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qp n search of solitude, 1985 UBC engineering grad Neil Farlette sits suspended with a birdseye view of the
clock tower. Like all grads, he too
has a few stories to tell about UBC. It
seems the clock tower was the scene
of an aborted and previously unreported engineering prank. It was
from Farlette's Main Library vantage
point that the scheme was plotted.
In 1982 a group of UBC electrical
engineers attempted to hoist four
digital display panels up the tower.
If the group was successful the clock
would provide a digital readout of
the time.
If you've been to UBC lately, you'll
notice they weren't.
5 PRESIDENT'S COLUMN UBC truly is a provincial resource
make a unique contribution to UBC
10 EARLE BIRNEY Looking to establish an Earle
Birney Chair, by Chris Petty
11 WESBROOK NEWS Generous donations to
UBC continue, by Chris Petty
12 ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS The UBC Thunderbirds had an almost perfect year
13 EYE CATCHERS Capturing bits of the best of
UBC. By Alex Waterhouse-Hayward and Grant Shilling
grad and Commonwealth leader comes home, by Susan
21 THE UNFINISHED CAMPUS A critical space
shortage has left UBC searching for answers, by Kevin
23 HOMECOMING RECAP by Victoria Goodeve
30 FREDDY WOOD AND ME A UBC theatre grad
looks back, by John Gray
Deborah Nicholson
Randy Pearsall
Kevin Barker, Susan Jamieson-McLarnon, John Gray, Victoria Goodeve,
Chris Petty, Grant Shilling
Alex Waterhouse-Hayward
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he first students at the University of
British Columbia enrolled in 1915. At that
time, the university was British Columbia's
only post-secondary institution and, not
surprisingly, its students came from all
parts of the province.
Today the university is the senior member of a system of universities and community colleges. Students therefore have a
wide choice as to the post-secondary institution that they attend. But UBC continues
to enrol students on a province-wide basis.
Students come to UBC because of the
wide range of programs it offers and because of its high scholastic reputation. The
university for its part seeks to serve all of
the province. In carrying out its teaching
role, its prime objective is to offer all that a
great university can offer to the brightest
and best of the province's young people.
That benefits them, it benefits the university, and in the long run it benefits the
In preparing this column, I thought it
would be interesting to get an idea of how
UBC graduates were located around the
I asked our alumni records to select one
British Columbia community and provide
me with a list of UBC graduates in that
community. The alumni records provided
me with information about Kamloops, and
I am sure a search of our records would
turn up parallel data about other communities. UBC graduates are to be found in all
parts of the province and contribute to the
growth and development of all of its communities.
Rehabilitation Medicine
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Commerce and B.A.
Another indication of UBC's links with
the province as a whole is to be found in its
graduation records. The following table
sets out a sampling of the place of residence of the 1987 graduating class. There
is, as would be expected from the population pattern of the province, some concentration in the Lower Mainland of the province.   But   there   is   also   a   strong
representation from the rest of the province. The university serves the whole community, and benefits from these students
being among its students and its graduates.
Alert Bay, Ashcroft. Boswell. Chase, Creston.
Horsefly, Lumby, Mill Ray. Ruskin, Youbou        1   EACH
.Squamish 10
Duncan 15
Vernon 25
Chilliwack 26
Prince George 38
Kamloops 65
Victoria 75
Surrey 101
Burnaby 195
Richmond 233
North Vancouver 241
Indeed, statistics alone cannot provide
anything like a complete picture of the interaction between a university and the
community it serves. The community supports the university in a variety of ways.
The university, in its teaching role, offers to
the people of the province opportunities to
share in the excitement of learning.
My experience is that they take full advantage of these opportunities and indeed
that they may contribute as much or more
than they receive. Each year I meet the
students who apply for Rhodes scholarships. There is only one scholarship available for this province, but as 1 meet 16 or 20
applicants, 1 always wish that many were
available. The applicants come from the
towns and cities of British Columbia and
from other places to study at UBC. As I
meet a young man who captains the football team as well as maintains first class
grades in engineering, a young woman
graduating in humanities who is also a
member of Canada's national ski team, a
young man with a solid academic program
in political science who ran in a provincial
election, I am reminded of the dedication
and commitment of our young people. If
you could have a chance to meet them you
would share my enthusiasm for the future.
These outstanding young people come
from communities large and small. They
themselves have made a considerable investment of their time and money in furthering their education. I have no doubt
that in due course they will more than
repay any investment we may make by
their service to their local communities, to
the province and, in many cases, at the
international level. ■
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The University of British Columbia
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.ost of us look back on our university years with a great deal of fondness and
nostalgia. The friends we made and skills
we acquired provided us with experiences
that shaped our lives. The high intensity of
our involvement in learning, growing and
sharing at university is not often matched
in later life.
Part of the function of our Alumni Association is to create organizations that help
sustain this early energy with ongoing
university-based activities. Alumni Association divisions are an important part of this
Each division is made up of a group of
alumni who have a common bond to the university, either through academic interest or
club affiliation. There are 25 divisions currently active, ranging from Engineering and
Agricultural Sciences to Music, Intramural
Sports and the Sigma Tau Chi sorority. They
organize lectures, reunions and professional
development for their members and help
maintain the spirit and pride that make UBC
a world-class university.
Divisions communicate to their members
via newsletters full of information on upcoming activities, report on past events and news
of interest to their specific groups.
Another important function of Alumni divisions is to increase the political, financial and
moral support the university receives from
the community. Divisions raise funds for
their faculties or interest areas, and help
keep open lines of communication between
the faculties and off-campus groups.
The Association has made a commitment
to increase the number of active Alumni divisions. Some faculties, such as Engineering
and Medicine, are very active. Others, including the large Education and Arts faculties, are not adequately represented by divisions, and many campus activity groups have
not yet been organized. But plans are in
place for others in many new areas, including
education and some departments in arts.
The social and professional benefits of divisions are great for both the university and
alumni. They provide reminders of an exciting past and opportunities for an enriched
I invite you to become involved in an
Alumni Association division that represents
your attachment to UBC or to become active
in the formation of a new division.
To find out more, call Maureen Burns at
Cecil Green Park House, our Alumni headquarters, 228-3313.
I look forward to your participation.
Lyle Stevenson
President, UBC Alumni Association .News In Jonei
You've walked past it a thousand times but
have you ever stopped to look at it, read it,
think about what it represents? The fact is,
the Cairn across from Brock Hall is in recognition of the student body's dedication to
the building and maintenance of the university. On Wednesday, October 21, a
group of Alumni Association past presidents,  Board  of  Management,  Heritage
Dr. Bob Osborne, left, and Dr. Wilson Henderson.
Committee, AMS former presidents, and
invited alumni were present as a plaque
was unveiled to honour the significance of
the Cairn. The unveiling was performed by
Dr. Bob Osborne, chairman of the Heritage
Committee, and Dr. Wilson Henderson, a
committee member. Society president Rebecca Nevraumont represented the current
student body as it was saluted by the older
student body for restoring the previously
neglected Cairn.
A 73-year-old Hazeiton woman who was
instrumental in developing the 'Ksan Historic Indian Village was honoured November 19 as the 1987 winner of the British
Columbia Senior Award.
Mrs. Margaret H.E. (Polly) Sargent, a
1935 UBC graduate with a major in history,
has devoted a great deal of her time to
encouraging the preservation of ancient
native Indian culture, arts and crafts in her
northern community.
'Ksan is short for Gitksan, Indian people
whose ancestors lived for centuries in the
Hazeiton area, at the junction of the
Skeena and Bulkley rivers, about 180 miles
east of Prince Rupert. But the Gitksan culture, dating back more than 5000 years,
was on the verge of extinction until Mrs.
Sargent's efforts helped revive interest in it.
However, her contributions to that
unique town go far beyond even that admirable achievement.
She was instrumental in getting Hazeiton
incorporated as a town and then served as
its first mayor from 1956 to 1969.
Mrs. Sargent is a founding director (1969)
of the Kitanmax School of Northwest Indian Arts for the training of Indian artists,
served for many years as president of the
Skeena Totem Pole Restoration Society,
and was a director for the Emily Carr College of Art.
All in all a very impressive list of accomplishments, every one of them performed
as a volunteer.
If there was a hall of fame for British Columbia writers, UBC alumni would feature
prominently. And to prove it, Commerce
1968 grad Fred Hume is collecting their
works for a special display in the Cecil
Green Park library.
Hume has already built a small retinue of
works by such well-known alumni as Pierre
Berton, Eric Nicol and Earle Birney, among
many others. These range from David Suzuki's Metamorphosis, published recently
by Stoddart, to Irene Howard's Vancouver's
Svenskar, a history of Vancouver's Swedish
community. Others in the suite are Pat
McGeer's Politics in Paradise, and alumni
and Rhodes Scholar John Turner's Politics
of Purpose.
Hume, an ardent bibliophage, has
scoured second-hand bookstores looking
for volumes that are autographed or inscribed by their authors. Now he is prevailing upon the publishers and authors themselves, as well as UBC alumni, faculty and
staff, to donate their own copies. Of particular interest is Earle Birney's Turvey.
Any help is appreciated. Please direct
inquiries to the Alumni Association, 228-
There's nothing like reminiscing about the
good old days, particularly when those
days were at UBC and involve the memories of some pretty well known people.
The Way We Were —A Celebration of Our
UBC Heritage is now on sale. After four
years of cajoling their fellow grads, the
Heritage Committee finally succeeded in
getting them to put their memories down
on paper. The committee turned those
same funny, touching memories into a
book that will surely become a collector's
The Way We Were—A Celebration of Our
UBC Heritage is available through the
Alumni Association for $12.99 plus postage
and handling.
Dear Editor:
I write to you in vigorous protest of what
appears to be an example of either blatant
sexism or plain discourtesy in the article
about Dr. Ursula Franklin in the most recent issue of The Chronicle. I know nothing
of Dr. Franklin, but I assume that she
earned her degrees, as well as her current
honours, by her intelligence and her diligence. Except for British surgeons, it is not
customary to refer to male doctors of any
persuasion as "Mr." It would seem to me
appropriate to refer to Dr. Franklin, not
only in the introduction, but throughout
the article, not as "Ms.", but as Dr. Franklin.
Yours very truly,
Mercedes F. Altizer, MD
Editor's Note: The Chronicle wishes to apologize to Dr. Franklin. No disrespect was
The UBC Chronicle welcomes letters to
the editor. If you have any comments or
criticisms, please write. If there are topics
you would like covered, ideas for stories, if
you have had experiences you feel your
fellow alumni would be interested in hearing about, or are now living in an area that
is unique, please write. The Chronicle is
always looking for different ways to bring
news of alumni to you.
