
and salmon-rich shores of Newfoundland,
the authors describe the Vikings' mode of
travel and give a glimpse of their lives once
they got here. The southern Europeans, led
by Italian John Cabot, came next.
They travelled for exploration,
settlement, trade and adventure and the
book touches on their ships, methods
of navigation, settlements, lifestyles and
relationship with North America's native
peoples. The information is presented
simply and the book is full of colour
photos. □
The Republic Kevin Potvin, BA'87, ED-  7°t or
$15 subscription
UThe Republic is a fortnightly political
newspaper started two years ago by Kevin
Potvin. The paper doesn't disguise its slant
(to the left) and is subtitled "Vancouver's
Opinionated Paper." As well as views on
local news, the paper gives plenty of space to
international issues. The articles and columns
are meaty, well written from interesting
angles, and present a refreshing, non-hysterical
perspective from the left. The Republic is
available at Banyan Books, Granville Book Co.,
Chapters, UBC Bookstore and other outlets.
"Sorry," it turns out, is enough
Spring 2003   Trek   39 ALUMNI
The Young Alumni Network provides programs specially tailored to
the needs of new and recent graduates. These programs help grads
to network and explore opportunities by interacting with other
UBC alumni and the business community. They also keep alumni
informed about UBC and activities you may be interested in. Join us
for professional development seminars, quarterly networking nights,
social functions and outdoor activities.
We've just launched our redesigned Young Alumni Network web
page. You can visit it at www.alumni.ubc.ca/youngalumni and sign up
to receive our e-newsletter. Be sure to check out our upcoming events,
all listed on the website.
For information on the Young Alumni Network, contact Dianna at
President Martha Piper is becoming a star on the national stage.
On November 4,  she met with more than 100 alumni at the Inter-
Continental Hotel in Toronto, and in early December she attended
the Kelowna Canadian Club Lunch. In early January she continued
on to Hong Kong to visit with more than 120 alumni and friends at
the hsbc Bank Building. Other members of the UBC team were also
on the road. VP External, Dennis Pavlich spoke in Prince George on
Advocacy, and Associate VP Government Affairs, Allan Tupper, spoke
to Victoria alumni on the changing roles of Canadian universities.
But regional network activity isn't limited to visits by university
luminaries. Grads around the world have regular meetings (for
reasons of social and business intercourse), and we sometimes get
photos e-mailed to us just to prove it. Send in your photos and a
brief writeup on your event, and we'll print it here or put in on our
website, www.alumni.ubc.ca
Dean of Arts Nancy Gallini (c), Hope Salmond (BA'28) (r) and Sheila
Connell at the Alumni & Friends reception in Toronto on Nov. 4.
Check our website for more details:
April 17 Kamloops - Dinner at the Plaza Heritage Hotel featuring
Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi, academic director of UBC's Liu Institute for
Global Issues, as keynote speaker.
April 24 Vancouver - Young Alumni Network Martini night at Zin
Restaurant on Robson
May 1 New York - Hudson Hotel, alumni & friends event hosted by
Martha Piper
May 10 Los Angeles - All Canadian Universities event. Reception and
dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel, with special guest Alex Trebek.
"Canadian universities for $1,000, please Alex!"
May 29 Vancouver - Young Alumni Networking Night, Legends Tap
& Grill on Dunsmuir
June 11 Toronto - Welcome for new grads
San Francisco and the Bay Area - Darrin De Costa, BCOM'97 and
Meghan Jamieson BA'99, mmj_75@hotmail.com
Ohio - Jed Thorpe MA'02, jedthorpe@hotmail.com
Chicago - Dan Chan BASc'89, dckchan@msn.com
Seattle - Sean Cassidy, BA'99, seacass@hotmail.com
New Website in Singapore - Visit www.ubcalumnisg.com/ for
information on UBC alumni events in Singapore.
UBC Volunteer Recognition Reception May 1, 2003
Hosted by Friends of the Garden at UBC Botannical Garden and
Centre for Plant Research
4:00 - 5:00 pm - tour of garden
5:00 - 7:00 pm - reception and program
Call 604-822-3313 or email aluminfo@alumni.ubc.ca for info.
Agnes Papke, executive director since 1995,
has left the Alumni Association. She began as the
aggie coordinator in 1987, becoming associate
executive director under Deborah Apps, in
1992. A good mentor and friend, she guided
the Association through some interesting times,
maintaining her good humour and keeping her
eye on the ball. Good luck, Agnes.
UBC Alumni Association
Annual General Meeting
June 18, 5:30 pm
UBC Robson Square
40   Trek   Spring 2003 Medicine's class of '82 held a reunion at the Okanagan Grand Hotel in Kelowna, BC, September 20-22.
Hardly any cell phones went off during the posing for this picture.
Looking for a few good Alumni
Be part of the celebration to recognize UBC grads or members of
the UBC community who have made their mark. We are calling for
alumni volunteers to join the 2003 Achievement Dinner Committee.
Areas of expertise include special event planning and interest,
community leadership, marketing, sponsorship, sales and enthusiasm.
For more information, please contact Jane Merling at 604-822-891?
or merling@alumni.ubc.ca
Were you an international student who stayed
in Vancouver after graduation?
We need your help in assisting graduating
international students make the transition to their
careers or on to further studies.
If you are interested in sharing your
wisdom and experiences,
contact Tanya Walker at 604-822-8643
or twalker@alumni.ubc.ca
for more information.
More than 510 alumni from the class
of 1942 and their guests celebrated
their 60th Diamond Anniversary on
November 28, 2002. Alumni traveled
from all over the USA and Canada to
gown up and cross the stage to renew
their degrees at the Fall Convocation.
President (2 year term)
Jane Hungerford, BED'67, Past Chair, BC Cancer Foundation
Senior Vice President (2 year term)
Martin Ertl, BSc'93, LLB Managing Director, Navarik Corp.
Treasurer (1 year term)
David Elliott, BCOM'69, Chartered Accountant
Members at Large
2002 - 2004
John Grunau, BA'67
Darlene Marzari, msw'68, Former MLA, business owner
Colin Smith, BASc'65, CFO, Rapid Transit Projects 2000, Ltd.
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, MBA'83, Marketing Consultant
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94, Venture Capitalist
Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72, Lawyer
New Board Members
Members at Large, 2003 - 2005
Doug F. Robinson, qc, BCOM'71, LLB'72
Statement: "I think I've done well as a result of my exposure to UBC and
want to give something back. Serving the Alumni Association is a good
way of doing that."