In the Summer issue, in the tribute to Lloyd
Fraser Detwiller, an error was made in referring to his wife, Margaret. Her name was
Margaret Detwiller (nee Harvey), BA '38.
The Chronicle wishes to apologize to Mrs.
Detwiller's family for any inconvenience
The Way We Were- A Celebration of
Our UBC Heritage
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The Faculty of Agriculture Sciences had
its reunion banquet at the Meridien's Versailles Salon.
At the reunion dinner September 19, faculty alumni honoured Dr. Jack Berry,
BSA'27, MSA'37, with the Division Award of
Distinction, presented by Dean Jim Richards for dedication to the faculty and his
international reputation.
After receiving his PhD from Iowa State
College in 1939, Dr. Berry returned to UBC
as an assistant professor. Among his accomplishments were the development of a
breed class average system for comparative evaluation of dairy cattle. He has been
a technical advisor to India and the Barbados on milk production problems and in
1949 travelled to England as part of a Canadian agriculture mission. Here at home he
was president of the Pacific National Exhibition from 1960 to 1961.
UBC President Dr. David Strangway has
received the J. Tuzo Wilson medal given in
recognition of outstanding contributions to
Canadian geophysics.
The award is given yearly for excellence
in science and technological research, instrument or industrial application develop
ment. In presenting the medal, Dr. D.J.
Dunlop, president of the Canadian Geological Union, lauded Dr. Strangway's work in
lunar magnetism, the study and modeling
of the magnetic fields of the moon, among
many other achievements.
The award was named for J. Tuzo Wilson,
regarded by many as the father of Canadian
Geophysics, and who also attended the ceremony. It was presented during a dinner
held in conjunction with the International
Union of Geodesy and Geophysics general
assembly at UBC August 18.
If there was ever a notion that all scientists
are dry, dull and aloof, Dr. David Suzuki
rapidly dispelled it October 29 at Cecil
Green Park House.
At the Vancouver launch of his autobiography, Metamorphosis, Dr. Suzuki labelled
the ceremony "just a party to have fun,"
which is exactly what everyone present
Dr. Tony Warren, professor of microbiology at UBC, introduced Dr. Suzuki, mentioning that what Suzuki has done for science is admirable, saying "David has
always managed to let it all hang out."
Dr. Suzuki's speech, though short, gave
some humorous insight into why he is so
popular. Dealing with the question of why,
at 51, he chose to write an autobiography,
he conceded it was an "incredibly self-
indulgent thing to do," but he said that his
true motive behind it "was to suck you all
into not writing a biography about me!"
Metamorphosis is full of what is important to Suzuki, primarily Canada, teaching,
UBC, science, family and broadcasting.
He ended his brief speech with, "People
say I'm courageous, but I'm not; 1 just shoot
off my mouth. There's nothing courageous
in what I do because ... I have tenure!"
The Spring 1988 edition of The Chronicle
will contain ballots for elections to the
Alumni Association's Board of Management.
Graduates will elect a vice-president and
a treasurer for one-year terms and three
members-at-large to the Board of Management for two year terms. The vice-
president automatically becomes president
in the following year.
All UBC graduates are eligible for these
positions. To be nominated, you must send
your name, address and year of graduation,
along with a brief statement of your willingness to run and the signatures' of five
nominators who are also graduates of the
This information should reach Cecil
Green Park by January 31, 1988. Please
direct inquiries to Trish Castle at 228-3313.
John Diggens
Senior VP and Chairman
Nominating Committee
Are you concerned about the welfare of
UBC? What areas of the university are most
in need of additional financial support?
What would motivate you to make a donation to the future of UBC?
These and other questions are being
posed to potential UBC donors in a market
survey currently underway. The survey will
sample the opinions of approximately 100
community leaders in personal interviews
and in over 1,000 surveys mailed to alumni
and donors.
The information gathered from this survey will influence the direction of the major
fundraising campaign to be launched soon
by the university.
In a speech September 9, outgoing Chancellor Robert Wyman said the campaign,
UBC's first in ten years, will sustain the
university as an important world-class institution.
"I'm issuing a challenge to government,
the business sector, our alumni, our faculty,
our students and the public at large to
recognize UBC's great achievements and
help us move forward," he said.
The survey is the first step in a campaign
designed to generate millions of dollars for
student awards, new facilities, endowed
professorships and research projects.
In April 1987 Aaron Craig Nicholls graduated from geology, University of British
Columbia. On June 27, while working in
northern B.C., near the Yukon and Alaska
borders, Aaron was killed in a helicopter
crash, on a routine flight back to camp after
a days work. He was 26 years old.
Aaron and his fiancee, Cathy Selman,
planned to make their home in Whitehorse
and had moved there after his graduation.
It took Aaron some time to determine his
vocation but once decided he never
doubted his choice. Although he was not a
In jDnei
remarkable student in the scholastic sense,
he loved the work and the life of a hardrock
geologist. It was with characteristic enthusiasm that he spent five summers working
in the field.
For three years Aaron was an active participant in the G.M. Dawson Club and
served on the executive. He contributed
wholeheartedly to the student body.
With this knowledge and appreciation of
his personal effort as a student, Aaron and
Cathy's families have established a memorial award in Aaron's name. Donations may
be made to the Aaron Craig Nicholls Memorial Award.
c/o Development Office
Donation Processing
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5
UBC has yet another library, though this
one is just a bit different than any of the
other libraries on campus. Every piece of
literature gracing its shelves has never
been published.
At the Social Work Annual General Meeting October 22, the former library in the
Graham house was dedicated as a Social
Work Reading Room. At the request of Dr.
Glen Drover, director of the School of Social
Work, the alumni agreed to participate in
renovating the room, which had fallen into
disrepair. The alumni are seeking donations to help buy chairs so the room may be
used as a proper library for students as well
as for meetings and lectures.
The university is participating in the project, building locked shelves and providing
library services. The library will house a
collection of archival, unpublished works
from the field of Social Work. Members of
the alumni are encouraged to donate reports they might have in their private collections.
Three members of the Graham family,
John Graham, Anne Angus and Sheila
Ross, were present as the plaque was unveiled, and shared stories from the colourful history of the Graham family.
The Board, Volunteers and Staff of your
Association would like to take this opportunity to wish all UBC graduates and their
families a very happy holiday season and
peace and prosperity in the New Year.
We would also like to thank all those who
contributed to the Alumni Fund. Your generosity will help the university continue to
be a world-class leader in the fields of education, research and community service.
Mr. Lyle Stevenson, president of the
Alumni Association of the University of
British Columbia, and Mr. Dan Spinner, Executive Director, are pleased to announce
the appointment of Mrs. Deborah Apps as
Associate Executive Director of the Alumni
Association. Mrs. Apps has a wide-ranging
and extensive background in non-profit
management and brings strong personal
and technical skills to the position. Mrs.
Apps will oversee the programs department directly, replacing Ms. Liz Owen and
playing an active role directly with the association, executive and board. ■
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n 1946, UBC alumnus Earle Birney considered an offer to return to the university
as a professor of Medieval Literature. In the
years since his graduation, he had become
a respected teacher, one of Canada's foremost poets, and a man with a dream. The
dream was to establish a safe haven for
young writers to develop their talent surrounded by the best writers and teachers in
the country. He accepted the offer, but with
one very important condition: "...that 1
have one course I can believe in... the first
stone in a little shelter for the creative student naked in academia." Over the next
twenty years, the likes of Robert Harlow,
Daryl Duke, George Bowering, Jack
Hodgins, and Gary Geddes added more
stones to the "little shelter" and in 1963,
Birney was made chairman of the creative
writing program organized under the English department. In 1965, Robert Harlow
succeeded Birney's chairmanship and became head of the autonomous department
of creative writing, the first department in
the world dedicated to the production of
original imaginative writing. Birney's shelter had become a fortress.
Before Earle Birney started the department of creative writing at UBC, young
writers interested in learning and practising their craft at a university had nowhere
to go. Those creative writing courses that
did exist were generally offered through
English departments, where it was felt that
the best way to learn to write was to study
the "great writers". No one, including Birney or the other members of the department, would ever have suggested that
young writers not read great writers. But
Birney's dream of a "little shelter" meant a
place where a student could learn to write
by writing, not by theorizing, analyzing
other writer's styles or copying their techniques. The creation of the department of
creative writing meant that the dream had
become a reality.
Students in the department now attend
workshops in a variety of genres including
long and short fiction, poetry, translation,
creative non-fiction, screen and playwrit-
ing and children's literature. Workshops are
led by professors who are working writers
in each genre area. Student work is given a
close reading by the professor and other
members of the workshop.
Class time is spent mainly in discussion of
this work, with an eye to making it the best
it can be. It is a hothouse experience for
student writers, one that demands constant
writing, rewriting and editing, and requires
them to develop a fine sense of constructive criticism for the work of their peers.
The Department offers a Bachelor's and
a Master's degree in Fine Arts. The Master's
program takes a minimum of two years to
complete and requires that the candidate
work successfully in at least three writing
genres. He or she must also produce a
thesis-length original work in one of the
There is no question that the program
has produced some of Canada's finest writers. Such modern talents as Andreas Sch-
roeder, George McWhirter, Dennis Foon,
Michael Finlay, Lake Sagaris, Ann Ireland
and Roo Borson have received degrees
from the department. Graduates have been
honoured with the Governor-General's
Award, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize,
the Chalmer's and British Playwright's
Award, the Seal First Novel Prize, the CBC
Poetry Prize, the Atlantic Monthly's American Short Story Prize and many others.
Now the department has begun a fund-
raising campaign to create the Earle Birney
Chair of Creative Writing. Donations received during the campaign will be used to
set up an endowment, the proceeds of
which will pay the salary of the writer
selected to hold the chair.
Earle Birney believed that young writers
could develop their talents most effectively
in an intense atmosphere of sharing and
creativity. The Birney Chair in Creative
Writing will be dedicated to this idea and
will draw on world-class writers and teachers who are committed to the nurturing of
young talent.
Most Chairs in Canadian literature celebrate writing that has already been done,
and most creative writing residencies have
small formal teaching components. Holders of the Earle Birney Chair will teach
master classes in their area of expertise,
actively sharing their knowledge of craft,
artistry and genius with the most promising students. These students will have the
opportunity to work side by side with some
of the best writers working in English today.
To establish the Earle Birney Chair, the
department of creative writing has set an
objective of raising $200,000 in cash and
pledges for the endowment fund. The department hopes the fund will be in place by
February, 1988, and will make the first appointment to the Earle Birney Chair in the
1988-89 academic year.
The Earle Birney Chair will draw international attention to the department of creative writing and will underscore UBC's
commitment to the evolution of Canadian
literature. It will also honour one of the
most influential Canadian writers of his
generation and will ensure that his passion
and dedication remain strong at the university.
Any Alumni interested in donating to the
endowment can contact the UBC Development Office at 222-8900. e_
'tudents have been my colleagues
and teachers," said Dr. V. J. Modi of the
department of mechanical engineering on
donating his Killam Research Prize to the
university. The gift, including a personal
contribution from Dr. Modi, totals $25,000
and will establish a scholarship for graduate students in his department.
The Killam Prize is the result of a bequest
by Dorothy J. Killam in memory of her
husband, industrialist Isaac Walton Killam,
and is awarded to faculty members who
show outstanding scholarly achievement
in their work. The candidates are nominated by departmental deans with winners
decided by the Faculty Awards Committee
and a group of experts selected by the
Dr. Modi was honoured for his work in a
wide range of engineering areas. His research interests include artificial heart
valves, spacecraft design, safer offshore oil
drilling platforms, high performance airplanes and the use of wind energy for third
world irrigation projects.
In a letter to Dr. Strangway, Dr. Modi said:
"As we all recognize, the process of scientific inquiry does not proceed in isolation.
The environment created by the university,
colleagues and students is an indispensable
element in the path to understanding.
Awards single out individuals and the vital
contribution of the environment is left
mostly unnoticed. In particular.. .students
have been my colleagues and teachers.
The prize gives me an opportunity to recognize their contributions in a humble
way." The scholarship, in Dr. Modi's name,
will be awarded for the first time in the
1988-89 academic year.
__/ ongtime UBC friend Ida Green bequeathed nearly $3 million to the University in her will read recently in La Jolla,
Mrs. Green, wife of Cecil Green, passed
away on Boxing Day, 1986.
Both Ida and Cecil Green have made lifelong contributions to UBC and to many
other educational institutions all over
North America.
In her will, Mrs. Green asked that her
donation be used for the maintenance and
upgrading of Cecil Green Park as needed
and for academic purposes such as the Cecil and Ida Green lecture series.
hanks to the generosity of UBC
Board Chairman William Sauder and his
wife, Marjorie-Anne, UBC can continue as
a leader in cancer research and treatment
in Canada. The Sauders have donated
$250,000 toward the purchase of a nuclear
magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, a
device used to screen blood for cancer.
In 1986, researchers found that the blood
plasma of many cancer patients showed
similar NMR signals. Preliminary results
suggested that these NMR signals could
indicate the presence of cancers, and
would be useful in monitoring the response
to therapy of cancer patients.
UBC has the largest concentration of
NMR experts in Canada in fields including
physics, chemistry, biochemistry and pathology.
Larry Weiler, head of UBC's NMR imaging lab, said, "With our present equipment
we can only screen about 20 blood samples
a week. With the new equipment, we will
be able to screen up to 1,000 a week." This
has enormous benefits for doctors and patients, since cancer testing will then be
possible with a routine blood sample instead of with tissue samples from a biopsy.
ome buildings on campus should be
torn down and replaced and others need
basic maintenance immediately. All the
original buildings on campus fall far short
of safety code regulations.
Those are some of the conclusions of a
report prepared by Neville Smith, UBC's
director of physical plant. According to
Smith, maintenance and repair of UBC's
buildings has fallen far behind schedule
and an injection of $132 million is needed
to bring buildings back up to standard.
President David Strangway, commenting
on the report, said, "If the backlog problem
and building needs problems aren't addressed, we can't continue doing the first
rate research we do, we can't continue operating the library as a resource and we
can't serve our community as effectively as
we have." Dr. Strangway applauds the provincial government for increasing maintenance funding this year to one per cent of
new construction costs.
He notes, however, that during the period
of restraint, provincial funding dropped as
low as 0.3 per cent, further worsening the
As Smith says in his report, university
authorities in North America generally feel
that one-and-a-half to two per cent of total
new construction costs must be earmarked
for plant maintenance to sustain a campus.
fhe Old Administration Building is just
one of a number of UBC buildings in dire
need of immediate upgrading.
fhanks to the generosity of Ida Green,
the Cecil Green Park House, a UBC
landmark, will one day be restored to its
original magnificent state.
CHRONICLE/WINTER 11 Alumni Activities & invent
The Chinese Varsity Club of UBC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. We are planning an alumni reunion on March 3, 1988
at Cecil Green Park House. All past and present members as well as
aquaintances are welcome. If you are able to help contact any of our
past members (over the last 50 years) please give us a call at 228-
3681 or drop by the C.V.C. clubroom (Sub 62) between 12:30 and
1:30 p.m. weekdays.
San Diego Chapter — UBC Alumni held a very successful get-
together September 12 at the home of Terry and Lila Chucas.
Attendees Cliff and Dorothy Ruddell celebrated their 50th anniversary in June 1987. Congratulations go out to Richard and Margaret
Saxton who are expecting their first baby in February.
35th Annual Medical Ball: Honouring the classes of 1958, 1968,
1978, and 1988. January 23, 1988. Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, Ballrooms A, B, and C. Cocktails 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00
p.m. Students $35/person, alumni $55/person. Arts Week: February 8 to 12, 1988. For further information call Carolyn Egan at the
Arts Office at 228-4403 between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Agricultural
Sciences Alumni Division: First Annual General Meeting, April
27, 1988. Cecil Green Park. 7 to 10 p.m. All Aggies welcome.
November was a month of mixed blessings for the UBC Thunderbirds, despite posting the most lopsided defeat in Vanier Cup history
November 21.
The T-Birds may have lost 47-11 to the McGill Redmen in CIFL play
at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, but they didn't finish the season
empty-handed. For starters, there were the two victories that led to
the Vanier Cup. The T-Birds beat the Alberta Golden Bears 26-8 at
home November 7 to clinch the Western Intercollegiate Football
League final. And they knocked out an impressive 33-31 win
against the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks the following week in the
Western Bowl game.
A week later, UBC head coach Frank Smith was handed the
Tindall Award as Coach of the Year for leading the T-Birds to their
second consecutive Vanier Cup game. Quarterback Jordan Gagner
was named Most Valuable Player, receiving the Hec Crighton trophy.
In accepting the award, Gagner credited Smith for "the fatherly
role he played in my life" and in coaching the team. He also thanked
his teammates, adding "we're a team, and that's the way it all goes
Also honoured at the gala event at the Toronto Hilton Hotel were
defensive lineman Matt Fitzpatrick, defensive back Jordan Leith
and slotback Craig Keller. All were named to the Nestle All-
Canadian team.
But all that couldn't save the Thunderbirds from their final loss to
the McGill Redmen. UBC drew blood early in the game with a three-
point field goal in the first quarter by Mike Bellefontaine, and
finished with a TD by Mike Marasco in the fourth — but by then it
was all over. McGill's win was attributed to the superb efforts of
running backs Mike Soles and Gerry If ill, who racked up two and
three touchdowns respectively.
And the rest, as they say, was history. It was UBC's first loss in 23
straight games; and unfortunately, the one that hurt the most. A
dejected Frank Smith, UBC coach, gave the Redmen full marks for
their performance, saying "they just wanted it more than we did."
Whether you graduated 10, 25, 35, or even 40 years ago, a
reunion is the best way to meet old classmates. The Alumni
Association can help with plans and preparations for reunions. Tracing members of your class, organizing a class
gift, and getting the word out about the reunion is much
easier with help from your Association. Call the Programmes
Department at 228-3313 for advice and help in making your
class reunion a success. ■
amed after the first head of the UBC
physics department, Thomas
Carlyle Hebb, the Hebb Theatre
opened in 1963. Not lacking in size,
it plays host to some of the most
attended lectures on campus. On
this day, a first year physics class
attempts rapt attention.
The class watches a transverse
wave as it travels across the screen.
They follow the wave to its logical
conclusion: the clock on the wall
that indicates 20 more minutes till
Capturing bits of the best of UBC
A campus is a neighbourhood. It
offers unity and the comfort of familiarity. However, familiarity and
thoughts of schoolwork often serve
to occlude the rich view from the tip
of Point Grey, be it the first snow on
Grouse, a building's architecture
caught in a particular light or the
number ten bus leaving without
you. Here we remember and reinvent our way of looking at UBC.
aturday night. Halloween night. Decisions, decisions. All dressed up
with no place to go. Or is there? No
less than 14 campus parties were
offered this Halloween.
One of the more popular parties
was held at the Armoury where local heros Rock and Hyde played.
And who are the cavemen?
The engineers, naturally.
CHRONICLE/WINTER 13 ■MrJ fl,       £&j6j~
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ne rainy day in mid-November ...
This parcel of land on the tip of the
Point Grey penninsula was named
for the 1918 to 1921 UBC engineering student and MIT bachelors and
masters degree graduate, Dr. Cecil
Green. In 1967, Senator S.S. McKeen, the owner at the time, offered it
to the university, the third time in
the history of the house such an offer had been made. At the same
time, Dr. Green and his wife Ida,
overwhelmed by the building's
presence and location, offered to fi
nance the purchase of the building
for UBC. The school finally owned
the property.
Green, an original investor in
Texas Instruments, and a romantic
married for 60 years, believed that
the essence of a successful relation-
shipo was to thrive through life's
struggles. He wanted the site to
serve as a "focus for studies and
activity, bringing the university and
community closer together." His
message resonates here.
16    CHRONICI.EAVINTF.R hile many fine football players have
worn the UBC sweater, one fact
about the team stands alone. Since
1955, only two coaches have served
the team: Frank Gnup and Frank
Smith. The two are the deans of college football.
When he was hired in 1955 by the
dean of graduate studies, Dr. Gordon Shrum, the cigar-smoking
Gnup, a native of Alliquippa, Pa.
and an All-American quarterback,
told Shrum: "I'll never let you
Eighteen years later, when Gnup
died at the age of 59, Shrum payed
Gnup tribute by stating that: "He
never let me down."
Loved for his sense of humour, a
favourite story about Gnup, a
fulltime teacher, was the time he
asked a first year physical education
student if he wanted an "A" in the
course he was teaching. "Sure," replied the eager student. "Good,"
quipped Gnup, "then get me a cigar."