Professional Activities
Member, advisory panel, BC Dispute Resolution Office; board member,
BC Mediator Roster Society; board member, BC Institute of Law Reform;
executive member, BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association; chair, Canadian
Forum on Civil Justice; president, Canadian Bar Association (1998-99)
UBC Activities
UBC Rowing Team (1965-69); Big Block; Wesbrook Society; Wright Field
Fundraising Committee
Jane Hungerford,
Martin Ertl,
Senior VP
David Elliott,
John Grunau
Darlene Marzari
Colin Smith
Raquel Hirsch
Mark Mawhinney Doug Robinson
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Statement: "Serving on the Board is my opportunity to give back to UBC
a little of what it provided to me. Education is a pillar of any successful
nation. A vibrant and active Alumni Association will ensure fellow
graduates remain in contact, and will assist in continuing to attract the
best candidates to UBC."
Community Activities
Member, World Vision Canada Fun Run Fundraising Committee;
campaign director, Canadian Gene Cure Foundation; volunteer, Pacific
Spirit Fun Run
Professional Activities
Member, Vancouver Board of Trade (1997-98); member, Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (1999-00)
UBC Activities
VP, Economics Students Association (1993-94); president, UBC Young
Conservatives (1993-94)
Raquel Hirsch ba'8o, MBA'83
Statement: "My experiences at UBC shaped me as a professional and as an
individual. I would like to help increase the ways the university contributes to
the personal and professional development of its graduates and help increase
the opportunities for alumni to contribute to the university."
Community Activities
Board member, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver; volunteer fundraiser,
various non-profit/charitable organizations; career coach for new immigrants
UBC Activities
Mentor, UBC Commerce Alumni
Professional Activities
Board member, Canadian Direct Marketing Association; co-chair, Direct
Marketing Day 2001, 2002; chair, Direct Marketing Day 2003; committee
member, Vancouver Aquarium Marketing (1997 to 1999); board member
and member of Executive & Finance committees, Emily Carr College of Art
and Design (1992 to 1994).
42   Trek   Spring 2003 ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND 2003
We need class reps to assist in planning
anniversary reunions for the classes of '93, '78,
'73 and '53. Interested? Contact Jane Merling
at 604-822-8918 or email merling@alumni.
Friday, September 19
Murder Mystery Night at Cecil Green Park.
Tickets are $20 and include prizes, dessert
buffet & cash bar. RSVP at 604-822-3313 or
email: aluminfo@alumni.ubc.ca.
Home Ec, all years, reception in honour of Dr.
Eleanor Vaines at Green College
Pharmacy '53 hosted buffet dinner at Louanne
Twaite's Home
Dentistry, all years, golf tournament & BBQ at
UGC. Tickets $125 inclusive.
Aggie '53  reception & dinner at Royal
Vancouver Yacht Club
Applied Science '53 luncheon at CGP
Saturday, September 20
Kick-Off All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
at Cecil Green Park House for all returning
reunion classes.
Aggie '5 3 Campus tour of MacMillan and
Ap Science '53 Luncheon reception & tour of
engineering buildings
Arts '5 3 Campus tour & lunch with the Dean
Commerce '53 Lunch with the Dean and tour
Forestry, all years BBQ Lunch and tour at
Forest Science Centre
Home Ec, all years, Campus tour & luncheon
Home Ec '78 Campus tour and afternoon tea
at Green College
MBA'78, Dinner at University Golf Club
Nursing, all years Luncheon with guest speaker
at Botanical Garden
Pharmacy '53 Cocktails at Sharp residence
followed by dinner at CGP
Forestry, all years BBQ Lunch and tour at
Forest Science Centre
Sunday, September 21
Pharmacy '53 Luncheon Harbour Cruise
For more information, please contact Jane
Merling at 604-822-8918, or merling@alumni.
ubc.ca.  Jane is available to help plan reunion
activities year round.
Law '63
June 13-15 Harrison
App. Science '73
Sept. 24
Hot Springs
AUS past members
BED (Special Ed) '83
Law '83
Oct. 28
May 9-10, Station tour
Mech Eng '68
Sept. 12-13 Pub night
and party at Waldorf
and dinner
Chem Eng '68
Medicine '83
June 2 -29 Manteo
Civil Eng '49
Resort, Kelowna
Civil Eng '83
Nursing '93
Class of '43
Fall Grad
Pharmacy '73
Reception & dinner at
Commerce '68
classmate's home
Commerce '78
May 16, Dinner at
Rehab Med '78
May 3, Dinner
Royal Van. Yacht Club.
SOEH all years
April 25, Dinner/social
Commerce '83
May 23, Dinner at
10-year anniversary
Arbutus Club
Sigma Tau Chi
May 15,  Dinner at
Commerce '93
University Golf Club
Engineering '63
Elec Eng '53
Forestry '53
Sept. 22 Dean's
Reception, CGP
Oct 1-2 Harrison Hot
Springs resort
For information on upcoming reunions, or to
organize your own, contact Jane Merling: 604-
822-8918, merling@alumni.ubc.ca
Calling all nurses from the class of 1989! Plans
Law '53
May 31, Dinner at Point
for your I5tn Anniversary Reunion in 2004
Grey Golf Club
are now under way
, but we're having trouble
Law '58
June 27, Dinner at the
tracking all of you
down. For a list of the
Terminal City Club
missing classmates,
please visit our website
UBC has lost touch with nearly a quarter of
its 200,000 alumni. If you're a campus-based
alumnus, call us to update your contact info.
Addressable alumni get Trek delivered to their
door, get notices of reunions and class events
and get to volunteer as mentors, members of
faculty committees, class reps and more.
The School of Human Kinetics (aka Physical
Education) is restarting its alumni association.
PE and HK grads can get updates on old
classmates and on the school by visiting
the website at www.hkin.educ.ubc.ca or by
contacting Mona Gibson at 604 822-9192 or
Dr. Alex Carre at 604 822-2683.
The old Bus Stop
Cafe was never like
this! Grads line up for
pancake breakfast at
Cecil Green Park House
at last year's Alumni
Reunion Weekend.
Tummies full, reunioners
heard Martha Piper extol
the virtues of today's
UBC, then headed out
to see the campus for the
first time, again.
Spring 2003   Trek  43 {Jg[The Benefits of
p™] 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 we're proud of what we do.
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
offered by your Alumni Association.
Alumni Acarc* partners offer you more
Continuing Studies and UBC Bookstore
Receive $5 off when you register for Continuing
Studies's Vancouver Arts Companion series, your
passport to the Vancouver Art Gallery, the VSO and
Vancouver theatre. Call Continuing Studies at 604.822.1444
TJew Acar" holders can shop the UBC Bookstore on campus and at Robson
Square and get 20% off selected items.