Gnup's successor, Frank Smith, a
Vancouver-native who played in the
CFL and coached college ball in the
U.S., started rather shakily in his
debut with the Thunderbirds. His
team lost 63 to 0. However Smith
was able to turn things around and
in the following season he led UBC
to a six and four record. It was the
team's first winning record in nearly
a decade, and from that point on the
team hasn't looked back.
CHRONICLE/WINTER 17 James Fitz-Allan
Leaving his idyllic life
behind temporarily,
this UBC grad and leader
of St. Vincent and the
Grenadines comes home.
^,_>4 an y°u improve on paradise?
If the paradise in question is the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, the Right Honourable James
Fitz-Allan Mitchell, Privy Councillor to the
Queen, holder of the Venezuela's Order of
the Liberator and UBC grad of 1955 is proving it can be done.
His tools for the job are finely-tuned political and economic acumen enhanced by
substantial amounts of personal charm.
Prime Minister Mitchell, who is unique
among University of British Columbia
graduates as the only one ever to win a
national election to head a government,
took his idyllic Caribbean island country to
the center of the world's stage during the
Commonwealth Conference held in Vancouver in October.
Asked by Canadian Prime Minister Brian
Mulroney to give the keynote address to the
gathering, Mitchell took delight in welcoming Mulroney to Vancouver, "my old hometown."
It's indeed probable Mitchell was able to
call Vancouver home before our current
PM had made his first foray from Baie Com-
Born on the small island of Bequia,
known for centuries as the home of boat
builders and sailors, it would have been
natural for Mitchell to go to sea. But his
father and grandfather had been ship captains and both had died at sea. He recalls,
"My mother was very interested in my not
continuing the tradition of the sea." Instead
agriculture claimed him and a scholarship
took him to the Imperial Tropical Agricultural College in Trinidad.
Mitchell didn't stop there. "Even though
the three-year course in Trinidad was very
thorough, they only gave a diploma and I
wanted to get further studies in agriculture
and science." Following the lead of many
Caribbean students, Mitchell looked to
Canada for further education.
"I wanted to go to a university, rather
than another agricultural college, where a
faculty of agriculture was part of a broader
university." High school geography lessons
helped make up his mind about a Canadian
destination. "I liked the geography of B.C.
I'm a fan of mountains, so B.C. fit the bill."
Mitchell has good memories of his university years, including life in Fort Camp,
the collection of Second World War army
huts on the site of the present museum of
anthropology that were used as a student
residence. Perhaps the amenities of today
were lacking, but "we had a great time.
There were hundreds of us for morning and
evening meals in the common dining
room," he said.
All students have pressure to do as well as
possible at university, but for foreign students the pressure is perhaps even greater.
Mitchell found the emphasis on his academic work at UBC meant the extracurricular side suffered somewhat. "I didn't have
time really," he remembers. Two exceptions were his membership in the international students organization, as well as being a founder, "with some others, of the
Caribbean students union."
Academics did take precedence, though,
and in the classroom of Professor David
Laird, Mitchell immersed himself in soil
chemistry. "At that time there were no textbooks on the subject. There were 12 to 14
of us in the class and Professor Laird guided
us through the literature, which we had to
research in the library. We even had to get
colleagues to translate some of the papers
from German for us."
His interest in soil chemistry and the use
of fungicides resulted in his writing a chapter in World Fungicide Usage (1967), one of
the standard reference books on fungicide
usage. "It was the most technical work that I
did," he notes.
After graduating with a bachelor of agriculture in agronomy, Mitchell continued his
work at UBC for a year, worked in Britain
briefly, and then returned to the West Indies
where he was in charge of agricultural research for St. Vincent and the Grenadines for
a number of years. In the early 1960s he was
again in Britain, working in the ministry of
overseas development.
In 1965 he and his Toronto-born wife, Pat,
went home to St. Vincent for good. The
With many enticements to offer visitors, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, top, is becoming a
popular tourist destination. Above, James Mitchell and his daughter Sabrina, left, greet Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney at the Commonwealth
Conference in Vancouver in October.
18    CHRONICLE/WINTER Mitchell family's waterfront home at Port
Elizabeth on Bequia was renovated and
opened as the Frangipani Hotel and "Son"
Mitchell, as he is known to friends, voters
and readers of Who's Who, went into politics.
As a member of parliament for 21 years,
Mitchell has served as minister of trade,
agriculture, tourism and labour, as well
spending two years as prime minister of a
coalition government. In 1975 he founded
the New Democratic Party (unrelated to the
Canadian party), and in the 1984 election,
Mitchell's New Democrats won nine of the
13 seats.
So after all these years does he like politics? His hearty laugh surrounds an almost
emphatic "No." But that does not belie the
fact that his administration has made some
significant steps forward. When asked about
his achievements, there is a note of pride in
Mitchell's answer.
His fiscal policies have made St. Vincent
and the Grenadines one of the few island
states in the Caribbean with a budgetary
surplus. "When I took over the government
we had quite a deficit on our current account.
But in three years we have restructured our
economy and have a surplus. We also maintained the same level of expenditures." The
keys to success, he explains, were expanded
trade and a restructuring of a number of
state-owned corporations.
As his country's minister of finance, prior
to his Vancouver visit he was in Washington,
D.C. attending meetings of the World Bank
and the International Monetary Fund.
The major economic cloud on the Caribbean horizon is the Canada-U.S. trade agreement. St. Vincent and many of the other
islands have traditionally looked to North
America as a major market for their somewhat limited range of exports. St. Vincent is
probably the leading world supplier of arrowroot, used in baby foods and sauces. As well,
Wilson graphite tennis racquets are manufactured on the island along with daily production of 200 dozen hand-smocked dresses.
The solution to possible trade pressure,
Mitchell feels, will be found within a new
form of economic and political union for the
smaller states of the Caribbean. He's working hard to promote the concept. "I hope we
can interest the other Caribbean Islands because I don't see many prospects for the
small states remaining small forever, especially in the 21st century.
"Things are happening with Canada and
the U.S. trying to come together in a single
market and you see the forces at work in the
Far East. The large countries are always
very magnanimous and very gracious but if
you're really going to assist yourself, you
need to have a lot more organization at home
and a lot more internal strength to weather
the external stresses. My hope for the future is a strengthened Caribbean."
Mitchell has an obvious love for the country he governs. Taking advantage of its natural offerings, a 36-foot ketch is sailed on
weekends along with a windsurfer. On land
there's a small mixed farm with a few indigenous black-belly sheep and orchards of tropical fruits, mangos, oranges and lemons.
Mitchell and his family actively promote
St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a tourist
destination. A sumptuous coffee table book
with contributions from Margaret Atwood,
Rachel Welch and Graeme Gibson is one of
their ideas. In the book's introduction Pat
Mitchell, an associate editor, credits her husband for the idea that launched the venture,
now into its second printing. She was recently in Toronto to help open St. Vincent
new tourist office and to visit their daughters. The eldest, Sabrina, a second-year languages and history student at the University
of Toronto, accompanied her father to the
Commonwealth meetings.
"I'm amazed at her equanimity, chatting
with Mrs. Thatcher, Rajiv Gandhi and Robert Mugabe," Mitchell said. "Gandhi has
even invited her to visit India."
A second daughter is attending Ryerson
and the youngest is in high school. "It's
cheaper for me to keep them together," says
If James Mitchell was planning to come to
UBC today would he be able to afford it?
Perhaps, but for many foreign students the
differential fees now charged by many Canadian universities are formidable barriers that
Mitchell would like to see lowered. (B.C.
public universities charge foreign students
up to two and a half times their usual fees.
UBC is currently re-examining this and related issues in its task force on student admissions under Dan Birch, Academic vice-
While supporting the proposals that will
see a Commonwealth distance education
program launched from Vancouver, Mitchell
pointed to his own experience at UBC, saying "there is no substitute for the studying
and living experience of a young person away
from home, learning, for instance, how to
cope with winter. There is no substitute for
the coffee-shop indulgence and youthful fraternization that leads to international camaraderie in the professions, business or the
conference halls."
Many Commonwealth leaders carry fond
memories of education experiences in Canada and other countries, he said. "Sadly, the
Commonwealth as a whole is much poorer
for the diminution of opportunity for international student exchange. The exorbitant
charges on foreign students abroad today are
a recipe for nationalistic chauvinism. I would
hope that as economies in industrial countries strengthen, the way will be seen to
restore some quota of educational opportunity at a reasonable cost in foreign universities.
"Let us not evade the responsibility to
train and lead young people in the direction
we think is best for them and the kind of
world we want to continue to create."
Mitchell is prepared to work hard to
achieve that better world. His efforts have
already brought recognition.
For many years there was virtually no contact between Venezuela and its Caribbean
neighbours. In 1972 Mitchell decided to
change that, a mission made easier by the
fact that Venezuela's foreign minister had
also been educated in Trinidad where the two
had become friends. The Venezuelans
showed their appreciation by awarding Mitchell the country's highest honour, the Order
of Simon Boliver, the Liberator of Latin
In the coming year Mitchell will travel to
Zambia at the invitation of President Kenneth Kaunda to be guest of honour at the
government party's national congress.
On the world stage it would seem St. Vincent and the Grenadines is no longer a bit
player but has earned a solid supporting role.
"How your relations develop," says Mitchell, "depends on what you have to say, not
on the size of your country." ■
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not enough money to
meet them has left
UBC searching for
You don't need to tell machine-room technicians in the department of chemical engineering that UBC is in the midst of a building crisis. It's why they have to keep shifting
equipment stored in the hallways out from
under the nose of the fire marshall.
"It's like a game of musical chairs,"
chuckles supervisor John Baranowski, who
builds complex gizmos for experiments.
"We just take it away from where the fire
marshall saw it last and put it somewhere
The crunch is worse one floor below,
where up to ten chemical engineering students cram into a rabbit-warren of study
carrels they cheerfully call the "kennels."
Looking noticeably cramped, the office on the third floor ofthe
chemical engineering building is in definite need of expansion.
Rob Stephenson, foreground, and Dr. K. E. Teo at work in the Lang
Room, a dust-free environment in the chemical engineering building.
The area might be adequate for two boffins, but certainly not for the
five who usually occupy the space.
The less fortunate must conduct lengthy
experiments in poorly-ventilated basement areas that were not designed as labs.
Elsewhere on the campus, university archivist Laurenda Daniells sprints regularly
to a storage facility a block from her office
to find historical documents that have been
moved because of space restrictions at the
This is all typical of what UBC president
Dr. David Strangway calls the "unfinished
campus" crisis. About $205 million is
needed to either upgrade or replace the so-
called temporary buildings, such as the infamous World War II huts originally built to
house returning servicemen. Others, such
as the chemical engineering and library
buildings, are in desperate need of expansion.
While Dr. Strangway commends the provincial government for approving $8.3 million in capital funding for the campus in
1987-88, he adds that more is needed. A
five-year Capital Needs Plan submitted in
September to the provincial ministry of advanced education states the most critical
need is for a University Services Centre —
an $11.4 million facility to house administrative services and the physical plant department, which still occupies the wooden
huts. Other priorities are the library expansion and forestry sciences buildings, and
individual projects such as the creation of a
fine arts gallery.
The library may have the highest profile
among alumni and the community at large.
Doug Mclnnes, head librarian, says 20 per
cent of the people who use it are from
outside the university; on weekends that
figure is closer to 50 per cent. Adds Dr.
Jonathan Wisenthal, associate dean in the
faculty of arts, "The library is a major factor
in the high academic reputation of UBC.
Many alumni think of it with great fondness
as part of their university experience."
Many still use it, too. Almost half of the
2,000 library cards issued in the past academic year were complimentary cards held
by Wesbrook members and faculty of other
colleges. Sixty thousand book loans were
made to those members over the year.
And yet the library is seriously overcrowded. A study by Dr. Wisenthal measuring the linear feet of shelf space left showed
the law library will be full in eight years; the
main stacks in 3.7 years. The fine arts,
music and math libraries are already full,
and the entire library will be occupied by
1991. Meanwhile, the library is still acquiring 90,000 books a year.
CHRONICLE/WINTER 21 This is to say nothing of the importance
of the library's various departments of
alumni. The Special Collections division
has been a favourite haunt for such well-
known grads as Pierre Berton, Dorothy Somerset, and Eric Nicol. And the department has provided private and professional
papers for many important historical projects. For example, in collecting a volume
of essays and letters by Vancouver novelist
Ethel Wilson, who received an honorary
UBC doctorate in 1955 for her contributions to Canadian literature, writer David
Stouck made extensive use of original manuscripts contained in Special Collections.
Notes in the margins of the manuscripts
and her correspondence provided invaluable insight into her life and work.
The university's Capital Needs Plan calls
for a new, $27.8 million central library to
house Special Collections and the mathematics, fine arts, music and science libraries, plus a new management research centre. Most importantly, the new facility
would provide additional space for general
About ten per cent of the library's collection is presently in storage, says head librarian Mclnnes, while the MacMillan forest
industry library has 30 per cent of its books
in storage. As a result, borrowers must often wait for up to 24 hours for books.
At the same time, off-campus use has
gone up because of cutbacks in hours and
staff at other libraries. The librarian's time
has become more valuable, and Mclnnes
says shorter hours and preference for students or card holders could result.
"But I hope we don't have to do that
because the library is a provincial resource
and should be available on an open basis,"
adds Mclnnes.
Neville Smith, physical plant director, is
concerned that some fine old buildings
may get the axe to make way for this new
plan. He recommends a heritage "precinct" be established so that buildings,
where such notables as Walter Gage lectured and landmarks commemorating the
Great Trek, could be preserved. A Heritage
Committee proposal for establishing a precinct is already in the works, and Smith
says input from UBC alumni will soon be
In the meantime, Dr. Strangway is optimistic the funding for developing this and
other areas of the "unfinished campus"
will be forthcoming — both from the ministry of advanced education and the upcoming capital campaign. He also hopes to raise
awareness of the problem on and off campus.
Says Dr. Strangway, "UBC is an outstanding institution which has some problems.
We have said very little about our capital
needs for some time, but I have chosen to
try and make capital issues a very high
priority because I think it is time for people
to look ahead.
A Capital Needs Shopping List
UBC is angling for provincial funding to
ease the building crunch on campus. Here
are the highlights of the five year plan
recently submitted by UBC president, Dr.
David Strangway, to the provincial government:
1) University Sciences Centre: A centralized centre for shipping and receiving,
purchasing services; physical plant. Cost:
$11.4 million.
2) Library Building: A new central branch
for mathematics, special collections, fine
arts, music libraries. Plus the David See-
Chai management research centre. Cost:
$27.8 million.
3) Forest Sciences Building: The concept
for this is an integrated centre for forest
industry and science research. Cost: $40
Other priorities:
-Advanced materials and process development labs: $5.1 million
-Agricultural sciences: $11.2 million
-Biochemistry: $2.5 million
-Chemical engineering: $6.3 million
-Concert hall: $15.5 million
-Centre for integrated computer systems
research: $12.73 million
-Dentistry: $5.2 million
-Physical   education   fieldhouse:   $5.5-
-Fine arts gallery: $2.9 million
-Life sciences building: $8.6 million
-Museum of Anthropology addition:
-Studio Resources building — fine arts,
sic and theatre: $10 million ■
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No doubt, the demonstrating students of
1922 little expected their "Great Trek" out
to Point Grey to be re-enacted in 1987 in the
form of the Arts 20 Relay. And yet, 65 years
later, over 2000 sweaty students, faculty
and alumni pounded the pavement from
Vancouver General Hospital to the Student
Union Building, tracing the route of the
original Great Trek.
This year, there was record-breaking participation in the Arts 20 Relay, the second
biggest intramural event in Canada (surpassed only by UBC's Storm the Wall). As
many as 249 teams joined in the action on
Thursday, October 8. Joan Pilcher, Intramural organizer of the huge event, credited
much of the increased participation to the
"gorgeous weather." As well, she called this
year's race "the smoothest running of the
Arts 20 we've ever had." With considerable
corporate involvement and a widespread
advertising campaign, she boasted a well-
run, polished operation with "no last minute panic ... It was just an enjoyable day for
When one runner in this year's event,
Dale Fallon from the Fourth Salish Residence Men's team, was asked about why he
ran the race, he replied, "For the shirts. We
paid $45 to enter, then didn't even get them
because we entered too late."
Indeed, Ms. Pilcher conceded that although she wished she could say the students participated to express their admiration for the Great Trek, the historical
significance was often lost in the shuffle.
But she said plenty of spirit was expressed,
and after all, "it's the participation that
makes this university a great place to be."
It only happens once — the 50th birthday of
CITR Radio — so why not combine it with
the annual Great Trekker Award Dinner
which also honours UBC's heritage? Well,
on Thursday, October 8, both events were
celebrated at a spectacular dinner in the
ballroom of the Student Union Building.
This year, the recipients of the Great
Trekker Award were Ray and Ernie Perrault
who were very active in the radio society
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Ernie Perrault accepts his award.
back in 1945 to 1948, each being president
of the society at one time. Now Ernie is a
prominent Canadian writer and Ray has
worked as both a senior minister and senator with the federal government. The
award recognizes the contributions of the
two alumni to UBC, their Great Trekker
spirit never flagging throughout the years
as they continued to rally for the expansion
of the university.
The dinner was especially nostalgic as it
also recognized the 50th anniversary of the
UBC Radio Society. Everyone present enjoyed the evening immensely, particularly
the showing of a video, "Voice of UBC—
Memory Lane."
No doubt, the Perrault brothers will remember the evening as a fond recognition
of their many contributions to their Alma
Mater, especially with the additional emphasis on their days at CITR.
Let's face it. Those official ceremonial dinners with speech after speech can tend to
be a bit dry at times. Well, the Alma Mater
Society found a tantalizing remedy for the
"rubber chicken syndrome," with their annual Just Desserts, held October 6. Part of
the Homecoming celebrations, Just Desserts offers students an opportunity to honour individuals, faculty or staff who have
contributed time and support to their constituency. The fun part of the evening
comes when those recognized receive their
"just desserts," not only a certificate but
also a gourmet, delicious dessert.
This year there were 110 attendees at
Cecil Green Park House. Welcoming re
marks were made by AMS president Rebecca Nevraumont and Alumni Association
president, Lyle Stevenson. Then Dr. Norman Watt made the presentations to the 14
honoured guests who then proceeded to
indulge in their tasty treats, artfully prepared by the Faculty Women's Club Gourmet Group.
One of this year's recipients, Cheryl
Entwhistle, who was recognized by the
Nursing Undergraduate Society, described
the evening as "most impressive ... delightful," and she felt very honoured to be a part
of it, saying it was an excellent opportunity
to meet members of other faculties. When
asked about the desserts, Ms. Entwhistle
said the selection was unbelievable, and
the name of the function was very fitting.
And, really, who could possibly worry
about dieting when indulgence truly is
one's "just desserts?" ■
John Kendrick BSc '38 Second book "People of the Snow: The Story of Kitimat" has
been published in Toronto ... Len Wright
'37 Retired as President of Wright Engineers
Ltd. in 1982. Living in West Vancouver ...
Malcolm MacKenzie '37 Retired in Florida after fifty years of work all over the world
... Arnold Ames '37 Has lived in California
for the past 33 years. Retired in 1982 after
over 36 years with CF Braun & Co ... .T.G.
Bowen-Colthurst '37 Retired and living
near Ladysmith, B.C. Practised law for 32
years and then was a Provincial Court Judge
for 12 years ... Mrs. Mary Miller '37
Living in the same home in Vancouver for 33
years. Raised a family of three ...
Catharine MacKintosh '37 After staying
in England 23 years after World War II has
been living in Maryland USA ... Zoe Bieler
(Browne-Clayton) '37 Spent more than 30
years as a journalist in Montreal and now is
retired ... Margaret (Atkinson) Dayton
'37 After 40 years living in Quebec has
moved to Ontario for retirement. Was with
the registrars office at McGill University for
18 years ... Marjorie (Carter) Almstrom
Dear Editor:
This is in response to your plea for news of
1920s graduates.
Lillian Cowdell Gates lives a few miles
from us in Ithaca, NY. Her address is Ellis
Hallow Road, Ithaca, New York, 14850. All
who attended the 50th Anniversary dinner
of Arts '24 graduates will recall her witty
and informative address there.
Earle Birney, "the grand old man of Canadian poetry," suffered a stroke last March
and is still in a Toronto hospital. He is to
move soon to an apartment at 130 Carlton
Street, #1201, Toronto, Ontario. M5A 4K3.
He is not yet able to reply but likes to
receive mail and friends may reply for him.
Those acquainted with his two books of
poetry and two volumes of fiction might
cheer him with a letter.