UBC Fitness Centre discount
Get fit. Use your Acard to purchase a UBC Blue and Gold card at 50% off and
work out on campus. Call our office for details.
UBC Aquatic Centre discount
One of the best swimming facilities in town just got better. Your Acar" lets you
swim and save at the same time. Call our office for details.
The Alumni Acard $30 per year (plus GST).
New feature: Your new Acar" is now permanent. Upon renewal, we'll mail you
a stick-on decal. Just visit the Library to renew barcode.
More great benefits. . .
Manulife: Term Life Insurance. Introducing
Extended Health and Dental Protection Plan.
CD Manulife Financial
MBNA: The MasterCard that keeps on giving. Attractive
interest rates and great features.
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Meloche Monnex: Home insurance with flJ„J ^^^^^
preferred group rates and features designed
for our grads.
Be seen in the right clothes!
Alumni gear at its very best. You went to a cool school.
Why not show it with golfshirts, ballcaps, vests and
sweats, and accessories like travel mugs, thermoses and
For more info about services and benefits,
or to purchase an Alumni Acar", please contact our offices
Phone: 604.822.9629 or 800.883.3088
E-mail: market@alumni.ubc.ca
Your new Acard saves $$$
and keeps you in touch.
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Library Card
Your Acarcl entitles you to a UBC
Library card at no additional cost.
Working downtown? The Acar®
is now available at the library at
Robson Square.
2003-2004 Alumni Travel
Education, exploration and adventure.
Alumni College, Italian Lakes
May 13-21
An enchanting idyll in one of the most
beautiful landscapes in the world.
Route of the Old Wine Traders
May 17-28
Cruise the coasts of Portugal, Spain and
France. End your journey in Paris.
China and the Yangtze River
September 25-October 19
Ancient treasures alongside modern
Inland Waterways of N. California
October 11-16
Cruise the San Francisco Bay and visit the
Napa wine country.
Rome Escapade
November 13-20
Extraordinary travel value at the perfect
time of year to visit Rome.
For more information call
toll free 800.883.3088
44   Trek   Spring 2003 "Illuminating Achievement"
8th Annual
Alumni Achievement Dinner
November 14, 2002
Raven Steals the Light
This year's Alumni Achievement
Dinner was one of the most
successful ever. More than 400
alumni and friends attended.
"Raven Steals the Light," an
original image by Lyle Wilson
(pictured below, left), was adopted
as the official logo of the dinner.
Award recipients received acid-
etched glass carvings of the logo, and
all attendees received a lapel pin.
Photos: 1) MC Dr. Haille Debas
with Margaret Sutcliffe, winner
of a trip for two to Rome, and
Bob McGraw, chair of the dinner
committee; 2) Marty Zlotnik and
Bob Lee conspire together to corner
the market in raffle tickets; 3) Haig
Farris, winner of the Blythe Eagles
volunteer award, with Martha
Piper; 4) Martha Piper, Janice Eng
and Susan Harris find something
in common to laugh about; 5)
Athletics gang of four, Fred Hume,
June Carlyle, Buzz Moore and Bob
Hindmarch; 6) MC Debas, chair
McGraw with Dr. Wallace Chung,
Honorary Alumnus.
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Spring 2003   Trek   45 CLASS ACTS
Find out who's doing what and where they're doing it .
Class Acts are submitted by UBC alumni of all years
who want to stay in touch with former classmates.
Send your information to vanessac@alumni.ubc.ca
or mail it to our offices (see page 2 for the address).
Include photos if you can, and remember, we'll edit
for space.
Joseph A.F. Gardner CM, BA'49, MA'42,
PHD'44, dean emeritus Forestry, was presented
with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal by
Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo on
December 12, 2002. The commemorative
medal is presented to those persons who
have made a significant contribution to
Canada, to the community or to their fellow
Canadians ... Donald G. Ivey BA'44, MA'46 is
a professor of Physics (emeritus) at the U of T.
He recently competed in the Senior National
Tennis Championships held August 18 -24,
2002, at the Hollyburn Country Club in West
Vancouver. He won both the Over-80 Men's
Singles and Men's Doubles titles. He adds the
victories to his 1999 triumph, when he won
the Over-75 Men's Singles title at the same
competition, held at the Vancouver Lawn
Tennis Club.
Allan Fotheringham BA'54 nas received the
2002 Bruce Hutchinson Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Jack Webster Foundation.
His career in journalism started with his work
on The Ubyssey, UBC's student newspaper
... Louanne Twaites bsc(pharm)'53 has
received the BC Pharmacy Association Life
Membership Award in recognition of her
contributions to the profession.
Allan Fotheringham has a laugh at the UBYSSEY. Who knows what the poster above him says?
Robert Bernulf Hunter bcom'6i, LLB'62
retired on November 1, 2002, after 28
years of law practice and 11 years as
judge of the Supreme Court of BC in
Kamloops. His wife, Jo-Mary Hunter
(Bell) bscn'6o retired from community
nursing in June 1998. She was a long
term care case manager. Robert and Jo-
Mary will continue living in Kamloops.
They have three children: Melisa Hunter
BA'87, Judy Hunter (presently attending
ucc) and Jamie Hunter BA'95 who is
living in Bangkok, Thailand ... Patricia
Kotush BED'69  began her second year as
president of the North Vancouver branch
of the Canadian Federation of University
Women, an organization that is committed
to education issues and participation in
community life. Appreciative of her own
educational opportunities and comfortable
lifestyle, Pat wants to give something back.
Jacques Beaudreault BARCH'77 1S partner with
architects Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership.
He joined the firm in 1998 after 20 years in
the profession. He received a BA in Philosophy
and Theology from Niagara University in New
York, and he has an MA in Human Relations
and Resource Management from American
International college in Springfield, MA ...
Harold Cuncliffe BASc'73 is president of the
Greater Atlantic Home Builders Association.
With membership of 4,000, the gahba is
the largest of its kind in the us ... Linda
Wikene Johnson BA'72, MFA'74 announces the
publication of her first novel Vancouver! by
Borealis Press of Ottawa. It is an historical
epic set in Vancouver from 1886 to 1914.