My wife and I became acquainted while
attending Cornell University and were
married in 1929. In 1949 we left New York
City and returned to Ithaca to a roomy old
house in Forest Home, a small residential
enclave adjoining the Cornell University
campus. Our address is 122 Judd Falls
Road, Ithaca NY, 14850. In my 90th year I
no longer enjoy travel because of arthritis,
and correspondence and enjoying news of
old friends is all the more welcome.
C^lass Ac£_
'37 Is now living in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory ... Wilson McDuffee Arts '37 Now
living in Ottawa, Ontario ... Constance Robinson Glanville '37 Now living in West
Vancouver with husband George ...
Bernard Neary '37 Living in Victoria,
Chester C. Taylor BASc '48 Is secretary of
region 6 of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for the 1987/88
term of office in Milwaukee,OR ... Gordon
Russell Bell BSA '46, MSc (Iowa),
PhD(Western) retired Sept. 1987 as Head of
Fish Health Program, Dept. of Fisheries and
Oceans, Pacific Region, Pacific Biological
Station, Nanaimo, B.C	
William P. Patterson MSc '53 Retired after 21 years of service with the U.N ...
.Earle Mahaffy BA '50 Now retired in Victoria, B.C. after a career as a geophysicist in
the Canadian petroleum industry...
Geoffrey Bruun
Sandy Michael Fulton BASc '66 Is now
the Executive Vice President and C.O.O.
CIP Inc. Tahsis Pacific Region ... Andrew
Scott BA '69 has been appointed to publisher of Alaska Airlines magazine. Was editor of Western Living magazine for the past
eight years ... W.G. Schwartzenhauer
BComm '69. After eleven years with Ministry of Health has recently moved to Fiberglass Canada as Plant Employee Relations
Manager ... C.W. Montgomery MA '64
Retired for the second time and now living in
the Lower Mainland from Victoria ...
Stephen Smith BA '66 Having spent seven
years teaching in Africa is now a school principal in Whitecourt, Alta ... Don Matsune
BA '69 Appointed Prairies Director for the
Navigators of Canada, a Christian missions
agency... E.D.(Earl) Berry BScF '64 Son
David entering first year of Science, U. of
Waterloo. Dad is proud! ... Seiko (Kata-
gui) Huntington MSc '64 PhD (U. of Oregon '69), Married 1969, two children. Just
published fourth book ... Barry W.R.
Eastman BSc '68 and wife Ariel L. Eastman BEd '71. Barry is the new District
Highways Manager for Ministry of Highways
in Cranbrook District ... George Edgson
BASc '62 Appointed to position of Vice-
President and General Manager, B.C. Operations for Weyerhaeuser Canada Inc ... Dr.
Nigel B. Kent-Barber BA '61 This past
winter he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Vancouver Center Provincial
Liberal Association ... Dr. Alison Preece
(nee Cavendish) BA '69 Awarded 'Outstanding Dissertation ofthe Year' by International Reading Association ... Bruce K.
McKnight BASc '65 Has been appointed
Vice President Business Development, Mining Division for Westmin Resources Ltd ...
Reginald C. Stuart BA '65 MA '68 Chairman of History at U. of P. E. I. has fourth book
in press with the U. of N. Carolina. Has been
promoted to full professor ... Edward H.
Dahl BA '67 Is Early Cartography Specialist
at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa
... Bryan R. Gates BSc '62 MSc '68 With
the Ministry of Environment and Parks in
Victoria, has been re-elected as President of
the Association of Professional Biologists of
B.C ... .Doreen Braverman BEd '64 Just
elected as a Director to Discovery Enterprise Inc ... .Stuart MacMillan BSA '66
Elected Alberta Director for Western Canada Fertilizer Asociation ... Jim McFeely
BA '69 Has founded McFeely Realty in Point
Gray ... Ian H. Stewart Q.C. BA '57 LLB
'60 Recently re-appointed to the Board of
Governors ofthe U. of Victoria and elected as
a Chairman ... Mr. Terrance C. Bacon
LLB '61 Ambassador designate to Yugoslavia and Bulgaria since July 1987 will, in addition, become Canada's first Ambassador to
Fred G. Withers BComm '77 Appointed
partner of Clarkson Gordon on April 1,1987
... Kathie Lee Mintoft BA 78 Is VP of a
real estate development and investment
company in Calgary ... Dr. Mario A. Ha-
lenar BSc 78 MD (U. of Alberta '84) Has a
general practise in Dawson Creek, B.C ...
George G. Dorin BSc 74 Lie. Acct. 77
Completed an MSc (Econ) in Finance from
The London School of Economics ... R.
J.(Bob) Davies BEd'76 Has left the teaching profession and presently owns and operates a stationery & printing company in Fort
Nelson, B.C ... .D.E. Green BSc 72 and
J.I. Green BEd 72 Will be ending their
overseas assignment in Saudi Arabia and returning to Canada on Dec 31, 1987 ... Dr.
Riannon Allen (nee Jones) BA 74 Is
working on a program to help juveniles with
learning disabilities in New York where she is
a professor of psychology at Long Island
University ... Kenneth Thornicroft LLB
79 Retired from the practise of law July 31,
1987 to go to Case Western Reserved University in Cleaveland , Ohio to take up PhD
studies in Employment Law ... Gord Wong
BSc 79 Dept. of National Defence, Directorate of Architecture in Ottawa ... B. Brian Mackenzie LLB 75 Member of the
Bar of California and is a candidate for a LLM
(taxation) at the University of San Diego ...
Bruce  McQuaid  BComm   78 Joined
24    CHRONICLE/WINTER George C. Reifel Comm 74 and Randy
Cooke to form Reifel Cook McQuaid & Co.
Ltd. —commercial brokerage and related real
estate financial services ... Bill Cuthill
BSc 72 Administrator of The Arrow Lakes
Hospital and Director on the Central Kootenay Regional District Board. Has recendy
started an excavating company ... Mrs.
Edith Bijdemast BSc 79 Works in the
UBC Zoology dept. as a research assistant
and biological artist. Has also started a dog
training business on the side ... R. Mark
Stocks BSW 77 Married August 301986 to
Vanda Kent. Transferred to Duncan in May
1986 after 8V2 years with ministry of Human
Resources in Fort St. John ... Ian A.
Ferguson BA 74 Has been appointed Executive Director of the Peace Library System
serving 130 libraries ... Jennifer Lin BEd
75 Married with two children, Jeffery 8 and
Vanessa 4 ... Karen I. Fisk BPE 76 Officer manager for medical distribution house
... Dr. Patricia Groves PHd 73 Dean of
Instruction and Student Services for Vancouver Community College (King Edward
Campus) ... John J. O'Brien MA 73
Moved to Halifax and is director of Policy,
Planning and Research, Environment
Canada-Parks, Atlantic region ... Allison
Fader BA 74 LLB 79 Completing Master
of Public Administration at U. of Victoria following a year in Ottawa working for the
RCMP and Employment and Immigration ...
James H. Gray BASc 75 Manager of Mine
Engineering with Fording Coal Ltd. in Calgary ... Dr. Lyle Weis MA 77 After many
years of teaching elementary, high school
and university levels is now Executive Director of Writers Guild of Alberta ... Carole
Marshall Manners BSN 70 Executive Director Marin Home Care in Corte Madera,
California ... Elizabeth (Blackwell)
Moore BHE 79 Retired after eight years as
counsellor to north Okanagan Youth Resources Society. New daughter Kathryn Barrie born May 1986 ... D. Bruce Hall BA
71 Fire Chief with the Mission Fire Department ... Bruce Bynoe BComm 73 MSc
(Bus) 75 Moved to Calgary to join Stewart
Green Properties Ltd. as Vice President,
Development... Clement Sum Mock Bsc
72 Is President of Computer Empire Corp
... Edward C. Dillon BPharm 79 Now has
a doctorate in pharmacy and has been on
faculty at UBC since August 1987 ... Ted
Lea BSc 74 Working as a plant ecologist
with Wildlife branch, B.C. Ministry of Environment and Parks. First baby born August
25, 1987, a boy named Griffin ... Captain
Rich Folkmann BPE 73 After four years
in St. Jean Quebec, has returned to Victoria
where he is responsible for Sports and Physical Fitness for the Pacific Fleet of the Canadian Navy ... Carolyn Gundrum BEd 71
Moved to Nashville Tennessee with husband
Olass rkcii
Stefan Siarkiewicz and children Christopher
6 and Stephanie A ... Donald A. Jones BEd
72 MEd '82 Has been Vice Principal of
Grand Forks Secondary School and is now
moving to Fort Nelson to be Principal of Ft.
Nelson Secondary ... Dr. Wren Green
PhD 74 Was Project Leader of New
Zealand's Nuclear Impact Study released in
September 1987 ... Kay Orth Kendall
MA 72 Appointed Vice President, Public
Affairs and Communications of American
Express Canada Inc. First woman on the
Company's Executive committee ... Ricki
Anne Andersen BA 76 Recently accepted
the position of Reference Librarian with the
Law firm of McMillan Binch ... Gayle
Stewart-Gray BA 76 Recently appointed
Director of Public Affairs of Royal Trust ...
Garth Elgie BSc (Agr) 78 Technical Sales
Representative MSD Agret ... Dennis
Bettiol BSc 74 Lie. Acct. 76 Appointed
partner of Clarkson Gordon April 1,1987 ...
Donald V. Hanley BSc 79 Recently named
Project Manager of Cellular Radio for Bell-
Northern Research Inc. in Richardson Texas
... Gary S. Brookes BA 71 Completed
examinations for, and been accepted as a
Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute
... Norm Mayr MSc 78 Admitted as a
partner into Thorne Ernst & Whinney (Chartered Accountants) ... Joe LLoyd BComm
76 Appointed to Sales Manager of North
Shore Real Estate office for Montreal Trust
... Viraf (Willy) Reporter BSc 78 Appointed to Vice President and Manager, Corporate Treasury Services for Bank Brussels
Lambert ... Willard Holmes BA 76 New
Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery ...
Leigh Harrison LLB 77 Elected President of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar
Association ... George Payerle BA '68
MA 70 Has had his second novel "Unknown
Soldier" published this September ... Noel
Desautels BSc 79 After five years as a
Geophysicist with Shell in Calgary went to
Harvard Business School for an MBA and
now is President of Colonial Homes in Toronto ... Brian Laing BSc 74 Appointed
District Agriculturist with Alberta Agriculture ... Bill Lipsin BComm 76 Western
Region Manager, Distribution Marketing for
IBM Canada ... Santo Sanhu BEd 78 Has
left the teaching profession and joined Georgia Pacific Securities Corp. as a stockbroker
... D. Bradshaw BSc 75 Is a Project Engineer with CN Rail...