Character-driven and fast-paced, Vancouver!
follows the adventures of several young people
who grow and change with the fortunes of the
new city ...  Lyall D. Knott BCOM'71, LLB'72,
LLM, a senior partner at Clark, Wilson,
46   Trek   Spring 2003 will receive the Commemorative medal for
the Queen's Jubilee for his service to the
community. He has also been appointed to
the board of the UBC Foundation ... Robert
Douglas Laing BA'76, LLB'82 is executive
officer of the BC Real Estate Association. He
joined the bcrea in March 2000 as director
of Government Relations ... She still runs
her own firm specializing in social policy
research and program evaluation, but Marylee
Stephenson PHD'75 embarked on a new calling
as a standup comic. She is doing the rounds
of clubs and cafes in the Lower Mainland
and has a steady practice doing corporate
gigs for conferences. "These actually pay real
money," says Marylee, "which is a lot better
than the two free beers at the clubs!" She
began with a continuing ed course at Langara
College. The rewards of attacks of nerves
before stepping onto the stage, having far less
sleep and getting the occasional boffo laugh
make it all worthwhile. Look her up at www.
sociocomic.com ... Edmund Wong BA'79 1S the
global public relations and communications
director for orbis, an international blindness
prevention agency with headquarters in New
York. He is based in Hong Kong, but spends
much of his time on the road. The star feature
of orbis is its flying eye hospital, converted
from a DC-10 aircraft, and the organization
has programs in many countries, including
China, India, Peru, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.
Edmund is sure that UBC eye surgeons have
served as volunteers on orbis missions in the
past, and he would love to have more. Anyone
interested in volunteering, making donations,
sponsoring programs, or learning more about
orbis can visit the website at www.orbis.org
or email Edmund at ewong@hk.orbis.org.
Marie-Luise Berryman BA'84, mls'86 retired
last July after 14 years with North Vancouver
City Library, to enjoy gardening, travelling
and reading some of those books that always
looked so interesting ... After 20 years with
BNR/Nortel in the Optical Components
division, Rick Clayton basc'8i is now
senior technology adviser with Bookham
Technology PLC of Oxford, UK, through
Bookham's acquisition of Nortel's fibre optic
components division. Rick will continue to
be based in Ottawa and can be reached at
rick.clayton@bookham.com ... Elizabeth
Collins ba'8o was awarded the Cambridge
University Certificate in English Language
Teaching to Adults in December, 2001. She
is an instructor at Language Studies Canada
in Vancouver. Her "Letters to the Editor"
have appeared in several publications such
as Time, Newsweek and frequently the
Vancouver Sun. Some of her photographs have
appeared in Cat Fancy magazine ... Robert
Davidson BCOM'87 is managing director
Linda Wikene Johnson and friend want to publicize her first novel, Vancouver!
of Blitz, a fast-growing direct marketing
agency. In November, he was selected one
of Business in Vancouver magazine's elite
40 Under 40 - "top performers in business
environments, public or private" ...  Justices
Laura B. Gerow lld'8i, David M. Masuhara
LLD'82 and James W. Williams LLD'84, have
been appointed to the bench of BC Supreme
Court ... Jennifer Guinn BSN'84 married Bill
Gorham  in Vancouver on January 18, 2003
... Robert B. Handfield BSc'85 is the Bank of
America Distinguished University Professor
of Supply Chain Management in the College
of Management at North Carolina State
University. He is also founder and director
of the Supply Chain Resource Consortium
there (http://scrc.ncsu.edu). Prior to this,
from 1992 to 1998, he served as the associate
professor of Purchasing and faculty research
associate with the Global Procurement and
Supply Chain Benchmarking Initiative in the
Eli Broad College of Management at Michigan
State University. Robert is recognized for his
expertise in supply chain management, new
product development and B2B E-commerce ...
Joanne Ironside (Linburg) BCOM '88 gained
her MBA from the U of T in 1999. She lives in
Calgary, and is currently on maternity leave
from the Bank of Montreal, where she works
as a business development manager. Her first
child, Michaela Sarah Ironside, was born on
August 3, 2002 at the Rockyview Hospital ...
Hosahalli S. (Swamy) Ramaswamy msc'8o,
PHD'83 was awarded the 2002 csae/scgr John
Clark award for his contributions to the field
of food process engineering and science.  A
professor in the department of Food Science
at McGill, Swamy is the recipient of funding
from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
and has established a top-notch research centre
for his recent work on ultra high pressure
processing as a non-thermal alternative to
conventional processing ... Shelagh E. Rinald
bcom'86 is now a partner in the Victoria
office Tax Services Group of Grant Thornton
LLP. Shelagh is a member of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of British Columbia
and the Canadian Association of Financial
Planners. She is active in the community and is
involved with organizations including United
Way, the University of Victoria Foundation Gift
Planning Committee and the Glenlyon Norfolk
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School Foundation ... Helene Rodriguez
(Boutin) BA'89 and husband Lusero are proud
to announce the birth of a iolb  baby girl,
Bianca Anabel, on July 6, 2002 - a little sister
for three-year-old big brother, Angel ... Jackie
Smith bsc'86 MASc'94 and Aidan Gordon
BASc'84 were married on September 28,
2002. Jackie is currently a project manager at
seacor Environmental Inc. and Aidan is the
general manager of Gordon Crane and Hoist
in Vancouver, BC... Marjorie Stevens BA'82
is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee
Award. Her award was one of those presented
to federal public servants in recognition of
their significant contribution to Canada, to
their community or to their fellow Canadians.
Rachel Eden Black BA'97 married Alberto
Marucco on September 14, 2002, in
Sommariva del Bosco Italy ... Samantha
Carter bsc(ot)'99 and Erin Hickey BA'94
were part of an n-woman expedition to scale
19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro. They flew to
Tanzania in October, 2002, and all n made
it to the summit, most experiencing altitude
sickness to varying degrees. They were raising
money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,
and were able to meet their goal of raising
$100,000. Donations can still be made
through the website at www.makeawish.ca
...  Laisheng Lee Chou PHD'97 has been on
the faculty of Dentistry at Boston University
since 1994. In May, 2002, he was awarded
the Metcalf Cup, the university's highest
teaching prize. Laisheng is renowned for his
skilled lecturing on bone tissue engineering,
molecular bio-compatibility of implant
materials and Hiv-associated oral lesions, and
he is credited with introducing new courses
and methods of instruction. His students are
impressed with the way Laisheng conveys
complex information, making it easier for
them to grasp ... Betty Chung BA'96 BED'97
and Jonathan Ho BASc'98 were wed on July
20 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Stanley Park,
Vancouver ... Christina Pao Cohen BA'93 an£J
Elan Cohen are delighted to announce the
birth of their first child. Lauren Rachel Cohen
was born on 17 March, 2002 in Singapore
... Michelle Anne Cyrzan BHK'98, bed'oo
and Mack Cyrzan are thrilled to announce
the birth of their first child, a daughter, Kyla
Taegan Cyrzan on October 23, 2002 ...
Elizabeth Dusing BA'93, MA'98, was married
on September 16, 2000, to Pierre-Charles
Crozat of France, is currently living in Dijon,
and gave birth to Camille Marie Crozat
on July 11, 2002 ... Shannon Harris BA'97
and husband Scott are pleased to announce
the birth of their daughter, Marilee-Susan
... Chih Tsung Li BED'99 married Vincent
Kwan BED'99 at Cecil Green Park House,
UBC Campus, on August 5, 2001 ... Christie
Lutsiak bsc(pharm)'95 graduated from the
UBC grads on top of the world: Samantha Carter (kneeling) and Morna Creedon (holding flag)
conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro in October 2002
Teresa Maria Vaccaro and new husband, Paul
Medwedrich, pose with the couple's best car,
U of A with a phd in Pharmaceutical Sciences
in September, 2002. She is now a post-doctoral
fellow at the National Cancer Institute in
Bethesda, MD, USA ... 2002 was a very busy
year for Neil R. McAllister BA'92, MLs'95. In
January, he became head of a second Victoria
Library branch at Central Saanich, located
in Brentwood Bay. He continues to head
the Bruce Hutchinson branch. On Friday,
September 13, he and partner Kim Oldham
had a son, Jack. They are now drawing up
plans for a wedding in Victoria next August
... Linda Ong BA'94 is now working with the
Knowledge Network as a communications
officer. Her responsibilities include publicity/
media relations for programming, and regional
community relations. Ong was previously
communications manager with Volunteer
Vancouver... Teresa Maria Vaccaro BA'97,
BED'98 is married to Paul Medwedrich. Their
first child, a baby girl named Mikayla Vianna,
was born on August 13, 2002.
Timothy Chan Bsc'02 was named one of
12 $10,000 Golden Key Scholars during
the Golden Key International Honour
Society Convention, August 8-11 in Atlanta,
Georgia. The award recognizes outstanding
undergraduate performance - including
scholarly achievement, leadership and service,
significant involvement in the undergraduate's
Golden Key International Honour Society
chapter and a demonstrated commitment to
campus and community service ... Deanna
Neusaedter bed'oo of Abbotsford, BC, is
beginning a three-year Mennonite Central
Committee assignment in Botswana. She will
work as a primary school educator. □ and
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... George Barton BA'46, MA'48 in July,
2002 ... William Frederick (Fred) Bennett
BASc'52, MASc'59 on April 18, 2002 ...
Edward Burchak bed'6i on September 2,
2002 ... Ellen Kate Coletti (Apps) BHE'50
on May 11, 2002 in Nelson, BC ... Francis
A. Davidson BA'50, Bsw'51 on July 25,
2001, aged 85 ... Josephine Giesbrecht BA'52
... Joyce E. Henderson BA'52 on May 19,
2002 ... Richlynne Mathieson BED'67 on
September 21, 2002 ... Daveen K. O'Connell
BA'56 on May 31, 2001 ... Donald R. Rand
bed'66 (med) on October 30, 2002 ... Sidney
Crawford Rooney BASc'42 ... William A.
Scoones BA'52, BSW'53, MSW'70 ... Kimi
Takimoto BA'42.
Hugh Berry BASc'52
Hugh was a member of UBC's acclaimed
1948-50 Men's Hockey Team (playing
alongside the likes of Clare Drake, Bob Koch
and goalie Don Adams), which was inducted
into UBC's Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
The combined talent of Hugh and his fellow
players opened an ever-widening gap between
the team and its closest competitors and it
soon became the first to dominate the sport at
university level.
John Joseph Brown BCOM'55
John passed away on August 12, 2002, after
a courageous and inspiring fight against skin
cancer. He was chairman and founder of
Pacific Opportunity Company Ltd. and had
extensive financial management experience in
several industries. Friends and colleagues will
remember his limitless energy and generous
spirit, which shone through until the end.
R. Bruce Carrick BA'29
Bruce began his
career as Fraser Valley
Regional Librarian in
Abbotsford, BC. Later
he moved to Brandon,
Manitoba, to become
City Librarian. He and
his family emigrated
to the us in the late
1940s, where he took a
position as Whitman County Librarian. Two
years later, he moved to Spokane, ultimately
becoming Spokane City Librarian and retiring
in 1973. He was an avid photographer and the
Photographic Society of America awarded him
an honorary membership for his many years
of service. Bruce passed away in Bellingham,
WA, on December 28, 2002, at the age of 95.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and two
daughters, Jennifer Dickens (Jack), Sandy
Mendenhall (Gary), and five grandchildren.
Gordon Frederick Craig BED'63
Gordie, cherished husband, father and friend,
passed away on October 11, 2002, in his 74
year at Burnaby, BC. He will be remembered
with love by his wife, Lois, and his daughters
Janis Connelly (Jim), Jill Coller (Shaun), and
Dorothy Lenaghan. Gordie will be missed by
his three grandchildren,
Blake, Grace and Dylan.
He is survived by his sister,
Margaret Waters (David) ,
and his brother John.
Gordie was proud of his
roots in the Collingwood
area of Vancouver and
was born in the house
on Joyce Road where he
spent his boyhood. He
was a graduate of Normal
School and UBC, earning
a degree while teaching
full time and raising three
daughters who continued to surprise him with
their spunk. Gordie truly loved teaching and
taught, coached, and was an administrator
in the Vancouver School System for 3 5 years.
At Gordie's prior request, a celebration of
his life was held at Cecil Green Park House
on the UBC campus. Donations, if desired,
can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Gordie's family would like to express special
appreciation to the good-humoured Palliative
Care nurses at Burnaby Hospital and to
Dr. Stuart for his kind and thoughtful care
throughout Gordie's illness.
John Ritchie (Jack, "Cut") Cunningham
QC, LLB'48
Jack was born in Trail, BC, and lived in
Vancouver all his life. As a commissioned
officer with the RCNVR, he served overseas in
the North Atlantic until July, 1944, when he
joined the 29tn Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla
Apologies to Mrs. Vera
Davidson for a misprint
in her husband's obituary,
which appeared
in the last issue. James
Davidson served in the
Canadian Army during
the war, not with the
Airforce, as published.
in command of the
MTB 461 serving in
the English Channel.
He was discharged in
September, 1945, and
continued his education
at UBC.
Jack practiced
exclusively in the field
of maritime law from
1948 to 1993. He was
appointed Queen's
Counsel in December 1987. He represented
the Canadian shipping industry at the Law of
the Sea Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, in
1974. He wrote many articles and contributed
to several books on maritime law, and was an
adjunct professor of Maritime Law at UBC
from 1969-79 and 1993-94.