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Michael D. Lee BComm '86 Has recently
left his position at Price Waterhouse to establish a new company called Diversified
Business Machines ... Katharine (Watt)
Rolston BA '82 Adjudicating claims with
Confederation Life Insurance Co ... .Ka Lai
Wong BSN '86 Working as a R.N. on a
medical ward at Vancouver General Hospital
... Gary Kuno BComm '85 Married Jan
Yee in July 1987 and has a new job as Cost
Accountant with Crown Flexpak ... Steve
Sorko Currently Sales and Marketing Manager, Western Canada for Trek Holidays ...
Louise Sheppard Teaching Science at Cha-
telech Secondary School in Sechelt ...
Nancy (Cooper) Scott BA '84 Married Lt.
Davidson Scott, United States Air Force, on
August 15, 1987. Now residing in Lancaster,
California ... Mark Konnert BA 79 MA
'83 Married Candace Stacey in 1985; studying for PhD in History at the U. of Southern
California ... Joan Thomas BSF '85 Is
currently practising silviculture for FFI in
MacKenzie ... Patricia Thomas BComm
'82 Is back in Vancouver after travel through
Australia and San Francisco ... Kevin Todd
BSF '80 MA '85 Is now employed as Manager Economic and Business Analysis for
Noranda Forest Sales Inc. in Toronto ...
Sheena Ashdown MA '86 Now running
own writing and editing business in Vancouver ... Joe Sotham BSc '86 Married in
1985. MSc programme in Biostatistics at U.
of Washington ... Marsha Arnold MEd '84
Teaches learning disabilities in New Westminster and has a six year old son and an
eight year old daughter ... Richard Clift
BSc '80 Currently Heat Treat Engineer,
Thompson Products division, TRW Canada
Ltd. in St. Catharines, Ontario ... Julia A.
McDonald BEd '81 Has been teaching conversational english in Sasebo, Japan since
1985 ... Dr. Soren Fredericksen BSc '82
Received PhD in High Energy Physics from
U. of Ottawa, now working for Ohio State
University ... Ernie Gorrie BSW '84
March 1986 elected President of Greater
Vancouver area branch of B. C. Association of
Social Workers ... Michelle Fuchs BA '86
Now studying law at Osgood Hall in Toronto
... Doug Dent LLM '86 Has left teaching
position at UBC's Faculty of Commerce to
practice law in Vancouver ... Wanda
(Brown) Sherratt BA '81 Married last year
to Dean Sherratt, foreign service officer.
Now at Canadian Embassy in Washington
D.C ... .Shirley (Persson) Carter BSN
'80 Has been a public Health Nurse in Kelowna for the past five years ... Anne MacLean BA '80 MA '87 Will soon be starting a
two year contract working with photographs
v^lass Aclfo
at the U. of Toronto archives ... Jennifer
Davenport BComm '81 and Ken HaUiday
BComm '66 were married August 11, 1987
... Elene Mitropoulos BSN '86 Married
Jay Vanderpas September 19, 1987 ... Michael Vanchu BComm '83 MBA '87 Transferred to Montreal Head Office of Michelin
Tires and promoted to Zone Coordinator
(Central Canada); Office of the V.P ... .C.
Boyd McConnell BA '82 MBA '84 Senior
Account Manager, Corporate Lending at
RoyNat Inc. Married Kim Thachuk BA '84
in June 1985. Divorced in August 1987 ...
Daniel Peebles MEd '80 Principal of
Aldergrove Secondary School since July
1987 ... Anne Doree Diploma in Translation '82 Teaching French Immersion to a
grade three class in Maple Ridge ... Hugh
MacKinnon MEd '83 Is now Vice-Principal
at Caledonia Sr. Secondary School in Terrace, B.C ... Teresa Lo BA '86 Stockbroker at Brink, Hudson and LeFever ... Andrew Milne BSc '80 MSc '84 Instructor of
math and computer science at Grande Prairie
Regional College ... Thomas Muller PhD
'82 Now associate professor at McMaster
University's Faculty of Business ... Peter
Lam MBA '84 Recently promoted to Finance Manager for The Home Insurance in
Toronto ... Jean Fitzgerald BEd '82 LLB
'86 Called to B.C. Bar June 1987. Working as
a lawyer with Gordon & Co. in Sechelt, B.C
... .Stella Ng BA '81 Moved to Toronto to
take up the Executive Director position at
the Chinese Canadian National Council ...
William Gallacher B(Apl)Sc '86 Field Engineer with Dowell-Schlumberger ... Mary-
Ann Booth BComm '85 Called to the Bar
June 12, 1987. Working as an Associate at
Macaulay, McCall, Barristers & Solicitors
... Robert Seversen BSc '83 married Susan Affleck BA '82 Rob has joined the
engineering firm of Nystrom, Lee, Kobay-
ashi and Associates. And Susan is teaching
grade four french immersion at Sunshine
Hills Elementary School in Delta ... Dr.
Gary Kenyon PhD '85 Recently appointed
as Chair in Gerontology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton after post doctorate
research in California and Europe ... Shelley Civkin MLS '83 Working as reference
librarian at the Richmond Public Library ...
J.E. Anne Cook MA '81 Working as the
Special Education Consultant in School District no. 59, Peace River South ... Dr. Robert Swan MD '86 Opened practise in
Bowmamville, Ontario ... Dale Mc-
Clanaghan MBA '81 Employed by First
Interstate Bank of Canada in Toronto as Assistant Vice President. Also proud to announce that first child Ryan was born on
November 11,1986 ... Lani Wong BPE '84
Teaching English in Japan since August 1987
... Coco (Nicole) Aders BA '83 MA '86
Appointed Vice President of Galarie Produc
tion Inc. A local film and television production company ... Margo Gram MA '82 New
position as Recreation Coordinator for the
North Vancouver Recreation Commission
... Charles Nurse PhD '83 Married Eileen
Harman June 11, 1983. Son Andrew born
July 8,1986. Moved to Mississauga, Ontario
and now working as an applications chemist
for Waters Canada ... Carolyn Sherba-
niuk BA '80 BSN '86 Married Robert We-
seen in May 1987 ... John Stonier BA '80
Lie. Acct. '84 With Mediquip HealthCare
Inc. of Toronto as corporate controller ...
Ian Miller BSF '84 Resource Officer for
planning B.C. Forest Service, Campbell
River District Office ... Alessandra Cu-
sinato BA '84 Married Lovie Bortolazzo on
July 4, 1987 ... Linda-Rae Carson (nee
Walker) BA '85 Attending the U. of Alberta
in the BEd /After Degree programme ...
Alana Kurz BSc '82 and Doug Nord-
strand BSF '85 were married July 4, 1987
... Steve Kostyal BComm '82 Manager
Financial Controls for Duracell Europe. Married September 5, 1987 ... D. Eric Bach-
leitner BComm '85 Working as a Systems
Designer /Technical Writer for Delta Data
Management Ltd ... .D. Powell BEd '80
Manager, Pinkerton's of Canada Ltd. President of Vancouver Welsh Men's choir. Married with two children ... Paul Bryan BSc
'84 New job—Fibre optic development at
Bell Northern Research. Baby Matthew
born April 26, 1986 ... Charles Bissell
BComm '83 Inspector, Consumer Taxation
for the Provincial Government. Also a son
Charles David born January 4, 1987 ...
Marne Pedersen BRE '83 Accepted new
position as Recreational Therapist at Credit
Valley Hospital with Seniors Day Hospital
programme ... Sherman Lam BSW '86
Social Worker with the Ministry of Social
Services and Housing in Surrey, B.C ... .Dr.
Peter K.H. Tan MD '86 First year of service as a Captain in the Canadian Forces. Has
been posted to the National Defence Medical
Center in Ottawa as a resident in the cardiopulmonary unit... Kathryn M. Gallagher
MBA '83 Founded a company, Mascot Products, which imports custom plush toys ...
Tim D. Martin BSc '85 and Rachel Bonneville BA '86 Married June 20, 1987 ...
Dr. Peter Jewesson PhD '86 Health Research Foundation of the Pharmaceutical
Manufacturers Association of Canada has
named Peter as the recipient of its first career award in Pharmacy ... Paul Shrimp-
ton BA '85 MBA '87 married Karen Coles
BA '83 in August 1987 ... Scott Barrett
MA '83 Married Gail Gunn and now living in
London, England. Is a PhD candidate in Economics at the London School of Economics
... Carmen Sandhoefner BEd '83 Married March 14, 1987 to Luigi DeMarzo
BEd '84...Tiare (Bowyer) Nonni BComm
26    CHRONICLE/WINTER '86 Married on August 15,1987 and is also a
business analyst with Evans, Goldstein & Co
... .Shaffin Shariff BA '84 Currently a
reporter/editor at MacLeans Magazine in
Toronto ... Cynthia S. Meagher BA '85
Has been accepted to Southwestern University School of Law's three year law program
leading to the Juris Doctor degree...
Alexandra Elizabeth was born August 26,
1987 to David Speed BASc '83 and Judith.
A sister for Ashley ... John N. Drew BSF
'84 and Cherilyn (Bridge) Drew BS-
c(Agr)'84 announce the birth of Carleigh
Christiane,born August 1st, 1987. A sister
for Jason Sean, born March 16, 1985 ... To
Richard Sirola BComm 77 and Janet a
daughter Jennifer Ashley born June 20, 1987
... Jim McNeil BSc (Phys)74, BAScfE-
lec)78 and wife Nancy(C.ement) BPE '81
announce the birth of twins, James Cameron
and Shaelagh Alexandra ... Kok- Seng
Wong BSc 70 and Amy Tong announce the
birth of their first daughter Grace Maio-En
on July 20, 1987 ... Pam (Peters) Watta-
maniuk BEd(Soc) 76 Birth of a daughter
Alexandra Jane on April 22,1987 ... Brenda
Fraser BA 79 and Gerry Kidson are proud
to announce the birth of their first child
Stuart Garth on June 5, 1987 ... Lorraine
(Chila) Baylis BEd 78 and Jonathan Baylis
have a second daughter Larisa Rose born
September 6, 1987, a sister for Julia ...