Jack's public service included
chairmanship of several
committees of the Canadian
Bar Association; president,
Canadian Maritime Law
Association, 1973-75; founding
director and treasurer, Legal
Aid Society, 1970-74; chairman,
International Sub-Committee
of Maritime International on
the Revision of Hague Rules,
1974-76; titular member,
CMI, 1982-2002; founding
director and honorary life
member, Vancouver Maritime
Arbitrators Association; director for 30
years and honorary member, Missions
to Seamen; trustee, Vancouver Maritime
Museum; member, RCMP Public Complaints
Commission, 1992-94.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary,
daughters Sandy, Janet and Nansi, and four
Rick Genest bcom'8o
Rick died in a car crash on the Coquihalla
Highway in August. He was vice-president of
Polygon Homes, a locally-owned company
with which he had worked for close to 20
years. He was a major influence in establishing
the Polygon Professorship of Building Science
at UBC and was a strong proponent of new
building technologies. In his spare time, he
volunteered with West Vancouver's Cypress
Park Little League. He leaves a wife, Marie,
and four children.
50   Trek   Spring 2003 IN MEMORIAM
Ralph Henry Gram bsc(agr)'37
Ralph was born to Nelson and Myrtle Gram
in Saskatchewan, in 1914. He attended high
school in Wilcox and spent two years at the
University of Saskatchewan before his family
moved to New Westminster. Ralph resumed
his studies at UBC and on graduating worked
for the BC Electric Company. He stayed
with the company for 30 years, witnessing
its transition to BC Hydro. He oversaw the
electrification of farms and rural areas in BC.
Ralph married Murial Douglas in 1940.
He served with the RCAF between 1942 and
'45 and was stationed with his family in a
one-room cabin on Vancouver Island. Ralph
and Murial also lived in Abbotsford and
Vancouver, but eventually ended up back
in New Westminster. After retirement they
travelled a great deal. Murial died in 1998.
Ralph is survived by sister Edna Affleck, son
Gordon (Charlene), son Harvey (and partner
Alan) daughter Joyce (Michael) and eight
grandchildren. The family thanks the Salvation
Army Staff at Buchanan Lodge for the loving
care shown to Ralph.
Peter Griffiths BASc'50
Peter passed away in New Westminster
on October 7, 2002. He was a mechanical
engineer, a lifetime member of the Association
of Professional Engineers who designed
and consulted in the construction of pulp
and paper mills in BC and internationally in
Nigeria, Korea, China, Portugal, Sweden and
Peter Hochachka oc, phd, lld, frsc (adapted
from an obit by colleague, Dr. David R. Jones)
Peter died at his home in Vancouver on
September 16, cared for by those he loved the
most: his wife Brenda and his children, Claire,
Gail and Gareth.
He was born in Bordenave, AB, in 1937
and was introduced to the wonders of nature
by his father and grandfather. He credited
his grandfather with teaching him to see
nature, and his father with teaching him to
understand it. We are all the beneficiaries of
the fruit of these childhood experiences.
Peter became Canada's foremost zoologist,
receiving many awards - two of which were
especially dear to his heart: the Fry medal
from the Canadian Zoological Society because
Tetsuhiko (TK) Kariya
of the influence F. E. J. Fry had on his research
approaches and philosophy, and the Order of
Canada because it represented the summation
of his achievement.
Peter was the father of the field of
adaptational biochemistry. He recognized
the implications of his research in areas far
beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries. He
provoked and facilitated interactions between
pure and clinical research fields, becoming
one of the world's leading theoreticians on
defense mechanisms against low oxygen. This
resulted in a number of cross appointments
with departments at UBC, including the
Prostate Centre at VGH. The latter association
led to a groundbreaking paper on the hypoxia
connection in prostate cancer with his surgeons
as co-authors.
The world was both his laboratory and his
lecture hall. He dealt in superlatives; the fastest
swimmer, the slowest walker, the fleetest flyer,
the highest climber, the deepest diver and, with
colleagues and students, he put a girdle round
the globe in search of new subjects, spreading
the scientific word, igniting ideas with his
infectious enthusiasm, and always finding yet
further avenues to pursue.
Life was an adventure and cancer was a
new challenge, ultimately leading Peter to
acknowledge his future assignments in a farewell
to his colleagues: "to check out the concept
of parallel universes and the implications of
entanglement." That was Peter, and he will be
sorely missed.
Cora-May Jensen basc(nursing)'48
Volunteer work played an important role in
Cora-May's life. She was awarded a 50 year
pin by the American Red Cross and named
volunteer of the year in 1992 by the American
Cancer Society's Pacific Division. As a public
health nurse for Hawaii, she also played a major
role in 1970 helping to stamp out tuberculosis
in that state.
It was in Hawaii that she met and married
Bill Jensen, an executive for a sugar company
who travelled abroad creating sugar plantations.
The couple were living
in Iraq with two of
their children when the
Arab-Israeli war broke
out in 1967. They were
separated from their
third daughter who had
been attending school
in Beirut, but were
reunited with her in
Spring 2003   Trek   51 IN MEMORIAM
It wasn't too long after arriving at their next
posting in Puerto Rico that the Bay of Pigs
invasion occurred. Their last overseas assignment
was to Iran. Cora-May was teaching at the
University of Tehran when the students started
to riot, just prior to the deposing of the Shah.
After a harrowing walk through the rioting city,
she and her husband left for Hawaii just a few
days ahead of the Shah. Bill passed away in
Cora-May remained physically active all her
life and was an excellent tennis player and golfer.
She died on November 1, 2002. She leaves her
three daughters, Penny, Tracey, and her youngest
daughter, Linda, who attended UBC.
T.K. Kariya BED'65
(from Ian Kennedy - Rugby Canada Press Officer)
Former Thunderbird rugby captain and
Canadian International Tetsuhiko (TK) Kariya
died suddenly on December 27, 2002, aged 60,
of a heart attack. Born in an internment camp
in Greenwood, BC, in 1943, Kariya played both
football and rugby at Kitsilano High School
before graduating from UBC with a BPE and a
teaching certificate in 1966. After teaching and
coaching at Hamilton and Argyle Secondary
Schools in North Vancouver for 3 5 years, he
retired in June, 2001.
Kariya's talent as a clever, agile and tenacious
standoff was first noticed by UBC coach Brian
Wightman who selected him for the T-birds.
From 1964 to 1973, the 5'6", 1501b athlete was
a fixture for the T-birds and Meralomas, and
played four times on the Canadian National
team. After playing and captaining all 23 of
UBC's games in the 1965-66 season, he led the
team on UBC's initial tour to Eastern Canada in
May 1966.
Kariya exemplified the qualities of leadership,
character, courage, skill and humility for which
he became well known as a player, teacher,
coach, husband and parent.
After a successful playing career, Kariya
turned his attention to teaching and coaching,
and to raising his and wife Sharon's five
children, to whom he  offered consistent
encouragement and support. Paul currently
plays with the nhl's Anaheim Mighty Ducks
and was on Canada's Olympic Gold Medal
winning team in 2002. Steve plays with the
whl's Manitoba Moose and Martin with
the University of Maine's hockey team. Both
Michiko and Noriko graduated from the
University of Maine.
TK carried a single digit golf handicap and
played in a senior's hockey team. The university,
education and the rugby communities have lost a
man of rare quality.
Odetta W. Keating (Hicks) basc (agr)'39, MA'41
Odetta died at home surrounded by her family
on 28 November, 2002. She was born on 17
April, 1918, at Agassiz, BC.
Odetta was the first woman to earn a
masters in agriculture and soils at UBC. She
married Dr. Gordon Mathias in 1941, lived
in New Westminster
and Burnaby, and was
active in community
affairs while raising
three children. After
her husband's death in    I
1953, Odetta returned    I
to UBC for teacher
training,  then taught at I
Penticton High School
until her retirement in
Meteorologist found turbulent times made for an impossible fob
It was THE '60s, one of the most turbulent times in
UBC's history, when Dr. F. Kenneth Hare succeeded
Dr. John B. Macdonald to become the university's fifth
It was a time when protesting students across North
America were demanding a greater say in university
affairs. It was a time made worse at UBC by rising
enrolment coupled with some facilities so overcrowded
and out of date that Hare would eventually dub them
Those who were close to him remember him as
a gentle man who probably was quite surprised to
discover what was waiting for him at UBC. As soon
as he arrived he was presented with a document
from students that outlined their dissatisfaction with many aspects
of university life and called for substantial changes in the way the
university functioned.
The conflicting pressures of the job soon took their toll. On January
31, 1969, just a year and a half after he accepted the presidency, he
resigned. In his letter of resignation he said that he had
found the job impossible for a man of his temperament.
A native of England, Hare came to UBC from
London where he was Master of Birkbeck College
of the University of London. In addition to UBC,
his academic career included 19 years on the faculty
of McGill University where he was dean of arts and
sciences. He was a professor emeritus in Geography at
the University of Toronto, a recipient of the Order of
Ontario and 11 honorary degrees and was Chancellor
of Trent University and Provost of Trinity College. An
internationally respected environmental scientist, he
was known for his expertise in the disposal of nuclear
waste and global warming. He was well known for his
work in the field of meteorology and was the author of a widely used
textbook on climatology The Restless Atmosphere. Helen, his wife of
49 years, says her husband's most treasured skill was singing bass in
the church choir.
Born in Wylye, Wiltshire in 1919, he died peacefully at his home in
52   Trek   Spring 2003 1974- After marrying Ken Keating in 1962, she
moved to the orchard property in Naramata,
which she continued to farm after Ken's death in
1967. She continued to be an active supporter of
the Progressive Conservative Party, for which she
ran provincially.
After retiring, Odetta sold the farm to her son
and worked with CUSO, teaching in Tanzania
from 1975-77. She returned to Penticton, but
travelled extensively, often in the company of
her long-time friend and teaching colleague, Pat
Gwyer. She was elected as a Penticton School
Board Trustee for several terms.
Odetta volunteered her talents to many local
organizations, including the Retired Teachers
Association, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation,
and participated in book and discussion groups.
She also continued to grow a large garden at the
family farm.
She is survived by her two sisters, Mary
Cumming and Marge Riste (George), children,
Joanne Mathias, Dr. Richard Mathias (Barbara),
and Douglas Mathias (Patricia), grandchildren,
Maureen Perrin (Richard), Gordon Mathias
and Timothy Mathias, and several nieces and
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nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother
Bill Hicks in 1980. Memorial tributes may be
directed to the UBC Dept. of Public Health
Practice (604-822-2772).
Stuart Malcolm Leggatt LLB'54, BA'55
Stuart passed away in September, 2002. He had
recently retired from the bench, after serving
as a judge for 17 years. After retirement, he
remained in the public eye as head of the high
profile Inquiry into Salmon Aquaculture in BC,
conducted towards the end of 2001, which
recommended that all net-cage salmon be
removed from the province.
Previous to his court appointments, he was
MP for New Westminster (1972,-1979), and was
a member of the BC Legislature (Coquitlam-
Port Moody) for four years. But his public
involvement didn't end there. Stuart was ethics
commissioner for the Vancouver-Whistler 2010
Olympic bid, co-chair of a federal review board
of prisoners in isolation, a director of the Arts
Club Theatre in Vancouver, an adjudicator for
the BC Police Complaints Commission and a
public interest member of the Investment Dealers
Association of Canada.
He is survived by wife Marlene, son David,
daughters Anne (Bob) and Carrie (Evan),
grandchildren Elyce, Megan, Jennie, Owen
and Reid, brother Campbell and sister Joan.
Memorial donations should be made to the
David Suzuki Foundation or another charity.
Patricia C. Leslie (Cumming) bsc(agr)'4i
Pat was born in Saskatchewan on November
2, 1919, but spent most of her adult life in
the Bay Area. She worked as a lab technician
at UC Berkeley for 15 years, and was actively
and passionately committed throughout her
life to creating strong connections within her
community, neighbourhood and family. Pat's
adventurous spirit will be missed by daughters
Joanne and Kathleen, son Ian (Cathie), their
father and Pat's former husband, John D. Leslie,
and stepson Chris Hipkin. She will also be
missed by her beloved grandchildren, Genevieve,
Julian, Eliot, Leslie, Colin and Kerry, and her
new great granddaughter, Sienna Lucia. There
are many more who loved her deeply and whom
she held close. Memorial contributions may be
made to the First Unitarian Church or a charity
of choice.
Lyon Lightstone Bcoivi'38
Lyon was born in Toronto in 1917 and lived
as well in Montreal and Vancouver. After
graduation he went to England for the
summer, expecting to return to Law School in
Canada. That return never happened as he met
his wife, Mooloo, and they were married that
same year.