Chris Lott LLB 74 and wife Lynne (nee
Jackson) Lott BEd (Mus) 71 Announce
the birth of a Canada Day boy! Mathew, a
brother for Jessica, Alec, and Ben ... Lyle
Craver BSc 78 Birth of first child Mary
Elizabeth on July 1, 1987 ... Kathy
(Hunter) Walker BSN 71 A son Johnathan
Hunter on May 29,1987, a brother for Elizabeth ... Mary Rose (Hoffman) Bloodoff
BA 71 Melissa Jaime born December 16,
1984 and Christopher Peter born August 23,
1986 ... Hugh Lautard PHd 78 and wife
Joan welcomed Jessica Lynn on March 13,
1987, a sister for Elizabeth, Cynthia and
David ... Lyndagale Thorn BA 73 MA 78
and Robert Yates announce the birth of Julian
V. Thorn Yates on July 22, 1987 ... Brian
Bruser LLB 72 and wife Deborah (Tate)
Bruser BA 72 MLS 78 Have a son Benjamin Owen Michael born October 29,1987,
a brother for Rebecca and Emily ... Kelle
Maag LLB '84 and husband Frank announce
the birth of Chad Phalen on March 31, 1987
... Elinor(Chi-Chi) (Rowlands) Rasmu-
sens BEd 77 and Robert Rasmusens BSc
79 Have a baby son Kyle born August 22,
1987 ... Helen Gardener BEd '86 and
husband Dan wish to announce that their
seven year old son Micah has a new baby
brother Daniel James born October 1, 1987
v^lass Act.
... Jean (Lee) Cheng BA '85 and Matthew
are the proud parents of Christina Evelyn
born November 1, 1985 and Teresa Anne
born February 19,1987 ... Greg Funk BSc
'83 and wife Tammy Mennie BSc '86 Have
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birth of their first child Gabriela Elisabeth
Milroy Gonzalez on September 9, 1987 ...
Caroline Deslauriers BEd '85 and husband Laurent Deslauriers(with the Edmonton Eskimos)have a son Marc born on August 11, 1986 ... Douglas J. Morris
BComm '80 Three year old Rae has a new
sister Jamie Lee born April 30,1987 to Doug
and wife Wendi ... Andrea Dyke BA '83
'and Rhos Dyke have a son Lance Andreas
born on February 16, 1987 in Los Angeles,
California. A brother for Helen ... Anita
Matschke (Pinette) BEd '84 and husband
Ken wish to announce the birth of Amanda
Rochelle-Ann on June 19, 1987 ... Diane
Robock Dipl. in Education '86 Announces
the birth of her first baby Nathan Anthony
born on February 26, 1987 ... Ross Peterson BEd '85 and Lynda Peterson (Del-
pierre) BEd '85 Announce the early arrival
of Tasha Michelle on February 28, 1987 ...
Ian J. Leitch DMD '83 and Theresa (Ra-
cich) Leitch Dip. DH '83 announce the
birth of their daughter Laura Theresa on July
12, 1987 ... Belinda McLaughlin BA '82
and Roger McLaughlin MBA '85 Wish to
announce that their son Sidney was born on
June 1, 1987, their second wedding anniversary ... Leslie (Liesch) MacLennan
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'83 and husband Geoff Sherrott BSc '80
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illness ... Leslie Fredrick Young on May
7, 1987 survived by his wife Mabel M.K.
Young (nee Brown) Arts '32. Mr. Young
attended UBC in the 30's and had his own
business, Young's Ltd ... Mr. Walter Brian
Dingle BASc '34 on Sept 15,1987 survived
by his wife Mabel... Mr. William H. Kidd
Q.C. Law '49 passed away on July 11, 1987
in Cambridge, Ontario ... Kenneth
Edward (Ken) Noble BComm '47 on August 25, 1987 Survived by his wife Kitty ...
Bruce Stanley Aitken BComm '49 on Jan
28, 1987 Survived by his wife Barbara A.
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MA '48 PhD '51 on March 30,1987 Survived
by his wife Leone and a daughter, Mary Ellen
... Mr. Paul Edward Hopps BSc 79 Suddenly in an auto accident near Guelph, Ontario on February 25,1987 ... Dr. J.G. (Gil)
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trends. There was virtually no place you
could go for professional training other than
the hopelessly elitist National Theatre
School, for which there was a hefty lineup
and no directing program, or UBC, an academic department that produced
professional-quality shows in a professional-
quality theatre, where as long as you went
through the motions of a degree you could
get a lot of experience.
Few of my colleagues actually received
degrees then, which I imagine was something of an embarrassment. In those years at
the Freddy Wood, most of the valuable cards
were dealt under the table, not at all a bad
way to do it, for it meant that we were never
subjected to anybody's theory. We simply put
on plays which were then subjected to vicious criticism from all sides.
Everyone attended the directing and acting classes religiously, the compulsory academic classes much less so. Every time we
did a show we had to beg off academic
classes, and that manoeuvre was what structured the school year: one show after another, with periods of grovelling in between.
Then the academic chickens inevitably arrived at our doorstep at the end of the year, in
a demeaning hysteria of cramming as we
tried to produce our entire year's quota of
essays in about a week, amid desperate negotiations with the professor in power.
Then each summer there was Summer
Stock, where a few students produced three
shows in the Freddy Wood in two months.
My memory of Summer Stock is nothing but
a blur of incompetent carpentry and lack of
sleep. The first show wasn't so bad, but
things accelerated until by August we would
find ourselves performing one show each
night, rehearsing another production each
morning, and painting flats for a third all
afternoon. For this we were paid $25 a week
from box office receipts, of which we each
contributed about five dollars to the food
budget, which, by Friday, came down to peanut butter and Kool-Aid.
We tended to think of the department as
the province of two mad dukes: John Brockington and Norman Young, both of whom
were in love with the theatre from similarily
functional perspectives. Brockington lashed
out at us when we hadn't enough intensity,
for he had a lower boredom threshold than
anyone on earth. Then Young came along to
needle us if we became pretentious about it.
Whatever successes I may achieve in this
life, I know that Norman Young will never let
me forget my performance as Joe Beef in
It went without saying that Norman Young
was what stood between the Freddy Wood
Theatre and chaos. No matter how nutty the
show (and there were some nutty shows
then), Norman saw that it was produced in a
professional manner with professional gear.
This opportunity was unique in Canadian
theatre, where most of the important work
was being done in converted churches, halls
and funeral parlours. After I graduated, I
didn't see the inside of a fully-equipped theatre again for eight years.
The only thing Dr. Brockington seemed to
have in common with Norman Young was that
he tended to lean away from the academic
part and toward the show-business part. A
talented director with a flare for comedy and
Shakespeare, if he said you didn't have any
talent you knew he could be right. And
Brockington had a way with a phrase.
We were all terrified of him, which found
expression in nasty Green Room parodies.
Every class had its Green room star, someone who could do the year's best Dr. B.
imitation (ours was a designer named Ellis
Price-Jones). They were invariably caught at
it. For a man of his size, Brockington was
surprisingly light and silent on his feet, and
the moment inevitably came when some
Brockington imitator was at the top of his
form reciting "Oh that this too, too solid
flesh might melt" when, suddenly, out of
nowhere ... there he was. How long had he
been there? Oh, God. Then he would walk
out without a word, and the air would wither
with unspecific contempt.
We worked hard. In my three years at
UBC, I participated in at least 18 productions, apart from the scenes and the plays I
directed as part of the formal program, and
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simultaneous academic and professional
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structure permitting self-directed initiatives
to sneak by. One self-directed initiative
turned into Tamahnous, the most successful
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The theatre is a profession defined by the
Beginner's Paradox in which you can't get
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Studying theatre at UBC meant hard work,
lack of sleep, peanut butter, Kool-Aid and a ton of experience.
hen I applied for admission into
the M.A. Directing Program at UBC, I had
never seen a professionally-produced play
and had appeared as an actor in only four
amateur productions, one of which failed
to open because the director had a nervous
breakdown. It wasn't very extensive, so I
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heard about in my life.
Extreme situations require extreme actions. Competition to get into the program
was known to be stiff: if I was serious about
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Besides, I was from Nova Scotia, and to
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knew the trees wouldn't be reading my
application, and the other two cultural
groups involved a degree of theatrical artifice, so a fake resume seemed culturally
In my last year, letting drop one of his Oh-
don't-you-think-you're-something remarks,
department head Dr. John Brockington
told me he knew I was a phony all along,
but a superior applicant had dropped out at
the very last minute and I was the only one
left who had found no place else to go.
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records were much more impressive, and
more imaginative, too. Larry Lilio, who is
now artistic director of the Grand Theatre
in London, had spent the previous year
arranging flowers for sale to rich hookers in
New York City: I wonder what he wrote on
his resume.
I might have gone to a theatre school outside the country but I couldn't decide between Britain and the U. S. A., so for the time
being I chose Vancouver where I could be in
both countries at once.
I don't know what my expectations were
when I opted for a career on the stage: I
certainly wasn't acting on much information.
Maybe I thought that the West Coast theatre
would free me from my Nova Scotia Presby
terian upbringing, make me Bohemian and
intriguing, the type of person who wore
beads and turtleneck sweaters, associated
with free-thinkers and loose women, who
tossed witty epigrams about like confetti.
I arrived in late August of 1968, and reported to Dr. Donald Soule, who winced
characteristically at my academic record,
then tore it apart without mercy. I never got
over that. I was convinced from then on that
Dr. Soule would take every opportunity to
humiliate me, and I was never proved wrong.
In my first acting role I played Jeriah Jipp in
Soule's production oi Man Is Man. I had to
shave a bald patch on my head, wore three
inches of suffocating padding, and spent 45
minutes of each performance locked in a
trunk, toasting under bright lights.
Well, might as well out with it: that wasn't
my first role at the UBC theatre department.
My first role was as Joe Beef in Eric Nicol's
Her Scienceman Lover, performed traditionally each year as a benefit for something or
other. Norman Young, the department's
Technical Director who directed and starred
in the thing, told me I was cast because I
showed up for the audition; beyond that I
don't want to discuss the subject any further.
For three years my life centered around
the Freddy Wood Green Room, which, if I
remember correctly, was yellow, and contained a bulletin board, posters of past and
current productions, a sink, two ratty
couches, cigarette smoke and an atmosphere of insecurity and paranoia. Joining me
in that Green Room from 1968 to 1971 were
a number of luminaries-to-be, although they
didn't shine like luminaries then.
We had no idea that we were taking part in
what was to become the Canadian theatre
explosion of the 1970s, when the number of
professional theatres in the country went
from 12 to about 180, when "Canadian play"
ceased to be a contradiction in terms. We
knew only that we wanted to work in professional theatre. But Canadian educational institutions were as usual lagging behind the
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