In 1939 Lyon joined Powers Samas, and at
the start of the Second World War he joined
the Hampshire Regiment. When the Canadian
Army came over to England he joined the
Royal Canadian Artillery and served with
distinction throughout the war. He was one
of the first of the allies to land in mainland
Europe, taking part in the invasions of Sicily
and Italy, and ended the war in Holland as a
Rejoining Powers Samas in 1946, he had
a successful career in    ;
sales management and
remained with their
successors, ICT and
ICL. By retirement,
he was director of
worldwide sales and a
member of the board.
Lyon and Mooloo
had many happy
years together living
in London and then in Taynton, Oxfordshire,
where they celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary in 1999. They shared their love
for the birds, the garden and music.
Lyon showed great generosity and love to
those around him, and took care to stay in
regular contact . At his farewell ceremony his
children David and Kate shared many warm
memories of him as a father, sharing his love
of local history and landscape, stories of his
boyhood in Canada, and always his infectious
sense of humour.
Lyon will be remembered for his valuable
work as chairman of the Burford Branch of
the Royal British Legion, and for his efforts on
behalf of the Burford and District Society. In
the late 1970s he was chairman of the Parish
Meeting (village headman, as he called it). His
term of office was marked by his masterful
diplomacy and genuine charm and his concern
for maintaining Taynton's architectural
integrity. We have been privileged to know
such a fine person.
David Vincent Anthony Mackie BCOM'48
During his life David served king and country
as an airman, and worked as a manager,
private investigator, and teacher.
He was born on 5 July, 1923, in Vancouver,
Spring 2003   Trek   53 the first son of Alan Vincent Mackie and
Mabel Elizabeth Savage, and grandson of
Francis Hector Mackie of the Barr Colony. He
was educated at David Lloyd George, Point
Grey, Magee, and UBC, and from 1942 to
1945 he served in the RCAF, being honourably
discharged with the rank of Flying Officer.
David married twice, first to Mary Jane Leckie
in 1943, then to Connie Durrans in 1978. In
1980 he retired.
He had a mighty love of the outdoors,
and was a physically
powerful man with an
equally powerful heart,I
which served him well
for 78 years until his
death in Nanaimo on
15 February, 2001.
Labor Omnia Vincit.
Jimmy Ng bsc(agr)'92 |
An RCMP officer,
Jimmy died in
September when his patrol car was hit at
high speed by another vehicle at a Richmond
intersection. The 31-year old had joined the
RCMP six years ago and been serving in the
Richmond detachment for 16 months.
In a statement issued shortly after Jimmy's
death, his parents spoke of their son's
early aspirations to join the police and his
pride on graduating from the Regina RCMP
training academy. They told the public about
their son's extensive involvement in the
community, which included volunteering for
the Firefighters and teaching first aid skills. He
was also a respected member of the volunteer-
based auxiliary Coast Guard.
His parents are touched to learn how their
son was valued and appreciated by those he
worked with and those he helped.
Olive Rossiter (Malcolm) BA'30
Olive passed away on 2 December, 2002, in
Vancouver. She is predeceased by husband
Phillip and survived
by daughters
Marilynn Clarke,
Lorraine Drdul
(BA'59) and Elizabeth
Haan. Olive was an
active member of the
Alpha Gamma Delta
Sorority while at
J. Harry G. Smith BSF'49
(adapted from an obituary by Bob Kennedy)
Canadian forestry lost an imposing
presence in the sudden passing of Dr. Harry
Smith on 3 June, 2002. He joined the faculty
of Forestry in 1950, a year after receiving
his degree, and began a remarkable 40-year
career broken only by a stint at Yale to
secure his PHD residence requirements. He
was a stimulating educator, a productive
researcher, and contributed much to advance
his profession.
At UBC, he was the thesis supervisor of
3 5 masters and 17 doctoral candidates and
was a committee member of an astounding
113 more. In research, he was an innovator
and gloried in developing and exploiting new
areas and tools. He was a pioneer in using
computers to simulate tree and stand growth
and in using x-rays for tree ring analysis. He
leaves a living legacy in the form of growth
and yield spacing trials, instituted in the 50's
at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.
He chaired committees in the Association
of BC Professional Foresters, receiving their
Distinguished Forester Award, and was
president of the Canadian Institute of Forestry
in 1980, editor of the Forestry Chronicle for
six years, and associate editor of the Canadian
Journal of Forest Research for 12 years.
Harry was an over-achiever, a man with
boundless energy, an enthusiast, persistent in
his beliefs and efforts - if he didn't win you
over the first time, he'd keep trying - often
succeeding. He was unfailingly even-humored,
certainly not one to ever hold a grudge, and
considerate of others.
Harry was a devoted husband to Helen,
father to Heather, Craig and Alan, and
grandfather fives times over. We will all miss
Robert Duncan Stevens BA'93
Robert died on 15 February, 2001, in the
palliative care unit at St. Paul's Hospital in
Vancouver, aged 3 8, of cancer. Robert enjoyed
the academic life he experienced at UBC. He
is survived by his wife Cynthia, of Singapore,
his daughter Ashley, and by his mother, two
sisters and three brothers. He was laid to
rest on Saltspring Island. A website has been
set up in his memory: www.robert_duncan_
Steven, tripod.com/robertduncanstevens/index.
Pat Thorn, founder of the Women's Resource
Centre in 1973, died March 3, 2002.
Pat held strong convictions, but it was during
the early days of the women's movement that
her energies found their focus. She wanted to
establish a place where women seeking support
could find their own voices and stand on their
own feet. "Women need to put steel in their
spines," she often said.
Awareness of women's issues was not as
widespread in the 1970's as it is now, and
funding support did not immediately come. Her
efforts to establish the WRC were often greeted
with apathy and resistance.
Pat developed a practical, theoretically
sound educational model tailored to the needs
of women who had been taken by surprise
by rapidly changing social roles and values.
She cobbled together the first WRC out of a
borrowed room at the downtown library, a
telephone and handful of eager volunteers.
Pat spearheaded three major conferences in
the '70s to increase
awareness ot women s
issues. Following upon
the Report of the
Royal Commission
on the Status of
Women in Canada, an
open meeting at the
University Women's
Club brought throngs
of women from all
walks of life who wanted to set out a plan for
activism. An invitational meeting of BC business
leaders underscored the importance of women's
role in the economy. And a third conference,
held in Ottawa, urged changes in legislation
that would insure women's equality. She is
remembered by leaders across Canada for her
pivotal role during this transformative time.
Pat felt deep satisfaction and pride, knowing
that her efforts produced a thriving centre that
continues to empower thousands of women and
men in their everyday lives. Friends, family and
former colleagues gathered in June at the centre,
now located at Robson Square, to remember
and celebrate the life of this strong, passionate,
feisty woman,   (submitted by Marcie Powell) □
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